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Reviews and other books featuring Eric

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    The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century

    The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century

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    The Wire: The Complete Visual History

    The Wire: The Complete Visual History

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    Why I’m a Journalist: Personal Stories from Those Who Cover the News

    Why I’m a Journalist: Personal Stories from Those Who Cover the News

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    Creative Loafing

    Cover story in Creative Loafing about Race-Baiter

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Entertainment Weekly Review

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    Dallas Morning News

    Talk with the Dallas Morning News about Race-Baiter

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    New York Times

    Essay for The New York Times on reality TV

Eric’s Notable Stories

For an archive of Eric’s work across media platforms, click on this link to his Authory page.

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For NPR’s American Anthem series: A feature on the civil rights anthem “This Little Light of Mine,” with fresh reporting which resulted in a correction to the song’s Wikipedia entry.
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For NPR: An analysis on Dave Chappelle’s recent intolerance in standup, with a bonus reference to intolerance by Bill Maher:
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For the Los Angeles Review of Books: A look at books about Prince and Bruce Springsteen that gave me room to write about photos, celebrity and the curious parallels between two music icons:
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For the BBC: Why The Wire is the greatest TV show of the 21 Century:
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For NPR: Why it’s time for Tom Hanks to be anti-racist (a column which sparked hysteria from Fox News and right wing pundits).
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For NPR: Why Black contestants on Survivor say the show can be racist (not long after this was published, CBS required 50% of all contestants in its unscripted competition shows to be non-white.):
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For Neiman Reports: Why race and culture deserves regular, sensitive coverage in media.
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For NPR: My interview with Prince.
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For NPR: Prince’s movie opus Purple Rain taught me how to be in a band.
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Upcoming Events

June 25, 2024
  • Eric moderates panel on PR and local news for PRSA Tampa Bay

    June 25, 2024  11:00 am - 1:00 pm The Poynter Institute, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric moderates a panel featuring a host of local news notables, including: Michael Van Sickler, Tampa Bay Times; Mary Shedden, WUSF; Jillian Ramos, WFTS-Ch. 28; Kerry Sanders, former senior national news correspondent with NBC News; Kathryn Varn, Axios Tampa Bay; Camille Knox, CBS News; Mariángeles Munoz, Univision Tampa Bay. DETAILS:

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Video Vault

With Kamau Bell

On Mehdi Hasan’s MSNBC show

Talking Dave Chappelle on CBSN

Eric Deggans profile: Indiana University DASA award

The Ethics of Journalistic Decision-making

OZ Retrospective | ATX TV Festival Season 10

WEDU PBS Tampa: Confronting Systemic Racism

Eric interviews producers of ESPN's The Last Dance

MSNBC: difference between gaffes by Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee.

On MSNBC talking about boycotts against Laura Ingraham for her insults against Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.

PBS NewsHour talking about the cancellation of ABC's Roseanne reboot after star Roseanne Barr sent a racist tweet.

Interview with Questlove on Creativity at the Kennedy Center: In Pursuit of the Creative Life

PBS NewsHour:
Best TV of 2016

CUNY TV: The Open Mind, Race and the Fourth Estate

TEDx speech: How to Talk About Race Across Race Lines

CNN Reliable Sources:Eric's final thought on race baiting

PBS NewsHour: Eric talks the evolution of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

CNN: Eric hosts a discussion on the new focus on audiences of color.

TV Critics Association: Eric is Uncomfortably Close to Dave Walker

Smithsonian: Eric talks to producers and star of The Walking Dead

CNN Reliable Sources: The Reporter who found The Butler

CNN Reliable Sources: Building a House of Cards

Poynter Institute: Eric moderates panel on the future of civil rights journalism

SO Cal Connected: Eric talks about Race Baiter with Madeline Brand