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Know Your News Source: Salon

Salon is a news and opinion website. Over the past two and a half decades, Salon has been a top tier driver in national conversations. The journalism firm has been fearless in presenting news through video and text. News distributed by the firm can be received through Salon, social media, mobile apps and other platforms. Salon has provided its audience with award-winning content with the firm gaining more than 10 million monthly visitors.  

David Tablot is the founder of this firm that covers a wide range of topics. Tablot, who is interested in US Politics, has incorporated current and cultural events to the website. Chris Richmond is the current CEO and together with Drew Schoentrup, they Co-Own the media giant.  

In the United States, Salon is one of the first digital media outlets. The firm prides itself in innovation, storytelling and community engagement. Additionally, they are also experts at providing advertising solutions. Due to revenue generated from advertising, their content is freely offered at the website. However, for readers who want an ad-free experience, there is a monthly subscription option.  

Salon believes in providing their audience with laudable support. Besides, they have produced top-notch journalists over the years. The journalists believe in truth and accuracy. Although the firm has been controversial, Salon ensures that they always get the facts right. Further, the firm has proven itself as independent. As a media giant, they have always lacked special interests or information that may insinuate conflict of interest.  

Accountability is a requirement in responsible journalism. Salon has always been responsible for errors which have been committed. Moreover, they have always addressed the concerns of their audience. Although they cannot change the perception of the readers, the firm has continually provided remedies.  

Salon is a smart tabloid. They have a widespread audience with versatile topics. The variety of voices, conversations and discussions have made the news provider smarter in reaching the audience. 

Know Your News Source: Reason

Journalism has a strong purpose, especially in modern day. The philosophy behind reporting on news in this fashion is to give as much information about current events to inform the average person of what is going on around them. However, journalists are not always ethical and unbiased, so it is important to know what the motives and philosophy that different sources of journalism will abide by; this is the way to finding the true information, or at least the ones that pertain to your needs. 
One source of journalism that many people turn to, Reason, started as a libertarian magazine in 1968 and has now grown to a website as well. The self-proclaimed philosophy of Reason is to deliver information on current events that is unbiased and catered toward the listeners and readers of their sources, but how true is this?  
Upon flipping through their website, they do seem to report on news that any political party could read. Their approach to journalism is one that simply raises a question and debates within the articles on what points are valid and what points are not. First glancing across the available articles, there is no slander or anger towards any one person or party, which could bring relief to the general public to retrieve information from the same unbiased source. Reason claims to “exist outside of the left/right echo chamber”, stated on their website, and this is very true. Many people fight against each other over news sources and opinions, but coming together and reading properly reported journalism like Reason could help people become informed without worrying about who is reporting what. 
Although it can be nice to listen to journalism that caters to your own needs, if you are wishing to hear points from people, not parties, then a journalism source such as Reason would be a great option. 

Know Your News Source: Politico

Originally founded in 2007 by John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei from The Washington Post, Politico has grown to attract tens of millions of unique visitors to its sites each month. Notable journalist Mike Allen was the company’s first hire and a chief contributor for much of the publication’s history. Known early on for always having video cameras while covering political campaigns and for having their journalists promote their work on other platforms, Politico eventually become more acclaimed for its long-form stories and news analysis. While readership and revenues continue to grow, there are signs of internal discord. Co-founder VandeHei and Allen announced that they would leave Politico following the 2016 presidential election. Allbritton was named the new CEO in Vandehei’s stead, before the investment banker Patrick Steel eventually took over as CEO.

Politico emphasizes scoops and investigative journalism, while maintaining a higher level of production and content than other similar publications. It brought an aggressive style to journalism, while endeavoring to cover serious topics of the day. At different times, Politico has been accused of having a conservative bias and a liberal bias, in large part due to its wide-ranging contributors and political topics. This approach was only accelerated when, in 2013, the news organization hired Susan Glasser to bring in more opinions from “prominent outside voices” and more “long-form storytelling.”

Indeed, one of our favorite parts about Politico is that it offers platforms for both short-form and long-form journalism. Been out of the loop for a while and looking to catch up on current events? Check out the main news website for Politico. Looking to do a deep-dive into a topic of personal or professional interest? Check out Politico Magazine for more of these long-form storytelling pieces.

The Magazine also has a bimonthly print edition, while Politico has a print newspaper in DC and Manhattan while a circulation of around 30,000 readers. By comparison, the website sees roughly 26 million visitors each month.

Know Your News Source: The Baffler

The Baffler, founded in 1988 by Thomas Frank and Keith White, is a cultural, political, and analytical magazine. Per their website, The Baffler is, “America’s leading voice of interesting and unexpected left-wing political criticism, cultural analysis, short stories, poems, and art.” They publish four print issues each year, but they also produce daily online content. Print issues are available in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The Baffler’s first motto was: “the journal that blunts the cutting edge.” This is illustrative of the publication and tone; the journal is known for its hard-hitting critiques of business culture and neoliberalism, exposing the inner workings of various industries. One of The Baffler’s most famous articles, “The Problem with Music,” written by producer Steve Albini, sought to expose the hypocrisy within the music industry during the heyday of indie, garage, and punk rock.

Though The Baffler relies heavily on social and political analysis and critique, their weekly online stories cover current and breaking news events. Their regular subjects include: “Silicon Valley snake-oil, the deadening weight of consumer capitalism, our faithless media, and the redemptive promise of people claiming control of their own lives.” The journal is, as noted above, heavily left-leaning in its coverage and analysis.

For those who like to listen to their news and cultural commentary, The Baffler has an answer. They produce two podcasts: “Whale Vomit,” by Amber A’Lee Frost and Sam Kriss, and “News From Nowhere” by Corey Pein. The magazine also organizes literary events and debates with current and former contributing editors.

Know Your News Source: The New Republic

Founded in 1914, The New Republic was created as a progressive opinion journal. They promote novel solutions for modern critical issues, providing breaking news coverage, opinion pieces, and facilitating news-related and political debates. The New Republic, since the publication’s outset, has attempted to achieve a balance between humanitarian progressivism and intellectual scientism; the magazine has undergone several political shifts, ultimately landing on a left-leaning liberal voice.

Within America, The New Republic takes a largely modern liberal stance on both fiscal and social issues. According to Franklin Foer, a former editor, the publication invented the modern usage of the term, “liberal,” and one of the magazine’s greatest contributions is the facilitating of an ongoing conversation of what it means to be liberal. In recent decades, the magazine has covered a range of important social and political developments—everything from the Earned Income Tax Credit program to universal health care. Editors and writers have, historically, fought verbally against ideas such as supply-side economics and neoliberalism.

The New Republic, however, does not only cover issues traditionally viewed as liberal. Editors of the publication understand the need for ongoing dialogue, believing strongly in the power of dialectic inquiry. To that end, the magazine staffs several conservative writers in an attempt to localize political debate and social conversation.

The New Republic utilizes ambitious journalism, trenchant argument, and innovative storytelling to inspire the next generation of decision makers through conversations in print and online. Notable contributors have existed throughout the publication’s existence. They include: W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Philip Roth, Camille Paglia, Hanna Rosin, James Wood, and Joseph Stiglitz, among others.