The View from Somewhere
November 21, 2019 7:16 AM Subscribe
In 2017, just after covering the inauguration, journalist Lewis Wallace wrote a piece struggling with the election as someone who is transgender and anti-racist: Objectivity is dead, and I'm okay with it. In response, Marketplace fired him. Refusing to sign an NDA, Wallace instead took two years to dive deep into the history of "objective" journalism, activism, and what it means to do reporting during an age of rising fascism and white nationalism. The result is The View from Somewhere, and its companion podcast. Descriptions and links of the episodes so far behind the jump.
- The View From Somewhere - Wallace talks about being fired, and what he's learned since, setting up the rest of the podcast. MP3
- How Black Lives Matter Changed the News - Wes Lowery (Washington Post) and activist Johnetta Elzie look at how the media reacted post-Ferguson, and how the movement built there changed reporting. (This episode hit close for me, in my experience at a local paper during the period in question) MP3
- The Half Truth about Lynching - Nikole Hannah-Jones (of the NYT Magazine's 1619 Project, and previously) speaks about the work of Ida B. Wells (previously, previously), who deeply reported on lynching at a time when the white press refused to do so. MP3
- "Gay Reporter Wants to Be an Activist" - the story of Sandy Nelson, a lesbian socialist reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune, who fought a seven-year legal battle with her paper, and the ways objectivity was originally used for union-busting. MP3
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