PRNDI 2017

Making a Case for Editorial Independence

Jun 24, 2017
Michael Dobuski

Jacqui Helbert was a reporter for WUTC in Chattanooga, Tennessee last March when she embedded with a high school gay-straight alliance. The students were travelling to their state legislature to speak to their representatives about an anti-transgender bathroom bill. Some of those representatives, according to Helbert, were “less than nice.” While there, Republican Sen. Mike Bell questioned the idea of transgendered people, calling it “hogwash.” This caused some of the students to cry. They had more luck with GOP Rep.

Fighting Fake News with Real News

Jun 24, 2017
Michael Dobuski

On June 22, Edgar Madison Welch was sentenced to four years in prison under charges that included assault with a deadly weapon. Last December, the North Carolina man walked into a Washington DC pizza parlor with an AR-15 rifle and fired a number of rounds into the ceiling. According to Welch, he was investigating a baseless conspiracy theory known as “Pizzagate” that had gained traction online.  It claimed the Democratic Party was running an illegal child sex ring out of the basement of the building. NPR never covered the conspiracy theory, but it did cover the shooting incident.