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Reporting on green energy

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Through the years, I’ve been carving out my beat of green energy. It’s what I’m interested in, not only for the implications on the economy, the electric grid, and technology, but also because I’m a science fiction nerd and believe green tech and renewable energy can help us realize better, cleaner futures. I’ve been blogging mostly […]

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News21 Gun Wars blog

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Follow the News21 Gun Wars blog for updates on gun rights and regulations in the United States. I am a Fellow reporting for this year’s project. News21 is a national student investigative reporting project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and other foundations. The newsroom […]

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My 10-week Phoenix adventure

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Tomorrow I will begin working at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University for a 10-week fellowship through the News21 Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. This year, News21 reporters are focusing on gun laws in the nation. We are reporting on the diversity of gun laws and cultures in America. I will […]

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Editor for News & Observer encourages writing with authority

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By Marlena Chertock May 4, 2011 Steve Riley, an editor for the News & Observer in Raleigh, pushes reporters to write with authority. Riley manages a team of three investigative journalists and spoke to communications students at Elon University on May 4. “Be very assertive, very confident in what you present,” said Riley, who has […]

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OPINION: Two sides to the story: NPR deserves to stay

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NPR provides a vital service and reducing funding will undermine good journalism Marlena Chertock MARCH 30, 2011 Since 1971, National Public Radio has offered news to listeners across the United States. The organization employs more than 300 reporters and staff members around the world, not including those who work at the member stations that make […]

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Informing the public of crime, the courts and abuses of power: Reaction to Chapter 4 of ‘America’s Best Newspaper Writing’

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Chapter 4: Crime and Courts MARCH 4, 2011 The fourth chapter of “America’s Best Newspaper Writing” offers an understanding of how to report on crime and court proceedings. Crime, the cop beat and court cases are very important to inform the public about. The great writers in this chapter told powerful stories with moral messages. […]

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The media’s trustbusters

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Partisanship, scandal run perception aground by Marlena Chertock, September 22, 2009 The Pew Research Center has found the public’s trust in the accuracy of news stories to be at a 20 year low. But in an age when more students are going into the field of journalism and communications, according to an article by the Washington […]