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Posts Tagged ‘Mitchell Landsberg’

Religious Reporter Takes Issue with LA Times Slant

Terry Mattingly, editor of the website GetReligion.org, has a long and impressive resume. He is a published author, has worked for newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer and the Rocky Mountain News, and currently pens a weekly column for Scripps Howard newspapers.

On his site today, he questions the sub-headline that accompanied a June 25th LA Times article by Mitchell Landsberg about Franklin Graham‘s Latino-focused religious revival road show, which pulled into the Home Depot Center in Carson that same day. Not only does the plural use of “experts” in the sub-head give way to an article that sources only one, but that lone voice of analysis, suggests Mattingly, is highly questionable:

How to put this? Allowing a professor from Claremont to be the only expert quoted in a hard-news story covering Franklin Graham (pictured) is something like writing a story about Elton John and citing, as your only expert, a cultural critic from Focus on the Family or Regent University.

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LA Times Picks Up RFK Journalism Award

The Los Angeles Times continues its winning streak with a 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for their coverage of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. From editor Russ Stanton‘s newsroom memo:

The Times’ winning entry in the international print category showcased the work of reporters Joe Mozingo, Scott Kraft, Tracy Wilkinson, Tina Susman, Ken Ellingwood and Mitchell Landsberg and photographer Liz Baylen.

All were themes of our reporting on the disaster in Haiti. Among the highlights were Joe’s heart-rending story about a mother’s quest to save her child from a cholera epidemic, Scott’s piece on an 11-year-old street urchin surviving on wits alone in the days after the quake, and Liz’s gallery of still and video images that showed how one survivor struggled to master an artificial leg and then rebuilt his ruined home with scraps of wood and sheet metal.

The RFK Journalism Award “honors those who report on issues that reflect Robert F. Kennedy‘s concerns including human rights, social justice and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.”