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Tag Archives: Future of Journalism

The New York Times is failing readers with its awful, one-sided 2022 midterms coverage

Excerpt: The ending of the 2022 midterms has yet to be written, but NYT editors and reporters are convinced they know what's going to happen. They are churning out stories that have Republican victory is just ahead as the premise, with headlines that endlessly play up Republicans' chances and suggest Democrats are doomed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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The threat to American elections: No time for hysteria, but we should all be worried

Excerpt: With a nation’s news media “hollowed out” by closings and downsizings, Seattle-based InvestigateWest is swimming against a tide as it pursues a task vital to the republic: It has taken on the job of seeking the truth about those seeking power in America, specifically reporting on ongoing threats to American democracy.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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Read the guest essay defending City Attorney Pete Holmes that The Seattle Times refused to publish before the August Top Two election

Excerpt: With self-absorption and self-praise, The Seattle Times has made a big deal of its dogged pursuit of public records and commitment to open government. The newspaper should display an equal commitment to public comment.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Media & Culture, Open Government, Policy Topics
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WaPo’s Marty Baron retires: An appreciation for one who confronted power with truth

Excerpt: The Marty Barons of this world are essential to an informed citizenry. As the Washington Post put it in a motto adopted under Baron: Democracy dies in darkness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Media & Culture
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Spokesman-Review to ditch endorsements after furious backlash to pro-Trump editorial

Excerpt: Spokane's daily newspaper will stop publishing unsigned editorials and candidate endorsements after its publisher's exhortation to vote for Donald Trump was poorly received.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture
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Dori Monson indefinitely suspended by Seahawks, KIRO after transphobic tweet

Excerpt: The right wing talk show host is off the air and no longer has a show, at least as of October 2020.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Brian Stelter’s “Hoax” offers a fresh look at how Fox corrodes democracy

Excerpt: Read Joel Connelly's review of a 2020 book examining the destructive influence of Rupert Murdoch's right wing cable channel, in the tradition of Outfoxed, The Republican Noise Machine, and Murdoch's World.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joel Connelly retires from the P‑I; will join NPI’s Cascadia Advocate as a contributor

Excerpt: After nearly half a century of service to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and its online successor, seattlepi.com, the legendary journalist and columnist has retired. He'll join NPI as a contributor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Journalist and columnist Joel Connelly to retire from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Excerpt: At the end of June 2020, Heart's longest-serving Seattle employee will retire after a distinguished career.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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ThinkProgress to power down, lose staff after Center for American Progress fails to sell it

Excerpt: We're losing another newsroom at a time when we need more journalism, not less. Read NPI's founder's response to the demise of a once-leading progressive source of news and analysis.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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KPLU SAVED! Deal with KUOW is off, 88.5 FM to become an independent NPR affiliate

Excerpt: A major vic­to­ry for media diver­si­ty and inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism has been won today with the news that Pacif­ic Luther­an Uni­ver­si­ty has agreed to sell NPR affil­i­ate KPLU to the non­prof­it group Friends of 88.5 FM, which suc­cess­ful­ly raised $7 mil­lion in the span of just a few months to keep the sta­tion independent. The just-announced […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Media & Culture
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Congratulations, Friends of 88.5 FM! $7 million raised to buy KPLU from Pacific Lutheran

Excerpt: This is tru­ly won­der­ful news: The com­mu­ni­ty group hop­ing to pre­serve 88.5 FM as an inde­pen­dent radio sta­tion has hit its $7 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal a month ahead of sched­ule. KPLU Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Joey Cohn announced live on the air Thurs­day after­noon that near­ly 18,000 donors have raised enough mon­ey to make a bid for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NBC’s Brian Williams suspended for six months; Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show

Excerpt: Today, some­thing remark­able hap­pened: The host of a fake news show made real news by announc­ing his depar­ture from the pro­gram he has helmed since 1999, while the host of a real news show was sus­pend­ed by his net­work for fak­ing details about his expe­ri­ence as a war zone reporter over ten years ago. Who would […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The printed word will continue to endure

Excerpt: Some years ago, there began a rev­o­lu­tion which has changed the way we com­mu­ni­cate, do busi­ness, enter­tain our­selves, and get our news. That rev­o­lu­tion, the dig­i­tal media rev­o­lu­tion, is still going on today, and it has ush­ered in a new era of tran­si­tion and uncer­tain­ty. As news­pa­pers and book­stores close down or go online-only, we […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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