Revealing the truth

April 20, 2017 12:04 PM
Revealing the truth

Center for Investigative Reporting’s Michael Montgomery visits media class By Saskia Hatvany Tower Staff Writer The main challenge faced by investigative reporter Michael Montgomery is: How do we tell a story of critical importance to society? Montgomery is a journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), a media organization founded in 1977 in Oakland. He spoke to the Survey of Mass Media class on March 28. CIR’s alternative and nonpartisan approach to storytelling sets it apart from other media organizations. The donation-based organization typically aims to tell stories that will engage the public on an emotional level while encouraging […]

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POTHOLE PROBLEMS

March 30, 2017 1:59 PM
POTHOLE PROBLEMS

Merritt parking lot plagued by potholes, trash, graffiti Unlike Merritt College’s other parking lots, there are no signs indicating where the B parking lot is. Despite the lot’s beautiful view of the entire Bay Area, half of it is literally dirt road covered with potholes filled with water. At the far end of the parking lot is a broken metal barrier surrounded by trash leading to what looks like it was supposed to be an access to another part of the parking lot. Continuing through the barrier are two dirt roads, one of which is completely flooded with water. Driving […]

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TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

March 16, 2017 11:23 AM
TWEETING IN THE AGE OF TRUMP

As citizens of the internet, many of us like to believe that we understand the risks of social media. However, in a society where a business mogul can be elected president by tweeting 140 characters a few times a day, it’s safe to say that the game is changing. Jeff Heyman has been the Peralta Colleges Executive director of Public Information, Communications and Media since 1999. On February 28, Heyman spoke to Journalism 62 about social media today (pictured above). In the 1950’s, when Americans began owning televisions, there were fewer sources for news. People read the local and national […]

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Letters to the editor: ‘Alternative facts’ are our fault, too

February 16, 2017 3:32 PM

I am writing to you regarding the article “Electors must Dump Trump,” which I found particularly compelling for its effort to open a debate on the meaning of “fact” in today’s media. However, I believe that the conversation can be pushed further. As the piece cleverly highlighted: “If alternative facts are not questioned, they become facts”. It’s fair to say that in an era overwhelmed by social media, sensationalized and scandal-ridden headlines have all but risen above the conventional newspaper article. Proving to be extremely marketable, fake news dominates a portion of the media. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to blame the […]

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