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Telling Fact from Fiction

July 20, 2018

What a summer it’s been for journalists – and all of us – trying to distinguish fake news from real. Fact from fiction. Truth from lies.

One of the best tools, especially regarding politics – and we’re entering an intense political season – comes from my friends at the non-profit Poynter Institute, which recently acquired PolitiFact.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

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Are journalists being watched?

May 18, 2018

We are, according to a report in Forbes:

The United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” … and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.

And that’s not all.  Forbes goes on.Last October, an Indiana lawmaker proposed that journalists be licensed. Representative Jim Lucas’s bill was mostly a publicity stunt, but could this DHS action be a way for the government to keep track of American and foreign journalists as well as “citizen journalists,”

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I was heartbroken….

May 11, 2018

“I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.”  ~Ronan Farrow


And yet, despite the threats, the doubts, and the lack of support, Farrow kept reporting the story that earned him a shared Pulitzer Prize, exposing allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  In an emotional speech to the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University, Farrow revealed the doubts that plagued him —

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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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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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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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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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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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