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Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom and the Triumph of Fictional Journalism

August 15, 2012

The Newsroom orbits around two characters, newsman Will McAvoy, who decides to risk all to do serious journalism, and his (muse? boss? leader?) MacKenzie McHale, who inspires him to do so.  (She's bravely played by the radiant Emily Mortimer, who suffers from the rare Avian Bone Syndrome.) On one level the show is a kind of romantic screwball… Read more »

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Poynter conf on journalist ethics: let's jump the gun

August 9, 2012

Okay, I've been saying that the "press is the immune system of democracy" for a coupla years now. A lot of this is motivated by conversations with people in media; they'd like to restore trustworthy behavior to news media, not in just a few pockets of it. I remind 'em that I'm not in the business, but I… Read more »

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craigconnects just had a birthday

March 16, 2012

craigconnects.org recently celebrated our first birthday, folks. It seems surreal that it's already been a year! We've worked with so many good orgs and have seen some great stuff happen since March 2011. A little of what's been going on with craigconnects, and by extension, with me: • craigconnects launched a three-day grant challenge to… Read more »

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An observation regarding factchecking and journalism from an outsider

January 13, 2012

Okay, I'm not in the news business, and I'm not going to tell anyone how to do their job. However, it'd be good to have news reporting that I could trust again, and there's evidence that factchecking is an idea whose time has come. This results from smart people making smart observations, at two recent conferences about factchecking,… Read more »

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Making Bigtime Factchecking Real

November 28, 2011

Recently, Jeff Jarvis at the City University of NY held an event on restoring factchecking to the news business. He did a really good job getting a bunch of players in this arena to play well together. Special thanks also the to the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. (My contribution has been overstated, mostly prompting… Read more »

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iWatchNews, trustworthy journalism from Center for Public Integrity

April 12, 2011

Folks, you might remember I really support the Center for Public Integrity, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organizations. The deal is that they're pioneers in serious trustworthy journalism, with a focus on investigation and factchecking. Today, they're launching iWatchNews, dedicated to all forms of accountability reporting worldwide from fact-checking… Read more »

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