President Trump and the news media have something in common: low approval ratings. The latest Gallup poll has the presidents average approval rating at 40%, just below the news media’s 41%. At this weeks Excellence in Journalism News conference, EIJ News reporter Adam Hushin talked with attendees about what the news media needs to do to regain Americans trust.
September 18th, 2015 • 2015: Orlando
One of the most important tools in a journalist’s arsenal
Some parts of the Constitution are more hotly contested in the 21st Century than others. Most Americans assume that Freedom of the Press is a given in this day and age and doesn’t need to be defended in court. Third world countries jail journalists, not the United States.
From rocking out Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” to crooning the sensual Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” a la the folksy 70s, the First Amendment was exercised with a melody on Thursday night. Freedom Sings, a program of musicians, perform songs that were once censored by the government for provocative lyrics.
While the crisis in Ferguson raged on in front of camera crews for weeks on end, reporters on the ground saw a different reality. They also saw that reality distorted – or participated in the distortion themselves – as Ferguson descended into a “war zone” in a matter of days.