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Read more about The most asinine article I've ever read

The most asinine article I've ever read

Sep 07, 2022
Read more about The most asinine article I've ever read
Read more about The most asinine article I've ever read
There are so, so many things that I could talk about in this stream. Media criticism is an endless hole, it seems like. Some of those topics are very serious and need to be discussed, such as Politico and CNN suddenly, maybe being chill with authoritarianism. But I am not going to discuss a serious topic today.
Read more about Are we the baddies?
Read more about Are we the baddies?

Are we the baddies?

Sep 04, 2022
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I understand why people don't trust journalists. We (generally) don't ask the right questions. We have no idea how to cover things in a way that's actually helpful. We contribute ludicrous ideas to the national narrative that just make things worse. We argue over semantics.
Read more about Republicans aren't 'evolving'; they're just liars
Read more about Republicans aren't 'evolving'; they're just liars

Republicans aren't 'evolving'; they're just liars

Sep 08, 2022
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Read more about Republicans aren't 'evolving'; they're just liars
I've talked here before about how journalists should not be stenographers. I ran across something that's even worse than that.
Read more about Small, local newspapers aren't easily replaceable
Read more about Small, local newspapers aren't easily replaceable

Small, local newspapers aren't easily replaceable

Aug 15, 2022
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In a Twitter thread discussing how The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal employ as many journalists as Gannett, which has more than 200 newspapers, LA Times reporter Jeong Park says that news "can’t be good.” He's right.
Read more about Why do we keep screwing this up?
Read more about Why do we keep screwing this up?

Why do we keep screwing this up?

Aug 22, 2022
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Don't be the journalist who massively hypes up a problem and then when said problem starts to get better, you just ignore it. The people who notice this omission get annoyed; the people who don't notice are the same people who put up stickers at gas pumps of Joe Biden pointing to the price and saying, "I did that!"
Read more about A solution to inefficiency in (some) newsrooms
Read more about A solution to inefficiency in (some) newsrooms

A solution to inefficiency in (some) newsrooms

Aug 09, 2022
Read more about A solution to inefficiency in (some) newsrooms
Read more about A solution to inefficiency in (some) newsrooms
As someone who works at a small daily regional paper and thoroughly believes in the positive impact of small-town journalism, I will defend our existence to my death. That said, inefficiency among papers owned by the same company is a real problem. I would like to present a solution.
Read more about Time to stop downplaying GOP's anti-democratic behavior in headlines
Read more about Time to stop downplaying GOP's anti-democratic behavior in headlines

Time to stop downplaying GOP's anti-democratic behavior in headlines

Aug 14, 2022
Read more about Time to stop downplaying GOP's anti-democratic behavior in headlines
Read more about Time to stop downplaying GOP's anti-democratic behavior in headlines
I’m a bit in love with this Twitter account called Fix Media Now because it is savage in its quest to make journalists do their jobs better. For instance, they will frequently “fix” headlines that downplay the GOP’s quest to ruin our democracy.
Read more about Facing the rising tide of fascism, do we cover the story or not?
Read more about Facing the rising tide of fascism, do we cover the story or not?

Facing the rising tide of fascism, do we cover the story or not?

Aug 26, 2022
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Read more about Facing the rising tide of fascism, do we cover the story or not?
Is it possible for news to win against propaganda? I hope so. But it ain’t easy. And however news outlets are handling it right now, I can’t fault them for it even if it turns out that they made the wrong call. We’re in new territory here.
Read more about Everyone hates stenographers
Read more about Everyone hates stenographers

Everyone hates stenographers

Aug 20, 2022
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I hate when journalists simply put down on paper what someone said and call it a day without any context or fact checking. Turns out, there is an name for that — stenography — and it also seems like there’s a particular journalist who has drawn a lot of ire for doing this regularly.
Read more about The Texas Tribune makes the rest of us look like we don't know what we're doing
Read more about The Texas Tribune makes the rest of us look like we don't know what we're doing

The Texas Tribune makes the rest of us look like we don't know what we're doing

Aug 19, 2022
Read more about The Texas Tribune makes the rest of us look like we don't know what we're doing
Read more about The Texas Tribune makes the rest of us look like we don't know what we're doing
This entry is less of a media criticism and more heaping a bit of praise on a newspaper that seems to be a lot of what I think all of us in the industry should be doing more of.