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Jason Salzman

The Story Behind the 'Orange Flush'

Jason Salzman | February 9, 2016 | Denver
Of all the strange and excessive news coverage of the Denver Broncos, my own favorite article appeared about three weeks ago, revealing that near halftime during Bronco games, so many fans take potty breaks that it appears as if a water main has busted.
Molly Bangs

Revamping Our Focus on the Green SDGs -- Because We're All Human

Molly Bangs | February 9, 2016 | Impact
The reality of climate change begs another urgent question: how do we convince everyone to care enough to do something about it? That's where the media comes in. And the answer is framing climate change and environmental protections as what they are -- human rights.
Rep. Mark Pocan

A Letter to PBS: Let's Talk About Making it Easier for Everyone to Vote in the Democratic Debate on Thursday

Rep. Mark Pocan | February 8, 2016 | Politics
Our democracy is strongest when everyone is able to participate, and it is time to fulfill that promise to the American people. The people should be selecting their leaders, not the other way around.
Lionel Richie

A 26-Year-Old Safety Net That Only Gets Stronger

Lionel Richie | February 8, 2016 | Entertainment
The chance to invite my friends and fellow artists to join me in ensuring that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal crisis is deeply important to me for two reasons: it continues a long tradition of musicians giving back to help those in need, and it underscores the challenges faced by professionals who make music their lifelong focus, but who all too often do so at significant personal cost.
Steve Nelson

Who Matters in America? A Call for Political Correctness

Steve Nelson | February 8, 2016 | College
The rise of so-called "political correctness" is not the infantilizing of students. It is the long overdue voice given to the real experiences of all students.
Martin Lobel

Who Is a Conservative or Liberal?

Martin Lobel | February 8, 2016 | Media
Words have meanings but you'd never know that from the news media's coverage of the primaries. Conservative and Republican, liberal and Democratic are used synonymously in most of the media, but the reality seems to be quite different when you examine the positions of the candidates.
Sherman Yellen

A Very Good Question for all Candidates and Reporters

Sherman Yellen | February 8, 2016 | Media
The very good questions are rarely if ever asked during political campaigns. My very good question for today follows: Why do skilled reporters fail to ask the follow-up questions of candidates that seem so necessary? At least they do seem necessary to me.
Jason Salzman

Colorado Political Newspaper Now Requires Subscription for Most Content

Jason Salzman | February 8, 2016 | Denver
The Colorado Statesman, a weekly newspaper focusing on Colorado politics, celebrated its 118th birthday Thursday, with a party at the Governor's Mansion carriage house and the launch of a new website and business model.
Eric Boehlert

Clinton Campaign Coverage Goes Off the Rails -- Again

Eric Boehlert | February 8, 2016 | Media
Media message received: Clinton is loud and cantankerous! But it's not just awkward gender stereotypes that are in play these days. It's a much larger pattern of thumb-on-the-scale coverage and commentary. Just look at what seemed to be the press' insatiable appetite to frame Clinton's Iowa caucus win last week as an unnerving loss.
Mark Green

Debates Matter: Hillary Rising and Marco Fading?

Mark Green | February 7, 2016 | Politics
Shrum and Lowry hear two "sighs of relief" in Iowa -- from HRC, because two straight losses would've been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There's now a sense that Clinton's rising in NH, while Rubio's robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
Peter Lance

Intro Debacle at the GOP Debate. What Has Become of My Old Alma Mater ABC News?

Peter Lance | February 7, 2016 | Media
In December of 2002, when the legendary Roone Arledge passed away, I wrote a Counterpunch piece for the L.A. Times praising the man who not only set the gold standard for Olympics coverage, but gave us Monday Night Football and Wide World of Sports.
Ben Arnon

How To Shoot Photographs While Facing Gun Shots

Ben Arnon | February 8, 2016 | Media
I am a passionate photographer and also an avid consumer of news - both online and in print. I am often fascinated by photos I see accompanying news stories. Photographers capture incredible images while being shot at in war zones and while avoiding tear gas in clashes between protesters and...
The Conversation US

If Football Is Deadly, Why Do We Still Watch?

The Conversation US | February 6, 2016 | Sports
It was saddening to learn of the latest NFL great to have suffered from the illness, but not shocking. Hall of Famers Frank Gifford and Junior Seau are just two of a growing list of former players who developed the disease, as confirmed the only way now possible -- through an autopsy.
Kara Alaimo

Why Twitter Is Trump's Most Powerful Weapon

Kara Alaimo | February 5, 2016 | Politics
Twitter has proven to be Trump's most powerful weapon in this election. By eliminating the filters of traditional political fact-checkers, social media is allowing Trump and other candidates to make patently false claims to uninformed voters -- and get away with them.
Greta Van Susteren

Hug-gate! First Christie and Now Maddow? Give It a Rest!

Greta Van Susteren | February 5, 2016 | Media
The talk today -- rather than being about the post-debate social gesture hugs -- should be about the candidates' answers in last night's debate. Period. On Tuesday, New Hampshire will decided on a candidate, not the moderators, nor on social gestures nor on what others in the media find not acceptable by their competition.
Magda Abu-Fadil

Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | February 5, 2016 | Media
That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charter for online news sites and whose president nearly missed the occasion. In his remarks, the syndicate vice president, speaking on behalf of his tardy...
Greta Van Susteren

What Disappoints Me About the Media...

Greta Van Susteren | February 5, 2016 | Media
Former FBI agent Bob Levinson has been missing in Iran since March 9, 2007. A proof of life photo showed he was alive in 2010. His family has been in agony -- they have no information.
Danny Glover

Sanders Campaign Is a Genuine Progressive Social Movement for Democracy

Danny Glover | February 4, 2016 | Politics
Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers thought was impossible. This campaign is a rare, perhaps unprecedented event in this country's modern electoral history. It deserves the support of everyone who favors social and economic justice.
Reva Bhatt

Dear Coldplay & Beyonce: India Is Not An Orientalist Fantasy

Reva Bhatt | February 4, 2016 | Entertainment
If Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" is the theme music for your upcoming weekend, let us stop you right there. The music video takes the complexity and vastness of Indian culture and squeezes it into the long-romanticized Western narrative of said culture.
Albert Serna Jr

White Journalism

Albert Serna Jr | February 4, 2016 | Media
As student journalists who hope to work in media, and as graduates who are already working in the media, it is often difficult to report with empathy and compassion when the emphasis for a successful media model is put on how many hits are garnered for a story.
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