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Weapons of Mass Distraction

April 16, 2018


The New York Review of Books had the best take I’ve seen on social media’s intrusion into our lives and what we can do about it.  Here’s Madeleine Bunting, formerly a journalist at The Guardian and the author of four books, including The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre(2009).

Today, as we grapple with a pervasive new digital culture, attention has become an issue of pressing social concern. Technology provides us with new tools to grab people’s attention.

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Keeping Bias Out

March 16, 2018


How do you keep bias out of stories?

That’s one question readers asked ProPublica Illinois, a regional affiliate of it’s parent non-profit, ProPublica, an acclaimed news organization producing investigative journalism.

“In what is a particularly turbulent time for the press, many of us in journalism have come to realize the public doesn’t necessarily know as much about the way we go about our jobs as we may think,”wrote ProPublica Illinois editor-in-chief Louis Kiernan,

So ProPublica Illinois is asking for readers’ questions. 

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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens


The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.

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Don’t Blame Fake News

January 12, 2018

Blame the mainstream media

That’s the conclusion of a new study by two economists, Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow.  From a fascinating and important article in a recent edition of the  Columbia Journalism Review (CJR):[The researchers] found roughly four times as many Clinton-related sentences that described scandals as opposed to policies, whereas Trump-related sentences were one-and-a-half times as likely to be about policy as scandal. Given the sheer number of scandals in which Trump was implicated—sexual assault;

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Courage

December 15, 2017

Journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen were honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as imprisonment, threats, and exile. — Committee to Protect Journalists

Thai reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, faces sedition charges for his critical reporting on Thailand’s junta.

Ahmed Abba, a Cameroon correspondent for Radio France Internationale, has been imprisoned since 2015 on terrorism charges for his reporting.

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Inspiration

November 24, 2017

Over the years, I’ve been inspired by many great journalists.  But my first inspiration was probably Lillian Ross, who died recently at the age of 99.  According to a piece in The New Yorker (where Ross was a staff writer since 1945), “her 1950 Profile of Ernest Hemingway was written like a short story, and her five-part article about the director John Huston and the making of “The Red Badge of Courage,” published in 1952, set a new standard in magazine writing for inventiveness and literary verve…The finest reporters,

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Competition or Collaboration?

October 6, 2017

As a young reporter, I was attracted to work in  Minneapolis-St Paul by the intense competition between two award-winning daily newspapers and renowned TV newsrooms.  That competition produced great journalism and an unusually well-informed citizenry.  (That’s a very young Mary Stucky on deadline, checking the clock at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.)

Throughout the country, great American news outlets thrived for decades in productive competition until the Internet disrupted the advertising and subscription model that had long supported journalism.   Since then, more and more news organizations have embraced collaboration.

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What is happening?

September 15, 2017


In just the past month

Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston
Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and the Southeastern US
Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean still reeling from Irma
Two earthquakes devastated Mexico
Hurricane Jose still threatens parts of the US

The news is heartbreaking.  Before the advent of the internet and the 24/7 news cycle we didn’t have as much instantaneous news about disasters like these. While we might prefer not know, I don’t think that’s an option.

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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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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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