Lylah Alphonse of U.S. News discusses newsmagazines and Trump’s Washington

Our final thank you of the semester goes to Lylah Alphonse, managing editor for news at U.S. News & World Report, who shared her insights with us on Wednesday. Her topics included the evolution of newsmagazines, the challenge of covering Washington in the age of Trump, and her own career path.


How the media environment has changed since Watergate

We’ll open today with a consideration of New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg’s piece on whether the media environment has so changed since Richard Nixon’s time that he would be able to survive Watergate today. I hope you’ll have a chance to read it before class, though I realize I’m posting it late.


Make-up quiz/extra-credit assignment

If you missed last Thursday’s news quiz, or if you would like an extra-credit assignment, I’ve got one for you. Please find a pro-Trump and an anti-Trump piece of opinion journalism on an issue of interest to you. Write an analysis of no more than 500 words explaining what you like and don’t like about the two pieces, which one you agree with, and why. Make sure you link to the two pieces.

Send it to me by email no later than next Wednesday, June 21, at 9 a.m. For those of you who missed the quiz, this will count as a substitute. For those of you who want extra credit, I will throw out your lowest quiz grade and substitute this instead.

We have two more quizzes to go. I haven’t decided yet whether they will be in class or take-home. But please make every possible effort to attend class this Thursday and next.


‘Bannon’s War’

If you missed Monday’s class, or if you’d just like to relive the magic, here is a link where you can watch the documentary “Bannon’s War.” It offers an important look at the rise of Breitbart and the alt-right, so please make sure you watch it.


James Comey and the conservative media

I have posted a topic in the discussion forum on Blackboard titled “James Comey and the conservative media.” Please follow the instructions and post something by Tuesday at 9 a.m. This will not be difficult. I am only asking you to write a sentence or two describing what you found.


One more on Breitbart

In addition to the links you’ll find on the syllabus for Week 6 (I have already emailed you the Breitbart ebook), I would like you to read this Washington Post article on Breitbart’s efforts to retool.