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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

Everything you never wanted to know about journalism and the media

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Among the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were two journalists. One died at ground zero photographing the burning towers. The other was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. BILL BIGGART was a photojournalist who moved to Manhattan in the 1970s right when the World Trade Center was first opening. He would also […]

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“If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.” -Aaron Sorkin Journalists are taught in journalism school to question authority and speak truth to power. In many cases, they’re actually doing this well before attending college. In some respects, journalists are natural-born contrarians. Unfortunately, […]

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On Friday, Donald Trump began a 17-day vacation at his New Jersey golf resort, which became a huge news story, with CNN‘s Anderson Cooper, going as far as to call the president “The Vacationer in Chief.” Immediately, comparisons were made to how many days of vacation Trump’s immediate predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush […]

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I mentioned in an earlier post about news chyrons that they could be an effective method of fact-checking. Since the election of Donald Trump, MSNBC has started actively using the lower-third of the screen to fact check the president. I’m not sure if it is MSNBC’s decidedly liberal slant, or if now that it is […]

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One can’t expect to work in journalism without being exposed to a little venom from the public every now and then. However, many journalists have noticed an uptick in the public’s loathing of journalists in the current political climate. Take Grady Trimble, a reporter at WTSP in Tampa Bay for example.┬áTrimble was minding his business […]

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Is your news organization still holding off on publishing stories online until they have either run in the print edition or been broadcast on-air? This isn’t as much of a problem as it used to be, and is often tied to resources rather than newsroom philosophy, but there are still some publishers and executives who […]

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