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On The Media's Brooke Gladstone: Media Literacy, ISIS, And 9/11

David Waltz

With an ever-changing media landscape, it can be increasingly difficult to parse out from the news who’s right, who’s wrong, and why it matters. We’ll get Gladstone’s perspective, from the role of social media in news consumption, to the blurred lines between reporting and advertising.



  • Gladstone's 'manifesto' for Transom, a showcase and workshop for new public radio: "Only on radio do hosts and reporters serve as the listener’s surrogates. Only radio can maintain the illusion of a one-to-one relationship. Listeners need that person to guide them through the story, paint the picture, explain the situation. Listeners respond, actively, to the audio equivalent of a raised eyebrow, the vocal transmission of amusement or fear. It’s like dynamite. It can blow up in your face. But skillfully applied, it provides context far more intensely than an avalanche of words."
  • On The Media's 'Breaking News Consumer's Handbook': "This is our Breaking News Consumer's Handbook.  Rather than counting on news outlets to get it right, we're looking at the other end. Below are some tips for how, in the wake of a big, tragic story, you can sort good information from bad. We've even made a handy, printable PDF that you can tape to your wall the next time you encounter a big news event."

Here she is, animated, talking about her book:

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