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Greg Gianforte (right) accepts an award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce rep Chris Eyler (left) and Daily Interlake publisher Rick Weaver, at the Daily Interlake in Kalispell, May 3, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte one of its Spirit of Enterprise Awards. About 40 local chamber members attended an award ceremony amidst giant rolls of newsprint at the Kalispell Daily Interlake newspaper’s warehouse.

Missoula Independent sign.
Josh Burnham

Staff at the Missoula Independent weekly newspaper voted unanimously this afternoon to unionize.

A year ago, Lee Enterprises bought the Independent. Iowa-based Lee owns papers across 21 states, including in Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula.

Derek Brouwer of the newly formed Missoula News Guild says unionizing will protect the Independent’s editorial and stylistic independence.

Deborah Potter is the 2018 Pollner professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism. She's a veteran reporter who's covered the White House, Congress, environmental news and national politics.
Courtesy Tate Samata

"Journalism and the Public Trust" is a well-timed course being taught this spring at the University of Montana by visiting Pollner professor Deborah Potter. Potter has covered the White House and Congress for CBS, and environmental issues and national politics for CNN. She recently sat down in our studio with Sally Mauk, to talk about "fake news" and attacks on journalists and news organizations. Polls show two thirds of Americans don’t trust the media to report the news accurately. Potter says the decline in trust has been underway for a long time.

WNYC recently aired an episode called, "Face The Racist Nation," which takes a deep dive into what the news media often get wrong about white supremacists, and what those errors expose about the broader challenge of confronting racism in America.
Courtesy WNYC

On a recent episode of  WNYC’s show On The Media, Producer Jesse Brenneman, in partnership with The Guardian, looked at how journalists often struggle and fail while covering white supremacist groups. Brenneman, who’s from Kalispell, talked those challenges over with MTPR’s Flathead Valley Reporter Nicky Ouellet.

Bart Riley cuts beef tenderloin fillets at Riley Meats
Walter Hinick, The Montana Standard

Last week the Montana Standard published a special report detailing how a government agency has been harassing small meat processors in Butte and around the state.

MTPR's Nora Saks spoke with David McCumber, the editor of the paper, who also wrote the report.

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