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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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If you’ve been in journalism longer than three weeks, you’ve gotten your share of rude, inappropriate, or in some cases threatening feedback from your viewers, listeners or readers. Recently, Carrie Duncan of WLOX in Biloxi received an unwanted critique about her weight from a viewer who encouraged her to get “de-fatted somehow” and told her […]

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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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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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Facebook has launched a new type of news feed for select users. The new feed is accessible through a “rocket ship” icon in the facebook app on mobile devices. The rocket’s sudden arrival is good news for publishers and may indicate a new willingness by the social network giant to work with media companies. This […]

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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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Is it time for newspapers to say goodbye to their opinion sections? I’ve always been a defender of the opinion page for its tradition of unsigned editorials that motivate societal change, and for its ability to create a forum to discuss a wide array of differing viewpoints through columns and letters to the editor. But […]

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