96 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.

    Jane Wolfe, Author- Burl: Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer

    Jane Wolfe, Author- Burl: Journalism Giant and Medical Trailblazer

    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.

    • 23 min
    Ben Welsh, Visiting Senior Data Journalist at Stanford University

    Ben Welsh, Visiting Senior Data Journalist at Stanford University

    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

    • 32 min
    John Vitti: Multi-Platform Sports Editor, Teacher, Founder: Headliners in Education

    John Vitti: Multi-Platform Sports Editor, Teacher, Founder: Headliners in Education

    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.

    • 33 min
    Alexis Terrazas, Editor-In-Chief, El Tecolote

    Alexis Terrazas, Editor-In-Chief, El Tecolote

    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.

    • 32 min
    Katie Hawkins-Gaar: Digital Women Leaders; My Sweet Dumb Brain

    Katie Hawkins-Gaar: Digital Women Leaders; My Sweet Dumb Brain

    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.

    • 28 min
    Ahmed Ahmed, Nevada Student Journalist of the Year

    Ahmed Ahmed, Nevada Student Journalist of the Year

    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

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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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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