Finding truth: Risky business

By Rick Tulsky on October 31, 2014
In a city with 400 murders a year, it’s hard to imagine any of them having greater impact than the 1982 double murder of Jerry Hillard, 18 and his girlfriend Marilyn Green, 19. This is a crime that happened 32 years ago  at Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side in the early morning hours. There’s… View Article

Of bright lines and political interference

By Rick Tulsky on October 25, 2014
We’re big believers that our currency as journalists is our credibility; we worry about most anything that leaves an audience doubtful of journalists’ reporting. So we paid attention when Dave McKinney, the Sun-Times’ respected statehouse reporter, resigned this week and posted on his website a letter accusing the newspaper of buckling to special interests. Or,… View Article

Hollywood is not a newsroom

By Rick Tulsky on October 18, 2014
Joseph Pulitzer’s newsroom wall bore a sign that cried: “Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy!” That would not be a sign you’d find at Fox or Columbia or Warner Brothers. Gary Webb was a dogged reporter. But journalists always have to be mindful of not overstating what they find, and making sure the conclusions we write are supported…. View Article

Is hot-and-sour soup worth your credibility?

By Rick Tulsky on October 14, 2014
Note to Dr. Nancy Snyderman: Some times we have to suppress our food cravings. For those who missed this story, NBC’s chief medical correspondent and her crew were given a voluntary 21-day quarantine upon returning from  West Africa when a free-lance cameraman in the crew contracted ebola. Then last week, a hyperlocal news site, Planet… View Article

Filtering the truth? Or lies?

By Rick Tulsky on October 7, 2014
We see a common thread here: a) “We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.” b) “We are all going online. We trust the fifth estate more than the conventional mainstream media.” c) “Are you tired of the media filters? Well, I am. I always have been. So,… View Article