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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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Last week, the method cable news broadcasts use to deliver headlines made headlines. While CNN host Jake Tapper was on vacation, a panel on his show was discussing a speech given by Donald Trump supporter Richard Spencer. The text on the bottom third of the screen read: “Alt-Right Founder Questions If Jews Are People.” This set […]

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Tragedies often bring out the big difference in the depth of coverage provided by local and national news sources. In the early hours of Friday morning, Demond Cottman was shot and killed in a Black Friday-related shooting in the parking lot of Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing New Jersey. A Google search for the shooting […]

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Journalists are frequently accused of asking obvious questions of their sources. While it isn’t possible to speak for or defend some legitimately questionable questions, there are several reasons a journalist may intentionally ask what appears at first glance to be a “stupid” question. JOURNALISTS CAN’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS: Journalists try not to make assumptions. The wrong […]

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Breaking News: Local news stations, 24-hour news networks and news organizations on Twitter over-use the phrase “breaking news” to grab attention and increase ratings. If your local broadcast news station somehow manages to have one “breaking” story at some point during the newscast every night, chances are the news they are reporting isn’t actually important […]

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Apartment fires aren’t an uncommon occurrence. It also isn’t an uncommon occurrence for local news stations across the country to treat apartment fires as though they are atomic bombs. The instant the first smoke detector goes off in an apartment complex in Downtown Anywhere, USA, the helicopters and news vans swarm the scene and an event […]

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