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Are Journalists and Journalism Under Attack – And Why?

A journalist was assaulted by a Congressional candidate in Montana. Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about shooting reporters after signing gun bill. President Donald Trump disparages any negative reports about him as “fake news.” It seems these days like journalism is under attack – so much so that the National Press Club is organizing a […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaA journalist was assaulted by a Congressional candidate in Montana. Texas Governor Greg Abbott joked about shooting reporters after signing gun bill. President Donald Trump disparages any negative reports about him as “fake news.” It seems these days like journalism is under attack – so much so that the National Press Club is organizing a freedom of the press summit in Washington.

What is the climate out there lately for working journalists and has the public’s perception of the role of the media as the so-called “fourth estate” changed dramatically in recent years?

To discuss this, we talk with Kathy Kiely, who’s a Press Freedom Fellow at the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute. She’s also a former Washington-based writer for the now-defunct Houston Post.

And we talk with Doug Miller, a longtime television reporter here in Houston and now a member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

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