With a decline in the independent, local newspaper industry as a whole, publicly-funded institutions have attempted to fill in the many gaps that have been left behind. Journalism schools, many of which are state government operated, have played a large role in this process. “It's great for communities because they get local news that they otherwise wouldn't get,” said … [Read more...] about Sunshine Law could allow for backdoor censorship of publicly funded journalism
To paywall or not? Young readers provide the answer
A few years ago, while preparing to teach a copy editing course for the first time, I stumbled across a hidden gem in The New York Times digital edition: Copy Edit This!, an interactive quiz that tests readers on grammar and word usage errors from recent Times articles. The Times’s standards editor catches the errors and then explains why they are wrong. Here is an example … [Read more...] about To paywall or not? Young readers provide the answer
Journalism failed the young editors and staffers at The Daily Northwestern–not the other way around
Too easy. That’s how fast the anger and confusion came from those who reacted negatively to the apology offered recently by the editor and staffers of The Daily Northwestern for their coverage of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ campus appearance. But the extreme measure of removing well- and fairly sourced photos, removing a protester’s name in a vital act of … [Read more...] about Journalism failed the young editors and staffers at The Daily Northwestern–not the other way around
What is lost if photos are pulled to save subject’s pain?
Imagine if the world had never seen that photo of a young Mary Ann Vecchio screaming out in raw emotional pain over the body of Jeffrey Miller, shot dead moments earlier by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in 1970. Student journalist John Filo’s iconic, Pulitzer-winning photo arguably helped hasten the end of the Vietnam War. The protest at Kent State on May 4, … [Read more...] about What is lost if photos are pulled to save subject’s pain?