3 to read: Brietbart’s reclusive editor | Lessons from Charlottesville | Best reporting advice ever…

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 18, 2017: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail.

  1. Breitbart & its reclusive editor: Trying to pivot a right-wing icon: I’d never heard of Alexander Marlow before this story, yet he is the editor of Brietbart, arguably the most powerful rightwing media site in the country. On one level, it’s an interesting take on a powerful but deliberately reclusive media player. But it’s also a revealing story about how Breitbart, which under the leadership of Steve Bannan, had a meteoric ride backing Trump with a series of caustic and inflammatory stories during the campaign, now is trying in a post-Bannon era to become a little more … mainstream? Well, in a right-wing kind of way. A good read.

2.Two journalistic lessons from Charlottesville: Margaret Sullivan from the WaPo talks about how the events there “should put the nail in the coffin for ‘both sides’ journalism.” And some practical advice from Poynter on how journalists should handle racist words, images and violence.

3. The best reporting advice I ever received was…: Interesting, and a fun read. Lots of great journalists, including David Fahrenthold of the WaPo, share wise advice they were given early in their careers. The words still resonate with these reporters today, with good reason. Great stuff from CJR.

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Matt Carroll is a journalism professor at Northeastern University.


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