Journalism

The Crime Report

Your DGB for today is to consider investing in a subscription to The Crime Report.

Some intriguing articles they’ve published include this one, titled Interracial Crime Study Finds Whites More Likely to Assault Blacks Than the Reverse.

A collaboration between the organization Criminal Justice Journalists and the Center on Media, Crime, and Justice at John Jay College, the site is remarkably non-partisan, award-winning, and addictively eye-opening.

Brought to You by the Letter “F”: FCC, First Amendment, & Free Press

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Your DGB for today is to ask the FCC to condemn attacks on press freedom by POTUS. 

One of the first things Hitler did was to undermine the free press, since having pesky journalists telling the masses the truth is the last thing an autocrat wants. Wanna-be dictator and all-round bully, Donald J. Trump, is no different. He constantly characterizes any news outlet that doesn’t show him deference or unflattering story as “fake news.” Last week he brazenly suggested that NBC have its “license” revoked for writing something he didn’t like. Listen fella, that’s not how this democracy thing works. That’s not how any of this works.

When you go to the link above, you’ll be able to join others in petitioning Ajit Pai, the head of the FCC, to speak out against the attempts by the president to topple one of the pillars of a free and open society.

“The Emperor has no clothes.” - a journalist, probably

 

Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press

Your DGB for today is to support the mission of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and read some not-for-profit news.

Recently we asked the folks at the RCFP what we at Daily Grab Back could do to support their organization and/or mission of preserving freedom of the press. They made two requests: one, that we promote subscribing to actual newspapers, both local and national (DONE!), and two, that we encourage readership of non-profit news agencies. They even gave us a handy resource for finding awesome material from the Institute for Non-Profit News.

Over 120 different organizations from across the country have gathered on Institute for Nonprofit News, with familiar names like Mother Jones and The Marshall Project, and lesser known publications like The War Horse (investigative journalism focusing on the Department of Defense, Department of VA and US Armed Forces) and Tiny Spark (reports on philanthropy, international aid and development).

It’s terrifying, amazing, and necessary to be more informed than most of the White House Staff (and the president), so click, filter, scroll and click again to find a new way to stay informed.

 

30 of the Best Articles Written by People of Color you Probably Haven’t Read

Your DGB for today is spend some time going over this list and read at least three of the articles.

Stop playing with your new holiday gadgets for just a short while, grab a cup of coffee, kick up your feet, and read some amazing journalism. Challenge yourself to read them all before the year is over. You’ll feel so much better doing this instead of finishing that 2 lb. box of See’s candy that was meant for the entire family, but you hid in the closet. Trust us, we know; we’ve done it too.

The articles on this list have a wide range of topics, from women’s issues, to black journalism, to Syria. Some are funny, some are sad, and some will touch you at your very core, but all are important, and all will make you feel that uniquely human experience of connectivity and belonging.

Journalism is under attack and it’s more important now than ever that we support it, especially when that journalism comes from people of color. Women and people of color who work in journalism are far more likely to be targeted for online harassment than white men as this study from The Guardian shows. Online harassment can have a huge negative impact on their personal lives and can lead to them quitting for safety reasons, which lessens representation in journalism overall.

So, get rid of all of the bad vibes from 2016, burn some sage if necessary, and read these articles. Support journalists of color in any way that you can, and start 2017 with your eyes open and ready to Grab Back even harder. Rawr.

 

Support Real Journalism

Your DGB for today is to support REAL journalism!

 

As citizens, it is our duty to be informed. But in the age of social media, we are consuming highly-filtered “information” from a few sources. It’s time to stretch the quality and scope of information you consume and lend your support to authentic and thorough investigative journalism - the kind that doesn’t come packaged with a catchy meme about who got destroyed or had a mic drop. Today we ask you to read an old-fashioned print newspaper. Yes, a paper that you can actually hold in your hands.

 

Why is this an improvement over reading the stories you hear about on social media even if they come from reputable media sources? Because if you get all your news online, you likely only see the most discussed stories of the day. Trending topics obscure other important stories and local and foreign news is not be shared as much. We encourage you to tap into alternatives. Whether it be a local newspaper, an international newspaper, different websites, and, if you can afford it, a print newspaper subscription that will commit you to reading a variety of stories on a regular basis.

 

If you can’t afford a daily subscription, try the Sunday paper. Or, from time to time buy a paper from your local newsstand, and regularly browse the main pages of different types of online outlets.

 

Here are links to some of the most popular national and international papers. Don’t forget to look out for corporate, student, or other discounts that may apply to you, as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

 

The New York Times

 

The Washington Post

 

Los Angeles Times

 

The Wall Street Journal