One of the most consistent scenes at Madison’s protests has been a line of reporters and TV Crews assembled on the periphery of protests.
But, not all coverage is good coverage. Some news reports can frame protests in the wrong light, and can shine an unwarranted negative spotlight on demonstrators.
Doug McLeod is a Professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He recently published a series of guidelines for how reporters can ethically cover the protests–and how listeners, readers and viewers can be better news consumers.
WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with McLeod about the guidelines and what news consumers need to know when reading coverage of the protests.