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.
Diana Kruzman, Midwest Journalism Fellow - Grist
Our guest today is Diana Kruzman. Diana is currently the Midwest Reporting Fellow for Grist which is a nonprofit, independent media organization that covers climate solutions.
But Diana has done a lot more than that. She also writes regularly about religion and urbanism, which includes some international reporting. Her Twitter bio asks – Journalist, or just plain nosy?
Diana talked about her upbringing – about becoming curious about journalism as the daughter of Russian immigrants and hearing stories of censorship.
She talked about the reporting work she’d done – from traveling to India for a story about sacred groves that are disappearing, and Kyrgyzstan for a piece on environmental issues- to her current work, including her interest in both chaplains and street-dumped pollution. She also discussed an article she wrote about issues that archaeologists are having with YouTube videos promoting alternative history.
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Ted Bridis, Investigative Reporting Professor, University of Florida
On this episode, we’re joined by Ted Bridis, a professor of investigative journalism at the University of Florida.
Ted had a long career as an investigative journalist and editor. His team won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on NYPD intelligence programs. He and his teams have done prominent work related to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, and Paul Manafort and Rick Gates’ covert foreign lobbying.
He was also part of the AP team that projected winners in 4 presidential elections, including 2016 (his call of Wisconsin made AP the first to project Trump would be president).
And he was the administrator of the Collier Prize won by the reporting team from the Miami Herald.
Ted talked both about his career, the traits that go into being a good investigative reporter, and the qualities of good investigative journalism work.
Thank you for listening. You can reach Mark Simon at @journalismpod or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website at TheJournalismSalute.org
Daniel Chang and Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter and Editor at The Miami Herald
On this episode of The Journalism Salute, we’re joined by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang of The Miami Herald. With additional assistance from ProPublica, they produced a 5-part series published in April 2021 – Birth and Betrayal. This was about a Florida government program that was intended to help families of children who suffered catastrophic brain injuries at birth. But the program did not work as intended.
This piece – there were print and video components- just won The Collier Prize – a $25,000 journalism award focusing on investigative and political reporting on state governments.
Daniel and Carol talked about the work that went into the piece, which took two years to complete. They explained the challenges they encountered, how they organized their work, and the lessons they've learned that allow for investigative reporting success.
Thank you as always for listening. For any comments or questions about an episode, or to suggest a guest, please write email@example.com. You can also visit our website at TheJournalismSalute.org
Kam Burns: Engagement Editor, Politico; Founding Member - Trans Journalists Association
On this episode, we’re joined by Kam Burns. Kam is an engagement editor at Politico, working on social media strategy after a couple of years in a similar position for Wired.
Kam is also a founding member of the Transgender Journalists Association. He does freelance writing. In the last couple of years, he’s written pieces on the transgender travel experience published in Allure and National Geographic.
Kam talked about the work he does at Politico and what makes working with social media such an interesting job.
He also talked about the TJA - why it was founded, the types of things it does, and the types of things it wants to do.
Kam cited The 19th as a journalism organization doing great coverage of trans issues and also recommended reading an episode of Life Kit on making the workplace more trans-equitable
Susan LoTempio & Kristin Gilger from the National Center on Disability and Journalism
On this issue, we talked with Susan LoTempio and Kristin Gilger of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.
Susan, who had polio as an eight-month old and uses a wheelchair, talked about her long career as a newspaper editor and how she went from initially just writing headlines and editing to overseeing entire sections.
Susan also gave examples of what you’ll see in writing about disabilities when it’s done well and when it’s not done well. And she provided examples of stories related to disabilities that are not being well covered.
Kristin, a professor at Arizona State, is the executive director of the Center. She talked about the types of questions the center typically gets asked to assist on (often relating to language and usage) and what listeners can do to support the work of the Center.
Jessica Meyers, Editor-in-Chief, Global Press Journal
On this episode, we’re joined by Jessica Meyers, editor-in-chief of Global Press Journal. Global Press builds and maintains independent news bureaus in some of the world’s least-covered places. Each bureau is staffed by local women journalists who are from the communities they cover.
Jessica talked about Global Press’ mission, what sorts of stories Global Press Journal covers, what her role as editor-in-chief entails, and her visions for the future of the group.
Thank you as always for listening. Please e-mail any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!