February Journalism Event

Upcoming Events

Charles Sennott, Founder and Executive Director of the GroundTruth Project.
Thursday, February 15
6:00 PM
UMass Law School, Moot Court
333 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, MA
This event is free and open to the public.


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Charles Sennott is the Founder and Executive Director of The GroundTruth Project. He is an award-winning foreign correspondent, author and editor with 30 years of experience in journalism. Sennott has reported on the front lines of wars and insurgencies in at least 15 countries, including the 2011 revolution in Cairo and the Arab Spring. Sennott’s deep experience reporting internationally led him to launch The GroundTruth Project and to dedicate himself to training the next generation of international journalists for the digital age. Sennott is also the co-founder of GlobalPost, an acclaimed international news website. Previously, Sennott served as the Boston Globe’s Middle East Bureau Chief based in Jerusalem from 1997 to 2001 and as Europe Bureau Chief based in London from 2001 to 2005.

Political Action

As we focus our attention and energy on the 2018 elections, it's good to remember that there are thousands of people and many hundreds of groups like ours with similar goals.  
Like these:
Matriots Ohio: A non partisan Political Action Committee focused on electing more Ohio women to public office. 
Action Utah: Elevating the voices or ordinary Utahns
Indivisible Martha's Vineyard: A sister group close to home. 
Minuteman Indivisible, Lexington, MA.  This is a powerhouse group that will share research on 2018 candidates with us.  Thank you!
There are so many others of us.  Just have a look at this map of Indivisible groups all over the country. 

It's early days still, and much will change between now and November, but there's already good analysis of the evolving political landscape.  
Everything you need to know about the 2018 midterm elections, NBC news, December 28, 2017
Top GOP Races To Watch In 2018, Huffington Post, December 31, 2017
Key races for control of the House, NBC news, December 29, 2017

Health Care

Thanks, as always, Carole Ferguson and the Healthcare Huddle, for the articles they submit for the blog:
Nearly Dying In Childbirth: Why Preventable Complications Are Growing In U.S. NPR, December 22, 2017
Carole says, "Maternal Child Health is an entire field of Public Health.  This meteoric rise in maternal complications in childbirth is a canary in the coal mine telling us our population is not well.
There are two actions that could impact this dreadful threat to American women who are pregnant.
1.  Healthcare for All to assure all are insured and given preventive care and all Labor and Delivery care necessary as well as post-partum care.  We all benefit from healthy children and mothers creating a healthy society.
2.  Funding Public Health on federal and state levels.  We must rally for this.  It may seem obscure to some but will be become widely apparent with any national disease outbreak that impacts all.  The flu is an example of something that impacts everyone, even the wealthy.  Flu epidemics have killed thousands of people. " 


While one could argue that the 'Tweeter in Chief' is the loudest purveyor of fake news, there are many people working to understand our relationship to the press, and also to combat what is truly 'fake news'.
Polls show Americans distrust the media. But talk to them, and it’s a very different story.  Washington Post,  December 28, 2017
College students come up with plug-in to combat fake news, Associated Press, December 25, 2107

Stay warm and safe in the nasty weather coming our way!

Posted by Katie White