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State of Journalism (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-11-16

Duration: 00:12:23

Subjects: Journalism | Media | Press | Fake news


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Drew, Chris Interviewee
  • Crisp, Elizabeth Interviewee
  • Chawla, Kiran Interviewee
  • Hilburn, Greg Interviewee


This segment from the November 16, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the state of journalism in the United States. He first interviews Chris Drew, a journalism professor with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication and a former investigative reporter with the New York Times. He discusses: President Donald Trump’s anti-media stance; President Richard Nixon’s similar anti-media position during Watergate; how the press should handle the anti-media environment; and what he teaches his students. Moreau then leads a roundtable discussion with three journalists: Elizabeth Crisp of The Advocate newspaper; Kiran Chawla of WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge; and Greg Hilburn of the USA Today Network. They discuss: their reaction to the White House revoking the press credential of CNN reporter Jim Acosta; their own contentious encounters while working on stories; the widespread use of the term fake news; and the public’s trust in the media.