Posted in Community Journalism Investigations Journalism News Pro Publica

Journalists of Color: Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program

Are you a college student of color interested in doing great journalism? ProPublica wants to help. Apply for our Emerging Reporters Program by Aug. 20. by ProPublica July 30 What is ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program? The…

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A girl holds on to an adult as police in riot gear stand nearby following protests against the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis Police, turned destructive in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Journalism News

County judge orders journalists to turn over footage to Seattle police

‘Disturbing—and Dangerous’ “This turns journalists into an arm of the government. We are not here to do surveillance for police.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Friday, July 24 Journalists and civil liberties advocates alike condemned a…

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Posted in Analysis Community Journalism Journalism Social Media The Conversation

COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

Read all about it: Virus kills off dying industry. Brian Mitchell/Getty Images by Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Lorenzo Milam: ‘Father’ of community radio has died

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, July 22, 2020 New Orleans Lorenzo Milam has died. Long live Lorenzo Milam! Wikipedia calls Milam an author and activist, which is true as far as it goes, but in many circles,…

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Fox's "The Ingraham Angle" was responsible for a quarter of all coronavirus misinformation on the network over the five day period studied. (Photo: Fox News via MMFA)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Journalism

Analysis finds Fox News Covid-19 coverage featured misinformation 253 times in just five days

The network, said an MMFA researcher, “downplays the threat of the virus, dismisses the recommendations of public health officials, and misrepresents the scientific consensus on the disease.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, July 17 Fox…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Media

Boycott Facebook

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   The old saying that “arrogance comes before the fall,” doesn’t set the clock on when it happens, just the inevitability. Facebook, the social media giant and communication hub for the…

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President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. had thousands of empty seats, thanks at least in part to the actions of teenagers who mobilized on the social media platform TikTok.
Posted in Analysis Politics Social Media The Conversation

How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign by  Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Thursday, July 2 The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online…

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Gashes and gullies at the fence’s foundation show potentially dangerous erosion. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Border Wall Immigration Investigations News Pro Publica

He built a privately funded border wall and it’s already at risk of falling down.

  Trump supporters funded a private border wall on the banks of the Rio Grande, helping the builder secure $1.7 billion in federal contracts. Now the “Lamborghini” of border walls is in danger of falling into…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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Posted in Columns Community Journalism Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Say their names, too

“A video is worth a thousand lives.” by Wade Rathke Pearl River   For years the tag line on my blogs and podcasts has been, “You take it from here to there.” It’s time to raise…

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Posted in Common Dreams Journalism Justice News

ACLU lawsuit accuses police in Minnesota of ‘targeting and attacking journalists’ covering George Floyd protests

“We are facing a full-scale assault on the First Amendment freedom of the press,” said an ACLU attorney. “We will not let these official abuses go unanswered.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 The…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Investigations News Pro Publica

This Treasury official Is running the bailout. It’s been great for his family.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Justin Muzinich has an increasingly prominent role. He still has ties to his family’s investment firm, which is a major beneficiary of the Treasury’s bailout actions. by Justin Elliott, Lydia DePillis and Robert…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Journalism Pro Publica

“Immune to Evidence”: How dangerous Coronavirus conspiracies spread

Conspiratorial videos and websites about COVID-19 are going viral. Here’s how one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook” says you can fight back. One big takeaway: Focus your efforts on people who can hear…

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Posted in Journalism News Politics The Conversation

‘Reopen’ protest movement created, boosted by fake grassroots tactics

by  Marc Ambinder, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Many Americans have been under strict stay-at-home orders, or at least advisories, for more than a month. People are frustrated and depressed, but…

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Posted in Business Columns Journalism News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic challenges ad-based business models

New Orleans   One of the stark realities undergirding a number of industries that has been vividly exposed during the current coronavirus pandemic is the fragility of advertising-based business models that actually power tech giants and…

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Posted in Columns Journalism Literature The Conversation

What makes something ironic?

If only there were one that fit. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images By Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis Have you ever found yourself about to say, “that’s ironic,” only to stop yourself – unsure…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Journalism Pro Publica

I lived through SARS and reported on Ebola. These are the questions we should be asking about coronavirus.

For concerned civilians and journalists covering the coronavirus, the figures and projections can be overwhelming, frightening or confusing. Here’s what reporter Caroline Chen is focusing on to keep things as accurate and clear as possible. by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Journalism National News Public Health Public Policy

Trump White House bars press rom filming or recording coronavirus briefing

“We need transparency. Instead we are getting this.”       by Jake Johnson, staff writer, Common Dreams Wednesday, March 04, 2020 The Trump administration on Tuesday barred the media from filming or recording audio of…

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Posted in Analysis Journalism Race for the White House 2020 Truthout

Democratic Party Dinosaurs have seen the Meteor, and it’s coming from Vermont

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout February 23, 2020 The Berniegeddon is upon us! It’s France falling to the Nazis in World War II! It’s the Russians! It’s the end of everything! Flee! Flee for your lives!…

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