Instead of complaining, journalists should be bringing value to the conversations that now occur without us, a journalist argues. Read more →
In public radio, ‘politicians and pointyheads’ tend to dominate. So it can be jarring to hear from people who are neither. Thus the term public radio.
There were some flaws in how NPR covered the campaign, sure, but it would be unfortunate if people walk away from the notion that hearing from people living their lives is something requiring apology. Read more →
Katherine Cramer, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, has been traveling to specific towns in rural Wisconsin for about 10 years and she says the results of last week’s election was about respect — or the lack of it — for rural areas more than anything else. Read more →
Gwen Ifill co-anchors one of the smartest news programs in America that probably isn’t as well watched as it should be, but for those who value a calm and intelligent discussions about the day’s issue, she was a national treasure.
She died today at 61. Read more →
Perhaps you’ve noticed in the last seven days that, despite not having a shred of specifics from the new president, reporters have had no trouble telling the story of what a Trump presidency means for everything and everybody.
They could have spent the last year doing those stories for all of the candidates who wanted to be president, but they couldn’t; they were too busy regurgitating the stump speeches and rehashing the horse race, which relies on polls that were completely inaccurate. Read more →
Occasional NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts put herself in the line of fire this morning when she made a joke about birth control and Latino influence in tomorrow’s election.
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Ryan Larson, an innocent man falsely portrayed as the likely killer of a Cold Spring police officer, gets his day in court this week.
He’s suing news organizations who were far too quick to identify him as a suspect in the 2012 slaying of officer Tom Decker, who was shot to death after he’d made a wellness check on Larson. Read more →
If you hadn’t noticed, the Star Tribune is apparently bucking the trend of dying newspapers in the country and it’s getting love today from Poynter, the journo think tank. Read more →
The people who work at newspapers drive the local news agenda. What they can’t do — as the St. Cloud Times’ story today proved again — is provide coverage of the execution of a community’s soul. Read more →
What are the ethical implications in reporting on stolen information without reporting where it came from and why it was leaked? Read more →
One photojournalist said she contributed because it’s her freedom of speech. That’s true. Everyone has a right to contribute to political causes. No one has a right to work in a newsroom while doing so, however.
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There’s a fascinating intersection of regulations and politics in the latest essay from NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen in which she answers critics of the network’s coverage of Donald Trump’s comments regarding his treatment of women.
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Ashley Feinberg, a senior writer at Deadspin, is urging the nation’s journalists to abandon their ethics for what she thinks is a greater good: keeping Donald Trump from the White House. Read more →
That was a fascinating segment on NPR’s Morning Edition today when an NPR host, who works for an organization that steadfastly refuses to say that Donald Trump lies, quizzed the boss of the country’s most influential newspaper, who works for an organization that has no such qualms. Read more →
A study from Harvard’s Kennedy School says the inclusion decades ago of “why” to the traditional list of questions every news story should answer — who, what, why, when, where, how — has shifted the focus of news coverage from the newsmaker to the reporter.
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