Journalism Under Siege and the Struggle for Press Freedom

Reporters under attack. Unfounded allegations of “fake news.” Journalism’s reputation bottoming out.

What are legitimate news outlets to do? That’s where the National Press Club Journalism Institute (NPCJI) enters the picture.

This edition of C-suite Blueprint Radio features a conversation with the institute’s Executive Director Julie Moos. Her organization advocates for a free press by educating reporters, offering scholarships, and operating the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

Here is just some of what we discussed:

  • Current press freedom issues, such as the invasion of the Capitol by domestic terrorists.
  • The risks faced by reporters in today’s environment, with particular focus on the extra perils photojournalists confront.
  • The progress NPCJI has made in establishing a Fallen Journalist Memorial.
  • The role communicators can and should play in supporting journalism in these times.
  • The professional fate of communicators who lie, and how they should be treated going forward.

I hope you benefit from our conversation. And remember to add to the dialogue by contributing your reactions in the “Leave a Reply” box below.

A reminder that on C-suite Blueprint Radio I’ll be interviewing a range of experts on matters related to communications and public affairs strategy.

Each program runs approximately 15 minutes — enough to give you the context you need without belaboring your schedule.

I invite you to suggest communications or government relations experts who you believe would make intriguing guests.

The latest issue of the Communications Community newsletter delves into the issue of how to treat White House (and, for that matter, any) press officials who lie to the press and public.

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