3 to read: Mainstream media misses rise of left, too | Good local news = better democracy| Change tactics to get whole story

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

July 7, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. It’s not just that mainstream media missed the Trump wave…: Mainstream media was (justifiably) criticized for missing the rise of Trump. Now the same phenomenon appears to be happening on the left — mainstream media appears to be clueless about the rise of a left wing wave of support, as seen in the primary win of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over establishment favorite Congressman Joe Crowley in new York. A nice piece by Jon Allsop for CJR on the media fumblings of political coverage and what needs to be done.

2. Support local news — it’s crucial to our democracy: There’s a bitter lesson to be learned from the massacre at the Capital Gazette — it’s about the value of local news. Alberto Ibarguen, former publisher of the Miami Herald and president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, writes a stirring reminder that it’s local newsrooms that are the bedrock of our understanding of what’s happening in our community. A good read and a nice reminder, following a horrible incident.

3. Complicating the Narratives: How to get the whole story: Let’s face it: Life is messy. Which can make writing a story difficult, if a journalist is trying to squeeze excess messiness into a comfortable narrative. That’s what makes this article by Amanda Ripley for the Solutions Journalism Network so interesting. It’s a great primer on how to better interview and act with people. That may result in a more complicated, way nuanced story — which is good, she argues, because it better reflects people in the real world.

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Matt Carroll, a former member of the Boston Globe Spotlight team, teaches journalism at Northeastern University. Twitter: @MattCData. Instagram: mattcarroll54.

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