BEIJING — Dozens of Chinese college students. Children. They sought me out with their faxes in May and June, 1989, to tell me what was happening in the world’s largest public square. They knew of the Christian Science Monitor’s unbiased international reporting. They somehow knew the identity of the Monitor’s senior international … [Read more...] about June 4, 1989
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was known for his swagger and no-nonsense management style--and also for trying to control his own narrative. In the final weeks before he left City Hall and Lori Lightfoot became mayor after an historical election, Emanuel went on a media tour to sum up his two terms in his words, refusing to tell the New York Times what advice he’d give his … [Read more...] about Former Chicago mayor blurs line for journalism as a ‘pol on hiatus’
The indictment of Julian Assange for leaking national security secrets poses a serious challenge to the First Amendment’s protection of the right of the press to publish stories on the most important of news events. Assange is the first self-styled journalist to be charged with violating the century-old Espionage Act, an overbroad law passed in the midst of World War I … [Read more...] about Assange indictment bigger threat than the secrets he leaked
At almost 77, my Midwestern mother has a complicated relationship with her local newspaper. For more than half her life, she’s been a daily subscriber. When she goes on vacation, she has a neighbor save the papers for her so she can go through them upon her return. She clips out obituaries and articles about people she knows in the Central Illinois town where I grew up. So … [Read more...] about Lee’s pricing model for ‘members’ alienates longtime readers
The sweeping Green New Deal effort to combat climate change choked in Washington this spring, dying in the U.S. Senate before most Midwest news consumers had a chance to consider its merits--or failings. That’s because fact-based journalism on the Green New Deal was rare and spotty in regional news outlets. The majority of Midwestern media used wire from national news … [Read more...] about The Green New Deal was an important story for the Midwest. But coverage didn’t reflect that.