The Journalism Salute

By Mark Simon

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The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do.

The goal is to show that journalism is a great profession, that journalists are not the enemy, and that there are many great careers an aspiring journalist can pursue.

Our goal is to be diverse, thoughtful, and interesting.

Find us at our website or on Twitter and e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com


Episode Date
Liz Robbins, Director of Journalism Partnerships at Define American
2051

On this episode we’re joined by Liz Robbins. Liz is currently the director of journalism partnerships for Define American, an organization whose goal is to humanize the immigrant experience in the media one story at a time.


Prior to this job, Liz was a longtime reporter for the New York Times, first covering sports and then immigration. She’s also a journalism teacher and professor and wrote a book about the New York City Marathon.


Liz talked about her career and her goal of humanizing the people in the many features she wrote. She also explained the goals of Define American and explained the day-to-day work that she is doing for that organization, including best practices regarding language and the use of anonymous sources.


Liz’s salute: Documented NY


Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Dec 06, 2022
Scott MacFarlane, Congress/January 6 Reporter - CBS News
1657

For our 100th episode, we’re joined by Scott MacFarlane, who covers Congress and the January 6 aftermath for CBS News. Scott has been with CBS since January after leaving the NBC affiliate in DC. He’s covered Washington D.C. for nearly 20 years and has had a long career as an investigative journalist. His Twitter (@macfarlanenews) is the go-to source for information about every January 6th court case.

Scott talked about how he keeps track of all the January 6th cases and why he puts such a strong emphasis on the under-the-radar cases. He explained the challenge of keeping his reactions to what he’s seen and heard in check, how he makes his social media coverage differentiating, and why the most important lesson he’s learned in his career is one about fairness.

Scott’s salute: Alex Silverman, Director of News and Programming, KNX Radio, Los Angeles.

To read a transcript of this episode, click here.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Nov 29, 2022
Nick Hirshon, Guest Editor, American Journalism
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On this episode, we’re joined by Nick Hirshon. Nick’s our first repeat guest. He’s an associate professor of communications at William Paterson University, a co-host of the Journalism History podcast, and is the editor of the upcoming issue of the academic journal – American Journalism. That’s our subject today.

The issues looks at the history of investigative reporting, the hook being the 50th anniversary of the Watergate Break-In. Nick talked about the different types of pieces, from a look at investigative journalism’s origin stories to pieces on the media’s role in the Watergate story, and interviews with a wide range of journalists, including Connie Chung, Steve Scully, and actress Jane Seymour.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Nov 15, 2022
Cyd Zeigler, Co-Founder, Outsports.com
2078

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Cyd Zeigler.

Cyd is the co-founder of Outsports, a website covering LGBTQ+ issues in sports. He’s also the author/co-author of 3 books, most recently My Life On The Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life by Ryan O’Callaghan. He’s broken many stories related to athletes coming out publicly regarding their sexuality and is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Hall of Fame.

Cyd talked about the website’s founding and how it has evolved over the last 20+ years. He explained how he works with athletes on their coming out stories, shared his thoughts on what journalists get wrong in their coverage of the LGBTQ+ community, and provided examples of stories he’s done, including one on former Cincinnati Reds and FOX Sports broadcaster Thom Brennaman.

Cyd’s Salute: LZ Granderson

Outsports Podcasts can be found here

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Nov 08, 2022
Trân Nguyễn , San Jose Spotlight
1882

Trân Nguyễn is a bilingual investigative reporter and data journalist who has covered the Vietnamese community, homelessness and health care in Santa Clara County for the San Jose Spotlight via Report for America. She is a native of Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in an environment in which most media was state-sponsored. Now, she’s covering a city with the largest Vietnamese population in the United States.

Tran talked about her career path, explained the purpose of the Spotlight, discussed the kinds of stories she covers, and explained her writing style. She also talked about the mentors that were key to her development as a journalist.

Trân’s salutes: Damon Kiesow, University of Missouri and Sisi Wei founder of the DEI Coalition Slack and editor-in-chief of The Markup.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Nov 01, 2022
Alissa Quart, Economic Hardship Reporting Project
1905

On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Alissa Quart. Alissa is the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project funds and co-publishes reporting, supporting independent journalists who do stories that counteract typical narratives all related to inequality. It can be found at economichardship.org.

Alissa talked about her career, provided examples of what the group does, and explained why reporting on inequity is so important.

Alissa’s salute: The Debt Collective.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Oct 25, 2022
Donnell Suggs, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlanta Volce
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On this episode, we salute and interview Donnell Suggs, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Voice, which is the longest running and only Black newspaper in Atlanta.

 Donnell has covered business, features, real estate, religion, and sports during his time in the industry. He’s a native of Brooklyn N.Y.

 He talked about his time as a New York City police officer and why he decided he wanted to become a full-time journalist. He explained why he loved print journalism so much, what makes The Atlanta Voice an important newspaper in 2022, and how he tries to make the paper’s coverage distinct.

 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Oct 18, 2022
Wesley Early, Reporter: Alaska Public Media
2153

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Wesley Early, a reporter for Alaska Public Media, who covers city government and Anchorage life.

 Wesley talked about his career, which has taken him through both large and small markers in Alaska, and the day-to-day duties of the job. He also explained how being Black in a state with a very small Black population plays a role in how he does his job. And he cleared up some misconceptions that media members in the lower 48 states have about his state.

 Wesley’s salute: KYUK, Bethel, Alaska

Wesley’s Twitter: @wesley_early

 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Oct 11, 2022
Jane Wolfe, Author- Burl: Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Jane Wolfe. Jane is a longtime journalist who has written 3 biographies, the most recent of which is titled Burl, Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer. It’s about Burl Osborne, a prominent journalist and newspaper publisher who had a distinguished career at the Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News.

Jane talked about her career, about Burl’s life, and the process of writing a biographies – which parts she likes and which parts she doesn’t like.

Jane’s salute: University of Texas-Austin School of Journalism and Media

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Oct 04, 2022
Ben Welsh, Visiting Senior Data Journalist at Stanford University
1922

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ben Welsh, the visiting senior data journalist at Stanford University who is working on the project, Big Local News. He’s also been a longtime data journalism editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Ben talked about his journalism origin story, the different projects he’s worked on, how Big Local News is helping to make data journalism accessible to smaller media outlets, and the importance of the field of data journalism.

Ben’s Twitter

Details on Ben’s work at Stanford

Studs Terkel podcast

Homepages.news


Ben’s salute: The Las Vegas Review Journal

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Sep 27, 2022
John Vitti: Multi-Platform Sports Editor, Teacher, Founder: Headliners in Education
2020

On this episode, we salute John Vitti. John is a man of many skills. He’s been a layout, copy, and online editor/multi-platform editor for the sports department of the Boston Globe for 23 years. He’s also a high school journalism teacher, an elementary school newspaper advisor, and the founder of a journalism program for kids, Headliners in Education.

John talked with Mark Simon about all of those roles as well as the value of teaching journalism concepts to kids, even if they don’t want to become journalists.

John’s salutes

Press Pass NYC

Journalistic Learning Initiative (Ed Madison, its founder, is a past guest)

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Sep 20, 2022
Alexis Terrazas, Editor-In-Chief, El Tecolote
1959

On this episode, we salute and interview Alexis Terrazas.

He’s the editor in chief of El Tecolote (The Owl), a bilingual Latino newspaper that has served the San Francisco Bay Area Latino community since 1970. Prior to that, he wrote for Patch and the San Francisco Examiner. 

Alexis shared his journalism origin story, explained the types of stories that El Tecolote covered, and detailed why he’s so passionate about his job and the newspaper’s mission.

El Tecolote’s Twitter account

Alexis’s salute: Renaissance Journalism

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Sep 13, 2022
Katie Hawkins-Gaar: Digital Women Leaders; My Sweet Dumb Brain
1709

On today’s episode, we salute Katie Hawkins-Gaar.

 Katie is a freelance writer and the founder of Digital Women Leaders, a mentoring program for women and non-binary people working in news who are looking for advice from someone who understands their experience. It’s a free program with dozens of coaches available for a 30-minute session.

Katie also edits the newsletter, My Sweet Dumb Brain, a newsletter about facing the ups and downs of life, all while being kind to yourself.

Katie talked about her journalism experience, how the Digital Women Leaders program works and the type of advice mentees receive, and gave examples of topics that she addresses in her newsletter, which often focuses on mental health.

Katie’s salute: Sahan Journal

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Sep 06, 2022
Anushka De, National Student Journalist of the Year
2217

On this episode, we’re joined by Anushka De. Anushka is a freshman from Cupertino California studying computer science at Stanford University.

This past year, Anushka was named the Journalism Education Association Student Journalist of the Year and the National Scholastic Press Association’s Writer of the Year.

 Anushka talked about her initial fear of being a journalist and how she overcame it along with the great work she did on El Estoque, the student publication of Monta Vista High School. She discussed the high standards the journalism program at her school has and how students strive to fulfill them. And she shared her future goals.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod

Anushka's salutes:

High school newspapers, including the Berkley High Jacket, the Lynbrook Epic, and the Cupertino Prospector

LINKS

Anuskha’s portfolio (including stories referenced within interview)

Aug 30, 2022
Ahmed Ahmed, Nevada Student Journalist of the Year
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On this episode, we’re joined by Ahmed Ahmed. Ahmed was named the Nevada Student Journalist of the Year – by the Journalism Education Association. He spent 3 years on the staff of the Southwest Shadow at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. And he’s now headed to the University of Chicago to study political science.

Ahmed talked about his journalism origin story, why opinion writing is so important to him, who his greatest influences are, and what his future ambitions are.

 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Links

 Ahmed’s Salute: Youth Journalism International

 Ahmed’s work for the Shadow

Ahmed’s website and portfolio

Aug 30, 2022
Erin Perry, Managing Editor of Outlier Media
1822

On this episode, we salute Erin Perry, the managing editor of Outlier Media.

 Outlier Media is a Detroit-based service journalism organization that identifies, reports, and delivers valuable information to empower residents to hold landlords, municipal government, and elected officials accountable for longstanding problems.

They do this with text messaging, newsletters, and a section of OutlierMedia.org

Erin talked about her origin story and career path. She shared examples of the kinds of stories that Outlier covers and explained why it’s so needed in Detroit.

She also shared her passion for journalism education and the steps needed to make journalism an appealing profession for Black and Latino students.

Erin’s salute: Capital B, a non-profit for Black audiences.

 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Aug 23, 2022
Mariel Padilla, General Assignment Reporter: The 19th
1844

On this episode we’re joined by Mariel Padilla. Mariel is a general assignment reporter for The 19th.

 The 19th is an independent non-profit newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy. It’s name invokes the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

She’s been with them for 2 years after working for a year as a reporting fellow for the NY Times. And she was a part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage both at The Times and while interning at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mariel talked about the stories she’s worked on for each of those organizations.

At the Enquirer that involved collecting data for a major story on the opioid crisis. At the Times, she worked on breaking news (including obituaries) and unusual features. And at The 19th, she’s worked on a wide range of coverage including the January 6 Hearings, the military, Afghan refugees, and abortion legislation.

Mariel also explained what makes coverage at The 19th distinct. Be sure to listen for her wonderful quote about how she views being a journalist.

 

Mariel’s salute: MIT Technology Review

 

Stories

Covering Cassidy Hutchinson testimony

Liz Cheney’s comments during hearing

Story on Afghan refugees

How the women of congress remember Jan. 6


 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.

Aug 16, 2022
Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Global Press Journal; Trailing-Spouse.com
1703

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Nicole Neroulias Gupte. Nicole is an editor with Global Press Journal, a news organization working with women around the world covering undercovered countries.

She’s also the founder and executive editor of Trailing-Spouse (Trailing-Spouse.com), an online magazine and community that shares stories of expats, military families and significant others who have done adventurous things and reinvented their lives after partner-prompted relocations.

Nicole talked about the work she’s done at Global Press (using a recent story set in Sri Lanka as an example). She also shared both her journalism origin story and the origin story and development of Trailing Spouse – and the goals she has for it.

 She also shared tips and advice for those looking to follow her lead in either editing role and explained why it’s important to get your Nintendo reflexes going before going on Jeopardy.

For more on Global Press Journal, listen to our interview with editor-in-chief, Jessica Meyers.

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod

Aug 09, 2022
James Queally, Crime & Police Reporter, Los Angeles Times
2392

On today’s episode, we’re joined by James Queally, who covers courts, crime, and police for the Los Angeles Times. He previously had a similar job for the Newark Star-Ledger. 

James is the 2nd Pulitzer winner to join us (Ted Bridis is the other). He was part of a 2015 breaking news team that covered the San Bernadino terrorist attacks that won the Pulitzer. 

He’s also a book author – 2 novels.

James talked about his journalism origin story, how one phone call changed his interest from covering sports to covering crime. He also shared examples of reporting he’s done, from covering the recent trial of the man who murdered Nipsey Hussle to investigative work on racist police officers. And he talked about how he handles the grizzly nature of the job mentally.

James’ salute:

Keri Blakinger, Marshall Project

 

His website: JamesQueallyWriter.com

(includes links to his books)

 

His articles can be found here

Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, Mark's website (MarkSimonMedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod

Aug 02, 2022
Javeria Salman, Digital News Producer, Staff Writer: The Hechinger Report
2017

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Javeria Salman, a digital news producer and staff writer at The Hechinger Report, which covers innovation and inequality in education.

 

Her beat is the future of learning in kindergarten through 12th grade and her work is most often seen in a newsletter that comes out every 2 weeks. She’s based in New York City.

 

Javeria talked about her journalism career path, from emigrating to the United States from Pakistan to going to East Carolina University, where her observation of her Muslim faith stood out in an area that hosted rallies for Donald Trump.

 

She explained how student media provided her the best outlet to be successful, the types of stories she pursues as an education report, and how she relates to the stories and people she covers.

 

Javeria’s Salutes:

 

Rowaida Abdelaziz, Huffington Post

 

Middle East Eye

 

Thank you for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod

Jul 26, 2022
Aneri Pattani, Reporter: Kaiser Health News
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Aneri Pattani. She’s a national correspondent for Kaiser Health News based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has a VERY full resume – with internships, reporting, and radio producing work. She has won an award from INN for her news reporting.


Aneri is also teaching an online class on responsible reporting of suicides on the Coursera online platform and gave examples of lessons she’s encouraging others to follow..


She talked about covering mental health, from why that subject is of interest to her, to how she comes up with ideas and pursues stories. She also shared what she learned from past work experiences, internships and volunteer work, including one with aspiring student journalists in Syria.


Key quote: “I believe being a journalist is akin to being a student for life” and that “a journalist can bring about enlightenment, emotion and change.”


Aneri’s salute:

Rhitu Chatterjeee, NPR Mental Health Reporter


Thank you for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod

Jul 19, 2022
Jen Maxfield, WNBC-TV Reporter/Author "More After The Break"
1857

On this episode Mark Simon talked to to Jen Maxfield. Jen is a reporter and substitute anchor for WNBC TV in New York. She’s has spent nearly 20 years reporting in and around New York City. She’s also the author of More After the Break from Greenleaf Press (out July 12) – this book revisits news stories from Jen’s reporting past.

It’s a book of storytelling and of where-are-they now reporting. It’s also a textbook of sorts that shows aspiring reporters – this is what it’s really like to do the work.

Jen talked to us about her journalism path, her storytelling process, and she explained how she mines details out of interview subjects, while always remembering to be empathetic. She also shared her biggest mistake and the impact it had on the rest of her career.

Jen's Podcast: More After the Break

Jen’s Journalism Salutes:

News12 NY’s Judayah Murray and Jordan Kissane

Thank you for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod

Jul 12, 2022
Mary C. Curtis, Columnist: Congressional Quarterly Roll Call
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Mary C Curtis. Mary is a longtime reporter and editor, and now columnist for Congressional Quarterly Roll Call – covering the intersection of politics, race and culture. 

Mary is also a senior facilitator at The Op-Ed Project, a group that mentors people (mostly women) to share their stories and be thought leaders. She has 40 years in an NABJ Hall-of-Fame career in journalism to draw upon, including time as an editor at The New York Times and Baltimore Sun.

Mary talked about her journalism origin story – as a lifelong observer of people. She explained her column writing – where she gets her ideas and how she writes her ledes and her kickers. She also talked about the editing work she had done – and how she overcame misperceptions about her in newsrooms. And she explained the work she does for The Op-Ed Project.

Please share feedback on the show at journalismsalute@gmail.com or on Twitter at @journalismpod. And you can visit Mark Simon's website at MarkSimonMedia.com

Mary’s Salute: MLK50

Mary’s Podcast: Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis

Jul 05, 2022
Jake Wittich, Reporter: Block Club Chicago; VP: NLGJA Chicago
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On today’s episode, Mark Simon interviews Jake Wittich. Jake is a reporter for Block Club Chicago covering different neighborhoods in the city and LGBTQ issues. He’s also the vice-president of the Chicago chapter of the NLGJA, which is the association of LGTBTQIA journalists. And – he’s part of Block Club thanks to Report for America, from which we’ve had many guests.

Jake shares his journalism origin story, gives examples of the reporting he does, explains the goals of the NLGJA, and shares the benefits of being a part of Report for America.

Jake's salute: AAJA Chicago

Thank you for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod

Jun 28, 2022
Denise Clay-Murray, Reporter: Votebeat
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Denise Clay-Murray is a reporter with 30 years of journalism experience who was recently hired by Votebeat to cover the upcoming elections in Pennsylvania. Votebeat has reporters embedded around the country to cover stories related to the election process.


Denise talked about the work she’ll be doing for Votebeat but also about her career covering elections and about why Votebeat is so important. She also talked about freelance reporting she’s done, including a recent piece on the hidden cost of gun violence.


Thank you as always for listening. Please rate and review the podcast – and share feedback with us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or on Twitter at @journalismpod.


Denise’s salutes: MLK 50 and The Pivot Fund.

Jun 21, 2022
Gabrielle Hays: Communities Correspondent, PBS NewsHour
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On this episode we’re joined by Gabrielle Hays.


Gabrielle covers St. Louis for the PBS News Hour as a community correspondent. She both writes and does TV work.  She’s previously been a TV news reporter in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a reporter/producer for St. Louis’ PBS affiliate.


Gabrielle talked about her career path, her current job, and the stories she’s covered, including multiple pieces on Afghan refugees. She also explained how she humanizes stories dealing with St. Louis history, and how she approaches the job knowing that she’s going to often be with people on their worst days.


She also detailed how both her mentors and members of the NABJ have been vital to her career success and offered three pieces of advice to aspiring journalists who want to follow in her footsteps.


Some of the stories we talked with Gabrielle about can be found here and her PBS work can be found here.


Thank you for listening. Please email us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter at @journalismpod.

Jun 14, 2022
Tionna Taite, Founder, Nineteen Fifty-Six Magazine
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For episode number 75 of our podcast, we’re joined by Tionna Taite. Tionna will be attending the University of Alabama law school after completing her undergrad work there with a degree in News Media. Her minor is Advocacy, Voice, and Stewardship.

 

Two years ago, Tionna started a magazine for students, Nineteen Fifty-Six – the first Black student-led magazine at the school. It’s staffed by 50 students, full color – articles and amazing photography.

 

Tionna talked about the origin of her interest in journalism and the origin of the magazine. She explained the organizational process by which each issue is put together and the influences that other magazines had on it.

 

Tionna is also the current Miss Black Alabama and will be competing in the Miss Black USA pageant this summer. She shared how her platform is related to teaching media.

 

Thank you for listening. Feel free to rate and review the show. If you have any feedback, please e-mail journalismsalute@gmail.com.

 

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Jun 07, 2022
Nick Toso, Former CNN Español Producer; Founder: Rolli
1919

On today’s episode, we’re joined by Nick Toso (@rolliapp). Nick spent 7 years at CNN, working largely in a production role on CNN Español. He supervised interviews with world leaders, including president Barack Obama, and was a senior producer for both a daily and weekly news show. He’s currently the founder of Rolli, an app that helps journalists find experts for any story they might be working on.


Nick talked about the lessons learned from his time in TV production, the logistics behind the many interviews he oversaw, and his tips for aspiring journalists. He also explained the purpose of his app, which is free for journalists to use as they try to find subject experts to interview.


Thank you as always for listening. Please follow us on Twitter at @journalismpod or e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com.

May 31, 2022
Diana Kruzman, Midwest Journalism Fellow - Grist
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Our guest today is Diana Kruzman. Diana is currently the Midwest Reporting Fellow for Grist which is a nonprofit, independent media organization that covers climate solutions.

 

But Diana has done a lot more than that. She also writes regularly about religion and urbanism, which includes some international reporting. Her Twitter bio asks – Journalist, or just plain nosy?

 

Diana talked about her upbringing – about becoming curious about journalism as the daughter of Russian immigrants and hearing stories of censorship.

 

She talked about the reporting work she’d done – from traveling to India for a story about sacred groves that are disappearing, and Kyrgyzstan for a piece on environmental issues- to her current work, including her interest in both chaplains and street-dumped pollution. She also discussed an article she wrote about issues that archaeologists are having with YouTube videos promoting alternative history.


Diana's salutes: The Third Pole and Sarah Topol

Thank you for listening. Please rate or review us if you can. You can follow us at @journalismpod on Twitter or e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com.

May 24, 2022
Ted Bridis, Investigative Reporting Professor, University of Florida
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On this episode, we’re joined by Ted Bridis, a professor of investigative journalism at the University of Florida.

Ted had a long career as an investigative journalist and editor. His team won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on NYPD intelligence programs. He and his teams have done prominent work related to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, and Paul Manafort and Rick Gates’ covert foreign lobbying.

He was also part of the AP team that projected winners in 4 presidential elections, including 2016 (his call of Wisconsin made AP the first to project Trump would be president).

And he was the administrator of the Collier Prize won by the reporting team from the Miami Herald.

Ted talked both about his career, the traits that go into being a good investigative reporter, and the qualities of good investigative journalism work.

Thank you for listening. You can reach Mark Simon at @journalismpod or journalismsalute@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at TheJournalismSalute.org

May 17, 2022
Daniel Chang and Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter and Editor at The Miami Herald
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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, we’re joined by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang of The Miami Herald. With additional assistance from ProPublica, they produced a 5-part series published in April 2021 – Birth and Betrayal. This was about a Florida government program that was intended to help families of children who suffered catastrophic brain injuries at birth. But the program did not work as intended.

This piece – there were print and video components- just won The Collier Prize – a $25,000 journalism award focusing on investigative and political reporting on state governments.

Daniel and Carol talked about the work that went into the piece, which took two years to complete. They explained the challenges they encountered, how they organized their work, and the lessons they've learned that allow for investigative reporting success.

Thank you as always for listening. For any comments or questions about an episode, or to suggest a guest, please write journalismsalute@gmail.com. You can also visit our website at TheJournalismSalute.org

May 10, 2022
Kam Burns: Engagement Editor, Politico; Founding Member - Trans Journalists Association
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On this episode, we’re joined by Kam Burns. Kam is an engagement editor at Politico, working on social media strategy after a couple of years in a similar position for Wired.

Kam is also a founding member of the Transgender Journalists Association. He does freelance writing. In the last couple of years, he’s written pieces on the transgender travel experience published in Allure and National Geographic

Kam talked about the work he does at Politico and what makes working with social media such an interesting job.

He also talked about the TJA - why it was founded, the types of things it does, and the types of things it wants to do.

Kam cited The 19th as a journalism organization doing great coverage of trans issues and also recommended listening to an episode of Life Kit on making the workplace more trans-equitable.

Thank you for listening. Ratings and reviews are appreciated. Let us know what you think of the show at journalismsalute@gmail.com or @journalismpod on Twitter.

Apr 26, 2022
Susan LoTempio & Kristin Gilger from the National Center on Disability and Journalism
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On this issue, we talked with Susan LoTempio and Kristin Gilger of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

Susan, who had polio as an eight-month old and uses a wheelchair, talked about her long career as a newspaper editor and how she went from initially just writing headlines and editing to overseeing entire sections.

Susan also gave examples of what you’ll see in writing about disabilities when it’s done well and when it’s not done well. And she provided examples of stories related to disabilities that are not being well covered.

Kristin, a professor at Arizona State, is the executive director of the Center. She talked about the types of questions the center typically gets asked to assist on (often relating to language and usage) and what listeners can do to support the work of the Center.

Apr 12, 2022
Jessica Meyers, Editor-in-Chief, Global Press Journal
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On this episode, we’re joined by Jessica Meyers, editor-in-chief of Global Press Journal. Global Press builds and maintains independent news bureaus in some of the world’s least-covered places. Each bureau is staffed by local women journalists who are from the communities they cover.

Jessica talked about Global Press’ mission, what sorts of stories Global Press Journal covers, what her role as editor-in-chief entails, and her visions for the future of the group.

Thank you as always for listening. Please e-mail any feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com.

Mar 29, 2022
Starr Dunigan, Reckon (Black Joy newsletter)
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On this episode, we’re joined by Starr Dunigan, a reporter for Reckon, an online website that covers the stories and tough and important issues facing the south.


Her current primary role is writing the weekly Black Joy newsletter that comes out every Friday.


Starr talked about her journalism career path, the different types of good news that she covers, the Birmingham 1963 project, and what it was like to be arrested while doing news reporting.


Thank you as always for listening.

Mar 23, 2022
Anita Hofschneider, Honolulu Civil Beat Reporter
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On this episode, we’re joined by Anita Hofschneider, a staff writer with the non-profit Honolulu Civil Beat in Hawaii.


Anita writes watchdog stories, investigative and explanatory deep-dives, features and breaking news. She has covered a variety of beats, including politics, housing, health care and the environment.


In 2022, she became the Beat’s Pacific regional correspondent as the organization expanded its coverage area.


Anita talked about stories she covered, including how the pandemic impacted Pacific Island families, investigative pieces on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and sexual harassment allegations against former Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye, and her reporting process for these stories.


Anita also talked about the challenges of covering the Pacific Islands while based in Hawaii and provided advice for journalists in the early stages of their careers.


Honolulu Civil Beat is the only news outlet in Hawaii dedicated to public affairs reporting. Their mission is to engage and educate the community on important public issues through in-depth reporting, explanatory and investigative journalism, analysis and commentary.


Thank you for listening. You can email us at journalismsalute@gmail.com.


Please rate and review the show if you can.

Mar 15, 2022
Emma Restrepo, Host "Dos Puntos"; Freelance Journalist/Professor
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On this episode, we’re joined by Emma Restrepo. Emma is a freelance journalist focused on LatinX communities. She hosts a weekly Spanish-language radio show, Dos Puntos – out of Philadelphia. She’s also an adjunct professor at Temple, teaching Spanish for Media.

Emma talked about her journalism origin story, some of her recent projects - one on disparities of education in Philadelphia suburbs, another a storytelling project on a local bus route. She also discussed the challenges she faces in trying to write and shared some of her favorite Latina journalists throughout history.

Thank you as always for listening. Emma's appearance came via listener suggestion. If you have a suggestion for an upcoming guest, please email me at journalismsalute@gmail.com.

Mar 08, 2022
Allie Singer, Senior Editor for Special Projects at Time For Kids
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On this episode, we’re joined by Allie Singer. Allie is a senior editor for special projects at Time Magazine for Kids with previous stops at Scholastic and DK Publishing. Allie and I are both graduates of The College of New Jersey. I’m class of 1997. She’s class of 2009.


Allie talked about the moment that changed her aspirations from a career in teaching to one in editing and journalism. She explained her role at Time and how she works on stories and podcasts with kid reporters (like an interview with the Surgeon General about kids’ mental health). She also explained the process by which Time takes a topic like the Russian invasion of Ukraine or presidential impeachment and produces content suitable for children age 5 to 12.


She also explained how sometimes it’s ok to break the rules of editing, particularly when dealing with work read by kids – and she saluted both a journalism organization doing good work and an editor of note.


We’ll be doing interviews with women in journalism throughout March. Hope you’ll keep tuning in. Please reach out to us at journalismsalute@gmail.com and let us know what you think.

Mar 01, 2022
Rod McCullom, Science Journalist
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Rod McCullom is a Chicago-based science journalist and reports the “Convictions” column for Undark. His work has been published by Undark, Scientific American, Nature, MIT Technology Review, and The Atlantic, among other publications. Rod was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT.

Rod discussed the different science topics he covers – a wide range but with special focus on health, artificial intelligence, and criminal justice. He explained how he tries to write in an easy-to-understand manner.

Thank you for listening as always. Please send any comments to journalismsalute@gmail.com.

Feb 15, 2022
Kelundra Smith, Arts & Culture Journalist
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On this episode, we’re joined by Kelundra Smith. Kelundra (@PieceofKay) is the senior publications writer at Emory University but is also a journalist covering theatre, art and culture for a wide range of outlets, including The New York Times, Food and Wine, The Undefeated, and The Bitter Southerner.

Kelundra talked about her path to a journalism career and some favorite pieces she’s written (the links above include examples). She also talked about how she watches a play when she is reviewing it, the key to writing from the heart, her work with The American Theatre Critics Association Equity Diversity Inclusion Committee, and how she would design an arts journalism curriculum .

She also discussed her current job, her playwrighting ambitions, and a Black History Month project she did, 28 Days Of Black Plays.

Thank you as always for listening. We’d very much like to hear from you. Please review the podcast if you can and send along any feedback. You can e-mail journalismsalute@gmail.com or tweet me at @journalismpod.

Feb 08, 2022
Boston Globe Senior Newsroom Developer Vince Dixon
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On this episode, we’re joined by Boston Globe senior newsroom developer Vince Dixon. Vince’s job is to create interactive and data-driven visuals for Boston Globe.com. He previously worked at Eater.


Vince also does a lot of visual-oriented personal passion projects for his blog, Code Review – including a look at 28 Black Pioneers in Journalism, Design, and Technology in 2019.


Vince talked about his journalism path, the types of projects he works on, and the value of knowing how to code. He also told the story of several Black journalism pioneers.


You can find many of Vince’s projects, including pieces on the history of police brutality, his study on purse-clutching, and how Black people influenced the origins of many American music genres at VinceDixonPortfolio.com

Feb 01, 2022
Chris Jones, 100 Days in Appalachia, Report for America
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On this episode, we’re joined by Chris Jones. Chris is a photojournalist and investigative reporter and covers domestic extremism for the collaborative non-profit website, 100 Days in Appalachia as a member of the Report for America program. 

He served as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps from 2010–2014 and that included 2 deployments in Afghanistan. 

 Chris talked about his path to working in journalism and the work he’s done. He covered the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 as a photojournalist and explained how he got some of the pictures he got (including one that led to an arrest).

Chris also talked about other projects he’s done, including a piece for the New York Times on military challenge coins and their larger representation within the war in Afghanistan, and a 23-minute documentary and story that ran on The Intercept about a former Democrat city council member in West Virginia who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

He also discussed do’s and don’ts related to covering domestic extremism and work he’s doing to help reporters in that area, as well as how Report for America has helped him.

Our other interviews with Report for America reporters include


22. Morgan Mullings (Boston’s Black community)

39. Kassidy Arena (Iowa Public Radio)

47. Farnoush Amiri (local government in Ohio)

57. Carrington Tatum (environmental racism for MLK50)

Jan 25, 2022
Katie Klingsporn, Managing Editor of WyoFile
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On today’s show, we’re joined by Katie Klingsporn. Katie is the managing editor of WyoFile, a non-profit member-supported public interest news service that covers the people, places, and policy of Wyoming.

Katie is a former newspaper writer and editor with about 15 years experience. She’s done a lot of freelance reporting about life in the West as well. She’s a self-described word geek

Katie talked about her journalism path, how multiple sclerosis has impacted her life and work, and why she enjoys covering the outdoors so much.

She also explained the purpose of WyoFile and the stories it covers, its reputation for fairness, and recent work on Coronavirus, Black Lives Matter protests, and investigative work on the Wyoming National Guard.

Thank you as always for listening. Please rate and review us if you can.

Jan 11, 2022
Longtime Radio Reporter Richard Davies: "How Do We Fix It?"
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On today’s show, we’re joined by Richard Davies. When you hear his voice, you may say “sounds familiar. He worked for ABC News Radio as a news reporter and host and worked in radio for 29 years.

Richard currently heads his own podcast consulting business and co-hosts the solutions journalism podcast “How Do We Fix It?” which has aired more than 300 episodes and is part of The Democracy Group.

He talked about lessons learned from his career, what characterized his reporting on both big events and personal finance and how his podcast celebrates fresh thinking on current topics. He gave multiple examples of the latter as related to views on policing and the origins of COVID-19.

He also gave practical advice for thoughtful speaking and for interviewing and saluted a reporter who he felt was doing great work.

Thank you as always for listening. You can find “How Do We Fix It?” here and wherever you get your podcasts.

Dec 28, 2021
Carrington Tatum, Reporter - MLK50 Memphis
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On this episode, we’re joined for an interview by Carrington Tatum.

Carrington is a reporter for MLK50 – a non-profit newsroom focused on poverty, power, and public policy that was founded in 2017 by journalist Wendi Thomas.

He’s also a part of the Report for America program. Regular listeners know that we’re a huge fan of that organization, which is now taking applicants for its next reporting class at ReportForAmerica.org.

Carrington talked about his nearly 40-story series on the Byhalia Pipeline project, one that would have run through one of Memphis’ poorest neighborhoods had it been enacted. He discussed the challenges of learning the subject matter and the prevalence of environmental racism across the country.

He also referenced other work he’d done and shared both his path to a journalism career and how Report for America had benefited him.

Other Report for America interviews

Morgan Mullings (Boston government)

Kassidy Arena (Latinos in Iowa)

Farnoush Amiri (Ohio government)


Dec 14, 2021
Journalism Documentary Filmmaker Don Colacino (Trusted Sources)
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On today’s show, Mark Simon is joined for an interview by Don Colacino. Don is a filmmaker who has just started production on a documentary, Trusted Sources, that is about the decline of trust in news and those working to restore it.

Don talked about the work that he’s doing (including a considerable amount of research and reporting), outlined what the film will look like, and talked about some of the heroes of journalism who are working to promote trust in the news media.

He also explained lessons he learned from his documentary short, Winner Take All, which explains the movement for a national popular vote, and shared his favorite journalism documentaries.

To learn more about the movie, visit trustdocfilm.com and colacinoproductions.com.

Nov 30, 2021
Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of The Hilltop (Howard University)
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On this week’s episode, we are joined by Howard University junior Ashleigh Fields. Ashleigh is the editor in chief of The Hilltop, which is the student newspaper at the school.


Ashleigh talked about her journalism origin story (she watched her mom, a TV news anchor) and her enjoyment of all forms of writing.


She then discussed the big news story on campus – a housing crisis that led to the occupation of a prominent building at the school – and what it was like to cover it. She also explained the writing process she works through and the style she uses in producing a Letter from the Editor.


Ashleigh also conversed about the decisions she has to make as an editor-in-chief, the benefits of being at an HBCU, the big-name hires in the school journalism department, the access she’s had to different things by being in Washington DC, and why she holds the Charlotte Post in high regard.


A great episode for anyone interested in working in student newspaper leadership.


Important Links

The Hilltop Online

Letter from The Editor – Give Us a Voice

The Carrington Courier

One of Ashleigh’s favorite stories – about her hair

Her TedX Talk

Nov 16, 2021
Russell Midori: TV Field Producer, Co-Founder: Military Veterans In Journalism
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On today’s episode, we’re joined by Russell Midori, a TV photojournalist and the president of Military Veterans in Journalism, an organization that mentors veterans who want to work in journalism after their service concludes.


Russell talked about his military career and transition to video work, shooting, editing and producing features, news stories, and documentaries. He gave examples of work he did and discussed the dangers of the job. This is a good episode if you’re interested in working behind the scenes in TV news.


Russell also spoke about Military Veterans in Journalism and the work the group is doing, as well as why military veterans make good newsroom employees.


If you’d like to learn more, visit their website or find them on Twitter


As always, thank you for listening, and a special thank you to military veterans for their service as Veterans Day approaches.

Nov 09, 2021
April Alonso of the Award-Winning Cicero Independiente
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On today’s episode, we’re joined by April Alonso. April is the co-founder of the award-winning Cicero Independiente, a bilingual news website and publication based in Cicero, Illinois, along with Irene Romulo and Ankur Singh.


The Independiente just won two awards from the Institute for Non-Profit News for the 11-part series – Unrest in Cicero – How One Day Shook a Town – coverage of racial violence and unrest in their city of 80,000.


April talked about her career as a photographer and her role with this organization, explained what happened in the city and how her organization covered it, and discussed how the Independiente functions with workers that are part-time and volunteers from local schools and the community.


To learn more about The Independiente, read this article from The Poynter Institute. 

Nov 02, 2021
Bradford William Davis, Investigative Writer, Insider (formerly NY Daily News)
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On today’s show, Mark Simon is joined by Insider investigative sports writer Bradford William Davis.

 

Bradford talked about his career path – from starting a newsletter with a friend to eventually (after time at several start-ups and HBO) as a sports columnist for the Daily News and now for the website, Insider.

 

Bradford often writes about social justice issues as they relate to sports. We discussed pieces he wrote about performative unity by athletes, Jay Z’s hypocritical stance in partering with the NFL, the erasing of a Black Lives Matter statement on a pitcher's mound, and a feature he wrote for GQ about an Olympic fencer – a black athlete in a white conservative sport. Bradford also addresses the issue of there being so few Black baseball writers.

 

Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. You can e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com

 

Oct 19, 2021
Alex Coffey, Sports Enterprise Writer
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by one of his favorite sportswriters, enterprise reporter, Alex Coffey, who has written for The Athletic, The New York Times, USA Today, and FoxSports.com.

Alex told the story of how she got into the business, following the path of her father as a sports enterprise writer and her mother as journalists, and explained how her appreciation of history is so important to her work.

Alex then talked about some of the most interesting stories she’s written, from hanging out in a bookstore and talking about The Alchemist and The Great Gatsby, with a baseball player just before his baseball life changed, to a more intense piece on a former baseball player-turned police officer who has dealt with the aftereffects of working through the September 11 attacks.

She also shared on her efforts to talk to people who would give insight into a reclusive sports team owner and how she captured her own thoughts on her sister getting drafted to play pro soccer.

Thanks for listening, as always. Please rate and review us if you can. You can email us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or tweet at @journalismpod.

 

 

Oct 05, 2021
Music Journalist: Ken Partridge on Writing A Book (Hell of a Hat)
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On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Ken Partridge, a music journalist and author of Hell of a Hat, The Best of 90s Ska and Swing.


Ken talked about how his interests in journalism and music began and evolved, some of the prominent musicians he’s interviewed and how he finds little tidbits to make stories on everything he does (including Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer) distinct. He also shared his favorite question-answer moment, when he got Joni Mitchell to refer to herself as a genius.


Ken also explained why he wrote this book, what the experience and process was like. He gave tips on how to get good answers to questions and how to handle the volume of work in a book project. He also discussed his journalistic influences and picked a music journalist he wanted to salute.


You can find Ken’s book here.

Sep 21, 2021
David Cutler: Teacher & Executive Director of the Private School Journalism Association
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On this episode, we’re joined by David Cutler, a history and journalism teacher at Brimmer and May School in Massachusetts, as well as the Executive Director of the Private School Journalism Association.


David discussed both the work of his organization and his journalism teaching. The PSJA is attempting to increase membership and work to develop policies with private and independent schools regarding censorship and private review. David went through the efforts being made in both areas.


He also talked about the work he’s done teaching at Brimmer and May, other private schools that have stood out for their journalism work (including one in England), and how he’s tried to integrate journalism into his history teaching, and comic books into classrooms.


Thank you for listening. Episode feedback is welcomed. Please rate and review us if you can. You can find us on Twitter at @journalismpod.


Stay safe and stay well.

Sep 07, 2021
César Rodríguez, Photojournalist - The GroundTruth Project
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On today’s show, we’re joined by César Rodríguez, a photojournalist and GroundTruth fellow based in Mexico. You might have heard our recent interview with photojournalist Aryana Noroozi a couple of episodes ago. César has a distinct story to tell as well.

César talked about his path to journalism through chocolate(!),a recent project he did for GroundTruth on a Mexican migrant camp, how he approaches his projects, and his filmmaker aspirations

LINKs

Mexican Migrant Camp Project

Photoessay on family of drug cartel murder victims

If Hell Existed documentary trailer

Aug 24, 2021
Farnoush Amiri of the Associated Press, Report for America
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Farnoush Amiri is one of the busiest journalists we’ve gotten to interview. She is currently a reporter for the Associated Press as part of the Report for America, covering a broad range of stories out of Columbus, Ohio. She is also a vice-president for the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and a co-director of the Voices program for the Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA).

 

Farnoush talked about her career path, which began at The Hollywood Reporter, where she learned lessons still applicable today. She talked about her current job, and what a week is like covering everything from state government to the pandemic to any other news happening in her coverage area.

 

She also discussed her most notable story – a piece for NPR’s Code Switch on a harrowing incident involving her family and the police at a time when post-9/11 tensions were high.

 

Farnoush also spoke about the priorities of the AAJA and what the Voices program does to help train young journalists and build awareness for problematic issues, such as prominent organizations hiring interns largely from Ivy League schools. She also addressed the current priorities for the SAJA and why she is taking on these leadership positions.

Aug 11, 2021
Adam Rhodes, Chicago Reader, NLGJA Chicago
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On this episode, Mark Simon joined by investigative reporter and data journalist Adam Rhodes. Adam is a queer, first-generation Cuban-American who works uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in our nation's health care and criminal justice systems. Adam reports for the Chicago Reader as a social justice reporting fellow and is president of the Chicago chapter of the NLGJA, which is the Association of LGBTQ journalists

 

Adam talked about different stories he had done, including those related to laws criminalizing HIV-positive status, white supremacy and racism in the Boystown section of Chicago, and the challenge for people in getting HIV medication and treatment in Puerto Rico.

 

Adam also talked about what the NLGJA does and his role as president of the Chicago chapter.

 

Thank you, as always, for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

Jul 27, 2021
Photojournalist Aryana Noroozi of The GroundTruth Project and Pulitzer Center
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Aryana Noroozi, a photojournalist working with The GroundTruth Project and Pulitzer Center on impactful community reporting.

 

Aryana talked about her career path, her photography style, and the different projects she worked on as a recent student at Columbia Journalism School. She also discussed one of her biggest projects, documenting remote learning and the impact it has on refugee families in San Diego, and an upcoming project related to losing a loved one to addiction during the time of COVID-19. She also shared her career aspirations and picked a journalism organization that she would like to salute.

 

If you like the podcast, please rate and review it. Thank you for listening.

 

Notable stories/photo projects

- Refugee families and virtual learning

- Friendship Park – a multinational park in San Diego

- Iranians foreshadowing COVID issues

- The Fears of Undocumented Home Health Care Workers

- The class of 2024? Portraits

 

Jul 13, 2021
Sean Lahman on Data-Driven & Watchdog Reporting at The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Sean Lahman, Watchdog Reporter for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Sean talked about his career path - from working on baseball databases and sports encyclopedias to his current role with the D&C.

Sean talked about developing both technical skills and storytelling skills and how that allowed him to differentiate from others in the field. He gave examples of the many resources and databases he's created, and talked about the emotional challenges of covering difficult stories.

Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well


Jun 29, 2021
REAIR: Allison Augustyn of InvestigateWest
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NOTE: We're going to an every-other-week schedule in June and July, so check out one of our first episodes ...


This originally aired in August 2020 (hence the references to the Trump Administration).

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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Allison Augustyn, the executive director of InvestigateWest, a non-profit journalism studio based in Seattle.

 

In Allison’s words, InvestigateWest is reporting “for community, with community” using a modern investigative reporting approach. She explains the role that InvestigateWest fills and how the impact of their reporting on the Pacific Northwest is measured.

 

She provides examples of notable stories (a social justice component to environmental reporting) and the idea of “meeting people where they live.” She also previews an upcoming story running in The Atlantic. Lastly, she offers advice to aspiring investigative reporters and offers her own salute to a journalism organization.


Core quote: “There are economists who have put forth data that shows that for every dollar spent on investigative reporting, it yields $125 in societal good. It’s just that it takes a lot of time and money up front before you get that payoff.”

 

The Journalism Salute is a podcast intended to spotlight journalism organizations doing prominent work and to counter the notion of journalists as the enemy of the people. It is hosted by Mark Simon. Please subscribe, rate, and review.

Jun 22, 2021
Mona Holmes of Eater LA - Food Journalism is About People Too
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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark Simon is joined by Mona Holmes of Eater LA.


Mona talked about her career path and the entrepreneurial ventures she tried before deciding that food journalism was what she wanted to do.


She explained how food journalism is more than just about food, that it’s about telling stories about people and reporting on policy. She also discussed the process by which a story goes from idea to completion, pointed out the importance of photography to her work, and noted voids in the industry that aspiring journalists could look to fill.


Notable Links

Mona’s articles for Eater LA

Story on grocery store fried chicken

Funnel cakes queen feature

Viral tweet on LA food misconceptions

Jun 15, 2021
REAIR: What is Dialogue Journalism? Eve Pearlman of Spaceship Media
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NOTE:


Taking the week off, so thought I'd dial it back to the very beginning - August 2020- with Episode 1a (I did 2 episodes to start- we'll call them both 1a).


This one is one of my favorites because the topics are interesting and the approach is so different.


Back next week with a new episode. Enjoy!

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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Eve Pearlman, the co-founder and CEO of Spaceship Media.

 

In Eve’s words, Spaceship Media is a company that invites exploration for journalists and conversation participants through a recently developed form of work known as dialogue journalism. Spaceship brings people from different groups together for conversations over an extended period of time and works with media outlets to report on what comes from those conversations.

 

Eve explains the origin of the company and how dialogue journalism works in the spirit of reconceptualizing what journalism is. She tells what motivated her to pursue this type of journalism, how projects are conceptualized, developed, and completed, and why journalists are ideal for the role they serve within dialogue journalism. She also shares her vision for future projects and pays it forward with advice, and a journalism salute of her own.

 

Core quote: “What can I do with the skills I have, from where I sit, to help the greater good?”

 

The Journalism Salute is a podcast intended to spotlight journalism organizations doing prominent work and to counter the notion of journalists as the enemy of the people. It is hosted by Mark Simon. Please subscribe, rate, and review.

 

Show Links

Spaceship Media

Spaceship Media Twitter page

Eve Pearlman’s Twitter page

Guns, An American Conversation (Spaceship Media’s book)

Eve’s Ted Talk

 

Journalism Salute Twitter

Mark Simon Twitter

Jun 08, 2021
Carol Robidoux: Manchester Ink Link & a Lesson in Entrepreneurial Journalism
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Carol Robidoux, the founder and publisher of the Manchester Ink Link, a news website serving Manchester, New Hampshire and its surrounding community.


Carol talked about her path to her current role and explained what’s in a name – both the name of the website and her self-appointed title of Chief Instigating Officer. She also discussed what a news organization can do to reflect its community, and how a collaborative organization of multiple media outlets can be a gamechanger for the community.


Carol also saluted multiple other organizations that have helped her along the way and told a story of how a piece of advice from journalism professor Bob Cole changed her life.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

Jun 01, 2021
Aaron Elson: On Copy Editing & World War II Oral History
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by 40-year copy editor and World War II oral historian Aaron Elson.

 

Aaron talked about his long career in newspapers, emphasizing his role as a counselor of wayward commas about their place in sentences, protecting the English language, and writing headlines

 

He also talked about his work compiling more than 600 hours of oral history of World War II and the books and podcasts he’s created from that. Aaron his written multiple books and hosts a podcast: War As My Father’s Tank Batallion Knew It. You can learn more about him at AaronElson.com.

 

Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

May 25, 2021
Steve Novotney, Lede News (West Virginia)
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On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Steve Novotney, a 30-year journalism veteran who co-founded Lede News to cover the Upper Ohio Valley in West Virginia.


Steve talked about his background in baseball, print media, and radio talk shows and all that led him to his current position as publisher and podcast host. Steve talked about the decline of local news and how his online newspaper intends to fill it. He gave examples of his coverage, including a photo essay in which he took pictures of 26 bridges around the state in an effort to alert governor Jim Justice to maintenance issues.


Steve is very much an old-school journalist trying to show that old school still plays in the digital age.


For more information on Steve and Lede News, check out this feature by John Miller.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

May 18, 2021
Kassidy Arena (Iowa Public Radio & Report For America)
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This week, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman are joined by Kassidy Arena, a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and a product of the Report For America program.


Kassidy talked about her radio career and the work she does covering issues impacting Iowa’s growing Latino community. She also discussed her background as a journalist and how she didn’t think she would go into radio because she was hard of hearing, but was able to carve a path that led to her current position.


Kassidy also continued discussions we’ve had on previous episodes regarding building trust in your sources and reporting for people rather than at them. She also gave her thoughts on the value of the Report for America program and Iowa Public Radio, and paid tribute to a recently deceased colleague in the industry.


Mark and Emmy then discussed Kassidy’s interview. Mike Fabey provided this week’s tribute to Dr. Cole.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.


Important Links

Kassidy’s story on Iowa’s English-only law

May 11, 2021
College Media Roundtable: Hadriana Lowenkron & J.D. Duggan
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In this episode, Emmy Liederman is joined by two other student journalists, Hadriana Lowenkron and J.D. Duggan. Hadriana is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian and J.D. is the city editor of The Minnesota Daily. 

  

They share what they’ve learned from covering race relations in their cities over the past year and best practices for making sure that all audiences are adequately represented in their reporting, as well as how they manage their mental health and take time for themselves. Hadriana and J.D. stressed that showing up to events and being eager to learn — even when you don’t have a byline — is the best way to help people tell their own stories.


They are candid about the struggles of being student journalists, but are also certain that this is made worthwhile by the fulfilment that comes from being in a newsroom, holding people in positions of power accountable and making a direct impact on the communities that they serve.


Important Links

Hadriana's Twitter

J.D.'s Twitter

May 04, 2021
Columnist, Book Author, Professor Fernanda Santos
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In this episode, Emmy Liederman is joined by multilingual journalist and author Fernanda Santos. Santos was the first Brazilian to work as a staff writer at The New York Times, where covered the American Southwest. She is now a full-time professor at Arizona State University and a contributing columnist at The Washington Post. 


Fernanda’s book, “The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshot,” honors the men who died together in one of the deadliest days in American firefighting. Her connection to these victims and their relentless sense of unity is also the subject of her Ted Talk. In this episode, she talked about how she maintains trust with her sources, best practices for pitching the right stories and how she continues to learn alongside her students every day. Santos also discussed her journey to rediscovering joy after the sudden death of her husband Mike Saucier, who was also a journalist and author. 


We also paid tribute to TCNJ journalism professor Robert Cole through a segment with alum Brian Hershberg, who thanks Cole for giving him the confidence he needed to build a successful career. 


Important Links:

Fernanda’s TED Talk, website, and Twitter

Apr 27, 2021
Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, Native American Journalists Association
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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman were joined by Graham Lee Brewer, a newly-hired enterprise reporter for NBC News Digital, a former reporter and editor for High Country News, and the secretary for the Native American Journalists Association (Graham is a Cherokee Nation citizen).

 

Graham talked about his new job and the reporting work he had done on Native American issues for publications including the New York Times and Audobon Magazine. He discussed the ways in which the NAJA supports Native American journalists and provides assistance to non-Native journalists.

 

Graham explained how important Deb Haaland’s appointment as Secretary of the Interior and Joe Biden’s promises to protect more public lands are and how Native American stories of struggle can often be reframed as stories of perseverance. He also provided career advice related to writing story pitches.

 

Thank you for listening to our podcast. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.

 

Important Links

Graham Lee Brewer’s Twitter

Graham’s story on Deb Haaland’s press conference with Indigenous media

Graham’s recent story in Audobon

Apr 19, 2021
Dr. Ed Madison, Journalistic Learning Initiative
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On today’s episode, Mark and Emmy are joined by Dr. Ed Madison, a professor at the University of Oregon and the co-founder of The Journalistic Learning Initiative, a program aimed at getting students to learn through journalism at a young age.


Dr. Madison described the history of the program, how it works with middle school students in Oregon and California, and shared the many successes the program has had. He also talked about his work in teaching and in helping students own their future career success.


Important Links

Journalistic Learning Initiative website

JLI videos

Ed Madison’s Twitter

Apr 13, 2021
Ben Chase: From Social Worker to Small-Town Journalist for The Huron Daily Plainsman
2021

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ben Chase, a reporter for The Huron Daily Plainsman in Huron, South Dakota (population 13,000). Ben took an interesting path to his position, having previously worked as a social worker, in youth ministry, and as a freelance baseball writer.


Ben discussed working as a jack-of-all-trades who takes curiosity and his desire to help people into his work. One day he may be covering COVID issues and the newest developments at the town dump, the next he might be spending all day at state high school basketball tournaments. And then the day after that, he might produce an op-ed piece on racial inequality or the latest piece of anti-transgender legislation to come through the state. Ben is a throwback to the days of when local journalism mattered most. It still matters in Huron.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. Stay safe and stay well.


Notable Links

Huron Plainsman

Ben Chase’s Twitter

Huron Plainsman Twitter

John Miller’s Poynter story about small town journalism

The newspaper Ben saluted – Kingsbury Journal

Apr 06, 2021
Iliana Limón Romero & Ashley Colley of The Association for Women in Sports Media
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On this episode, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman are joined by Iliana Limón Romero and Ashley Colley, the chair of the board and president of The Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM – pronounced “Awesome”).


Iliana is the deputy sports editor of the Los Angeles Times. Ashley is an associate producer at ESPN. They discussed the goals of the organization and initiatives for members related to career support and career growth. They shared their thoughts on some of the issues in sportswriting this winter, with two incidents involving prominent people in Major League Baseball coming to light.


They also noted the many successes for women in sports media and explained how the group is mentoring the next generation of female sports media members. They then answered Emmy’s questions about misconceptions about sports media and the ways in which sports media principles can be applied to other areas of journalism.


At the end of the episode, Iliana and Ashley also saluted the Association of Asian-American Journalists for their work. Mark and Emmy then discussed takeaways from the conversation and honored a sports media barrier breaker.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.


Important Links

AWSM website

Iliana’s Twitter

Ashley’s Twitter

Mar 30, 2021
Barbara Crossette: Covering the U.N. for PassBlue to Round Out a 50+ Year Career
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Barbara Crossette, senior consulting editor and writer for PassBlue, a non-profit journalism organization that covers the United Nations. Barbara is a former international reporter and editor for the New York Times, who has more than 50 years of journalism experience (she turns 82 in July)


Barbara gave examples of the kinds of stories she and the site cover and explained how she and editor-in-chief Dulcie Leimbach work to determine what their website will cover, and the challenges of getting people interested in the U.N.


She shared stories from her career, including covering the assassination of India prime minister Rajiv Gandhi from just a few yards away and explained the difficulties and challenges that women reporters faced, as well as one advantage she had covering India as a woman.


She also provided advice to future journalists answering Emmy Liederman’s questions.


We also paid tribute to another New York Times editor in our Women’s History Month segment and continued our work in paying tribute to TCNJ journalism professor Bob Cole.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review if you like our work. You can contact us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or on Twitter at @journalismpod.


Important Links

PassBlue

Barbara Crossette’s articles at PassBlue

PassBlue Twitter

PassBlue's podcast

Mar 23, 2021
Donna Ladd & Ashton Pittman - Important Investigative Reporting for the Mississippi Free Press
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by publisher Donna Ladd and senior reporter Ashton Pittman of the Mississippi Free Press, a non-profit media outlet that has published a considerable amount of important reporting about the state.


Donna and Ashton talked about the origin of the site and multiple stories that they’re working on. The most prominent of those is a series of pieces following racist e-mails sent by prominent people at the University of Mississippi (including the dean of the journalism school) and the ramifications for whistleblowers who alerted the media to the e-mails. They also talked about the challenge of covering state government, which is a republican supermajority.


Donna and Ashton also answered questions from Emmy Liederman, a graduating senior at The College of New Jersey and provided advice for students hoping to pursue a career in the field.


After the interview, Mark and Emmy reviewed the key points that Donna and Ashton made, and Emmy continued our Women’s History Month tribute and our regular feature on former journalism professor Bob Cole.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. You can e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or contact us on Twitter at @journalismpod.


Important Links

The Mississippi Free Press website

The Mississippi Free Press Twitter

Donna Ladd Twitter

Ashton Pittman Twitter

Mar 16, 2021
Khushbu Shah of The Fuller Project on Covering Women's Issues Nationally and Globally
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On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Khushbu Shah, the editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project.


Khushbu talked about The Fuller Project’s groundbreaking reporting on women around the world. She shared examples of reporting they’ve done and how they come up with the stories they publish on topics such as childcare challenges during the pandemic and immigration issues, focusing on the people impacted rather than the policies or legislation created to deal with them (similar to a previous episode guest, Ashton Lattimore from Prism).


She explained how the group spends months on story and does follow-ups after the fact and how it pairs with large organizations, like the New York Times and Associated Press to get its stories exposure.


Khushbu also shared lessons learned from working at CNN as a producer and from covering the Ahmaud Arbery case for public radio. She gave advice to aspiring journalists (learn another language if you want to work internationally!). And she picked a journalism organization that she wanted to salute.


The show also paid tribute to two important women in journalism history as part of Women’s History Month.


Special thanks to Emmy Liederman for editorial assistance (including questions used in the advice section).

 

Important Links

The Fuller Project

The Fuller Project Twitter

Khushbu Shah Twitter

Definition of Nut Graph

Mar 09, 2021
The Marjorie: Covering Women & The Environment in Florida
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Dr. Hannah Brown and Anna Hamilton of The Marjorie.


The Marjorie is a woman-owned reporting non-profit covering women and the environment in Florida.


Hannah and Anna explained their website’s name and explained what they cover, how they define “the environment,” and who their audience is. They shared examples of articles that had appeared on their website, ranging from one on an infestation of frogs through people’s toilets to multi-part pieces on the sugar cane industry, racial justice as relates to environmental issues, and a look at student concerns with politicians not taking environmental issues seriously.


Emmy Liederman, a graduating journalism student at The College of New Jersey, joined the show for our new segment in which she asked questions with answers that would serve as advice for future journalists.


Hannah and Anna then closed the interview by picking journalism organizations that they would like to salute.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can. If you have any questions or comments on the show, please send them to journalismsalute@gmail.com or tweet at @journalismsalute.


Important Links

The Marjorie website

The Marjorie on Twitter

Dr. Hannah Brown on Twitter

Anna Hamilton on Twitter

Article on Invasive Herpetofauna (Frogs in the Toilet!)

Sugar Cane series

Youth frustration with politicians on environmental issues

2017 piece on Florida women you should know

Mar 02, 2021
The 1619 Project As A Teaching Tool for High School Journalists
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In this episode, Mark Simon is joined by 3 college students formerly from Kirkwood (Mo.) High School: Emma Lingo, Maddie Meyers, and Kiden-Aloyse Smith to talk about a project they did for their high school newspaper in 2020.


They were part of a group that took The 1619 Project, the Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles and podcasts from the New York Times and adapted it to cover their largely white suburb outside St. Louis. They wrote stories about topics such as the impacts of redlining, redistricting, and economic disparities in and around their community


Mark talked with the students about the pieces they wrote, the writing process, and how they reacted when they heard that politicians in Iowa just introduced legislation to ban the teaching of The 1619 Project.


Mark and podcast intern Emmy Liederman then briefly discussed what the students shared, and Mark shared something he found online connected to Black History Month and journalism history.


Thanks to the Student Press Law Center, whose website made us aware of this project, and Kirkwood High School journalism teacher Mitch Eden for putting us in touch with the students.


Important Websites


The Kirkwood Call's 1619 Project

Kirkwood Call Twitter

Vince Dixon's 28 Black Pioneers Project

Feb 25, 2021
Hadar Harris of the Student Press Law Center on Supporting & Defending Press Freedom
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On this episode, Mark Simon talks with Hadar Harris, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. 


Hadar talked about what the SPLC does and the different things that the organization is doing to commemorate Student Press Freedom Day on Friday, February 26. She spoke extensively about the challenges that students faced in 2020 and how they overcame them, the different forms of censorship that students deal with, and work done to change existing laws that challenge student press freedom across the country.


Thank you for listening. Please don’t forget to rate and review the show. You can also contact us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or at @journalismpod on Twitter.


Important Links

Student Press Law Center website

Student Press Freedom Day website

SPLC on Twitter

Feb 23, 2021
Ken Lemon On How The NABJ Is Raising Important Issues For Black Journalists
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ken Lemon, a longtime TV reporter for WSOC-TV in Charlotte and vice-president for broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).


Ken talked about his career as a reporter, how he comes up with story ideas, a recent feature he did on an incident that happened at a baseball game many years ago, and a TV show he recently hosted, Conversations With 5 Black Men.


Ken also talked about his work with the NABJ and how the organization is trying to raise awareness for issues that Black journalists face. He discussed the recent awful comments reportedly made by a CBS executive disparaging a prominent Black journalist and how the organization is trying to convince ABC News to hire a Black president. He also talked about work he’s spearheading – The Black Male Media Project and shared thoughts on what people can do to help the organization’s causes.


To end the show, Ken gave tips to journalists who want to cover weather-related issues (he has considerable experience!) and named 3 Black journalists from history, and multiple media organizations that he wanted to salute.


Mark also shared the work of another Black organization doing important work in the field of play-by-play broadcasting.


As always, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast, and share it with your friends. Thank you for listening. Stay safe and stay well.


Important Links

NABJ website

NABJ Twitter

Ken Lemon bio

A Conversation With 5 Black Men – Part 1, 2, 3, 4

Feature on baseball game canceled by Springfield team

Black Play-By-Play Fund

Feb 16, 2021
Journalism teacher P.J. Cabrera on Being An Educator of Color, Scholastic Journalism Week & More
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by P.J. Cabrera, a journalism teacher at Judson High School in Converse, Texas (not far from San Antonio) and the coordinator of the Scholastic Journalism Week committee for the Journalism Education Association.


P.J. shared the story of his path to teaching journalism, the challenge of teaching in a pandemic and teaching journalism in a state that allows school administration to review newspapers prior to publishing, and the good work his students are doing.


He also discussed his observations regarding the lack of journalism advisors from communities of color, and shared what his committee is working on for Scholastic Journalism Week which begins February 21.


Thank you for listening. Please don’t forget to rate and review the show. You can find us on Twitter at @journalismpod or e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com


Important Links

P.J. Cabrera’s LinkedIn

Scholastic Journalism Week Twitter

The Fuel – Judson High School’s newspaper

Feb 09, 2021
Nathaniel Rakich of FiveThirtyEight on The Ways He Analyzes Elections
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On this episode, Mark is joined by FiveThirtyEight election analyst Nathaniel Rakich. Nathaniel talked about the path to his current job, how he collaborates with other members of the website on stories, how he comes up with story ideas, and the best way to understand polls and election data. He also provided advice to aspiring journalists who want to work extensively with data.


Thank you for listening. Please rate, review and subscribe to the podcast if you can. You can contact us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or @journalismpod.


Important Links

FiveThirtyEight

Nathaniel Rakich’s Twitter

Nathaniel’s Five Thirty Eight articles

Feb 02, 2021
Robin Kemp of the Clayton Crescent: 21 Hours of Election Coverage and a Lifetime Connected to Journalism
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Robin Kemp, the founder of the Clayton Crescent in Clayton County, Georgia.


Robin talked about her 30+ year career and how she’s really been a journalist since she was “in utero.” Her path to her current role included stops at CNN as a news writer, The Weather Channel as a founding editor of the scrolling ticker that occupies the bottom of the screen, and time as a local newspaper reporter who was laid off during the pandemic.


Robin shared the story of documenting the vote count for the presidential election for 21 consecutive hours and how the celebrity status that came from it helped her fund her current project, a news source that she hopes will someday become as well-regarded as The Texas Tribune.


Robin saluted the Tribune and other important news organizations and offered advice on merging creative writing and journalism.


Thank you for listening. Please rate, review, and subscribe if you can. You can also contact Mark at journalismsalute@gmail.com or @journalismpod


Important Links

The Clayton Crescent

Robin Kemp on Twitter

Jan 26, 2021
Morgan Mullings of the Bay State Banner & Report For America On The Beginning of a Journalism Career
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On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Bay State Banner reporter Morgan Mullings, a recent grad of St. John's, whose opportunity to begin her professional journalism career began via Report for America.


Morgan talked about her work with the Banner, and why it's important for a newspaper whose readership is geared to the African-American community to have a young black female writer. She shared her experience in past internships and what led her to apply to Report For America, which helps place aspiring journalists with news outlets to fill important needs in their coverage.


Morgan also talked about her passion for news literacy, how she comes up with story ideas, the different type of writing she's done, and gave tips for both applying to Report for America (applications for this year due January 31) and getting around Boston (spoiler: get a bike!).


Thank you for listening. If you have any thoughts on this episode, please e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com or find us on Twitter at @JournalismPod. Please rate and review the podcast if you can.


Important Links

Morgan Mullings Twitter

Bay State Banner website

Bay State Banner Twitter

Report for America website

Report for America Twitter

Jan 19, 2021
NAHJ VP Arelis Hernández on fair treatment for Hispanic journalists and reporting for the Washington Post
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Arelis Hernández, a vice president for print for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a reporter covering Texas and the US-Mexican border for the Washington Post.


Arelis talked about the goals of the organization, making sure Hispanic journalists receive opportunities for advancement and aren't unfairly treated when it comes to the industry's cutting jobs. She also talked about the treatment of Hispanics in the media, including the inaccuracy of the term minority, and what non-Hispanic people can do to aid the NAHJ's cause.


Arelis also discussed her current job for the Washington Post, some of the stories she'd written about the ejection, and how she comes up with story ideas. Lastly, she offered advice for journalists wanting to take on organizational leadership positions and picked a journalist that she wanted to salute.


Thank you for listening. Please rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. If you have any comments on this episode, please share them at journalismsalute@gmail.com or @JournalismPod on Twitter.


Important Links

NAHJ website

NAHJ on Twitter

Palabra

Arelis Hernández on Twitter

Arelis' articles for the Washington Post

NAHJ statement on use of the term "minority"

Jan 12, 2021
University of Alabama professor Meredith Cummings on teaching, touring newsrooms, and journalism for children of all ages
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by University of Alabama journalism instructor, Meredith Cummings, who also is the director of the Alabama Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) and the National Elementary Scholastic Press Association (NESPA).


Meredith talked about what teaching journalism to college students in a her state is like, the way she approaches her classes, and how sports has played an important role in teaching larger lessons about journalism.


She also talked about the role the Alabama Multicultural Journalism Association has played in improving newsroom diversity starting at the scholastic level. She also explained the services provided by the ASPA and NESPA and why she believe the future of journalism is bright.


We also talked about #FollowHerLede, a 10,000 mile cross-country journalism tour that Meredith did, visiting a diverse array of news organizations. Meredith also provided advice on balancing so many passion projects and listed a few journalism organizations she wanted to salute.


Thank you for listening. Follow us on Twitter or e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com


Important Websites

Meredith's website

Meredith's Twitter

Alabama Scholastic Press Association

National Elementary School Press Association

#FollowMyLede article

Article on high school students in a pandemic

Jan 05, 2021
Rabbi Hillel Goldberg on Running a Family-Owned Jewish Newspaper
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Hillel Goldberg, editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News, a weekly family-owned newspaper and website that has served the Rocky Mountain Jewish community for more than 100 years.


Rabbi Goldberg talked about the evolution of the publication and the importance of both his father and mother to the paper’s direction. He explained the intent of the news and editorial pages, discussed a number of recent articles, including an editorial welcoming Joe Biden to the presidency.


He also shared his approach to running the business, gave advice to students on how to work with family and how to establish themselves as writers, and picked a couple of journalism organizations for a personal salute.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review the podcast if you can.


Important Websites

Intermountain Jewish News website

Intermountain Jewish News on Twitter

Dec 29, 2020
Amjambo Africa: Georges Budagu Makoko & Kathreen Harrison On Covering The African Experience in Maine
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On this episode, Mark Simon was joined by Georges Budagu Makoko and Kathreen Harrison, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Amjambo Africa, a monthly newspaper and website published in 6 languages that is devoted to covering the African immigrant experience in Maine.


Georges and Kathreen talked about Georges’ journey to the United States and Kathreen’s career as a teacher and how they came together to start this publication. They discussed how some Maine residents were welcoming and others throughout the state were not.


They explained how the paper functions and the kinds of stories they publish – in addition to news, opinion, and features, there is a poetry editor and pieces providing assistance on such things as money management. They also talked about the message they hoped to get across both to the immigrant community and to Maine residents.


They also offered advice on starting a publication of this nature and gave salutes to different journalism organizations they worked with.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review our podcast. You can email me at journalismsalute@gmail.com or find me on Twitter at @journalismsalut


Important Links

Amjambo Africa website

Amjambo Africa Twitter

Article on Georges’ life and background

New York Times article on the increased African population in Portland, Maine

Dec 21, 2020
The Forward Editor-In-Chief Jodi Rudoren on Covering All Aspects of Judaism
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by The Forward editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren, formerly a longtime reporter and editor for the New York Times.


Jodi talked about making the move from The Times to an organization with a long, proud history of covering Judaism that is now a subscription-based online publication. She talked about stories they had done – from coverage of prominent issues like the presidential election to Jewish culture, including food and entertainment. She talked about the goals for the group moving forward and her hope that it will do more accountability journalism in the future.


Jodi also talked about her career – learning from mistakes and managing a career path that reached inclusion on the New York Times masthead. And she saluted two other important journalism organizations.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review our podcast. You can email me at journalismsalute@gmail.com or find me on Twitter at @journalismsalut


Important Links

The Forward website

The Forward Twitter

Jodi Rudoren Twitter

Jodi Rudoren interview with Jewish Funders Network

Jodi Rudoren 2014 Q&A with Hadassah

Dec 15, 2020
Journalism Teacher Alana Van Der Sluys On The Value of Journalism Education
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Kinnelon (NJ) High School journalism teacher Alana Van Der Sluys, who is also a vice-president of the Garden State Scholastic Press Association (GSSPA).


Alana explained the role of the GSSPA and shared her path to teaching. She described how the school’s journalism program, which has 3 classes and allows students to get college credit, works.


Alana also talked about issues that journalism teachers face, including administrators wanting a first look at stories in school media, small budgets, and limited resources. She spoke with pride about her students and gave examples of the work they’ve done in covering topics such as the election and Coronavirus.


Alana concluded by offering advice to people who are just now thinking about becoming a journalism teacher and picked an organization that she wanted to salute.


Thank you for listening. If you would like to rate and review the show, we would greatly appreciate it. You can offer us feedback by e-mail at journalismsalute@gmail.com and Twitter at @journalismsalut.


Important Links

Alana’s Twitter page

GSSPA website

Colt Chronicle (Kinnelon High School Student Newspaper) 

Dec 08, 2020
Prism Editor-in-Chief Ashton Lattimore on How Her Newsroom Sees the World Differently
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On this episode, Mark talked to Ashton Lattimore, editor-in-chief of Prism, whose editorial goal is to center the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media and treat Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women, the LGBTQ+ community and other invisibilized groups as experts on their lived experiences, resilience, and fight for justice. 

 

Ashton talked about what it was like to try to write an editorial

the week of the presidential election, provided examples of the kinds of

stories that Prism covers in the areas of immigration, politics, and racial justice. She also explained how the site covers culture and celebrates triumph. 

 

Lastly, Ashton picked 2 journalism organizations to salute and

offered advice to people who venture back and forth between journalism and other careers, as she did.

 

Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you

can. 

 

If you have any feedback on the show, please email

journalismsalute@gmail.com or tweet @journalismsalut

 

Links

Prism website

Prism Twitter

Ashton Lattimore Twitter

Carolyn Copeland’s article on Betsy Devos’ successor

Tina Vasquez’s story on Who Built the Cages

Prism’s story on brASS Burlesque

Ashton’s recent article on Poynter

Dec 02, 2020
Bettina Chang of City Bureau On Producing Impactful, Equitable, Publicly-Responsive News
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On this episode, Mark is joined by Bettina Chang, one of the co-founders and executive editorial director for City Bureau, a Chicago-based non-profit journalism lab that both covers the city and works with the community to produce impactful, equitable and publicly-responsive reporting


Bettina talked about the group and what led to its formation in 2015. She explained how they try to reimagine local news by teaching local residents how to document what happens in public meetings along with the creation of journalism fellowships awarded to a diverse group of aspiring journalists who report for larger media outlets.


She also explained how the group provides essential public information, including the creation of a Zine to help prisoners file appeals. And she shared technological developments like a bot that tracks government bills, along with the website HasMyAldermanBeenIndicted.com.


Bettina concluded by offering advice to journalists looking to take the kind of approach that City Bureau does and shared a journalism organization that she would like to salute.


Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don't forget to rate and review us. Stay safe and stay well.


IMPORTANT LINKS

CityBureau.org

BettinaChang.com

City Bureau's Newmark School talk

Bettina's Ted Talk on Maslow's Pyramid, Fake News, and The Future of Journalism

Nov 23, 2020
Siri Carpenter on The Open Notebook and Creating A Science Writers Community
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Dr. Siri Carpenter, the co-founder of The Open Notebook, a science journalism organization that helps writers with every aspect of their work - from pitching articles to understanding terminology and data and much more.


Siri talked about how her career as a science writer, and what led her and Jeanne Erdman to start their website, and the resources her site provides. She shared the traits that make a good science writer, discussed the challenges of being a science writer, the idea of writing for Dr. Fauci's aunt, and using narrative to articulate scientific information.


She also explained what The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest is (you have to see it to appreciate it!), offered advice to others interested in creating a journalism community, and picked multiple organizations that she wanted to salute.


Important Links

The Open Notebook website

Siri Carpenter's Twitter and website

Brian Vastag Profiles a Dinosaur

Their book - The Craft of Science Writing

Nov 17, 2020
Making Journalism History Accessible with Teri Finneman & Nick Hirshon of the AEJMC
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On this episode, Mark Simon talks with Teri Finneman and Nick Hirshon of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) – History Division. They are journalism professors at the University of Kansas and William Paterson University respectively.


Terri is the executive producer and co-host and Nick is a regular co-host of the podcast, Journalism History, a fun and interesting look at stories you might not have read about in your class textbooks.


They explained what the AEJMC is and their roles within the history division and shared some of the favorite history lessons they learned on their show. They explained what they are doing to make academic studies more accessible to journalists and the public through things such as their podcast.


They also explained their journalistic passions. Teri has done extensive research and written a book on press portrayal of women politicians (and also written about First Ladies). Nick studies sports media and subjects such as how sports talk radio influences public perception and how politicians latch on to sports teams in hopes of getting favorable coverage and rising in popularity.He’s written a book on the bizarre rebranding of the New York Islanders.


They also shared advice for aspiring journalists interested in trying podcasting and picked a journalism organization that they would like to salute.


Thank you for listening. Stay safe and stay well.


LINKS

AEJMC Twitter & website

Teri Finneman’s Twitter

Nick Hirshon’s Twitter

Journalism History podcast

Terri Finneman’s book

Nick Hirshon’s book

Nov 10, 2020
Gabriel Kahn of Xtown.LA on Data Journalism at the Local Level
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On this episode, we’re joined by Crosstown LA Publisher and editor, Gabriel Kahn, a professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Crosstown LA covers the neighborhoods of Los Angeles in a different way – through data. Their stories are brief, visually-vibrant, and phone-friendly.


Gabriel explained how the project was born and how the Crosstown LA team of writers and editors, designers, and software engineers work together to produce stories. He gave examples of stories that the group is proud of, specifically in the areas of social justice, Coronavirus, and crime coverage. He also explained both the capabilities and the limitations that the data provides, and described creating a customized newsletter to help further their project.


He also gave advice for people interested in getting into data journalism and picked another journalism organization that helped inspire this project that he wanted to salute.


Thank you for listening. If you’d like to contact us, email journalismsalute@gmail.com. Please consider rating and reviewing us. It helps us out. Stay safe and stay well!

 

Important Links

Xtown.LA website

Crosstown LA’s Twitter

Gabriel Kahn’s Twitter

More coverage of Crosstown LA

Oct 27, 2020
Covering health journalism with Tara Haelle and Bara Vaida of the Association of Health Care Journalists
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On this episode, we’re joined by journalists Tara Haelle and Bara Vaida to talk about the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and health journalism in the age of Covid-19. They explained what the organization does, why it is invaluable to health care journalists as an informational and networking resource, as well as their role as topic leaders in medical studies and infectious disease, respectively.


Tara talked about the importance of media understanding the different stages of vaccine development. Bara talked about writing about pandemic preparedness and why it’s important for reporters to understand the connection of politics and health care.


They explained the challenges that occur when some political reporters enter the health journalism landscape – understanding that evidence trumps “both sides” reporting. They talked about the value of Twitter in helping them find public health experts and lessons learned that could be applied to reporting on future health care issues (such as health care disparities, listening to the right experts for the right questions, and building public health literacy).


We ended the discussion by talking about their journalistic passions, what advice they would have for future journalists, and what journalism organizations they would like to salute.

 

Notable Links

AHCJ website

AHCJ Twitter

Tara’s Twitter

Bara’s Twitter


Tara’s website, TedXTalk on vaccination, and parenting book


Bara’s website and pandemic preparedness article  

Oct 20, 2020
Bene Cipolla of Chalkbeat on Covering the Classroom
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On this episode, Chalkbeat publisher-to-be (current editor-in-chief) Bene Cipolla joined Mark Simon to talk about how her group covers educational issues across the country.


Bene talked about her organization's purpose -- to have an impact on the improvement of schools for all children, especially those who have lacked access to a quality education.


She explained her role, why education journalism appeals to her, the kinds of stories Chalkbeat covers, how they cover social justice issues, who their readership is, how they are funded, and the organization's long-term plans.


Lastly, Bene gave advice to aspiring education journalists and picked a group that she wanted to salute.


Thank you for listening. Please rate and review us if you can. Stay safe and stay well.


IMPORTANT LINKS

Chalkbeat.org

Chalkbeat's Twitter

Bene Cipolla's Twitter

AP/Chalkbeat story on racial inequity in education

NY Times/Chalkbeat story on reopening schools

This American Life featuring a Chalkbeat story

Chalkbeat on Great Schools overhauling ratings

CEO Elizabeth Green on Chalkbeat's business model

Votebeat.org, which will cover election administration in a similar manner

Oct 13, 2020
Becoming a Better News Consumer with Darragh Worland of the News Literacy Project
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On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Darragh Worland, the vice-president of creative services for the News Literacy Project.


The News Literacy Project is a non-partisan non-profit group devoted to making people better news consumers using educational tools.


Darragh talked specifically about what the group does, about programs like Checkology that can be used by students, educators, and the public. She discussed ways to handle disinformation and misinformation, how social media and groups like QAnon make their work more challenging, and how the group is trying to educate people on the use of statistics in stories.


(** Note: This episode was taped before the news about Facebook's QAnon ban broke**)


She also explained the goal of the Project's new podcast, which she hosts - Is That a Fact?


Darragh also gave tips for aspiring journalists and talked about a group working with stopping the spread of disinformation that she wanted to salute.


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NOTABLE LINKS

The News Literacy Project website

The News Literacy Project on Twitter

Darragh Worland on Twitter

Darragh's article in the New York Daily News

Is That a Fact podcast

Oct 07, 2020
KING-5 news anchor Steve Bunin on Asking The Right Questions
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We'll call this episode a Personal Salute, as we're joined by KING-5 news anchor Steve Bunin, a former colleague of mine at ESPN.


There are many journalistic components to Steve's job and he educates us on each of them. We also discuss the changing role of the news anchor and watching the internet completely change his job over time.


Steve was regarded as one of the best question-askers at ESPN, so he provides some insight on interviewing, lists the journalists whom he most admires, and shares his own journalism salute


NOTABLE LINKS

Steve Bunin on Twitter

Steve Bunin Bio

KING-5 TV

John Sawatsky on interviewing

Sep 29, 2020
Holly McCall of Tennessee Lookout on Covering A State With A Supermajority
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On this episode, we're joined by Holly McCall, the editor of the Tennessee Lookout, a website devoted to covering state government and issues as part of States Newsroom.


We discuss the background in politics and journalism that led her to this job and the challenge of covering state government in a state in which the Republican party has a supermajority hold on the state legislature.


Holly talked about stories her team uncovered related to Coronavirus, the growing immigrant community, governor Bill Lee, and the cities of Nashville and Memphis.


She also explained the balance between news and editorial and how her organization demonstrates its fairness, She also shared advice for aspiring journalists and provided a journalism salute of her own.


Key quote: "I think there's a great hunger for more policy and politics coverage."


Thanks for tuning in. Please rate and review us if you can.


LINKS

Tennessee Lookout

Tennessee Lookout on Twitter

Holly McCall on Twitter

Articles by Anita Wadhwani

Articles by Nate Rau

Articles by Dulce Torres

The organization Holly saluted

Sep 22, 2020
Trusting News with Joy Mayer
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Trusting News director Joy Mayer to discuss how journalists and newsrooms can work at improving the level of trust from their readerships.


Joy provided examples of work her group does to help news organizations and journalists in this regard. She explained how trust has to be earned and provided examples of groups that are doing work to increase trust from their readership.


Thank you for listening. If you liked the podcast, please rate and review us. Stay safe and stay well.


LINKS

Trusting News Website

Trusting News Weekly Newsletter

Pew Poll on What People Think of Journalists

Trusting News on Twitter

Joy Mayer on Twitter

Mark Simon's Twitter

Sep 15, 2020
The American Journalism Historians Association w/ Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens and Dr. Aimee Edmondson
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On this episode, we focus on The American Journalism Historians Association with its president, Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens from the University of Central Arkansas and its first vice-president, Dr. Aimee Edmondson of Ohio University.


They explain what the organization does, talk about the importance of teaching the history of journalism, show how history often repeats itself, and share the group's resources, including a highly-impressive speakers bureau. They also provide recommended reading (related to John Lewis), share their own research and salute other journalism organizations doing good work.


Thank you for listening. If you wish to rate and review the podcast, please do, and please share it with your friends and colleagues. Please stay safe and stay well.


NOTABLE LINKS

AJHA Website

AJHA on Twitter

Dr. Lampkin Stephens on Twitter

Dr. Edmondson on Twitter


In Sullivan's Shadow

If It Aint Broke, Break It

Their recommended book: The Race Beat

Sep 08, 2020
What is Solutions Journalism - With Michelle Faust Raghavan
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On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Michelle Faust Raghavan, West Coast Region Manager for the Solutions Journalism Network.


They discussed what Solutions Journalism is, what the group does, and why it is so important. Michelle provided examples of Solutions Journalism teaching in action and the stories produced as a result. She also offered resources that the Network provides that journalists will find useful in developing their stories. Michelle also talked about why she thinks the future of journalism is bright and which journalism organizations she would like to salute.


Key phrase to remember: "Hope with teeth."


Links

SolutionsJournalismNetwork.org

Michelle's Ted Talk

Celeste Headlee's Ted Talk

Solutions Journalism Network Twitter

Michelle's Twitter

Sep 02, 2020
What is Dialogue Journalism? - Spaceship Media Co-Founder and CEO Eve Pearlman
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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Eve Pearlman, the co-founder and CEO of Spaceship Media.

 

In Eve’s words, Spaceship Media is a company that invites exploration for journalists and conversation participants through a recently developed form of work known as dialogue journalism. Spaceship brings people from different groups together for conversations over an extended period of time and works with media outlets to report on what comes from those conversations.

 

Eve explains the origin of the company and how dialogue journalism works in the spirit of reconceptualizing what journalism is. She tells what motivated her to pursue this type of journalism, how projects are conceptualized, developed, and completed, and why journalists are ideal for the role they serve within dialogue journalism. She also shares her vision for future projects and pays it forward with advice, and a journalism salute of her own.

 

Core quote: “What can I do with the skills I have, from where I sit, to help the greater good?”

 

The Journalism Salute is a podcast intended to spotlight journalism organizations doing prominent work and to counter the notion of journalists as the enemy of the people. It is hosted by Mark Simon. Please subscribe, rate, and review.

 

Show Links

Spaceship Media

Spaceship Media Twitter page

Eve Pearlman’s Twitter page

Guns, An American Conversation (Spaceship Media’s book)

Eve’s Ted Talk

 

Journalism Salute Twitter

Mark Simon Twitter

Aug 19, 2020
InvestigateWest Executive Director Allison Augustyn
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On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Allison Augustyn, the executive director of InvestigateWest, a non-profit journalism studio based in Seattle.

 

In Allison’s words, InvestigateWest is reporting “for community, with community” using a modern investigative reporting approach. She explains the role that InvestigateWest fills and how the impact of their reporting on the Pacific Northwest is measured.

 

She provides examples of notable stories (a social justice component to environmental reporting) and the idea of “meeting people where they live.” She also previews an upcoming story running in The Atlantic. Lastly, she offers advice to aspiring investigative reporters and offers her own salute to a journalism organization.


Core quote: “There are economists who have put forth data that shows that for every dollar spent on investigative reporting, it yields $125 in societal good. It’s just that it takes a lot of time and money up front before you get that payoff.”

 

The Journalism Salute is a podcast intended to spotlight journalism organizations doing prominent work and to counter the notion of journalists as the enemy of the people. It is hosted by Mark Simon. Please subscribe, rate, and review.

 


Show Links

Investigate West website

Investigate West Twitter

Allison Augustyn Twitter


Journalism Salute Twitter

Mark Simon Twitter

Mark's list of Journalism Organizations

Aug 19, 2020
The Journalism Salute Trailer
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Coming soon: A podcast that pays tribute to journalism in all its many forms.

Aug 02, 2020