Category Archive: journalism

Politics and Journalists’ Language

Why does journalism continue to fail so completely in its coverage of the outrages of Trump and the new age of American politics? Why does its language continue to provide cover for radical… Continue reading

"You Can’t Quote Me!"

In the 1970s, I spent a few nice months as a reporter for a small New England daily newspaper. I loved it. Though I covered outlying school boards and town council meetings during… Continue reading

Stephen Glass’s Ceiling

When I teach Introduction to Journalism, I always show Shattered Glass, the 2003 movie about New Republic staff writer Stephen Glass who was discovered to have fabricated quite a number of stories–or parts… Continue reading

Breitbart and O’Keefe: The Legacy

Last week, News with a View, an anthology of essays edited by Burton St. John and Kristen Johnson appeared. In it is an essay of mine, “The Pride and Reward of Falsification: Post-Objectivity… Continue reading

“Objectivity” As a Barrier to Education: Teaching Intellectual Responsibility and the Role of the Citizen

Often, when people wonder if American higher education might follow the fate of journalism, falling victim to inability to adapt to new technological milieux, they are thinking in terms of money and its… Continue reading

"We’re All Journalists Now"?

As Frédéric Filloux makes clear, the headline here is nonsense.  Hence the question mark.  But it is nonsense, perhaps, not for the reason he, or most who write about journalism, thinks.  It’s nonsense because… Continue reading

A Colossal Misunderstanding

Christine O’Donnell’s strange exit from Piers Morgan’s show on CNN made clear to me more than ever some of the collateral damage done by the “de-professionalization” of the news media over the past… Continue reading

Pro/Am Collaboration In Reporting: Is It Really Needed?

What follows is a contribution written by Aaron Barlow for a roundtable at the the Southern States Communication Association annual meeting in Norfolk, VA on April 3, 2009: Collaboration depends on acceptance of… Continue reading

Objectivity and Its Blinders

In the premier issue of Bookmark, a new publication for supporters of the New York Public Library, is the excerpted transcript of a panel discussion held May 1 at the library. The participants… Continue reading

The Winchells of Journalism

One of the novels I was smitten with for a few minutes in the 1960s was Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land.  Quite quickly, though, I tired of neologisms like “grok” and… Continue reading