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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Journalist: Ken Partridge on Writing A Book (Hell of a Hat)
On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Ken Partridge, a music journalist and author of Hell of a Hat, The Best of 90s Ska and Swing.
Ken talked about how his interests in journalism and music began and evolved, some of the prominent musicians he’s interviewed and how he finds little tidbits to make stories on everything he does (including Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer) distinct. He also shared his favorite question-answer moment, when he got Joni Mitchell to refer to herself as a genius.
Ken also explained why he wrote this book, what the experience and process was like. He gave tips on how to get good answers to questions and how to handle the volume of work in a book project. He also discussed his journalistic influences and picked a music journalist he wanted to salute.
You can find Ken’s book here.
David Cutler: Teacher & Executive Director of the Private School Journalism Association
On this episode, we’re joined by David Cutler, a history and journalism teacher at Brimmer and May School in Massachusetts, as well as the Executive Director of the Private School Journalism Association.
David discussed both the work of his organization and his journalism teaching. The PSJA is attempting to increase membership and work to develop policies with private and independent schools regarding censorship and private review. David went through the efforts being made in both areas.
He also talked about the work he’s done teaching at Brimmer and May, other private schools that have stood out for their journalism work (including one in England), and how he’s tried to integrate journalism into his history teaching, and comic books into classrooms.
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César Rodríguez, Photojournalist - The GroundTruth Project
On today’s show, we’re joined by César Rodríguez, a photojournalist and GroundTruth fellow based in Mexico. You might have heard our recent interview with photojournalist Aryana Noroozi a couple of episodes ago. César has a distinct story to tell as well.
César talked about his path to journalism through chocolate(!),a recent project he did for GroundTruth on a Mexican migrant camp, how he approaches his projects, and his filmmaker aspirations
Mexican Migrant Camp Project
Photoessay on family of drug cartel murder victims
If Hell Existed documentary trailer
Farnoush Amiri of the Associated Press, Report for America
Farnoush Amiri is one of the busiest journalists we’ve gotten to interview. She is currently a reporter for the Associated Press as part of the Report for America, covering a broad range of stories out of Columbus, Ohio. She is also a vice-president for the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and a co-director of the Voices program for the Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Farnoush talked about her career path, which began at The Hollywood Reporter, where she learned lessons still applicable today. She talked about her current job, and what a week is like covering everything from state government to the pandemic to any other news happening in her coverage area.
She also discussed her most notable story – a piece for NPR’s Code Switch on a harrowing incident involving her family and the police at a time when post-9/11 tensions were high.
Farnoush also spoke about the priorities of the AAJA and what the Voices program does to help train young journalists and build awareness for problematic issues, such as prominent organizations hiring interns largely from Ivy League schools. She also addressed the current priorities for the SAJA and why she is taking on these leadership positions.
Adam Rhodes, Chicago Reader, NLGJA Chicago
On this episode, Mark Simon joined by investigative reporter and data journalist Adam Rhodes. Adam is a queer, first-generation Cuban-American who works uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in our nation's health care and criminal justice systems. Adam reports for the Chicago Reader as a social justice reporting fellow and is president of the Chicago chapter of the NLGJA, which is the Association of LGBTQ journalists
Adam talked about different stories he had done, including those related to laws criminalizing HIV-positive status, white supremacy and racism in the Boystown section of Chicago, and the challenge for people in getting HIV medication and treatment in Puerto Rico.
Adam also talked about what the NLGJA does and his role as president of the Chicago chapter.
Thank you, as always, for listening. Please rate and review if you can. Stay safe and stay well.
Photojournalist Aryana Noroozi of The GroundTruth Project and Pulitzer Center
On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Aryana Noroozi, a photojournalist working with The Groundtruth Project and The Pulitzer Center on impactful community reporting.
Aryana talked about her career path, her photography style, and the different projects she worked on as a recent student at Columbia Journalism School. She also discussed one of her biggest projects, documenting remote learning and the impact it has on refugee families in San Diego, and an upcoming project related to losing a loved one to addiction during the time of COVID-19. She also shared her career aspirations and picked a journalism organization that she would like to salute.
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Notable stories/photo projects
- Refugee families and virtual learning
- Friendship Park – a multinational park in San Diego
- Iranians foreshadowing COVID issues
- The Fears of Undocumented Home Health Care Workers
- The class of 2024? Portraits
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!!
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!
Fantastic podcast that is much needed right now. I give Mark a ton of credit for doing this!