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Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)

Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)
FAYETTEVILLE- This past weekend saw the University of Arkansas host “Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange.”  It was a conference attended by Fulbright alumni and grantees, and as an alumnus myself, I headed south to attend the event, where I led the Journalism World Cafe. The session was entitled "Images and Perceptions: Journalism’s Role in Shaping the View of other Countries," and broken up into three parts. Audio of all three sessions is below, so have a listen and then join in the conversation...by commenting below...

I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference

I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference
Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today. Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it's a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows...

Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)

Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)
While it's pretty clear now that Colin Kaepernick isn't coming back to the National Football League, the powerful impact that he made will be long-lasting. His decision to take a knee during the national anthem, as a gesture of protest against brutality and systemic racism within law enforcement, may ultimately pave the way for more football players to eventually speak out on the issues of the day while still active in their playing careers. Former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, in town this past week to do a public reading of his new children's book "Dear Black Boy," doesn't believe that day is here yet though. "No, that fear is still there," Bennett responded when we put this question to him during our exclusive conversation at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop...
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Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Current Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn't the first un-classifiable nationally relevant political figure to live and work in South Bend, Indiana. "Hesburgh," a new documentary opening at the Music Box Theatre on Saturday, chronicles the life of long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known priest—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh.

Colloquially known as "Father Ted," Hesburgh was a lot like "Mayor Pete," a South Bend political figure driven by faith, ideals and a motivation to do what is right above what is currently politically viable. Both men are/were complex, and that's what makes them interesting.

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Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Monday marks the beginning of early voting for the Chicago mayoral election, and that means we're just a little more than two weeks away from Election Day. Are you tired of getting unsolicited e-mails from Bill Daley? Badly need to opt-out of those text messages from Paul Vallas?

And how did these people even get our contact info to begin with? I still don't know who I'm going to vote for, as the Chicago mayoral race field is so egregiously overcrowded that calling it obnoxious is an understatement.

Maybe trying to sort out the chaos here will help me move towards a decision. Before we get to the candidates, we need to talk about what could be the most important x-factor in this election. And for that we enlisted the help of Theresa Siaw, candidate for 26th Ward Alderman.

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Alderman Candidate Theresa Siaw Passionate About Holiday Giving, Combating Violence

Alderman Candidate Theresa Siaw Passionate About Holiday Giving, Combating Violence

Local activist and candidate for 26th Ward Alderman Theresa Siaw is extremely passionate about both philanthropy and combating violence in Chicago. If you're a loyal reader of the Patriotic Dissenter on the Chicago Now network, then you are obviously well aware of how strongly committed we are to combatting gun violence in our communities.

Thus, when the opportunity arose to have an exclusive conversation with Siaw, we were eager to hear and then help spread her message. The Theresa Siaw Foundation and Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. (go here for an exclusive with him) hosted a meet and greet and collected items for Cradles to Crayons at Homiey in Humboldt Park this past Friday night. 

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U2 Frontman Bono Speaking About AIDS, Poverty in Chicago

U2 Frontman Bono Speaking About AIDS, Poverty in Chicago

Bono is one of those extremely rare individuals who has succeeded at an elite level in not just one, but two professions. The Dublin born front man for rock band U2 is just as accomplished an activist as he is a musician.

Born Paul David Hewson in 1960, Bono has received numerous plaudits, including honorary British knighthood and the Time Magazine “Person of the Year” award, for his efforts bringing awareness to important social issues.

As the co-founder of sister organizations ONE and (RED), Bono will be in town Thursday night to speak about the fight against AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa to the Economic Club of Chicago at the Hilton Towers...

Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Typically, a midterm election is one of low general interest and the only real activation is within the voters registered to the party that lost the Presidential election two years prior. Another standard midterm election trope is the elevation of extremely far out candidates with beliefs way outside the mainstream, and a tendency to make bizarre gaffes that make them overnight viral video sensations.

The “macaca” guy in Virginia is one example. The former practitioner of witchcraft (happy belated Halloween everybody) who ran on the Tea Party ticket is another. Despite the current political climate being so degenerated to the point that anybody can run regardless of their background (see the Oval Office) and no one drops out of a race regardless of flaws and transgressions (see Alabama), we still have some egregious outliers.

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Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

During his playing days, Chicago Bears icon and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary was well known for both his incredible toughness and amazing acumen. Now the legendary linebacker is bringing the same traits which helped him dominate opposing offenses on the gridiron over to the social justice arena.

"Samurai Mike" is doing his part to help combat the global water crisis, a dire situation that will only worsen as the adverse effects of catastrophic climate change take hold of the Earth. Singletary is teaming up with Dr. Todd Phillips of The Last Well and his clean water crusade.

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Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign
When it comes to social justice, the Boston Red Sox are a franchise with a very troubled history. They even had to rename the street adjacent to their home stadium of Fenway Park, because it had honored a former team owner who resisted efforts to integrate baseball back in the 1950s. Racist incidents involving their fan base in recent years have been well documented. However, last week saw the Boston Red Sox position themselves on the right side of history. And there's no better time than the World Series to get a positive message out there, as more eyeballs will be upon the club...