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Dennis Swibold

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.

Democrat Steve Bullock and Republican Steve Daines met in their second debate in their race for the U.S. Senate earlier this week. Students and professors at the university of Montana school of Journalism did some fact checking for the debate, which was hosted by MontanaPBS. Professor Dennis Swibold helped lead that effort. He shares some of the highlights with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.


The Billings Gazette laid off three people from their newsroom earlier this month. The latest string of cutbacks in Billings mirror widespread newsroom layoffs in Montana and across the nation.

Greg Gianforte (right) accepts an award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce rep Chris Eyler (left) and Daily Interlake publisher Rick Weaver, at the Daily Interlake in Kalispell, May 3, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte one of its Spirit of Enterprise Awards. About 40 local chamber members attended an award ceremony amidst giant rolls of newsprint at the Kalispell Daily Interlake newspaper’s warehouse.

Lee Newspapers Closing Capitol Bureau

May 22, 2015
Chuck Johnson, Sally Mauk and Mike Dennison
Eliza Wiley

Late Thursday afternoon a news story broke on the Great Falls Tribune website that spread across Twitter like wildfire, and struck some people like a death in the family: Lee Newspapers, which owns five of Montana’s largest papers, is closing its state bureau, and its two reporters, Chuck Johnson and Mike Dennison, are leaving the company.

Eric Whitney

Our national election coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. with NPR’s election night special coverage.

Coverage of local races starts at 8:00 p.m., and we’ll have local reports and analysis every thirty minutes until at least 10:00 p.m.

We’ll have reporters in Helena and Bozeman. Here in Missoula, Edward O’Brien will host our coverage. Joining him in the studio will be our Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk.