You have to really want to be a journalist to end up in journalism. And if you want to cover the federal courts of the low-tech United States, you have to be a track star. Read more →
The Boston Globe asked news media around the country to editorialize today in support of a free press. A few hundred papers took the Globe up on the challenge. A lot of others didn’t.
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NPR isn’t giving any ground to critics of last Friday’s interview with a white supremacist, during which the Morning Edition host allowed Jason Kessler to theorize on the differences in IQ between whites and people of color. Read more →
Allow us a moment of pride as we point out that a small cadre MPR newsies as well as David Folkenflik and Mary Louise Kelly at NPR, have been awarded 2018 Ethics in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Both groups had a difficult task in the last year. They had to report on failings within their own organizations. Read more →
A publisher with local newspapers in Dodge County was covering a news story the other day when his camera was confiscated by a sheriff’s deputy. The data card was taken and hasn’t been returned, the Rochester Post Bulletin says.
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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 →