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The Journalism Salute

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The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do.The goal is to show that journalism is a great profession, that journalists are not the enemy, and that there are many great careers an aspiring journalist can pursue.Our goal is … read more

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Ted Bridis, Investigative Reporting Professor, University of Florida

May 17th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Ted Bridis, a professor of investigative journalism at the University of Florida.

Ted had a long career as an …

Daniel Chang and Carol Marbin Miller, Investigative Reporter and Editor at The Miami Herald

May 10th, 2022


On this episode of The Journalism Salute, we’re joined by Carol Marbin Miller and Daniel Chang of The Miami Herald. With additional assistance from …

Kam Burns: Engagement Editor, Politico; Founding Member - Trans Journalists Association

April 26th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Kam Burns. Kam is an engagement editor at Politico, working on social media strategy after a couple of years in a …

Susan LoTempio & Kristin Gilger from the National Center on Disability and Journalism

April 12th, 2022


On this issue, we talked with Susan LoTempio and Kristin Gilger of the National Center on Disability and Journalism.

Susan, who had polio as an …

Jessica Meyers, Editor-in-Chief, Global Press Journal

March 29th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Jessica Meyers, editor-in-chief of Global Press Journal. Global Press builds and maintains independent news bureaus in some of the world’s least-covered places. Each bureau is staffed by …

Starr Dunigan, Reckon (Black Joy newsletter)

March 23rd, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Starr Dunigan, a reporter for Reckon, an online website that covers the stories and tough and important issues …

Anita Hofschneider, Honolulu Civil Beat Reporter

March 15th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Anita Hofschneider, a staff writer with the non-profit Honolulu Civil Beat in Hawaii.

Anita writes watchdog stories, …

Emma Restrepo, Host "Dos Puntos"; Freelance Journalist/Professor

March 8th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Emma Restrepo. Emma is a freelance journalist focused on LatinX communities. She hosts a weekly Spanish-language radio show, Dos Puntos – out of Philadelphia. She’s also an adjunct …

Allie Singer, Senior Editor for Special Projects at Time For Kids

March 1st, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Allie Singer. Allie is a senior editor for special projects at Time Magazine for Kids with previous stops at …

Rod McCullom, Science Journalist

February 15th, 2022


Rod McCullom is a Chicago-based science journalist and reports the “Convictions” column for Undark. His work has been published by Undark, Scientific …

Kelundra Smith, Arts & Culture Journalist

February 8th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Kelundra Smith. Kelundra (@PieceofKay) is the senior publications writer at Emory University but is also a …

Boston Globe Senior Newsroom Developer Vince Dixon

February 1st, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Boston Globe senior newsroom developer Vince Dixon. Vince’s job is to create interactive and data-driven visuals for Boston He previously worked at Eater.

Vince also does a lot …

Chris Jones, 100 Days in Appalachia, Report for America

January 25th, 2022


On this episode, we’re joined by Chris Jones. Chris is a photojournalist and investigative reporter and covers domestic extremism for the …

Katie Klingsporn, Managing Editor of WyoFile

January 11th, 2022


On today’s show, we’re joined by Katie Klingsporn. Katie is the managing editor of WyoFile, a non-profit member-supported public interest news …

Longtime Radio Reporter Richard Davies: "How Do We Fix It?"

December 28th, 2021


On today’s show, we’re joined by Richard Davies. When you hear his voice, you may say “sounds familiar. He worked for ABC News Radio as a news reporter and host and worked in radio for 29 years.

Richard currently heads …

Carrington Tatum, Reporter - MLK50 Memphis

December 14th, 2021


On this episode, we’re joined for an interview by Carrington Tatum.

Carrington is a reporter for MLK50 – a non-profit newsroom focused on poverty, …

Journalism Documentary Filmmaker Don Colacino (Trusted Sources)

November 30th, 2021


On today’s show, Mark Simon is joined for an interview by Don Colacino. Don is a filmmaker who has just started production on a documentary, Trusted …

Ashleigh Fields, Editor-in-Chief of The Hilltop (Howard University)

November 16th, 2021


On this week’s episode, we are joined by Howard University junior Ashleigh Fields. Ashleigh is the editor in chief of The Hilltop, which is the …

Russell Midori: TV Field Producer, Co-Founder: Military Veterans In Journalism

November 9th, 2021


On today’s episode, we’re joined by Russell Midori, a TV photojournalist and the president of Military Veterans in Journalism, an organization that mentors veterans who want to work in journalism after their service …

April Alonso of the Award-Winning Cicero Independiente

November 2nd, 2021


On today’s episode, we’re joined by April Alonso. April is the co-founder of the award-winning Cicero Independiente, a bilingual news website and …

Bradford William Davis, Investigative Writer, Insider (formerly NY Daily News)

October 19th, 2021


On today’s show, Mark Simon is joined by Insider investigative sports writer Bradford William Davis.


Bradford talked about his career path – from starting a newsletter with a friend to eventually (after time at several …

Alex Coffey, Sports Enterprise Writer

October 5th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by one of his favorite sportswriters, enterprise reporter, Alex Coffey, who has written for The Athletic, The …

Music Journalist: Ken Partridge on Writing A Book (Hell of a Hat)

September 21st, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Ken Partridge, a music journalist and author of Hell of a Hat, The Best of 90s Ska and Swing.

Ken talked about …

David Cutler: Teacher & Executive Director of the Private School Journalism Association

September 7th, 2021


On this episode, we’re joined by David Cutler, a history and journalism teacher at Brimmer and May School in Massachusetts, as well as the Executive …

César Rodríguez, Photojournalist - The GroundTruth Project

August 24th, 2021


On today’s show, we’re joined by César Rodríguez, a photojournalist and GroundTruth fellow based in Mexico. You might have heard our recent interview with photojournalist Aryana Noroozi a couple of episodes ago. César …

Farnoush Amiri of the Associated Press, Report for America

August 11th, 2021


Farnoush Amiri is one of the busiest journalists we’ve gotten to interview. She is currently a reporter for the Associated Press as part of the

Adam Rhodes, Chicago Reader, NLGJA Chicago

July 27th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon joined by investigative reporter and data journalist Adam Rhodes. Adam is a queer, first-generation Cuban-American who works uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in our nation's health care …

Sean Lahman on Data-Driven & Watchdog Reporting at The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

June 29th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Sean Lahman, Watchdog Reporter for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Sean talked about his career path - from working on baseball databases and sports encyclopedias to his …

REAIR: Allison Augustyn of InvestigateWest

June 22nd, 2021


NOTE: We're going to an every-other-week schedule in June and July, so check out one of our first episodes ...

This originally aired in August 2020 …

Mona Holmes of Eater LA - Food Journalism is About People Too

June 15th, 2021


On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark Simon is joined by Mona Holmes of Eater LA.

Mona talked about her career path and the entrepreneurial …

REAIR: What is Dialogue Journalism? Eve Pearlman of Spaceship Media

June 8th, 2021



Taking the week off, so thought I'd dial it back to the very beginning - August 2020- with Episode 1a (I did 2 episodes to start- we'll call them both 1a).

This one is one of my favorites because the topics are …

Carol Robidoux: Manchester Ink Link & a Lesson in Entrepreneurial Journalism

June 1st, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Carol Robidoux, the founder and publisher of the Manchester Ink Link, a news website serving Manchester, New …

Aaron Elson: On Copy Editing & World War II Oral History

May 25th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by 40-year copy editor and World War II oral historian Aaron Elson.


Aaron talked about his long career in …

Steve Novotney, Lede News (West Virginia)

May 18th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Steve Novotney, a 30-year journalism veteran who co-founded Lede News to cover the Upper Ohio Valley in West Virginia.

Steve talked about his background in baseball, print media, and …

Kassidy Arena (Iowa Public Radio & Report For America)

May 11th, 2021


This week, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman are joined by Kassidy Arena, a reporter for Iowa Public Radio and a product of the Report For America program.

Kassidy talked about her radio career and the work she does covering …

College Media Roundtable: Hadriana Lowenkron & J.D. Duggan

May 4th, 2021


In this episode, Emmy Liederman is joined by two other student journalists, Hadriana Lowenkron and J.D. Duggan. Hadriana is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Pennsylvanian and J.D. is the city editor of The Minnesota …

Columnist, Book Author, Professor Fernanda Santos

April 27th, 2021


In this episode, Emmy Liederman is joined by multilingual journalist and author Fernanda Santos. Santos was the first Brazilian to work as a staff …

Graham Lee Brewer, NBC News, Native American Journalists Association

April 19th, 2021


On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman were joined by Graham Lee Brewer, a newly-hired enterprise reporter for NBC News Digital, a former reporter and editor for High Country News, and …

Dr. Ed Madison, Journalistic Learning Initiative

April 13th, 2021


On today’s episode, Mark and Emmy are joined by Dr. Ed Madison, a professor at the University of Oregon and the co-founder of The Journalistic Learning Initiative, a program aimed at getting students to learn through …

Ben Chase: From Social Worker to Small-Town Journalist for The Huron Daily Plainsman

April 6th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ben Chase, a reporter for The Huron Daily Plainsman in Huron, South Dakota (population 13,000). Ben took an …

Iliana Limón Romero & Ashley Colley of The Association for Women in Sports Media

March 30th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon and Emmy Liederman are joined by Iliana Limón Romero and Ashley Colley, the chair of the board and president of The …

Barbara Crossette: Covering the U.N. for PassBlue to Round Out a 50+ Year Career

March 23rd, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Barbara Crossette, senior consulting editor and writer for PassBlue, a non-profit journalism organization …

Donna Ladd & Ashton Pittman - Important Investigative Reporting for the Mississippi Free Press

March 16th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by publisher Donna Ladd and senior reporter Ashton Pittman of the Mississippi Free Press, a non-profit media outlet that has published a considerable amount of important reporting …

Khushbu Shah of The Fuller Project on Covering Women's Issues Nationally and Globally

March 9th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Khushbu Shah, the editor-in-chief of The Fuller Project.

Khushbu talked about The Fuller Project’s …

The Marjorie: Covering Women & The Environment in Florida

March 2nd, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Dr. Hannah Brown and Anna Hamilton of The Marjorie.

The Marjorie is a woman-owned reporting non-profit covering women and the environment in Florida.

Hannah and Anna explained …

The 1619 Project As A Teaching Tool for High School Journalists

February 25th, 2021


In this episode, Mark Simon is joined by 3 college students formerly from Kirkwood (Mo.) High School: Emma Lingo, Maddie Meyers, and Kiden-Aloyse …

Hadar Harris of the Student Press Law Center on Supporting & Defending Press Freedom

February 23rd, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon talks with Hadar Harris, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. 

Hadar talked about what the SPLC does and the different things that the organization is doing to commemorate …

Ken Lemon On How The NABJ Is Raising Important Issues For Black Journalists

February 16th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Ken Lemon, a longtime TV reporter for WSOC-TV in Charlotte and vice-president for broadcast for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

Ken talked about his career …

Journalism teacher P.J. Cabrera on Being An Educator of Color, Scholastic Journalism Week & More

February 9th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by P.J. Cabrera, a journalism teacher at Judson High School in Converse, Texas (not far from San Antonio) and …

Nathaniel Rakich of FiveThirtyEight on The Ways He Analyzes Elections

February 2nd, 2021


On this episode, Mark is joined by FiveThirtyEight election analyst Nathaniel Rakich. Nathaniel talked about the path to his current job, how he …

Robin Kemp of the Clayton Crescent: 21 Hours of Election Coverage and a Lifetime Connected to Journalism

January 26th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Robin Kemp, the founder of the Clayton Crescent in Clayton County, Georgia.

Robin talked about her 30+ year career and how she’s really been a journalist since she was “in utero.” …

Morgan Mullings of the Bay State Banner & Report For America On The Beginning of a Journalism Career

January 19th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon talked to Bay State Banner reporter Morgan Mullings, a recent grad of St. John's, whose opportunity to begin her …

NAHJ VP Arelis Hernández on fair treatment for Hispanic journalists and reporting for the Washington Post

January 12th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Arelis Hernández, a vice president for print for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a reporter covering Texas and the US-Mexican border for the Washington Post.

University of Alabama professor Meredith Cummings on teaching, touring newsrooms, and journalism for children of all ages

January 5th, 2021


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by University of Alabama journalism instructor, Meredith Cummings, who also is the director of the Alabama …

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg on Running a Family-Owned Jewish Newspaper

December 29th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Hillel Goldberg, editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News, a weekly family-owned newspaper and …

Amjambo Africa: Georges Budagu Makoko & Kathreen Harrison On Covering The African Experience in Maine

December 21st, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon was joined by Georges Budagu Makoko and Kathreen Harrison, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Amjambo Africa, a monthly newspaper and website published in 6 languages that is devoted to …

The Forward Editor-In-Chief Jodi Rudoren on Covering All Aspects of Judaism

December 15th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by The Forward editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren, formerly a longtime reporter and editor for the New York Times.

Jodi talked about making the move from The Times to an organization with …

Journalism Teacher Alana Van Der Sluys On The Value of Journalism Education

December 8th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Kinnelon (NJ) High School journalism teacher Alana Van Der Sluys, who is also a vice-president of the Garden …

Prism Editor-in-Chief Ashton Lattimore on How Her Newsroom Sees the World Differently

December 2nd, 2020


On this episode, Mark talked to Ashton Lattimore, editor-in-chief of Prism, whose editorial goal is to center the people, places, and issues currently underreported by national media and treat Black, Indigenous, People …

Bettina Chang of City Bureau On Producing Impactful, Equitable, Publicly-Responsive News

November 23rd, 2020


On this episode, Mark is joined by Bettina Chang, one of the co-founders and executive editorial director for City Bureau, a Chicago-based non-profit journalism lab that both covers the city and works with the community …

Siri Carpenter on The Open Notebook and Creating A Science Writers Community

November 17th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Dr. Siri Carpenter, the co-founder of The Open Notebook, a science journalism organization that helps writers with every aspect of their work - from pitching articles to …

Making Journalism History Accessible with Teri Finneman & Nick Hirshon of the AEJMC

November 10th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon talks with Teri Finneman and Nick Hirshon of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) – History Division. They are journalism professors at the University of …

Gabriel Kahn of Xtown.LA on Data Journalism at the Local Level

October 27th, 2020


On this episode, we’re joined by Crosstown LA Publisher and editor, Gabriel Kahn, a professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and …

Covering health journalism with Tara Haelle and Bara Vaida of the Association of Health Care Journalists

October 20th, 2020


On this episode, we’re joined by journalists Tara Haelle and Bara Vaida to talk about the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and health journalism in the age of Covid-19. They explained what the organization …

Bene Cipolla of Chalkbeat on Covering the Classroom

October 13th, 2020


On this episode, Chalkbeat publisher-to-be (current editor-in-chief) Bene Cipolla joined Mark Simon to talk about how her group covers educational …

Becoming a Better News Consumer with Darragh Worland of the News Literacy Project

October 7th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon talks to Darragh Worland, the vice-president of creative services for the News Literacy Project.

The News Literacy Project is a non-partisan non-profit group devoted to making people better …

KING-5 news anchor Steve Bunin on Asking The Right Questions

September 29th, 2020


We'll call this episode a Personal Salute, as we're joined by KING-5 news anchor Steve Bunin, a former colleague of mine at ESPN.

There are many …

Holly McCall of Tennessee Lookout on Covering A State With A Supermajority

September 22nd, 2020


On this episode, we're joined by Holly McCall, the editor of the Tennessee Lookout, a website devoted to covering state government and issues as part …

Trusting News with Joy Mayer

September 15th, 2020


On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Trusting News director Joy Mayer to discuss how journalists and newsrooms can work at improving the level of trust from their readerships.

Joy provided examples of work her group …

The American Journalism Historians Association w/ Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens and Dr. Aimee Edmondson

September 8th, 2020


On this episode, we focus on The American Journalism Historians Association with its president, Dr. Donna Lampkin Stephens from the University of Central Arkansas and its first vice-president, Dr. Aimee Edmondson of …

What is Solutions Journalism - With Michelle Faust Raghavan

September 2nd, 2020

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Michelle Faust Raghavan, West Coast Region Manager for the Solutions Journalism Network.

They discussed what …

InvestigateWest Executive Director Allison Augustyn

August 19th, 2020


On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Allison Augustyn, the executive director of InvestigateWest, a non-profit journalism studio based in Seattle.


In Allison’s words, InvestigateWest is reporting …

What is Dialogue Journalism? - Spaceship Media Co-Founder and CEO Eve Pearlman

August 19th, 2020


On this episode of The Journalism Salute, Mark is joined by Eve Pearlman, the co-founder and CEO of Spaceship Media.


In Eve’s words, Spaceship Media is a company that invites exploration for journalists and conversation …

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August 2nd, 2020


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