Don’t cover lies | Site to address racial justice | Virtual = more subs

Don’t cover lies: Ohio’s biggest newspaper, the Plain Dealer is done covering blatant lies, says Marisa Iati in the Washington Post. United States Senate candidate Josh Mandel has been using statements of misinformation as a political strategy, questioning the mask mandate, denying the results of the 2020 election and slandering other politicians. In a break from journalistic tradition, the Plain Dealer is deciding that just because he is a politician making a statement does not mean that he is deserving of coverage. “We’re not going to do it the way we’ve always done it,” says Chris Quinn, the editor. 

Site to address racial justice: The Boston Globe and Boston University Center for Antiracist Research are launching the Emancipator, a news site meant to address current racial justice issues, says Rachel Treisman in NPR. A resurrection of an early 19th century anti-slavery paper, the Emancipator is a project co-founded by Ibram X. Kendi of Boston University and Bina Venkatarmaman of the Boston Globe. It will feature opinion and ideas journalism and has already secured an advisory board of over a dozen prominent journalists and academics. The paper will be a “call for freedom,” that will address racial justice from all angles, says Kendi. 

Virtual = more subs: Virtual events are no longer a temporary fix to a global pause on live events. Publications like the New Yorker are hosting exclusive virtual events accessible to only their subscribers to boost subscriptions and retention rates, says Mark Stenberg in Adweek. Next week, the New Yorker will host poet, activist, and author Amanda Gorman, playwright and producer Jeremy O. Harris, Representative Joaquin Castro, and other big names in art, culture, and politics in an event that will be free to subscribers but inaccessible to those on the outside.

Live Q&A with Marty Baron, former executive editor of The Washington Post on April 1. Fundraiser for student scholarships: Register now

From exposing the priest sexual abuse scandal in Boston to confronting Donald Trump’s attacks on the media to addressing the country’s racial reckoning, Marty Baron has stood at the center of the journalistic storm. Now he talks candidly about his time as editor of the Washington Post and Boston Globe, what it was like to be attacked as an “enemy of the people” and cover Trump, and what he sees for the future of journalism—and the country. 

Under his leadership, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Miami Herald won a total of 17 Pulitzer Prizes. Baron was also featured in the Oscar-winning movie SPOTLIGHT. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of America’s greatest journalists and defenders of democracy and a free press. Baron will be interviewed by Jonathan Kaufman, Director of the Northeastern University School of Journalism.

Celebrate and support the School of Journalism with this groundbreaking, Northeastern-exclusive event! Tickets are $25 ($20 of which represents a tax-deductible donation to the School of Journalism Fund). Event proceeds will go towards scholarship and stipends that directly benefit Journalism students. All gifts will be included in Giving Day totals. Register today.


Event Registration$25 per ticket

Students free

$20 of your event fee is a tax-deductible donation to the School of Journalism Fund


6 – 6:10 p.m.: Welcoming Remarks

6:10–6:45 p.m.: Interview between Chair Kaufman & Marty Baron

6:45 – 7p.m.: Audience Q&A


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