For the past 37 years, Kent Porter has been a staff photographer for The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, California. Photographing fires wasn’t meant to be his beat, but he is now an expert. He recounted to E&P how he’s seen whipping winds, leaping flames, falling branches from burning trees, and the horrors of communities charred and disintegrated.
News outlets are constantly challenged to counter purposeful disinformation with journalistic integrity and verified facts. In response to the increasing falsehoods about the 2020 election results, NPR created a small team in early 2021 to report on the epidemic of disinformation. When their stories received positive feedback, management made the group permanent as the NPR Disinformation Team.
In early June, Houston Landing formally launched under the direction of CEO Peter Bhatia. A former editor, Bhatia is now at the helm of the business model — nonprofit, purely digital and expressly focused on Houston’s underserved communities. They solicit donations and members, but the journalism is free.
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