Local Journalism

Podcast: Complicity with Mary Ellen Klas, Moa Petersén and Noelle Mateer

The Index on Censorship spring 2020 podcast features a discussion with Miami Herald journalist Mary Ellen Klas talking about being denied access to a press briefing in Florida on coronavirus and how reporting in the country under Trump has become even more difficult in the crisis, Moa Petersén, senior lecturer at Lund University, discusses the Swedish microchipping phenomenon, while the journalist Noelle Mateer speaks about living in China as everyone around her embraced surveillance cameras.

A Local Press: Local journalism and the national divide.

In 1798 James Madison wrote of the press: “To the press alone, checkered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.” In 2020, if Madison was correct then reason and humanity could be in for an even rougher ride, with hometown newspapers collapsing across the country. The Village Square tackled this subject with a panel of local journalists and I was pleased to participate. Link here for audio of the evening.

SPJ convention closes with tributes to local journalism; less reporting leads to corruption, veteran Fla. reporter says

Tributes to local journalism were a big part of the evening as thewrapped up its annual convention in Baltimore Saturday night."The power of local journalism is what I'm most concerned about, and have been most inspired about tonight," said Chuck Todd, host of's "Meet the Press," who was honored as an SPJ Fellow, the society's highest honor.SPJ Sunshine Awards went to Mary Ellen Klas of thefor 30 years of reporting about the influence of money in Florida politics and Rachel LaCorte offor reporti
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