183 episodes

The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview working journalists about who they are and what they do.

Our aim is to have diverse guests, thoughtful questions, and interesting conversation.

If you're an aspiring journalist, you'll learn potential careers to pursue and tips to put to use.

If you're an experienced journalist, you'll learn about like-minded members of your profession with notable stories to tell.

And if you're not a journalist, we hope you'll garner or further an appreciation for journalists and realize that they are NOT the enemy.

Try us!

And find us at our website or on Twitter and e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com

The Journalism Salute Mark Simon

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview working journalists about who they are and what they do.

Our aim is to have diverse guests, thoughtful questions, and interesting conversation.

If you're an aspiring journalist, you'll learn potential careers to pursue and tips to put to use.

If you're an experienced journalist, you'll learn about like-minded members of your profession with notable stories to tell.

And if you're not a journalist, we hope you'll garner or further an appreciation for journalists and realize that they are NOT the enemy.

Try us!

And find us at our website or on Twitter and e-mail us at journalismsalute@gmail.com

    Stacie Sherman, Senior Editor Bloomberg News

    Stacie Sherman, Senior Editor Bloomberg News

    In this episode, Stacie Sherman, a senior editor at Bloomberg News with 27 years of experience, shares her career journey. Stacey discusses her transition from an accounting major to journalism, influenced by a pivotal class in college. She details her diverse roles at Bloomberg, and her significant work covering state government.Stacie also elaborates on the importance of quick, accurate news delivery at Bloomberg, emphasizing the significance of multimedia in news reporting.

    Additionally, she touches on her passion for women in journalism and her recent foray into authorship with her book 'My Broken Road, The Tangled and Twisted Musings of an Autism Mama' which shares her experiences as a mother of two children on the autism spectrum.

    The episode provides insights into Stacey's career, her achievements, and her dedication to journalism and storytelling.

    Her blog: Brielle's Voice

    Stacie's Salute: Student Journalists at Columbia University and The College of New Jersey

    Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com,

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    Mark's website (MarkSimonmedia.com)

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    • 30 min
    Carla Robinson & Daralyse Lyons: Chestnut Hill Local

    Carla Robinson & Daralyse Lyons: Chestnut Hill Local

    On this episode, we’re joined by Carla Robinson and Daralyse Lyons from the Chestnut Hill Local. Carla is the editor in chief of the Chestnut Hill Local. Daralyse is the business growth officer for the Chestnut Hill paper and the Mount Airy Local. The Local is a community-focused newspaper serving Northwest Philadelphia.

    Carla and Daralyse talked about their accidental journeys into journalism, the mission and responsibilities of the newspaper, the significance of local news, and their personal passions and values as journalists.

    They highlight the importance of community engagement, collaboration, and trust in sustaining impactful local journalism. The episode also touches on their roles, editorial experiences, and ambitions for future projects that enhance community connections.

    Article of note: We Have A Choice About How We Respond To Hate

    https://www.chestnuthilllocal.com/stories/we-have-a-choice-about-how-we-respond-to-hate,29308

    Their salutes (besides their staff):

    Philadelphia Journalism Collaborative, Kouvenda Media, Broad Street Review, Dosage Magazine, WURD Radio, the NABJ, and the NLGJA.



    Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com,

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    • 43 min
    Pulitzer Prize winner Medar De La Cruz

    Pulitzer Prize winner Medar De La Cruz

    On this episode, we’re joined by Medar De La Cruz. Medar is a Dominican American cartoonist and illustrator from Miami who currently lives in Brooklyn N.Y.

    In May 2023, Medar wrote and drew from his own experience, as a Rikers Island prison library worker through the Brooklyn Public Library. That work done for The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for illustrated reporting and commentary.

    Medar shared parts of his life story leading up to getting this job, including how he sold comics he created in Union Square and slept in an art studio. He explained the break he got that led to doing a drawing for The New York Times, one that was seen by an editor at The New Yorker, which eventually led to his Pulitzer-winning series of drawings.

    Medar walked us through the different drawings, explaining his process for several of them. He detailed what it was like to be a library worker in one of the country’s most famous prisons. He also talked about the future, which includes a book about his experience, and described why he finds libraries so appealing.

    You can find the Pulitzer-winning article here

    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-diary-of-a-rikers-island-library-worker?_ga=2.225364825.2128249421.1717466611-743932481.1715143392



    Medar’s salute: Palestinian journalist Bisan Owda



    Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com,

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    • 47 min
    Brian Lyman, Editor: Alabama Reflector

    Brian Lyman, Editor: Alabama Reflector

    On this episode, we’re joined by Brian Lyman. Brian is the editor of the Alabama Reflector, a non-profit news outlet covering Alabama state government. He’s covered state government in some form in Alabama since 2006.

    Brian, a native New Yorker, was just named a Pulitzer Prize finalist “for brave, clear and pointed columns that challenge ever-more-repressive state policies flouting democratic norms and targeting vulnerable populations, written with the command and authority of a veteran political observer.”

    Brian talked about how he formulates his Pulitzer-nominated columns, his day-to-day work and why the statehouse beat is so important. He also discussed his podcast, Becoming Lincoln, and offered a couple of journalism history book recommendations.

    Column links
    https://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/brian-lyman-alabama-reflector

    Book recommendations
    The Paper, The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune

    The World of Swope by E.J. Kahn
    Brian talked about the columns that were Pulitzer-nominated

    Brian’s Salute
    All Statehouse Reporters

    Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com,
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    • 32 min
    Daniel Alvarenga, Journalist, Host: Humo, Murder and Silence in El Salvador

    Daniel Alvarenga, Journalist, Host: Humo, Murder and Silence in El Salvador

    On this episode, we’re joined by Daniel Alvarenga. Daniel is an independent journalist who recently hosted the podcast, Humo, Murder and Silence in El Salvador. It is the story of a serial killer who was a national police officer and a highest-level government cover-up. It was done in both Spanish and English and produced by Sonoro in conjunction with FACTum.

    As a Salvadorian-American, Alvarenga brings a personal connection to the stories he tells. His family's history as refugees from El Salvador's civil war and his upbringing in a home where news was a constant, have shaped his perspective and fueled his passion for journalism.

    He talks about that, his path to AJ+ (Al Jazeera Plus) and Telemundo, writing a story about this for Rolling Stone,and his goal of creating a narrative that that reflects the experiences and struggles of his community.

    Notable quotes:

    "I just wanted to create archives so that people don't paper over our history and say that, didn't happen."

    "I think we should just question anyone in power. I think that's just what journalists should do."

    Daniel’s Salute:

    Migrant Roots Media

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    • 27 min
    Chenue Her, Morning News Anchor, WOI-Des Moines

    Chenue Her, Morning News Anchor, WOI-Des Moines

    On this episode, we’re joined by Chenue Her. Chenue is in his 3rd year as the morning news anchor for Local 5 News in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s previously worked as a reporter in Eugene, Oregon, Norfolk, Virginia, and Atlanta. Chenue is Hmong – there are fewer than 400,000 Hmong people living in the United States. He was the first male Hmong news anchor in the United States.

    Chenue talked about how his Hmong heritage impacts his work, the lessons he learned at his different stops, the kind of stories he’s reported on, ranging from the celebration of Hmong New Year to the shortage of Latino doctors to profiling an artist who made a mural of basketball star Caitlin Clark.

    Chenue also explained why the phrase “we’re sharing your story” is especially important and paid tribute to other journalists of Hmong heritage.

    Chenue’s salutes:

    Gia Vang, anchor NBC Bay Area

    Laura Lee, anchor, Northern News Now

    Bao Vang, former anchor

    Panhia Yang, executive producer, Fox9



    Thank you as always for listening. Please send us feedback to journalismsalute@gmail.com,

    Visit our website: thejournalismsalute.org

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Daughter of the Dust ,

A valuable resource

In addition to providing ample substantiation for his podcast’s raison d’être - the desire to prove that journalism is not the enemy of the people- Mark Simon is creating an invaluable portrait of the contemporary journalism landscape. In many instances, these are the workaday journalists most of us never hear about- the small-town editors who keep family-owned papers alive; the young reporters striving against all kinds of odds to report fairly and honestly across our nation’s fault lines of race, gender, class, generation and geography; the educators and advocates laboring to preserve this crucial pillar of democratic civil society. Mark is a well-prep and unobtrusive interviewer who guides each conversation with a sure hand. I recommend this podcast to the casual listener who is curious about journalism as well as to practicing journalists, educators and scholars.

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!!

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