Tag Archives: journalism

Discerning truth in news

From the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity: Former BBC journalist Julia Bicknell talks about navigating misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and conspiracy theories. This is comprehensive, thoughtful and worth your time.

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Writing for a global audience

Imagine you are talking with a friend. Then write that way. That was one of the best pieces of writing advice I ever received in college. It has served me well through almost four decades now, because it helps me … Continue reading

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The Write Stuff

Tom Wolfe died in May. Since then, I’ve been saving a podcast of NPR’s Fresh Air, featuring archived interviews with this major architect of the New Journalism. Today, three months later, I finally gave a listen. The 20-minute segment is … Continue reading

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Raising questions and starting conversations

  In the days leading up to Memorial Day, PBS reran The Vietnam War, the riveting 17-hour documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.   Last year, Burns was asked about his team’s reporting process in deeply telling the … Continue reading

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Your Monday encouragement

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The power of story

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A tragic story, told well

Vanity Fair has published an incredible, haunting account about the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro. The ship sank during a 2015 Caribbean hurricane, and all 33 people aboard drowned. …the ship was found resting upright on a sandy plain 15,400 … Continue reading

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Miracles: Handle with care

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” That jarring statement used to hang in Chicago’s famed City News Bureau as an admonishment to reporters. In the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago journalism, it simply meant to verify all … Continue reading

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The Power of Being Invisible

Book recommendation: “Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion,” by David Zweig. I’m just starting this one, but the title alone sold it for me. In his introduction, Zweig writes: “… I was fascinated by people … Continue reading

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Every street; rainy day

Author Mark Sayers is one of today’s best cultural observers. In his new book, “Facing Leviathan,” he deconstructs our consumer / spectator culture and talks about the need for leaders to break free of it. The “society of spectacle” is … Continue reading

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