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How a weekly newspaper in Oregon shined a light on government secrecy

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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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Homepage / Franklin Clemens

President Donald Trump continued his apparent war on freedom of the press this week by threatening to have NBC’s broadcast license revoked after the network ran a news story he found unfavorable. According to the NBC story, Trump asked for a tenfold increase in the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Trump claims the story is completely […]

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One of the more disturbing aspects of Google and Facebook’s propagation of false information when the Las Vegas shooting news first broke was Google’s explanation of how a false story naming the wrong person as the shooter rose to the top of its “In the news” section. The false story originated on 4chan and got […]

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Twitter’s announcement that it is considering and testing allowing 280-character tweets may have some of the social media giant’s fans lamenting the watering-down of the platform, but the change could have several benefits for journalists. While good journalism and a good tweet generally have conciseness in common, Twitter’s 140-character limit has created new challenges for […]

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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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