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journalism



  • He Redefined ‘Racist.’ Now He’s Trying to Build a Newsroom

    Ibram X. Kendi's new venture, inspired by reflection and argument among journalists about the role of the press in covering movements for change, will update the mission of the Willam Lloyd Garrison and abolitionist press of the nineteenth century. 


  • Unforgettable Images, and Something New in TV News

    by Ron Steinman

    A month past the Capitol Riots, a veteran television news journalist observes that the coverage of the chaotic protest and breach of the Capitol relied on something new: masses of journalists and citizens (including the rioters) recording video on their phones where TV cameras couldn't operate, forming a rich and important composite of the day's events. 


  • A Devil’s Dozen of the Most Important Religion Stories of 2020

    by Ed Simon

    Many people would like to leave 2020 behind. HNN Contributing Editor Ed Simon compiles, for those readers ready for a distanced reflection on a year that may have tested faith, a roundup of the best stories at the intersection of religion and history. 



  • Tom Lankford, 85, Dies; Southern Journalist With Divided Loyalties

    Tom Lankford took many iconic photographs in Birmingham that publicized the cause of Civil Rights protestors. But he worked behind the scenes to cultivate relationships with the city's notorious Bull Connor to buttress the reputation of the police force while working with his publisher to squelch local demands for change that threatened the business community.



  • The Cost of Trump’s Assault on the Press and the Truth

    New Yorker editor David Remnick writes that while Trump is not the first president to battle the media, his apparent belief that the press exists as his public relations agency--and anger that it doesn't work that way--are leading him to attack a fundamental institution of society with deadly consequences.



  • Cienfuegos Must also Answer for the Apatzingán Massacre

    by Laura Castellanos

    The former Secretary of National Defense for Mexico has been arrested on charges related to drug trafficking. He must face accountability for overseeing a security regime that perpetrated coordinated violence against journalists and civilians. 



  • The 1619 Project and Uses and Abuses of History

    by Stephen Mintz

    By focusing on narrow questions of fact and interpretive claims in the project in an effort to discredit it, critics of the 1619 Project have mostly failed to engage with big questions about how to do history. 



  • New York Times, CNN Sullied By ‘Anonymous’ Charade

    by Eric Wemple

    Post media critic Eric Wemple says the media allowed "Anonymous" to float the belief that responsible public servants were checking the worst impulses of the Trump administration when, in fact, they accomplished nothing of the sort.