About David Thompson

Warning to journalists: Watch your backs but don’t back down

By David Thompson | November 02, 2018

From RTDNA (Radio, Television Digital News Association), the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to broadcast and digital journalism. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, RTDNA’s mission is to promote and protect responsible journalism. RTDNA defends the First Amendment rights of journalists throughout the country, honors outstanding work in the profession through the Edward R. Murrow Awards and provides members […]

In 1958, a synagogue was bombed. An editor’s response won a Pulitzer — and his words ring eerily true today

By David Thompson | November 02, 2018

By Roy Peter Clark, Poynter On Oct. 14, 1958, racial terrorists bombed Atlanta’s largest Jewish synagogue. The next day, Ralph McGill, editor of The Atlanta Constitution, fired off an editorial that won him a Pulitzer Prize and holds up a mirror for our own times. The mass murders at the synagogue in Pittsburgh have forced us once again to find […]

A rare Revolutionary War-era newspaper found in a New Jersey Goodwill

By David Thompson | November 02, 2018

Mike Storms was walking among the crowded shelves of the New Jersey Goodwill facility where he works when something yellow and faded caught his eye. He paused and pulled from the thrift-store jumble a framed sheet of newsprint, dense columns of tiny text topped by a small engraving of a dismembered snake. The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, it read. […]

Anger toward media spreads into local communities

By David Thompson | November 02, 2018

By David Bauder, The Associated Press The hostility she’s felt from the public recently wasn’t necessarily the last straw in television news photographer Lori Bentley-Law’s decision to quit the business after 24 years, but it was one of them. Bentley-Law’s recent blog post explaining why she was leaving Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV hit home for many colleagues. While President Donald Trump’s […]

To endorse or not? That is the editorial board’s agonizing question

By David Thompson | November 02, 2018

By Rick Edmonds, Poynter During this much-hyped midterm election, the curious voter might (or might not) want to check out which candidates his or her local newspaper recommends. Whether a search of that sort will yield anything is uncertain, though: Old-fashioned editorial endorsements are still in style some places, long gone at others. What jumped out after I sampled 20 […]