Bloomberg News Co-Founder: ‘Democracies Are Messy, Journalism Is Messy’

Matthew Winkler's morning session at the University of Nebraska was titled "Truth in the Age of Twitter"

University of Nebraska at Lincoln journalism major Natasha Rausch has interned at local newspapers the Norfolk Daily News and Omaha World-Herald. She has also taken part in a three-week multimedia poverty reporting trip to Nicaragua and is currently interning for The Oregonian while completing her final year.

This summer, post-graduation, Rausch will intern at Bloomberg News in New York. Given that she hopes to eventually work for an East Coast newspaper, this is a smart, logical move.

Another good tactic is to co-moderate a Q&A with Matthew Winkler (pictured), the co-founder and editor in chief emeritus of the place you’re about to intern at. That’s what Rausch did yesterday, together with professor Jon Weber. From a report in student newspaper The Daily Nebraskan:

Winkler said he believed democracy in the United States cannot survive without journalism and it is more important now than it has ever been.

The discussion also touched on the problem with fact-checking and false information in the mainstream media today and the lack of facts that come from President Donald Trump and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. “From a historical perspective, this isn’t anything new,” Winkler said. “Democracies are messy, journalism is messy and politics is messy.”

Winkler delivered morning and afternoon lectures during his Thursday visit to the school’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. We wish Rausch continued success with all of her journalism pursuits.

 Photo via: University of Nebraska