‘Paid Partisans, Biased Bloggers — Their Place in the Newsroom’

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Billy Kulpa/Poynter.org

Here’s a story I wrote for Poynter Online today about the challenge news organizations face as they look for new ways to engage the public in political discourse while trying to remain fair and balanced in their own coverage.

You know how much I love comment-generated discussion, so if you have some ideas about the issues addressed in the article, share them in the comments section of this blog or in the feedback section of the article. What are your thoughts about news organizations having political blogs with content submitted by non-journalists who can freely share their opinions? Does it taint the news organization’s image or strengthen it?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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