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The executive producer of Frontline says local journalism is crucial to democracy in the United States.

During a morning fill-up conversation at The Garage in Rapid City, she says communities need to support their local news outlets.

The South Dakota Newspaper Association doesn’t keep solid data regarding the number of newspaper journalists today versus ten years ago. But the organization says some of the state’s largest dailies—in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen—have shrunk their newsrooms and operations considerably.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... May 2, 2019 Show 567 Hour 1

The world is full of people who carry a tiny printing press in their pocket - one that has a monster reach.

Kevin Woster writes about that observation by blogger Cory Heidelberger in his latest On the Other Hand blog entry. 

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... April 18, 2018 Show 559 Hour 1

The Justice Department has released special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report. NPR News is providing comprehensive coverage as the story unfolds.

A journalist's job might entail speed-reading a highly anticipated 400-page report. More often, a story begins with simply making a few calls.

SDPB's Kevin Woster writes about it on his blog, On the Other Hand

In The Moment ... April 4, 2019 Show 549 Hour 2

Stephen Crowley began his career taking pictures for a small newspaper in Florida. He later worked at the Washington bureau of the New York Times. In 2002, he was cited as Photographer of the Year by the White House Photographer's Association.

Thursday, Crowley presents at McCrory Gardens in Brookings where he'll discuss photojournalism, journalism and media in changing times.

Crowley joins In The Moment from the Jeanine Basinger Studio at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 1

As the American media landscape continues to shift, South Dakota News Watch celebrates its anniversary. The online news organization entered the market as public service journalism, financially supported by donations from readers.

Randell Beck and Jack Marsh, co-chairs of the South Dakota News Watch Board of Directors, return to In The Moment.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... January 24, 2019 Show 501 Hour 1

"You don't show up with a bunch of your buds wearing red Make America Great Again baseball caps - and some MAGA stocking caps, shirts and sweatshirts, too - and then contend you weren't planning to engage people, promote a message or inspire a reaction.

Of course you were. The MAGA message is all about initiating engagement and inspiring a reaction," Kevin Woster writes in his latest On the Other Hand blog piece.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 11, 2018 Show 355 Hour 1

Alisyn Camerota's novel Amanda Wakes Up features fierce and frazzled protagonist Amanda Gallo, who lands a coveted spot on a cable news morning show, only to have her journalistic moral compass battered by lazy producers, the blood-sport of Twitter, and the chaos of an increasingly surreal presidential campaign.

Amanda Wakes Up is now in paperback.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment... February 16, 2017 Show 032 Hour 2

In light of recent ethics conversations in state and national government (from IM22 to challenges to the Trump administration’s handling of business conflicts of interest) we settle in for an hour-long conversation about ethics. What do we talk about when we talk about ethics? How do ethics differ from profession to profession? And how do we hold ourselves and each other accountable in an age of shifting expectations.

Our panel of guests includes:

Dakota Midday: An Hour With Columnist Rem Rieder

Nov 1, 2016
Rem Rieder

Former USA Today media columnist Rem Rieder visits with Lori Walsh for the entire hour of Dakota Midday Tuesday. Rieder has been an editor at the American Journalism Review, the Washington Post and the Miami Herald. He talks about the media's role in the 2016 election, including journalistic failures, the role of comedians in political discourse, citizen journalism and more. Rieder spoke at the Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Monday.

Black Hills Knowledge Network

After decades of covering the biggest news stories in South Dakota, journalists Terry Woster and Kevin Woster shared never-before-told stories about witnessing history from a front-row seat. They'll also provided insights on the waves of change affecting journalism and its essential role in American democracy. Regional reporter and political junkie Denise Ross moderated their conversation Friday night at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.

Fortis Publishing

Coming from a lower class family in a small town, one politician wants to inspire young people to pursue opportunities and improve current democracy.  Former Senator Larry Pressler has published a new book, Senator Pressler: An Independent Mission to Save Our Democracy. He says today's democracy is poisonous and voters are apathetic. Pressler wants to rediscover America's ethical core through education, journalism and self-esteem. He also touches on his background in Vietnam and his diverse philosophical and religious views.

Dakota Midday: Roy Clark On Language

Jun 15, 2016

Lori Walsh interviews author Roy Peter Clark. He joins Dakota Midday to talk about the importance of language when discussing breaking news, tragedy, and developing stories. From phrases such as “worst mass shooting” and designations such as “presumptive nominee,” Clark examines the value of ethics and usage when we discuss the stories of our times in ways that honor accuracy and truth. Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at  the Poynter Institute for Media Studies since 1979. He has served the Institute as its first full-time faculty member, dean, vice-president, and senior scholar.

As journalists, writers, photographers, composers and poets await the announcement of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes, Randell Beck joins Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to discuss the Pulitzer process.

From how the selections are made to the impact the announcement has on the cultural conversation, Beck provides behind-the-scenes insight into arguably the most significant award in American journalism, arts & letters, and more.

Teri Finneman, SDSU professor of journalism, discusses her new book, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin. She joins Dakota Midday during a year when a woman is running for president of the United States and two women are vying for a seat in the US House of Representatives. We’ll talk about media coverage of female politicians, as well as the responsibility of journalists in coverage of female and male public figures.

Former USA Today editor Peter S. Prichard receives the 2014 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media at USD today. The award honors lifetime achievement in the media.

Prichard was editor-in-chief of USA Today from 1988 to 1995. He also served as president of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum Institute, an interactive news museum in Washington, DC. Prichard is also the author of The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today.

Friends Remember Ruth Ziolkowski

May 22, 2014
Crazy Horse Memorial

Ruth Ziolkowski died last night at the age of 87.  Ziolkowski continued her husband Korczak's dream of honoring Native Americans by carving the likeness of Crazy Horse into the Black Hills of South Dakota.  Under her direction, the Crazy Horse Memorial turned into a national draw.  Jack Marsh, former President and CEO of the Freedom Forum and co-founder of the Crazy Horse Journalism Workshop, and Tim Giago, founder of the Native Sun News and the Native American Journalists Association, shared memories of their friend and colleague, Ziolkowski.

Social Media In Reporting

Dec 18, 2012

Jeff Sonderman, Digital Media Fellow at the Poynter Institute, discussed how people are using social media to report, discuss and debate Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  He remarked about initial reports in both social and conventional media that were incorrect.  Sonderman specializes in writing about and training journalists in mobile news platforms, social media and digital journalism.  He also teaches a digital journalism course at Georgetown University.