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The Trump Effect?

September 21, 2018

They’re calling it “the Trump effect,”  a surge in the number of students enrolled in journalism schools.  While there is no national data yet, a recent story in The Washington Post reports the following:

  • At the University of Maryland, freshman enrollment in the journalism school is up 50 percent.
  • At Northwestern University’s journalism school, undergraduate applications rose 24 percent.
  • At Syracuse University, more students are signing up for investigative and political reporting classes that in recent years had been cancelled for lack of interest.

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Facebook & The News

August 10, 2018

Getting your news from social media?

Most people prefer to get their news through a “side door” like Facebook rather than directly from a news source, according a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.  This seems to indicate a deterioration of trust between media outlets and the public, according to the report, along with a reluctance to pay for the news.  Still, people are paying. The significant increase in subscriptions that began in 2016 in the US has been maintained.

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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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We Lost Another One

July 13, 2018

Sulome Anderson is one of the most impressive young journalists of our time. The daughter of Terry Anderson, the former AP Middle East bureau chief who was kidnapped by Hezbollah militants in 1985 and held hostage in Lebanon for nearly seven years, Anderson has made a career of freelance reporting from hostile territory among hostile people.  — Columbia Journalism Review

I wrote about Sulome not long ago, as yet another extraordinarily good freelancer, struggling to survive.  Now she’s called it quits. 

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Inspiration

June 8, 2018


Some years ago, the Poynter Institute asked journalists to send photos of their favorite quotes posted in newsrooms across the country.  I keep going back to this piece for inspiration (click on the image above for the entire list).  While the digital revolution has brought many technological changes, the essential importance of a free press remains the same.  From the Prince George Citizen in British Columbia:  

I’ll leave you with Supreme Court Justices Black and Douglas concurring in New York Times v United States (the so-called Pentagon Papers case).

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Protection or Plunder?

June 1, 2018

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard it —  the New York Times‘ new series and podcast called
The Caliphate.   The series follows reporter Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State (ISIS).  It’s been getting a lot of attention.  And, it’s raised some important ethical questions for journalists.  Here’s Maryam  Saleh, story editor for The Intercept:

The New York Times published an investigation of ISIS last month based on files reporter Rukmini Callimachi removed from Iraq,

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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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Truth Tourists Don’t See

March 23, 2018

Truth Tourists Don’t See

For more than 7 years, we’ve run a journalism program from Morocco, striving to uncover the truth about a country most tourists will never see.  Here’s Anna Jacobs, the previous Academic Director on our program (for her entire piece click on the image above):

Morocco is ranked as one of the weakest countries in the Middle East and North Africa, just ahead of war-torn Yemen and Syria.

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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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