Several weeks ago, WORT news producer Jonah Chester spoke with Doug McLeod, a Professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications, about guidelines for how reporters can ethically cover the protests–and how listeners, readers and viewers can be better news consumers. Here’s that interview from June 20th.
Protests in Madison have been ongoing for twelve days, and show no signs of stopping. Madison police estimate that 10,000 people turned out to protest last Sunday, and yesterday, protesters from police abolition movement Freedom Inc painted “Defund the Police” in front of Madison’s municipal building. On the first three days of protests, a small […]
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 […]
On Friday night, protesters assembled downtown to celebrate the life of Breonna Taylor and to speak out against police violence against black men and women. Taylor, who was murdered by a Louisville police officer, would have been 27 on Friday. After a few brief words, organizers announced that the event would be an evening of […]
During last night’s protest, attendees stood in silence for eight minutes to mourn the death of George Floyd. They congregated on the steps of the capitol building, and set up a memorial to multiple victims of police violence at the center of the protest. The protest flipped between solemn memorials, an open mic night for […]
As ongoing nationwide protests demand an end to police brutality, today we focus our attention on the crisis of policing in America. Our guests are Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton, activist scholars and co-editors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. They talk about broken-windows policing, the U.S. […]