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We’re Off and Running!

September 15, 2017

Students just arrived in Morocco & South Africa

What a program! From our very first semester in Morocco (more than 5 years ago), with this story in the New York Times.  To last semester’s reporting for public radio stations nationwide (PRi’s The World).

 

And from South Africa, a great start to the second semester of our new journalism track on a program about political transformation in this fascinating,

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Done with Journalism?

September 8, 2017

Lately, I’m hearing — even from my news junkie friends — that they’re done with journalism.  Tired of reading bad news.  Tired of the shouting.  Tired of news stories that are thin and unsatisfying.  Just tired.

I share these feelings. And yet, I spend almost every day working to produce journalism.  Working with dedicated, ethical, sincere early-career and veteran journalists.

I still have hope for my profession.

The words of John Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences,

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I’m Back!

September 1, 2017

 

Dear Friends,

I’ve just walked out of the Yosemite mountains  — more than a week backpacking in stunningly beautiful wilderness, totally off the grid.  I turned on my phone with some trepidation and was devastated to learn of the terrible floods in Houston and South Asia.
But there was good news, too.  The first reporting from our new journalism program in South Africa appeared in major US publications while I was away.  I think you’ll enjoy these fascinating stories.

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Most Trusted

August 11, 2017

Most Trusted

Turns out that the news outlets Americans trust mostaren’t American.  That’s according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute.   Topping the list: The Economist(published in the U.K.) with public television in the U.S. in 2nd place — but the 3rd, 4th, and 7th spots respectively are British (Reuters, the BBC and The Guardian newspaper).  NPR is in 5th place.  Some questioned the reliability of the poll (namely BuzzFeed which ranked 2nd from the bottom),

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Secret to Moroccan Chicken

July 27, 2017

RABAT, Morocco – In the old city of Rabat, traditional Moroccan cooking is not just about fresh and savory ingredients. It’s also about a web of relationships that starts at the market stall and stretches all the way to the dining table.

Although she is just 21 and still a university student, Sarah has formed a web of relations built through cooking: at the market, with the baker at the communal oven, in the kitchen with her mother Rabiaa,

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“Journalism has a class problem”

July 14, 2017

 

“Our journalism would be better if we were a better representation of the backgrounds and experiences our audiences have,” wrote journalist Heather Bryant, a 2017 Knight Fellow at Stanford and the wife of a garbage truck driver.

“That the spouse of a journalist had such a blue collar job [is surprising],” writes Heather. “The reaction makes me wonder how badly our industry really lacks for people with more diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.”

Why is this?  

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“It can only get worse.”

July 7, 2017

M’HAMID EL GHIZLANE, Morocco — For generations, they were known as “rain nomads,” herders who moved constantly along the western rim of the Sahara Desert in search of a patch of green where their goats and camels could graze.

Then the rain, never plentiful, became even more sporadic. Temperatures got hotter. A dam choked another source of precious water, the Draa River. Not even the camels could endure.

Families whose lives revolved around the seasons and the needs of their livestock,

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Consider the 1st Amendment

June 30, 2017

Consider the First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

As the 4th of July approaches, I plan to reflect on the importance and wisdom of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  And the way in which independent journalism champions this fundamental right.

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What do you think?

June 9, 2017

I recently attended a discussion entitled The First Amendment in the Time of Trump, sponsored by the American Bar Association.   One idea seemed to be on everyone’s mind: the fact that “increasingly, we Americans occupy alternate universes,” as CBS Sunday MorningSenior Contributor Ted Koppel puts it.  What caused this divide?”Rush Limbaugh had a lot to do with creating those two separate worlds. But he couldn’t have done it until 1987, when the Federal Communications Commission did away with the so-called Fairness Doctrine,”

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Telling Real from Fake

June 2, 2017

This week, I’m sharing an article in the Columbia Journalism Review with guidelines for telling real news from fake.  It’s an issue many of you have asked about.  Here’s a sampling — click on the photo above for the entire article.

  1. Willingness to retract, correct, and implicitly or explicitly apologize for misstatements in a timely manner.
  2. A reliance on professional ethics, includingaccuracy, and an interest in contrary evidence.
  3. Following the story regardless of its political implications.

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