The media today: ‘This doesn’t look like the gun debate in America’

Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review, Feb 22, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The students are the stars in this article describing how jorunalists from The Eagle Eye covered the event in their school as it was happening and have taken the lead in ensuring that the story does not follow the usual 'thoughts and prayers'-'too early for the debate' news cycle following a major shooting. " Almost every journalism textbook says activism and journalism are incompatible. But the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas are busy ripping up that textbook and writing a new one. And some journalists would do well to note how deftly they’ve combined sensitivity and persistence with a clear message." Awesome. Keep ripping up the rulebook. The old one is broken.

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