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The Feud Between Immigrant Newspapers in Arkansas

In 1892, the freshly founded German-language newspaper, the Arkansas Echo, found that their office had been vandalized. The type had been scattered and the frames of the finished inaugural edition were twisted and wrecked. Could Die Staatszeitung (known as SZ for short), a fellow German newspaper based in the same office building, be the culprit? Media—and personal—feuds are nothing new in the United States, and the fight between these two newspapers, both serving German immigrants, were fed by

International students walk a tightrope trying to get clips and work experience

When Nayanika Guha arrived in New York City to start her journalism master’s at New York University in August, she thought that she would have to stop freelancing due to being on an F-1 student visa. Having been a freelance reporter based in India, she had come to terms with the facts that her income likely would drop and that there would be limits on getting work done for class published. That is until she was told, during an international student orientation in her journalism program, that sh

Why don’t we see women as “electable”?

As coverage of the 2022 midterms continues, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Ali Vitali is ready to see more women running for office and watch how candidates are going to address women’s issues, including childcare and access to abortion. During the 2020 election cycle, Vitali was on the campaign trail covering candidates like Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. It seemed like a remarkable year, one in which a woman finally had a chance to be elected as the president of the United Sta

What the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard case could mean for survivors who speak out in media

A court case between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard will commence on April 11 in Virginia. Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, his ex-wife, on the grounds that her op-ed about sexualized violence in The Washington Post, in which she did not name him, attacked his character. The case will start only four days before the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” which Depp was fired from due to domestic abuse allegations. Both Depp and Heard have made se

How journalists can cover school board meetings without spreading conspiracy theories

One of Anna Lynn Winfrey’s duties as a staff writer at the Montrose Daily Press in Colorado is covering school board meetings for the rural Montrose County School District. This year’s meetings have been more contentious than ever. As multiple school board candidates asserted that they were running to take critical race theory out of Montrose County schools — even though critical race theory is not taught there — Winfrey faced a dilemma: How would she report on the misinformation being spread w

The importance of queer visibility in religion reporting

In 2014, Nicole Froio, a freelance journalist and researcher now based in Brazil, went to John McNeill’s home in Florida to interview him for the Miami Herald. McNeill was expelled from the Jesuit order in 1987 for his refusal to silence his support for gay rights. At the time, Froio, who grew up in a Catholic household and describes herself as “culturally Catholic” — she now practices some Wicca and a little bit of Afro Brazilian religions — had not come out as queer. Froio’s mother drove her

The dangers and privileges of being a white Jewish journalist

When Rebecca Long, a white Jewish journalist, started working as the digital content editor at the nonprofit Jewish Women’s Archive, she was stunned at the level of antisemitic harassment that targeted the nonprofit’s social media accounts. “I started my position in 2018, during the Trump presidency, and having to Google the symbol of a swastika to then add it to blocked symbols on Instagram comments was hard,” she said.

How a project is training incarcerated people to become journalists

When journalist John J. Lennon got an idea for a book, he found an incarcerated person, who had only given a few interviews, trusted Lennon to tell his story. The reason? Lennon himself is incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility in New York state. “He knows I know his struggle, and he knows no journalist will treat him more fairly than me,” Lennon said. Lennon, who has bylines in publications like The Guardian, The Washington Post and Vice, is an incarcerated journalist and an adviser o

How COVID-19 exposes a disability reporting gap

When reporting on disability, a May 2020 update to the Associated Press Stylebook suggests asking subjects whether they prefer identity-first language or person-first language. But many articles still make presumptions about how disabled people identify and how their disability impacts their lives. Writers and editors say the industry sorely lacks disability representation, even as COVID-19 pushes disability-rights topics like accessibility and mail-in voting to the forefront.

Deaf and hard of hearing journalists need support from their newsrooms

In 2016, I was covering a student council meeting at McGill University for The McGill Tribune. It was just two days after after the American presidential election. That council meeting itself was not incredibly noisy, but next door, the socialist club had a meeting on plans for resisting the Trump presidency, and they created a lot of background noise. For many journalists, this wouldn’t be a big issue. But I was born with a mild to moderate hearing loss, so I do not know what life would be like with perfect hearing. I have trouble hearing from a distance, whispers and when there is substantial background noise.