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April 24, 2017

​Show of hands, who can recall the last time they voluntarily turned on a television to watch the evening news on a major network?

I’m imagining a quiet classroom with maybe one or two students raising their hands, and the faint sound of crickets in the background.

And t...

April 23, 2017

The Trump administration has made it clear on several occasions that the United States has a “fake news” problem.

However, his administration cites the culprits as the New York Times and CNN, while rewarding white nationalist outlets like Breitbart News.  

I’d like to as...

April 22, 2017

I read this in a blog from 2009, but it still holds extra true today.

There is a somewhat recognizable shift in journalism. Complete objectivity doesn’t exist. It just can’t, and people are beginning to realize this. However, this phenomenon can be treated: all it takes...

April 21, 2017

After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, American public news media received a ton of criticism for failing to call out the government. And rightfully so, considering public journalists abroad were grilling their own elected officials on why they felt the need to pursue con...

April 18, 2017

Let’s look at the term “free and open internet.”

When talking about the net neutrality debate, this phrase can spring up on both sides. Those in favor of net neutrality want it so the smaller sites can function at the same speeds as the larger sites, and those opposed w...

April 13, 2017

This is a post I have wanted to write for quite some time now, but I wasn’t sure I had the numbers (or more accurately, the links) to fully support it. However, the anecdotal evidence was there, and after speaking with this year’s Izzy Award, I feel confident in my abi...

April 4, 2017


A couple of things come to mind when we hear this phrase. The popular answer for 2017 might be China – with Twitter and Facebook banned from the nation, and Google quick to submit itself to the country’s censorship rules, China is a strong contender for a ma...

March 28, 2017

I perusing the GoFundMe homepage today, and here’s some of what I saw:

So it was a lot of babies and families looking to raise money for medical bills. For all of them, what really stood was the story. This is an excerpt from a family that recently had twins whose mothe...

March 9, 2017

In today’s Internet, bloggers are a dime a dozen.

There, I said it. I understand this is a rather controversial statement to make in an Indy journalism sphere – especially on a blog about independent media – but hear me out.

Yes, independent bloggers have made some groun...

March 7, 2017

After reading about Margaret Sanger in Rodger Streitmatter’s book, Voices of Revolution: The Dissident Press in America, I promptly sent a text to my roommate:

“I think I might have been Margaret Sanger in another life”

Then, after a couple minutes, I searched online to...

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