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On this episode we’re joined by Liz Robbins. Liz is currently the director of journalism partnerships for Define American, an organization whose goal is to humanize the immigrant experience in the media one story at a time. Prior to this job, Liz was a longtime reporter for the New York Times, first covering sports and then immigration. She’s also a journalism teacher and professor and wrote a book about the New York City Marathon. Liz talked about her career and her goal of humanizing the people in the many features she wrote. She also explained the goals of Define American and explained the day-to-day work that she is doing for that organization, including best practices regarding language and the use of anonymous sources. Liz’s salute: Documented NY Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
For our 100th episode, we’re joined by Scott MacFarlane, who covers Congress and the January 6th aftermath for CBS News. Scott has been with CBS since January after leaving the NBC affiliate in DC. He’s covered Washington D.C. for nearly 20 years and has had a long career as an investigative journalist. His Twitter (@macfarlanenews) is the go-to source for information about every January 6th court case. Scott talked about how he keeps track of all the January 6th cases and why he puts such a strong emphasis on the under-the-radar cases. He explained the challenge of keeping his reactions to what he’s seen and heard in check, how he makes his social media coverage differentiating, and why the most important lesson he’s learned in his career is one about fairness. Scott’s salute: Alex Silverman, Director of News and Programming, KNX Radio, Los Angeles. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, we’re joined by Nick Hirshon. Nick’s our first repeat guest. He’s an associate producer of communications at William Paterson University, a co-host of the Journalism History podcast, and is the editor of the upcoming issue of the academic journal – American Journalism. That’s our subject today. The issues looks at the history of investigative reporting, the hook being the 50th anniversary of the Watergate Break-In. Nick talked about the different types of pieces, from a look at investigative journalism’s origin stories to pieces on the media’s role in the Watergate story, and interviews with a wide range of journalists, including Connie Chung, Steve Scully, and actress Jane Seymour. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Cyd Zeigler. Cyd is the co-founder of Outsports, a website covering LGBTQ+ issues in sports. He’s also the author/co-author of 3 books, most recently My Life On The Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life by Ryan O’Callaghan. He’s broken many stories related to athletes coming out publicly regarding their sexuality and is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Hall of Fame. Cyd talked about the website’s founding and how it has evolved over the last 20+ years. He explained how he works with athletes on their coming out stories, shared his thoughts on what journalists get wrong in their coverage of the LGBTQ+ community, and provided examples of stories he’s done, including one on former Cincinnati Reds and FOX Sports broadcaster Thom Brennaman. Cyd’s Salute: LZ Granderson Outsports Podcasts can be found here Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
Trân Nguyễn is a bilingual investigative reporter and data journalist who has covered the Vietnamese community, homelessness and health care in Santa Clara County for the San Jose Spotlight. She is a native of Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in an environment in which most media was state-sponsored. Now, she’s covering a city with the largest Vietnamese population in the United States. Tran talked about her career path, explained the purpose of the Spotlight, discussed the kinds of stories she covers, and explained her writing style. She also talked about the mentors that were key to her development as a journalist. Trân’s salutes: Damon Kiesow, University of Missouri and Sisi Wei founder of the Journalists of Color Slack and editor-in-chief of The Markup. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, we salute and talk to Alissa Quart. Alissa is the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. The Economic Hardship Reporting Project funds and co-publishes reporting, supporting independent journalists who do stories that counteract typical narratives all related to inequality. It can be found at economichardship.org. Alissa talked about her career, provided examples of what the group does, and explained why reporting on inequity is so important. Alissa’s salute: The Debt Collective. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, we salute and interview Donnell Suggs, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Voice, which is the longest running and only Black newspaper in Atlanta. Donnell has covered business, features, real estate, religion, and sports during his time in the industry. He’s a native of Brooklyn N.Y. He talked about his time as a New York City police officer and why he decided he wanted to become a full-time journalist. He explained why he loved print journalism so much, what makes The Atlanta Voice an important newspaper in 2022, and how he tries to make the paper’s coverage distinct. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Wesley Early, a reporter for Alaska Public Media, who covers covering city government and Anchorage life. Wesley talked about his career, which has taken him through both large and small markers in Alaska, and the day-to-day duties of the job. He also explained how being Black in a state with a very small Black population plays a role in how he does his job. And he cleared up some misconceptions that media members in the lower 48 states have about his state. Wesley’s salute: KYUK, Bethel, Alaska Wesley’s Twitter: @wesley_early Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Jane Wolfe. Jane is a longtime journalist who has written 3 biographies, the most recent of which is titled Burl, Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer. It’s about Burl Osborne, a prominent journalist and newspaper publisher who had a distinguished career at the Associated Press and The Dallas Morning News. Jane talked about her career, about Burl’s life, and the process of writing a biographies – which parts she likes and which parts she doesn’t like. Jane’s salute: University of Texas-Austin School of Journalism and Media Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ben Welsh, the visiting senior data journalist at Stanford University who is working on the project, Big Local News. He’s also been a longtime data journalism editor at the Los Angeles Times. Ben talked about his journalism origin story, the different projects he’s worked on, how Big Local News is helping to make data journalism accessible to smaller media outlets, and the importance of the field of data journalism. Ben’s Twitter Details on Ben’s work at Stanford Studs Terkel podcast Homepages.news Ben’s salute: The Las Vegas Review Journal
On this episode, we salute John Vitti. John is a man of many skills. He’s been a layout, copy, and online editor/multi-platform editor for the sports department of the Boston Globe for 23 years. He’s also a high school journalism teacher, an elementary school newspaper advisor, and the founder of a journalism program for kids, Headliners in Education. John talked with Mark Simon about all of those roles as well as the value of teaching journalism concepts to kids, even if they don’t want to become journalists. John’s salutes Press Pass NYC Journalistic Learning Initiative (Ed Madison, its founder, is a past guest) Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, we salute and interview Alexis Terrazas. He’s the editor in chief of El Tecolote (The Owl), a bilingual Latino newspaper that has served the San Francisco Bay Area Latino community since 1970. Prior to that, he wrote for Patch and the San Francisco Examiner. Alexis shared his journalism origin story, explained the types of stories that El Tecolote covered, and detailed why he’s so passionate about his job and the newspaper’s mission. El Tecolote’s Twitter account Alexis’s salute: Renaissance Journalism Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On today’s episode, we salute Katie Hawkins-Gaar. Katie is a freelance writer and the founder of Digital Women Leaders, a mentoring program for women and non-binary people working in news who are looking for advice from someone who understands their experience. It’s a free program with dozens of coaches available for a 30-minute session. Katie also edits the newsletter, My Sweet Dumb Brain, a newsletter about facing the ups and downs of life, all while being kind to yourself. Katie talked about her journalism experience, how the Digital Women Leaders program works and the type of advice mentees receive, and gave examples of topics that she addresses in her newsletter, which often focuses on mental health. Katie’s salute: Sahan Journal Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode, we’re joined by Ahmed Ahmed. Ahmed was named the Nevada Student Journalist of the Year – by the Journalism Education Association. He spent 3 years on the staff of the Southwest Shadow at Southwest Career and Technical Academy. And he’s now headed to U of Chicago to study political science. Ahmed talked about his journalism origin story, why opinion writing is so important to him, who his greatest influences are, and what his future ambitions are. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod. Links Ahmed’s Salute: Youth Journalism International Ahmed’s work for the Shadow Ahmed’s website and portfolio
On this episode, we’re joined by Anushka De. Anushka is a freshman from Cupertino California studying computer science at Stanford University. This past year, Anushka was named the Journalism Education Association Student Journalist of the Year and the National Scholastic Press Association’s Writer of the Year. Anushka talked about her initial fear of being a journalist and how she overcame it along with the great work she did on El Estoque, the student publication of Monta Vista High School. She discussed the high standards the journalism program at her school has and how students strive to fulfill them. And she shared her future goals. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod. Anushka's salutes: High school newspapers, including the Berkley High Jacket, the Lynbrook Epic, and the Cupertino Prospector LINKS Anuskha’s portfolio (including stories referenced within interview)
On this episode, we salute Erin Perry, the managing editor of Outlier Media. Outlier Media is a Detroit-based service journalism organization that identifies, reports, and delivers valuable information to empower residents to hold landlords, municipal government, and elected officials accountable for longstanding problems. They do this with text messaging, newsletters, and a section of OutlierMedia.org Erin talked about her origin story and career path. She shared examples of the kinds of stories that Outlier covers and explained why it’s so needed in Detroit. She also shared her passion for journalism education and the steps needed to make journalism an appealing profession for Black and Latino students. Erin’s salute: Capital B, a non-profit for Black audiences. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this episode we’re joined by Mariel Padilla. Mariel is a general assignment reporter for The 19th. The 19th is an independent non-profit newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy. It’s name invokes the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.She’s been with them for 2 years after working for a year as a reporting fellow for the NY Times. And she was a part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage both at The Times and while interning at the Cincinnati Enquirer.Mariel talked about the stories she’s worked on for each of those organizations.At the Enquirer that involved collecting data for a major story on the opioid crisis. At the Times, she worked on breaking news (including obituaries) and unusual features. And at The 19th, she’s worked on a wide range of coverage including the January 6 Hearings, the military, Afghan refugees, and abortion legislation.Mariel also explained what makes coverage at The 19th distinct. Be sure to listen for her wonderful quote about how she views being a journalist. Mariel’s salute: MIT Technology Review StoriesCovering Cassidy Hutchinson testimonyLiz Cheney’s comments during hearingStory on Afghan refugeesHow the women of congress remember Jan. 6 Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org and Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod.
On this, we’re joined by Nicole Neroulias Gupte. Nicole is an editor with Global Press Journal, a news organization working with women around the world covering undercovered countries. She’s also the founder and executive editor of Trailing-Spouse.com, an online magazine and community that shares stories of expats, military families and significant others who have done adventurous things and reinvented their lives after partner-prompted relocations. Nicole talked about the work she’s done at Global Press (using a recent story set in Sri Lanka as an example). She also shared both her journalism origin story and the origin story and development of Trailing Spouse – and the goals she has for it. She also shared tips and advice for those looking to follow her lead in either editing role and explained why it’s important to get your Nintendo reflexes going before going on Jeopardy. Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod
On today’s episode, we’re joined by James Queally, who covers courts, crime, and police for the Los Angeles Times. He previously had a similar job for the Newark Star-Ledger. James is the 2nd Pulitzer winner to join us (Ted Bridis is the other). He was part of a 2015 breaking news team that covered the San Bernadino terrorist attacks that won the Pulitzer. He’s also a book author – 2 novels.James talked about his journalism origin story, how one phone call changed his interest from covering sports to covering crime. He also shared examples of reporting he’s done, from covering the recent trial of the man who murdered Nipsey Hussle to investigative work on racist police officers. And he talked about how he handles the grizzly nature of the job mentally.James’ salute: Keri Blakinger, Marshall Project His website: JamesQueallyWriter.com(includes links to his books) His articles can be found hereThank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, Mark's website (MarkSimonMedia.com) or tweet us at @journalismpod
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Javeria Salman, a digital news producer and staff writer at The Hechinger Report, which covers innovation and inequality in education. Her beat is the future of learning in kindergarten through 12th grade and her work is most often seen in a newsletter that comes out every 2 weeks. She’s based in New York City. Javeria talked about her journalism career path, from emigrating to the United States from Pakistan to going to East Carolina University, where her observation of her Muslim faith stood out in an area that hosted rallies for Donald Trump. She explained how student media provided her the best outlet to be successful, the types of stories she pursues as an education report, and how she relates to the stories and people she covers. Javeria’s Salutes: Rowaida Abdelaziz, Huffington Post Middle East Eye Thank you for listening. Please send us feedback at journalismsalute@gmail.com, visit our website at thejournalismsalute.org, or tweet us at @journalismpod
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