A Question of Bias

I was recently asked by a fellow Twitter user to comment on the following image:     Here’s the specific question from the tweet: “Butler tell me there is no coordinated bias here. What say you?” I always appreciate an opportunity to talk about journalism and the news media, and I hope you’ll bear with … Continue reading

Hate Speech and Free Speech: A Discussion

The University of North Alabama hosted a daylong event on Nov. 29 called “Let’s Chat.” It was designed as an opportunity for the campus community to come together and talk about sensitive or difficult topics in a safe environment. I had the privilege of starting the day with Dr. Katie Owens-Murphy, an assistant professor of English … Continue reading

We are Guaranteed a Free Press, not a Fair One

There’s a picture circulating on media channels that shows a man wearing a T-shirt stating “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required.” The picture was taken at a political rally in Minnesota on Sunday. I’m already on record with this: I have no tolerance for threats against journalists, whether they work in the United States or … Continue reading

News Engagement Day

Tuesday, Oct. 4, will be News Engagement Day. Started by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2014, it’s an “effort to make engaging with news a national priority.” As a college professor and former working journalist, I usually find few students in my classes who say they regularly keep up with the … Continue reading

Examining and Supporting Scholastic Journalism

I recently wrapped up two years of service as chair of the Society of Professional Journalists Journalism Education Committee. It was a privilege serving two SPJ presidents (thank you Dana Neuts and Paul Fletcher) and my committee colleagues. We’ve been doing some important work that deserves continued attention. The most up-to-date research on the state of … Continue reading