This is the commencement address that GJR Editor Jackie Spinner delivered at the graduation ceremony for the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts on May 8. Spinner received an honorary doctorate in media arts. Thank you. Happy Mother’s Day. Eid Mubarak all of you who are celebrating next week. And congratulations to everyone of you who walked, crawled, ran, … [Read more...] about Differences don’t divide us. What divides us is our inability to accept that we are different.
For its 50th anniversary, Gateway Journalism Review asked eight journalists from print, broadcast and online media to share memories of their careers and the stories that they remember most vividly. GJR also asked them where they get their news, where they think the news business is headed, and which reporters and editors from past decades have had the most influence on them … [Read more...] about Media personalities look back
The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol raised a host of questions about free expression where the law of the First Amendment is widely misunderstood. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who went to Stanford, graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts, claimed Simon & Schuster assaulted the First Amendment by canceling his book contract because … [Read more...] about Jan. 6 insurrection raised misunderstood 1A issues about censorship and incitement
A recent investigative report from NBC News highlighted the danger of our pursuit of false equivalency. As the Covid-19 vaccines have started to roll out across America, anti-vaxxers are increasingly getting the kind of mainstream news attention they’ve long sought from local news. Outlets reporting on the vaccine have described the anti-vaccination activists as … [Read more...] about Local news outlets should avoid false equivalency in reporting on Covid vaccine
The protest that I covered in Waco, Texas on Sept. 23 was nothing like the large, occasionally violent ones held in other regions. More than 50 people attended and no one was tear-gassed or arrested. I saw only a couple of counter protesters actually approach the group, screaming “Do you know the facts of the case? Breonna Taylor was a drug dealer!” But they left quickly as … [Read more...] about Another side of protests: Small peaceful gathering in Waco