103 episodes

The goal of this series is to put a spotlight on the people and organizations providing communities and groups with the journalism that matters to them.

I want to show that these groups are real and important and that it’s really important that we know and respect who they are and what they do. They're not "lamestream media."

And for aspiring journalists, I want to show that there are so many opportunities available to you.

My name is Mark Simon. I am the creator, editor and host of this show. You can find me on Twitter at @journalismpod and @markasimonsays or e-mail me at journalismsalute@gmail.com.

The Journalism Salute Mark Simon

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

The goal of this series is to put a spotlight on the people and organizations providing communities and groups with the journalism that matters to them.

I want to show that these groups are real and important and that it’s really important that we know and respect who they are and what they do. They're not "lamestream media."

And for aspiring journalists, I want to show that there are so many opportunities available to you.

My name is Mark Simon. I am the creator, editor and host of this show. You can find me on Twitter at @journalismpod and @markasimonsays or e-mail me at journalismsalute@gmail.com.

    Scott MacFarlane, Congress/January 6 Reporter - CBS News

    Scott MacFarlane, Congress/January 6 Reporter - CBS News

    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.

    • 27 min
    Nick Hirshon, Guest Editor, American Journalism

    Nick Hirshon, Guest Editor, American Journalism

    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.

    • 46 min
    Cyd Zeigler, Co-Founder, Outsports.com

    Cyd Zeigler, Co-Founder, Outsports.com

    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.

    • 34 min
    Trân Nguyễn , San Jose Spotlight

    Trân Nguyễn , San Jose Spotlight

    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.

    • 31 min
    Alissa Quart, Economic Hardship Reporting Project

    Alissa Quart, Economic Hardship Reporting Project

    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.

    • 31 min
    Donnell Suggs, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlanta Volce

    Donnell Suggs, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlanta Volce

    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.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Schhcukzaubl ,

Rolli

Just listened to the most recent podcast about Rolli…wow! Nick was such a great guest and the questions asked made the podcast feel like a story. I also learned tons of genuinely useful info about media, journalism, and production. 5 stars!

Alana121287 ,

Journalism isn’t dead

So happy to see someone praising journalism and journalists for the work they do. News literacy is so important these days. Bravo to Mark for championing this!!

biggentleben ,

Excellent

Been a fan of Mark's work back to his guest spots when he was with ESPN. This is a great format that really brings to light so many excellent voices in a field that is getting demeaned from every angle possible but is oh, so important!

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