A small note on a brief Providence Journal article about a panel discussion on journalism in the Trump Era, hosted by Rhode Island College. Reporter Mark Reynolds conveys some of the comments from the panelists, but the key detail, for my money, is the list of panelists:
Jill Agostino is Deputy Editor, Special Sections of the New York Times.
Jennifer Bendery is a Senior Politics Reporter for HuffPost.
Josh Israel has been the Senior Investigative Reporter for ThinkProgress since 2012.
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s Homeland Security Correspondent.
Ashley Parker is a White House reporter for the Washington Post and winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for her coverage of Russian Interference.
Paul Singer became Investigations Editor at WGBH in Boston and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting in March 2018.
In other words, the panel ran the gamut from… err… Left to Far Left. Shouldn’t a college — especially a publicly funded college — make some effort to appear balanced? I mean, apart from wanting to offer students a thorough education and a lesson in weighing different perspectives, that is. A conservative journalist would have brought something completely different to the gathering, perhaps something surprising.
Some local color might have been helpful, too. Local reporters across the spectrum might have had something to say about the increased difficulty of getting information from government agencies during the Raimondo Era. When she came into office, the door closed quite a bit on our ability to get information directly from government employees without going through one of the many public relations specialists.