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Can We Save Journalism In America?

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Friday, December 04, 2020

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. Do you agree?

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.
Charles Sennott, founder and Editor of The GroundTruth Project, 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 launched the non-profit organization's new, local reporting initiative, Report for America in 2017. He is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
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.
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.