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

Faculty-Driven In-Depth Journalism

I’ve been teaching a feature writing class this semester, and we’ve been using a pretty cool book that has proven to be popular with my students: The New New Journalism by Robert S. Boynton. Many of the featured journalists and writers talk about spending months — even years — working on their topics. They’re covering issues … Continue reading

RIAS German/American Journalists Exchange

American and German broadcast journalists have been participating in a significant transatlantic exchange opportunity since 1993. Every year, the RIAS German/American Journalists Exchange Program, sponsored by RTDNA and RTDNF, sends German journalists to the United States, and American journalists to Germany, to learn about our respective news media systems, governments, and cultures. According to RTDNA, … Continue reading

My Journalism Student is in Ukraine

“Everything is really eerie here.” That’s how a flurry of back-and-forth Facebook messages started this morning with Daniela Fierro, a WTAMU journalism student who is currently studying abroad in Ukraine. She’s living in Kharkiv, which is in the eastern part of the country. Until now, most of the unrest has been happening in Kiev, the capital, … Continue reading

Look to Campus for Journalism’s Renaissance

The news for college journalism has been pretty good recently, particularly for The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper. Student journalists turned their attention toward the continuing practice of racial segregation within the university’s Greek system. The reporting was picked up nationally and internationally, and The CW continued to hammer away at the issue … Continue reading