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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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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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Trust

May 26, 2017


Hello everyone,I’m just back from “Elevate Engagement,” a conference sponsored by the non-profit Journalism That Matters and the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.  What’s one take-home from this conference?  A new understanding about the pervasive lack of trust in journalists.

There are many reasons for this. We journalists have missed essential stories and failed to cover our communities — domestic and global — fairly and adequately. We’ve failed to investigate. To challenge.  And importantly, to shine a light on the good in the world,

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Our Hearts are Broken

May 19, 2017


Broken for Mexico, the country where Round Earth Media got its start and where we work with brave Mexican journalists who risk their lives just doing their jobs.  Perhaps the bravest of them all was Javier Valdez, murdered this week near the office of the newspaper he founded, presumably by drug dealers unhappy with his reporting.

“Where I work, Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, it is dangerous to be alive, and to do journalism is to walk on an invisible line drawn by the bad guys —

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Finding Solutions

March 27, 2017

Recommended This Week

 As we prepare to launch an exciting new reporting project in Haiti,  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what journalists do right — and what they do that is not serving citizens of the United Sates and the world.  My conclusion? We need to go beyond scattershot stories.  We need to provide context.  We need to dig deep into the way in which our systems and policies work against prosperity and dignity for so many people in the United States and the world. 

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Wake Up Mainstream Media!

March 17, 2017

Recommended This Week

Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.

“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.

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Doing Our Jobs

March 6, 2017

(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press.  Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it.  Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —

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So worthy of your support!

November 7, 2016

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I met Yasmine Ryan a few months ago, when she arrived in the US on a World Press Institute  (WPI)Fellowship. (WPI, is a terrific nonprofit organization that brings journalists from abroad to the US on nine week fellowships.) Like many journalists covering the world today, Yasmine has primarily worked as a freelancer.  Hers was the first feature story on what was to become the Arab Spring to appear in any English-language media outlet.  I am inspired by the dedication of the next generation of young journalists like Yasmine. 

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