“We need to be less like flashlights and more like lighthouses, and shine for everyone.”-Heather Bryant. I'm a media writer, ethics prof, former NPR Ombudsman.

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Media junkie. Writing about journalism, the news biz and other media foibles but never what I had for breakfast. Ever. Back from shaking up life and moving to Afghanistan for 2 years. Ready to have fun in daily journalism again.

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@Ombudsman — 5,468 followers, 12,129 tweets

Nov 20, 2017

@farhip but there had to be whispers inside the NYT newsroom and other newsrooms. This stuff doesn't happen in a vacuum.

Nov 20, 2017

RT @laurenwilliams: At a previous job, an older male leader on his (voluntary) way out the door pulled me aside and said, "You know wha…

Nov 20, 2017

@laurenwilliams it's a marker that said: I don't take you seriously. it's just as destructive.

Nov 20, 2017

@GretchenCarlson @StarTribune You are the "dr." who let the world know that the epidemic was bubbling below the surface. Kudos to you & @jodikantor & @megantouhey

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Have you ever used a typewriter?

yup. but barely. Thank God for whiteout.

How is social media changing news?

It's both making it 1000 times better and diluting its credibility. Responsibility for vetting accuracy now squarely on shoulders of consumer

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Create some mystery. Make me care, Make it about people and tell the story through them. Real people, that is.