Journalism can no longer make any claims to objectivity for one very important reason: The viewing and reading public is now an active part of the dialogue. Allow me to explain. Before the Internet and technology enabled us to spread information globally at a click — and comment on that information — newspapers, magazines, TV … Continue reading Sourcing the Truth in Media Is a Subjective Practice
In this age of social media, it’s refreshing to say, there are still a lot of good old-fashioned letters being written. Of course, they’re not being delivered via USPS – thank goodness, since they’re having their own issues – but these letters are doing a lot to convey the thoughts, feelings and intentions of the … Continue reading Kamala Harris for VP, and the Army of Men and Women Who’ve Put a No-Nonsense Line of Support in the Sand
So, it’s been less than a week since Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the world is mourning his death. There have been tributes all over the world, and endless news cycles reporting every detail of … Continue reading Kobe Bryant, Felicia Sonmez, and the Case of the Poorly Timed Tweet
I usually shy away from blogging about politics – it’s too inflammatory, even for me LOL – but hear me out here because I’m not advocating for Democrat or Republican. Nor am I pushing for a particular candidate in the upcoming presidential election. My gripe this fine Friday is with Facebook’s decision to not fact … Continue reading Facebook Is Being Irresponsible with Its Stance on Political Advertising
With all this talk of whistleblowing and impeachment flowing around, I suppose it was only fitting that a story about questionable journalism ethics and poor social media skills caught my eye. CNN ran a piece today about Aaron Calvin, a Des Moines Register reporter who lost his job after writing a profile on someone with a … Continue reading Once a Racist, Always a Racist?
So, I ran across a news item in The Guardian this week discussing how the BBC, the world’s oldest national broadcaster, apologized for not warning the Duke of Sussex before publishing a racist image. Now, the image the Duke – you may know him as Prince Harry, husband to Megan Markle, the British royal family’s first … Continue reading BBC, Prince Harry Accepts Your Apology – Because He’s British
It’s been a rough week or so for freedoms of all kinds. Top of mind is the list of states that have decided they have the right to police women’s bodies. As of this writing, eight states have passed bills to place extreme limitations on abortions. Shout out to Illinois where I live for doing exactly the … Continue reading Was the Law Always This Judgmental?
My alma matter, the University of Missouri, has been on fire this week. It began with graduate student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike to protest increasingly tense race relations — and former President Tim Wolfe’s lack of response — which led to a show of solidarity from the Mizzou football team, which subsequently resulted in Wolfe’s … Continue reading A Safe Space