To open this week’s show, Mickey speaks with pathbreaking reporter Danielle McLean about the perilous state of US journalism, as conglomerate-owned newspapers shed reporters or devalue substantive local coverage in favor of entertainment. Then co-host Eleanor Goldfield speaks with Nolan Higdon and Mickey about their new textbook, “Let’s Agree to Disagree,” a work intended to show a route beyond the political divisiveness promoted by corporate media that focuses on communication, conflict management, and critical media literacy education.
Danielle McLean is the first open trans person to sit on the board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has a background in local newspaper reporting, and currently writes for SmartCitiesDive.com, a trade publication that follows environmental and social-equity issues at the municipal level. She had the top censored story on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2021 and wrote the foreword for Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2022. Nolan Higdon is a lecturer in education at the University of California Santa Cruz campus. He’s also the author of “The Anatomy of Fake News,” and is a frequent guest on the Project Censored Show.