Getting it right: Breaking news, the inauguration and the Capitol insurrection

Getting it right: Breaking news, the inauguration and the Capitol insurrection

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Newsrooms mobilize on instinct when news breaks. Those split-second decisions — how we describe an individual or a group and their actions — can define reality for millions of people. The Capitol insurrection provides lessons for the upcoming inauguration in what loaded language to avoid, questions to ask in real time and how your values influence the way audiences understand and remember world events.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and Resolve Philly offered a practical program with tips you can use to ask the right questions in real time and prepare to cover the unexpected on Inauguration Day and in the weeks and months that follow.

The panel featured: Eric Deggans, TV critic at NPR, commentator for MSNBC/NBC and author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation”; Danielle K. Kilgo, the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Michael McCarter, managing editor for standards, ethics & inclusion at USA Today; Aubrey Nagle, Reframe editor at Resolve Philly. Cassie Haynes, co-executive director of Resolve Philly, moderated the program.