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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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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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Your tassel has been turned and you’ve gotten your diploma. Many of you have had the bittersweet moment of putting your last edition of the school newspaper to bed. I’m sure your professors, graduation speakers, parents and mentors have all given you more sage advice than you know what to do with, but somehow you’ve stumbled […]

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Lost in the shuffle of headlines about FBI Director James Comey’s firing is a telling quote from Kellyanne Conway that sheds a frightening light on how the Trump administration views the role of the press. In an interview with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, Conway dropped the following on viewers: “You want to question the timing of […]

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If you’re a new to journalism and covering a beat that involves government meetings, you may find yourself struggling with how take a rather bland government meeting and turn it into a compelling story. This is a common problem many journalists face, as the material covered in these often sparsely attended meetings is important, but tends to […]

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The Malheur Enterprise is a small, family-run weekly newspaper serving Malheur County Oregon. Malheur County is the poorest county in Oregon according to U.S. Census results, with 21 percent of its residents living in poverty. The county isn’t even in the same timezone as the rest of the state. Earlier this year, the Enterprise filed […]

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Last week, a story broke revealing that Mike Pence used his private AOL email to conduct government business while he was Governor of Indiana. As would be expected with a story of this nature, it became one of the top stories on cable news for a couple of days. For most Americans, that is where […]

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I’ve spent the last few days pondering what to write about Friday’s chapter in the continued saga between the White House and the press. To be honest, I am still baffled by the whole thing, so this post will probably be raw and unpolished. To recap, during his address at CPAC, President Trump reiterated his […]

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Recently, Donald Trump sent out a tweet indicating that he would like to see the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate what he calls the “fake” news media. This sent up red flags for journalists, since the president is essentially saying that congress should investigate the free press, which is protected by the first amendment. Famed White […]

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In an interview with Kellyanne Conway today, Jake Tapper sparred with one of Donald Trump’s key advisers for 25 minutes over the administration’s strained relationship with the media and the facts. The full interview is a clinic for journalists on how to respond to government officials, bureaucrats and PR professionals who try to spin their […]

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