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Dr. King’s Crusade, Economic Justice and Media Consolidation

Bob Hennelly Salon
King’s critique of power was never purely about race: The collapse of independent media is partly what got us here. It was the independent and radical left media that forced mainstream media to cover the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, poverty and the fight against it. Over the last 15 years, more than half the jobs in the news industry had disappeared, media consolidation will quicken this trend.

‘Every Era Gets the Boswell It Deserves’

Nausicaa Renner and Pete Vernon Columbia Journalism Review
Michael Wolff appears on the Today show on Friday, January 5, 2018 Wolff appears to have played a monster hand of access journalism poker, bluffing his way into the good graces of the administration by attacking mainstream reporters for critical reporting in the early months of the Trump presidency only to rake in the pot by producing a devastating account of those who considered him a sympathetic observer.

Friday Nite Videos | December 8, 2017

Obama Invokes Nazi Germany in Warning to US. Preacher Jack - Boogie Woogie. Rachel Maddow Lifts Curtain on DNC Hacks. Alabama Women Divided on Roy Moore. Reporting on Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore | How to Be a Journalist.

Did a Psychiatric Hospital Lock Up People for Profit?

Jessica Huseman ProPublica
BuzzFeed’s Rosalind Adams set out to learn why America’s largest psychiatric hospital chain was under investigation. Source by source, she built a case that Universal Health Services was locking up people for profit.


Every Day Is Labor Day

Jason Pramas DigBoston
DigBoston commits to expanding coverage of workers and unions

Ebony Pushes Black journalists' Patience to the Limit

Adeshina Emmanuel Columbia Journalism Review
A lot of Black people love Ebony. But love only goes so far for the journalists who make it happen, especially when the object of your affection is slow to cut you a check. Start by paying your damn journalists.

Trump and the Rebirth of Press Freedom

Tony Karon Project Syndicate
Journalists should not fear being on the wrong side of power. On the contrary, that is exactly where they belong.

In Wake of Trump Victory: An Open Letter to Fellow Minority Journalists

Jay Caspian Kang The Kang Blog
Jay Caspian Kang, a noted Korean American journalist, warns the precarious position of minority journalists is under new assault as the mainstream media makes its adjustments to the Trump election. He argues the mainstream media that has already begun the hiring of pro-Trump voices, will soon be jettisoning the “identity politics writers,” it hired only a few years ago. It is time, Kang says, for progressive minority writers to “start building their own shit.”
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