Tag Archives: Journalism

Historian Explains Journalism

Historian explains journalism: Ron Chernow gives White House correspondents a history lesson, writes Michael M. Grynbaum, on why journalism is important.

“Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics,” Chernow wrote in a statement.

Chernow avoided offensive comments of the sort delivered by comedians invited in the past to the correspondents’ dinner, directed at politicians invited as guests.

 

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Defining Journalism And Activism

Defining journalism and activism: “Journalism has long been committed to unbiased reporting and to shining a light on injustices in society,” writes Michael Blanding.

The tension between these two mandates has become more apparent in the current polarized political moment, he says.

The Truth Sandwich

The truth sandwich: Repeating a lie helps it to live on, writes Craig Newmark.

“I predict that, in 2019, news organizations will start to institute new reporting methods to avoid being complicit. Tactics may include adopting the ‘truth sandwich,’ which means covering a lie by presenting the truth first and then following that lie with a fact-check, as well as increasing newsroom capacity to check claims for accuracy in real time, prior to publishing a story.”

 

News Dying, Not Journalism

News dying, not journalism: News is losing its cultural relevance after two centuries, writes Hossein Derakhshan.

“The challenge for journalism in the years to come is to reinvent itself around something other than news, whilst resisting the seduction of propaganda and entertainment,” he writes.

“Innovation in journalism should not only be about business models or technology, it should be also about radically new culture forms and representation formats.”

 

Does Journalism Matter?

Does journalism matter? The public no longer reads us and politicians dismiss us, says Kyle Pope.

“Here’s the bottom line,” he writes. “We do these stories because we believe in something even bigger than what will become of them.”

They are important. Readers deserve to know them. They get us closer to truth. They’re the right thing to do.

World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day: Brian Stelter reports that dozens of news organizations join forces to promote high-quality journalism.

“It’s unusual to see media companies encouraging people to check out rival brands,” says Stelter. “The New York Times, in a print ad on Tuesday, is recommending its arch-rival The Wall Street Journal.” The move encourages the public to seek other sources of news.

Sean Hannity Quandary Answered

Putting the Sean Hannity quandary to rest: Kevin Horrigan says the pro-Trump Fox News host linked to the president’s lawyer is not a journalist. “He just plays one on TV.”

“Does anyone in America with a room temperature IQ really regard Sean Hannity as a journalist?” Horrigan wites. “Sure, he works for an outfit with ‘news’ in its name. He sits behind a desk and pontificates about news. So do Rush Limbaugh and Bill maher. They are weird hybrids in the media universe: ‘Infotainers.'”