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Faculty discuss media and politics


Local news stations have asked JEM faculty members to provide context to the Trump presidency and current media culture.

Professor Amber Roessner appeared on WBIR to discuss social media use during Trump’s Inauguration.

“He was really focusing on those anti-establishment and populist tones that kind of echo to some degree back to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.”

View her full interview here.

Professor Nick Geidner was interviewed by WATE about fake news and the current media climate.

“Us local news organizations need to be out front of reporting what is actually affecting people, because I think a lot of these fake news stories don’t affect us on a day-to-day basis, which is why I think we can take fake news – because it doesn’t really matter.”

View his full interview here.

Professor Mike Martinez was interviewed by WBIR about Trump not hiring a White House photographer, a tradition that started with LBJ.

“Without that kind of record – we have lost history. My gut instinct is he is not going to have one.”

View his full interview here.

Professor Martinez was also quoted in a Time Magazine story The Case for Donald Trump’s White House Photographer by Olivier Laurent.