The McGill Report
The McGill Report is a journalistic experiment in global citizenship and journalism ethics. Each article offers a case study that concretely, usefully illuminates the normally invisible strands of mutual influence connecting a particular town, city or region to the rest of the world.
Also, I try to practice
my craft in a way
helps to illuminate the moral underpinnings
of journalism and to foster
meaningful connections between our local communities and the
Parallel to my journalism, I also publish occasional essays on journalism ethics. I write these for a general audience, trying to explain to ordinary citizens the methods, practices and ethics that professional journalists follow. Very often, limitations and paradoxes that I feel are imposed on journalists by its traditional professional ethics are my main interest.
In 2005, I explained my "glocal" journalism to Bob Garfield on NPR's "On the Media" program. My journalism from southern Minnesota is collected in my 2006 book called "Here: A Global Citizen's Journey" My essays on journalism ethics are collected on The McGill Report and at a blog called The Journalist and the Buddha.
From 2003 to 2008, I taught journalism and media ethics at the University of St. Thomas. In 2004 I taught a course in "The Role of the Media in Public Affairs" at the Hubert Humphrey Institute Public Affairs in Minneapolis. In the fall of 2009 I started writing a weekly online column, Talking With Strangers, about refugees living in Minnesota, especially those from Horn of Africa countries and Iraq. In the fall of 2008 and again this fall I am teaching a course in journalism practice and ethics, "Truth vs. Power: A Journey in Journalism," at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.