(IVN San Diego)
Newsrooms have been decimated. Media outlets continue to disappear. Opinion is pawned off as news. Polarized echo chambers may entertain certain factions, but they don’t serve to educate or inform.
Are we entering End Days for news?
I took that question to Point Loma Nazarene University professor Dean Nelson. An institution unto himself, he’s knowledgeable, thoughtful and blunt about the journalism industry.
He doesn’t think the industry is broken beyond repair.
Student newspaper editors at Arizona State University backtracked on a statement issued a week ago when they fired an opinion columnist for her controversial tweets.
Editors of The State Press removed Alexia Isais from her position on Sept. 17, the same day she tweeted statements they interpreted as advocating violence against the police. They had released an initial statement, but deleted it on Thursday.
The vagueness of the initial statement created an inaccurate representation of the situation, according to a Twitter post by The State Press on Thursday.
“We also apologize for the pain that the statement caused for many individuals and organizations,” the post said.
Isais’ firing drew backlash from student and community groups, which called for a boycott of the student newspaper. Many saw her dismissal as The State Press silencing a leftist woman of color.
Multicultural and liberal student groups at Arizona State University say they will boycott the State Press, ASU’s student-run newspaper, until editors reverse their decision to fire a popular and controversial opinion writer over her anti-police tweets.
Alexia Isais, a political science major, socialist activist, and self-described Communist and Marxist, was fired on September 17, the same day that another student journalist at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Rae’Lee Klein, said she was removed from her position as station manager of the student-run Blaze Radio for a tweet that some claimed was racist, apparently ending a weeks-long battle over her job.
Most Americans use YouTube, the massive, Google-owned video-sharing website where users can find and watch content on almost anything, from dancing cats to popular music to instructions on how to build a house.
YouTube also has become an important source of news for many Americans. About a quarter of all U.S. adults (26%) say they get news on YouTube. And while relatively few of these people say it is their primary news source, most say it is an important way they stay informed.
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