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The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Journalism

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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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Jared Yates Sexton had the surreal experience this week of being scooped by a source. Sexton, who has been working on the Trump-Russia story for a year now and shared his complete shock with Twitter upon learning that Donald Trump Jr. had just voluntarily tweeted out the information he had been searching for. His series […]

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Much has been reported on the video of a CNN producer criticizing the network’s Russia coverage. The video was released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, and as to accusations that these videos tend to be taken out of context, CNN has confirmed the veracity of the video, so we know these conversations did take place […]

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CNN ran a segment this morning where they interviewed several Trump voters in advance of Jim Comey’s expected testimony next week. They were asked a few questions relating to whether or not they still support the president. The segment itself was short and fairly typical, but the most striking aspect of it was an answer […]

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Several exterior windows were shot out at the offices of the Lexington Herald-Leader, the second largest newspaper in Kentucky. Police suspect a small-caliber gun was used to carry out the attack. This is the third threat to the free press in less than a week. Last week, a reporter for The Guardian was body slammed by Greg […]

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Earlier this week, a political candidate named Greg Gianforte “body slammed” a Guardian reporter by the name of Ben Jacobs. Yesterday, Montana voters sent Gianforte to the U.S. House of Representatives. Since there are many people in Montana and around the country that applaud and indeed voted for this behavior, I’d like to address the […]

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