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Syed case and S.C. shooting show nonjournalists, pros working the same ground
Syed case and S.C. shooting show nonjournalists, pros working the same ground

The past week has been a lesson in journalistic humility for me. After a career of thinking and writing about how the kind of mainstream journalistic institutions at which I worked set the local and national agenda, I had a moment of clarity with a voice in my head saying, "Not so much any more, my self-important friend." It came Thursday afternoon as I was thinking about two articles — a piece to advance the Monday launch of a new "Serial" podcast connected to the 1999 murder of a Woodlawn teen and an analysis of TV news coverage of a police shooting in South Carolina that was captured on cellphone video. The original "Serial" podcast, which was...

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