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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.

Parsing The Press: The Rise Of Nonprofit News

Feb 25, 2021

As traditional news organizations shrink, nontraditional news sites are popping up, including new non-profit news organizations. In this episode, our guest is Darrell Ehrlick, the editor of the non-profit Daily Montanan, talking about the goals and challenges of this new and growing journalism model.

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

Parsing The Press: Conflicts Of Interest And Off-The-Record Threats

Feb 19, 2021

Journalists try to keep an ethical distance between themselves and their news sources, but that presents challenges sometimes. This week's guest, University of Montana Journalism Professor Dennis Swibold, discusses that relationship — and the criticism aimed at female journalists that sometimes crosses lines that shouldn't be crossed.

Listen now on Parsing the Press with Sally Mauk, Gwen Florio and guest Dennis Swibold.

Photojournalism From A Native Perspective

Feb 12, 2021

Salish Kootenai photojournalist Tailyr Irvine joins Gwen and Sally to talk about the role of photojournalism in telling a story, and the importance of having Native voices in newsrooms.

Listen now on Parsing the Press with Sally Mauk, Gwen Florio and guest Tailyr Irvine

Many of Montana's small towns have local newspapers that have often been operating for decades. This "community journalism" plays a vital role and presents unique challenges for the journalists who staff these small papers. Philipsburg Mail editor Emily Petrovski joins Gwen and Sally for this episode of Parsing the Press.

Americans take a free press for granted, but what's it like in countries where the news is government-controlled? Butte-based journalist and former foreign correspondent Kathleen McLaughlin joins Sally and Gwen to discuss this and what "news silos" in the U.S. may have in common with the press in totalitarian countries. Listen now on Parsing the Press.

Who Is A Journalist, And Who Gets To Decide?

Jan 22, 2021

These are dangerous times for journalists, now labeled "soft targets" by violent extremists, and the profession is coming up with new ways to protect reporters. More bloggers and websites are trying to pass as legitimate sources of news, but are they? Who is a journalist, and who gets to decide?

Listen now on Parsing the Press as journalists Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio discuss these issues.

Truth, Lies And Social Media

Jan 14, 2021

The debate over social media's influence and responsibilities has intensified in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. How can journalism compete with the misinformation disseminated on social media?

Journalists Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio, along with special guest New York Times columnist Charlie Warzel discuss this and more in this episode of Parsing the Press.

Welcome To 'Parsing The Press'

Jan 8, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of Parsing the Press, a look at current issues and how they're being presented in the Montana press. Veteran journalist and author Gwen Florio joins MTPR's Sally Mauk for the weekly analysis.

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