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What Lessons Did The Mainstream News Media Learn Under President Trump?

President Trump, a white man with light orange and white hair, standing in front of a podium with a microphone. He is wearing a white shirt with a red tie and a dark suit jacket. His mouth is open
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Donald Trump at a rally in Laconia, NH in 2015.

Three major broadcast news networks cut away from President Donald Trump’s press conference last week because of his on-air lies about election fraud. CBS, ABC and NBC cut away from his live stream to fact check the claims. Fox and CNN carried the entire press conference but reported afterward that the president had no evidence to back up his accusations about the election.

Many media critics applauded the fact checks and refusal to air misinformation as a positive change in journalism. As the nation prepares for a presidential transition, host Frank Stasio explores how the Trump administration has changed the mainstream news media and which of those changes could stick with Gina Baleria, Jon Allsop and Pete Vernon. Baleria is the host of the podcast “News In Context” and an assistant professor of journalism, media writing and digital media at Sonoma State University. Allsop and Vernon are both freelance journalists. Vernon is the former author of the Columbia Journalism Review newsletter “The Media Today,” and Allsop is the current author of that newsletter.

Then Stasio looks to what the future of journalism could look like with Cierra Hinton. She is the co-director of strategy and operations at Press On and the executive director and publisher of Scalawag. She explains what movement journalism is and what role it can play in the future of the institution. 

Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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