Can We Save Journalism In America?

FRI, DEC 4, 2020 (58:54)

Respect for a free press is the cornerstone of democracy. But after all the fake news and tweeted lies, what will it take to restore public confidence and trust in American journalism? Charlie Sennott, founder of The Ground Truth Project, will share his ideas and we will hear from a couple of his young journalists working for “Report for America” who are injecting fresh energy into the field, on assignment around the country.

Matt Taibbi, celebrated Rolling Stone correspondent, will talk about challenges facing the press and his recent book, “HATE INC.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another”; and Charlie Sennott, founder of The Ground Truth Project, introduces young journalists from “Report for America” who are injecting fresh energy into the field.

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+ BIO: Charlie Sennot

Charles Sennott is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Editor of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning correspondent, best-selling author and editor with 30 years of experience in international, national and local journalism. A leading social entrepreneur in new media, Sennott started GroundTruth in 2014 and in 2017 launched the non-profit organization’s new, local reporting initiative, Report for America.

Reporting on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 20 countries, including the post 9-11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and the 2011 Arab Spring, Sennott began his career in local news covering cops, courts and municipal government. Sennott’s deep experience in reporting led him to dedicate himself to supporting and training the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time. Sennott is also the co-founder of GlobalPost, an acclaimed international news website.

Previously, Sennott worked for many years as a reporter at the New York Daily News and then the Boston Globe, where he became Bureau Chief for the Middle East and Europe, and a leader of the paper’s international coverage from 1997 to 2005. Sennott has also served as a correspondent for PBS FRONTLINE and the PBS NewsHour. He has contributed news analysis to the BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC and others.

He is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 2016, Sennott was accepted into the DRK portfolio of leading social entrepreneurs who can make a difference.

+ BIO: Matthew Taibbi

Matt Taibbi is an American author, journalist, and podcaster. He has reported on finance, media, politics, and sports. He is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, author of several books, co-host of Useful Idiots, and publisher of a newsletter on Substack.

+ BIO: Morgan Mullings

Morgan C. Mullings covers the Massachusetts Legislature and Boston’s city government for The Bay State Banner with a focus on how local and state governments affect minorities. Mullings has interned with Rolling Stone and Metropolis magazine, which covers the architecture and design industries, and NYLON, focusing on copyediting, reporting and research. At St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., she served as Editor-in-Chief of the independent, award-winning student newspaper, The Torch. In the three positions Mullings held there, she covered university and local news including breaking Covid-19 developments and held journalism ethics workshops for undergraduates. She also volunteered for Sinai’s Radiant Liturgical Dance Ministry which ministers through dance on campus and in the tri-state area. Mullings grew up in Miramar, Florida, and went to New York to pursue her passion for writing that she developed at her high school newspaper. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2020.

+ BIO: Isabelle Taft

Isabelle Taft covers Vietnamese and African-American communities for the Sun-Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi. Before joining Report for America, Taft worked as a researcher on Washington Post journalists’ book projects on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation battle and President Trump’s impeachment. Before that, she worked in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a copy editor at Viet Nam News and a freelance journalist, reporting for publications including Politico Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. She has also reported for The Texas Tribune. Taft was born and raised in Atlanta and majored in history at Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude and co-edited a magazine of narrative nonfiction, The New Journal. Her reporting on women and reentry from prison in New Haven won the National Council on Crime & Delinquency Youth Media award.

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