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Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

Editorial: Attack on Acosta is an attack on all media

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 9, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

President Donald Trump’s administration has a history of attacking the press, but its most recent attack is alarmingly reminiscent of ways authoritarian countries like China treat the press.

What readers need to understand about journalism

What readers need to understand about journalism

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

October 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Widespread distrust of the media poses a threat to the free flow and sharing of knowledge, and journalists need to work with the community they inform to rebuild their relationship.

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

Editorial: Patience required in Antwon Rose case

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 26, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old black Woodland Hills student, was shot by a white East Pittsburgh police officer, Michael Rosfeld, on the evening of June 26. Since then, coverage of ensuing protests has been extensive — as has speculation surrounding the two parties involved. What is known to be true is...

Scandals trump news that matters

Scandals trump news that matters

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

March 29, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

You may or may not have heard about the school shooting that took place last week at Great Mills High School in Maryland. Two students were shot, and the teenage murderer committed suicide briefly after. The day of the shooting, my friend in the area was shocked and feared for her community. But when s...

Don’t pin blame on violent games

Don’t pin blame on violent games

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Imagine being able to punch a ninja through the chest, rip out their heart and then squeeze it to drink the remaining blood left for nourishment. All it takes is two fatal words — “finish him” — to violently kill an opponent this way while playing “Mortal Kombat.” In fact, the violence in t...

As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as anti-democratic

By Noah Bierman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 17, 2018


Filed under National News

On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "Fake News Awards," two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who...

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

Editorial: Journalists shouldn’t be afraid to contextualize evil

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 27, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

What was unusual in the response to a recent New York Times story wasn't its negativity so much as where the hate came from. With figures on the political right, from President Donald Trump to Joseph Curl of the Washington Times, frequently deriding The New York Times as “failing” and “very,...

Protestors silently disagree with media mogul

Protestors silently disagree with media mogul

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

November 9, 2017


Filed under City, News

Less than a few minutes into Christopher Ruddy’s presentation at the Pittsburgh Playhouse Wednesday night, about 30 Point Park University students stood up silently with their fists in the air, showing off shirts emblazoned with colorful messages such as “People not Profit” and “Love not Hate....

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

Editorial: Responding to sexual misconduct, NPR succeeds where Dartmouth fails

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 1, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Sprawled across Dartmouth College’s campus last week were posters that read “Where is Prof. Paul Whalen?” and “Where is Prof. Bill Kelley?” The signs refer to two of the three professors at Dartmouth who had been absent from campus for quite some time — as it turns out, the three profess...

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

Pitt football bars players from speaking to media ahead of Penn State

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

September 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pitt football announced Sunday that head coach Pat Narduzzi would be the sole spokesperson for the team this week, shutting down player interviews ahead of their rivalry game against Penn State on Saturday. The program followed the same policy last year in an attempt to keep the players focused on...

Dr. Who takes on a new enemy: sexism

Dr. Who takes on a new enemy: sexism

By Elise Lavallee, Contributing Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinions

Dr. Who has faced many adversaries over the past 54 years — daleks, cybermen, weeping angels — all of which the Time Lord has defeated. But this season, the 13th Doctor is up against a new kind of rival — sexism. The character will take its first female form this year, as Dr. Who will be played b...

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

Pitt Tonight announces Andrew Dow as new host

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / News Editors

April 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News, Top Stories

For a show that is only wrapping up its second season, “Pitt Tonight” is already at the end of an era. “Pitt Tonight” announced on Twitter Wednesday that first-year Andrew Dow will be the next host of the show, starting fall 2017. He will be the successor to Jesse Irwin, who is finishing his reign aft...

Reporter, photographers say they were assaulted by Trump supporters at Calif. rally

Reporter, photographers say they were assaulted by Trump supporters at Calif. rally

By Angel Jennings and Anh Do | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 26, 2017


Filed under National News

LOS ANGELES — A reporter and two photographers said Sunday that they were physically assaulted by pro-Trump demonstrators at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach and are seeking the public’s help in identifying at least one of the people responsible. Frank Tristan, an intern at t...

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

Facebook’s news suppression misleads users

By Marlo Safi | Senior Columnist

May 17, 2016


Filed under Columns

Facebook is synonymous with nagging family, bragging friends and viral memes, but we rarely associate the social networking site with news. On an everyday basis, I log into Facebook and am immediately inundated: friends’ shameless selfies posted to fish Facebook’s superficial depths for validation, a...

It’s time to separate the click bait from the news

It’s time to separate the click bait from the news

By Timothy Nerozzi / For The Pitt News

November 4, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Jeb Bush Continues ‘Death Spiral’ at GOP Debate” “Could Hillary Clinton Be a Sociopath?” “Thanks, Republicans! Your insane war on Planned Parenthood keeps making reproductive rights more popular” What is the most troubling aspect of the headlines? Is it the unprofessional wording? Is it the overhyped vocabulary that misrepresents situations? Is it the clear bias that...

Editorial: Candidates need to answer questions, not make excuses

Editorial: Candidates need to answer questions, not make excuses

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 2, 2015


Filed under Editorials, Opinions

Dr. Ben Carson on his 10-year relationship with the controversial medical supplement company, Mannatech, “That is total propaganda, and this is what happens in our society. Total propaganda.” Donald Trump on his website’s attack on Mark Zuckerberg for his stance on immigration, “I don’t...

Don’t let shootings become a norm, focus more on victims

Don’t let shootings become a norm, focus more on victims

By Mariam Shalaby / For The Pitt News

September 1, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinions

“Shooting,” exclaims the headline, sprawled big and wide across the top of the page. I should be sad, but I feel nothing. Nothing but annoyed. I no longer get a wave of shock or a sense of fear, nor do I wonder how such a thing could happen so close to home. Shootings seem normal. In psychology, de...

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