Telling reporters they can’t say something is almost never a good strategy. Monday morning’s Exhibit A; Julian Assange. Read more →
I’m taking a pass on a Top 10 list this year because I’m not that crazy about 9 of the top 10, reflective, perhaps, of my inability to get out more this year, due to declining health and the difficulty of keeping the blog updated when I’m not in a position to do so. Like it or not, page views are the coin of the realm for people who need to justify their existence as bloggers. Read more →
There’s so much to love in this video today from Stillwater Area Schools. Read more →
Too many journalists never learn an important lesson and from the sound of press releases flying around about a TV show investigating the disappearance of Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit, who hasn’t been seen since disappearing 23 years ago, a common mistake is about to be repeated. Read more →
For sure, the business is hard economically, and has been since Marconi. But over the years its method of advancement also provided networks with a steady stream of seasoned journalists. Only the best survived the winnowing process. Read more →
We are in the time of year when we organize annual lists of top stories. Time today issued its list of the 100 best photos of 2018. MPR News photojournalist Evan Frost made the impressive cut with this one. If you don’t know the story of the raccoon, we welcome you from your slumber. It’s Read more →
Having patted himself on the back (according to White House sources) for keeping a civil tongue during the days of services for former President George H. W. Bush this week, President Trump returned to the security blanket of Twitter late Thursday.
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Journalists and presidents have sparred for far longer than many of us have been alive, but for a few old-timers who still remember the Nixon administration, it was hard not to take a trip down memory lane to see how the things have changed in the category of ‘shocking’ at presidential news conferences. Read more →
If you want election results next Wednesday morning, you apparently won’t find them in the newspapers of one of the biggest chains in the country, and that’s just the way Gannett wants it. Read more →
A Saudi journalist is probably dead because there’s no country left on the planet using its moral authority to prevent the killing of those who seek the truth about power. Read more →
Members of the journalism community probably won’t take Christine Blasey Ford’s clear invitation to examine how they report on the survivors of sexual assault. Read more →
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 →