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Conspiracy Theories Thrive as Journalism is on Life-Support Says Media Expert


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/MichaelBugejaFINAL_210331.mp3 Conspiracy theories have grown and continue to multiply as newsrooms downsize and more people rely on social media to fill the void.   This is the belief of Dr. Michael Bugeja, distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University.   “Journalism is not… Read More

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Climate Change Policies Have Seen Great Change in Biden’s First 100 Days


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  https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/GeoffDabelko_210318.mp3   The Biden Administration has targeted climate change as a priority in its first 100 days. It is unraveling four years of President Donald Trump’s deregulation and laisse-faire attitude toward the environment. Rarely have we seen so much change so quickly, says Dr. Geoffrey Dabelko, professor and associate dean at the Voinovich School… Read More

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Black Female Lawyer Eunice Hunton Carter Blazed Trails for Social Justice


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Eunice Hunton Carter and her family were “unsung heroes” in social justice movements in the early 20th Century and now her life is brought into focus by a new biography, “Eunice Hunton Carter: A Lifelong Fight for Social Justice,” published by the Fordham University Press. Co-Author and noted biographer Marilyn Greenwald highlights the many accomplishments… Read More

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Dave Thomas Foundation Celebrates Adoption Milestone During COVID-19


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/RitaSoronen_FINAL.mp3 The Dave Thomas Foundation recently celebrated its 10,000th adoption of a child from foster care and the milestone was reached during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas as an independent non-profit foundation separate from the restaurant chain, says Rita Soronen, CEO of the Foundation. The Foundation focuses on… Read More

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GOP Struggling to Chart the “Right” Course Post Trump Presidency


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/PhilElliott_210204.mp3 After President Joseph Biden’s inauguration and the attack on the Capitol on January 6, the Republican Party has undergone a struggle to chart the future of the party. Will it still be the party of Trump and his zealous base or will more traditionally mainstream Republicans take the party’s helm? Will Trump’s appeal fade?… Read More

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American Governmental Propaganda Starts in WWI but Still Thrives Today


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In World War I, President Woodrow Wilson started an agency for governmental propaganda. It became the precursor and template of today’s governmental manipulation of information which often creates fictions and promotes those in power. Author, scholar, and journalist Dr. John Maxwell Hamilton delves into the birth of American government propaganda in his new book “Manipulating… Read More

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“A Presidential Election Like No Other” Says Veteran TIME Correspondent


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With the COVID-19 pandemic plus racial turmoil across the nation, we are facing a Presidential Campaign and election like no other, says Philip Elliott, veteran Washington reporter and TIME’S Washington correspondent. As Public Health issues, the economy and racial inequities take center stage in this Presidential election year, an onslaught of books and media revelations… Read More

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How to Overcome Racism in Newsrooms from a Journalist with Experience


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There are too few African Americans in the country’s newsrooms and especially in news management positions. In 2020 racism still exists in America’s media companies from the smallest to the largest. Sometimes it is evident in hiring practices, promotions, or just in daily professional life. Traversing this media landscape is often difficult for Black journalists,… Read More

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Racism Permeates Our Entertainment and Music Industries Says Expert


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Historically, racism has permeated the American entertainment and music industries including movies, radio, television, and the recording industries. Blacks and black life have not been portrayed accurately and African Americans have been kept out of prime roles. However, there is some hope that the industries are taking seriously the recent claims of systemic racism and… Read More

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Courts Must Recognize and Correct Systemic Racism says Judicial Educator


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  Courts must speak out “clearly” against systemic racism in our criminal justice system and make much needed corrections, says Judge Benes Aldana, president of the National Judicial College.   The National Judicial College has been in existence since 1963 and has educated thousands of judges from all 50 states and 150 different foreign countries…. Read More

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Black Female Office Holders Perceive They are Racially Targeted by Local Media


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Are African American female public office holders treated differently than their white counterparts by local media? Two black female judges answer that questions with a resounding: YES. In our continuing in-depth conversations about race and racism, WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast talks with two first-time African American female judges from Northeastern Ohio, who bring to the bench… Read More

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Conversations about Race and Racism Featured on WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast


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New episodes are released each Wednesday ATHENS, OH – Over the past several weeks, WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast has featured conversations about race, racism and social justice. More episodes have been recorded and will be published over the summer. To date, the conversations have featured racism confronted by a black female judge, racism and racial disparities… Read More

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Some Police Attack Journalists During Demonstrations: Why are They Targets?


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Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, demonstrations against police violence have traversed the nation. Yet, during these demonstrations, there have been 383 press freedom incidents including some 173 assaults on journalists 78 physical attacks (50 by police) —49 tear gassings —27 pepper sprayings —89 rubber bullet / projectiles injuries… Read More