As sure as the day is long, a sign of the end of the free press is its refusal to stand against an assault on the institution by people who make their living by calling themselves journalists.
The Capital Gazette, where five journalists were slaughtered last week because someone didn’t like the job they did, penned a disturbing ‘thank you’ in its Sunday paper.
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“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow!” – Chase Cook, reporter, The Capital Gazette Read this thread from MPR hero Jon Collins: 2) If you want media that perfectly reflects your worldview & ideology, excluding all else, you don't want journalism, you want propaganda — Jon Collins (@JonSCollins) June Read more →
The New York Times is under fire in some quarters for spiking an on-the-record audio interview with Stephen Miller, President’s Trump’s senior policy adviser. Read more →
Rob Rogers’ anti-Trump editorial cartoons had been the source of a months-long dispute. Read more →
Color me skeptical about the latest poll purporting to show that journalists aren’t doing a good enough job of explaining how journalism works. Read more →
Mainstream news media outlets aren’t very good at covering communities of color and issues of race and class and there’s a pretty obvious reason why not: they’re mostly white. Read more →
This will come as bad news to about half the country (according to polls), but the movement to save a free press just got reinforcements.
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Everyone has an opinion on ‘the media’ today because the pampered TV anchors and insular political reporters have once again made it easy to narrowly define the term, with their ridiculous annual decision to party with the people they’re supposed to be covering. Not shown nor considered are all the journalists in the world who were busy doing their jobs and may not even own tuxedos and evening gowns. Read more →
Every morning, we get an email from the digital bosses at the World Headquarters of NewsCut. It’s the daily page view and “engagement time” for everything that appears on the MPR News website. I don’t pretend to know what most of it means other than it feels better to be at the top of the list from Chartbeat than not on it at all. Read more →
There’s more than the Wetterlings’ reputation and the reputation of journalists at stake with what comes next; there’s also the willingness of victims and others to assist investigators in the future. Read more →
The Minnesota Daily, operated by journalism students at the University of Minnesota, told a story that needed be told — excessive drinking at parties run by fraternities and sororities, specifically the February death of Mitchell Hoenig. Read more →
Unquestionably, there is a right to free speech; that’s not the issue. This is: Does journalism have a responsibility to give it a megaphone? Read more →
Mark Conditt was portrayed by authorities as not motivated by hatred, but was upset about his life, so he sent package bombs to people, all of whom happened to be black. Did journalists go along with that depiction because they’re mostly white and Christian, too? The New York Times says ‘no.’ Read more →
These are tough times for the newspaper industry, tougher times for people who make their living as ink-stained wretches, and it’s no picnic for readers either when the newspaper owners talk to us as if we’re stupid on those occasions when they talk to their customers at all. Read more →