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Parsing The Press

Fridays at 7:50 a.m.

Parsing the Press looks at current issues and how they are being presented in the Montana press. Veteran journalist and author Gwen Florio joins MTPR's Sally Mauk for the weekly analysis.

Veteran journalist Chuck Johnson joins Sally and Gwen to talk about the good and bad changes and challenges in Montana journalism over his over 40-year career — including decreased access and increased distrust.

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A new study shows newsrooms cut a record 16,000 jobs last year. That shrinkage is one reason more and more journalists are leaving the profession, including former Montana newspaper reporter Eve Byron. In this episode of Parsing the Press, Eve talks with Sally and Gwen about the downsides — and the allure — of being a journalist in today's challenging news environment.

Parsing The Press: Recognizing And Combatting BS

Apr 29, 2021

We all think we know BS when we see it, but do we? University of Montana journalism professor Lee Banville is teaching a course on how to recognize and combat BS, something he'll talk about as this week's guest.

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How Tips Are Transformed Into Stories

Apr 23, 2021

Public radio journalist Nate Hegyi got a huge scoop when he broke the story of Gov. Greg Gianforte's trapping and killing of a collared Yellowstone wolf without following all the legal requirements. Nate is our guest this week talking about hot tips, unanswered questions and what he learned from a 900-mile bike trip through the Mountain West.

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Parsing The Press: Public Officials, The Press And Transparency

Apr 15, 2021

Updated 04/16/21 This transcription has been updated to reflect the on-air broadcast of this program. 

Former-Gov. Brian Schweitzer prided himself on his access to the press. Now Schweitzer joins Gwen and Sally to talk about the obligation public officials have to be transparent, and what he sees as the press' failure to hold them accountable.

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NBC Montana anchor/reporter Maritsa Georgiou talks with Gwen and Sally about how she has become a go-to source of information about COVID; about the importance of good news sources, and about the threats highly visible female TV journalists have to deal with.

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Sally Mauk The Great Falls Tribune is the only major daily newspaper in the state with a reporter dedicated to covering Montana's Native American communities. Nora Mabie is the paper's Indigenous communities reporter. And she's our guest today.

The opinion pages of a daily newspaper can spark a lot of community discussion and/or outrage. Missoulian opinion editor Tyler Christensen joins Sally and Gwen to talk about the rewards and challenges of editorials for readers — and for reporters.

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Parsing The Press: The Press And The Police

Mar 18, 2021

From racial injustice to the Capitol riots, the past year has highlighted just how often breaking news and law enforcement are intertwined. Sgt. Travis Welsh with the Missoula Police Department joins Gwen and Sally to talk about how law enforcement and the press navigate the inherent pressures that come with covering those types of events.

Listen now on Parsing the Press, a weekly look at how the news is reported, with Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio.

Podcasts — and their listener numbers — have exploded in recent years, and Montana is leading the way with several nationally-recognized podcasts. The host and producer of one of those award-winning podcasts, Nora Saks, joins Gwen and Sally to talk about this popular new form of storytelling.

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