How Newsrooms Decide What’s True

With Martin Baron - Former Editor of the Washington Post

Episode description:

To figure out what’s true and what’s not in today’s chaotic, fragmented, contradictory information environment, all of us news consumers have to think like journalists: is that story I’m seeing backed by evidence, is the headline fair, is the coverage biased? Well, we could do worse than to think like the journalist who is today’s guest.

Until his retirement in February 2021, Martin Baron was the editor of the Washington
Post, following remarkable stints leading the Boston Globe and Miami Herald. Altogether, teams under his editorship amassed more than two dozen Pulitzer prizes, including one story at the Globe that became the subject of an Oscar-winning movie, Spotlight.

Marty and I will talk about that and other stories; we’ll focus on what it was like covering the Trump administration, what the ownership of Jeff Bezos meant to the Washington Post’s coverage, and how high-stake decisions are made in the newsroom of a national daily in this highly charged era.

The first voice you’ll hear is that of Seth Green, the dean of the University of Chicago’s Graham School, who will offer me a chance to introduce the Alliance for Trust in Media.


Produced by Sound Sapien

Created & produced by: Podcast Partners / Published: Apr 24 2024

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