Morning, all. I’d like to welcome everyone to PressCheck (stylized as PressCheck✅ ), a brand-new project in the Arrowhead index. I’m Steven, your host, and I’d like to take a moment to introduce the concept of this blog and lay down a few ground rules, if I may.

This blog was born out of a exercise we have at the Arrowhead that we use to examine today’s media landscape. See, at the Arrowhead, we don’t just write news, we study it. Anything we can find to help us become better journalists gets thrown around. We discuss hot media topics of the day, stories about journalists by journalists, and a fair amount of media critique. We call this practice, “For the Newsroom,” because it encompasses anything we think can help us in our daily practice. I enjoyed (and still enjoy) these exercises so much that I decided to move it onto our new website to share with you.

PressCheck is a commentary on journalism by a budding journalist. I’ll cover and analyze the latest news from inside the world of journalism.  I will post about stories based on what interests me and what I think will interest you guys.  SPOILER ALERT: there will be opinions involved, but I will try to stay away from classically-charged political debates or partisan catfights.  This will also be something of a more casual style of writing;  I’m trying to make this a conversation, not a lecture or sermon.

With all this in mind, I do need to lay down a few ground rules:

  1. Posts will not adhere to any kind of schedule.  I will post whenever I find a good story.  I don’t want to force out sub-par stories to meet a quota, and I don’t want to miss out on great topics because I’ve already posted once in an allotted time.
  2. I won’t talk about political beliefs and debates unless they are clearly relevant to the story or point I’m trying to make.  I won’t shove an agenda down your throats.  That’s just not the point of this project.
  3. There are topics within journalism that I won’t cover, simply because my discussion would become acidic and divisive because of my own personal feelings, and I don’t want to do that to myself, my platform, or you guys.

Hope you guys enjoy the ride, and I’ll see you in the news.