Recognize Your Enemy

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In this ThinkProgress article by Ned Resnikoff he explains Trump’s disinformation strategy and provides some tactics for journalists and citizens to fight back.

Second, journalists need to understand what Trump is doing and refuse to play by his rules. He is going to use the respect and deference typically accorded to the presidency as an instrument for spreading more lies. Reporters must refuse to treat him like a normal president and refuse to bestow any unearned legitimacy on his administration. They must also give up their posture of high-minded objectivity — and, along with it, any hope of privileged access to the Trump White House. The incoming president has made clear that he expects unquestioning obedience from the press, and will regard anyone who doesn’t give it to him as an enemy. That is the choice every news outlet faces for the next four years: Subservience and complicity, or open hostility. There is no middle ground.

Journalism Under Fire

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Anyone who cares about journalism should pay attention to the next few months. Journalism is under fire in the age of Trump.  Here’s a great episode of the podcast On The Media that explores the new challenges to journalism.


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My Back Pages

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The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is a live double-album release in recognition of Bob Dylan‘s 30 years as a recording artist. Recorded on October 16, 1992, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, it captures most of the concert, which featured many artists performing classic Dylan songs, before ending with three songs from Dylan himself.

The house band for the show were the surviving members of Booker T. and the MG’s: Booker T. Jones on organ, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, and Steve Cropper on guitar. Joining them is drummer Anton Fig filling in for the late Al Jackson, plus drummer Jim Keltner. Longtime Saturday Night Live bandleader G. E. Smith served as the musical director.

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, which reached #40 in the US and went gold, was released in August 1993.  The concert was dubbed “Bobfest” by Neil Young at the beginning of his “All Along the Watchtower” cover.

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Can NPR Adapt to the Digital Future?

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Interesting Politico article about NPR and podcasting. NPR has an opportunity to pivot to a digital future but doesn’t seem to have a road map for getting there.

“I’ve been in public radio for almost 25 years, and this is far and away the most exciting time ever,” said Davidson. “When I got into the field there was only one career path—work at a local station and hope you get a job at NPR. Now there are so many paths, so many companies to work for, and it’s been a little heartbreaking for those of us who love NPR to see NPR largely sitting on the sidelines of this exciting moment.

NPR is forging ahead down many digital trails including podcasting and other on-demand audio services like NPR One.

More info

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A Note to the Class of 1975

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Hello to my fellow RHS 1975 graduates. First, I want to apologize for not making it to the reunion this year. This is one of those milestones I didn’t want to miss but because of scheduling conflicts (out of money) I couldn’t be there. Thanks for the invitation. I do have enough guilt to motivate me to write you all a note.

How do I sum up 40 years in a Facebook post? NOT POSSIBLE. Let me just say how surprised, happy and lucky I am to even see a 40th high school reunion. I am remembering so many who didn’t make it, including my very close friend and 1975 grad Steve Stover. You’ve been gone for almost 18 years but not forgotten buddy.

high_school001I almost didn’t graduate with the Class of 1975. Back then I didn’t skip school that often. Certainly not as much as some. However, there was one sunny spring day when my Mom was gone so I stayed home. The postman arrived with a registered letter from RHS. Although it was addressed to my Mom, I signed for it.

Of course I opened it. I’m paraphrasing, Chris is in danger of not graduating because he’s behind in English and is incomplete in Government and Crafts.  Crafts? I don’t have any recollection of a class called Crafts. I never thought of myself as a poor student. I don’t remember high school as being academically challenging. I was just bored and lazy.  In the last few weeks I put forth enough effort to fix my grades and graduate with you all. My Mom never found out about the letter.

Because of RHS, or perhaps in spite of it, my life has turned out pretty sweet. I’m in one of the best places of my life right now. I am super appreciative of the teachers, administrators, and you, my classmates at Reynoldsburg High School. You gave me a great start in life. You all will live in my heart forever. Maybe I can make the 50th! Wishing you all the best, Chris Howell

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Reflections on a Rich Career

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Susan Mitchell

I am entering one of my stories about “working” in the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for 2014. About a month ago I had submitted the story, A Rich Career, to the Working Now Project. It clocked in at under 5 minutes. I wanted to add back about three minutes of really compelling audio from the original interview and submit a longer version  To do that I had to re-publish my story. So I put the longer version on SoundCloud and I’m offering it here.  It’s almost 8 minutes long. Here is Reflections on a Rich Career.

Twenty-fourteen marks the fortieth anniversary of the nonfiction book “Working” by oral historian and radio broadcaster Studs Terkel. In it, Terkel asks a number of men and women to describe their working lives. Their dreams, hopes, fears and stark emotions are revealed.

To mark the anniversary independent producer Chris Howell talked with writer Susan Mitchell who works for the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida near Orlando. Mitchell’s been in the workplace for many years and has held many jobs. Here she reflects on a long and rich working life…