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Are Journalists and Journalism Under Attack – And Why?

Posted on · 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 […]

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Latest NASA Developments, and Journalism Under Attack: Friday’s Show (June 23, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer worked to install wireless antennas outside the Destiny lab of the International Space Station. Photo Courtesy: NASA) Just a few weeks ago, astronauts aboard the International Space Station made an emergency spacewalk to make urgent repairs to a critical component that failed. NASA said the crew was never in any danger. […]

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Longtime Houston Columnist Ken Hoffman Reflects on Why He Left the Chron for CultureMap

Posted on · (Above: Longtime Houston columnist Ken Hoffman. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Longtime Houston columnist Ken Hoffman recently left the Houston Chronicle for CultureMap Houston. We check in with him on why he made the move and get reflections on his many years writing about Houston for the Chron, the Houston Post, and now CultureMap.

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Effect of Paris Climate Decision on Houston Energy, and Koreans in Houston: Friday’s Show (June 2, 2017)

Posted on · Pres. Donald Trump’s decision Thursday (June 1, 2017) to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord may have instant geopolitical impact, but what about on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the climate we have here in Houston today and in the future? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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How the Zapruder Film Changed One Family — and the Nation

Posted on · The idea of citizen journalism is fairly familiar these days. We’re used to seeing video footage on the news shot by someone with a smartphone. But one of the first, prominent such instances is the Zapruder film — 26 seconds of footage a bystander named Abraham Zapruder took of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]

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What Role Should Google and Facebook Play in Addressing Fake News?

Posted on · In recent months, Google and Facebook have each announced efforts to address the rise of false news reports shared — or wrongly pointed to — by their companies’ algorithms. But how much responsibility should free web browsers or social media sites have for how their products are used? How does “fake news” get proliferated so […]

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Houston Native David Fahrenthold Discusses Winning a Pulitzer for Investigating Donald Trump

Posted on · (Above: Houston native David Fahrenthold reacts to the announcement that he won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting at The Washington Post. Photo Courtesy: Bonnie Jo Mount/Washington Post) Houston native David Fahrenthold recently won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his investigations regarding then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claims about his donations to charities and about […]

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Houston’s Pension Bill, and Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Fahrenthold: Tuesday’s Show (April 18, 2017)

Posted on · There was a lot of hand-wringing last year when the major investment services downgraded the City of Houston’s credit rating, citing growing unfunded pension liabilities as a major reason for the move. Well, a year later, Mayor Sylvester Turner has secured an agreement with two of the city’s three classifications of city workers – municipal […]

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Houston High Schoolers Share Their Take on the Media

Posted on · At a time when mainstream media is facing constant — and often unspecific — criticism from the President of the United States, and in an age when what even defines “media” and “journalism” depends in large measure on who’s doing the defining, how are young people consuming news and reacting to it? We visit Jersey […]

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How a Houston High School Turned Roland Martin into a National TV Figure

Posted on · Last week (Feb. 15, 2017), television host Roland Martin was in town to receive an award from HISD as a distinguished alumnus of Houston’s Jack Yates High School. Martin is the host of News One Now with Roland Martin on the cable network TV One, and he broadcast his show live from Yates High School […]

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Newsroom Open Line: Your Questions and Suggestions for News 88.7

Posted on · It’s a stormy day in Greater Houston, and it’s been a stormy period for journalism too. Amid a White House characterizing the media as the “opposition party,” instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in […]