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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.
(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 —
This week, I’m in the world’s largest island country (a mind-boggling 14,000+ islands), making plans for a project we hope to launch next year to cover this important and neglected country, home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. Almost every major US media outlet used to have a bureau in Jakarta – the only newspaper left is the Wall Street Journal. There are magnificent young freelancers here – Americans and Indonesians — eager to work with us.
Because every student leaves our programs as a more discerning consumer of news and information.
They’ve learned what it takes to produce ethical journalism at the highest levels of the profession.
They’ve learned how to to tell fake news from real.