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.
A journalist’s job can be exciting: uncovering a critical lead for a new story or elbowing aside a gaggle of other media pros to question a government official. Many journalists must also attend city council, school board or other local meetings — often for hours, waiting for a newsworthy decision or statement. Reading the minutes can require even more precious time to find the kernel of the story or determine who best to interview. Making that process easier is the goal of Agenda Watch
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