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Andrew Callaghan expands his journalistic activities

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Some say journalism is a dying industry; local newspapers often have only a fraction of the necessary staff and broadcast journalists are suddenly largely multi-hyphenated. Mainstream channels like CNN and FOX do not necessarily appeal to younger audiences and show hyperpolarized portrayals of current events. The answer to these questions, according to Andrew Callaghan of Channel 5 Action Newsis an independent civilian journalism.

“The best way to consume media is (through) first-hand clips, Callaghan said. “You saw that in 2020 the George Floyd video was more powerful than any newscaster could have been. (He) reached more people… Just make sure you don’t consume, you know, propaganda and misinformation; just try to be aware.

Callaghan was just in Ukraine in early April covering humanitarian efforts in the city of Lviv, but spent most of his time reporting on road trips across the United States. Known for his coverage of many fringe subcultures across America on his YouTube channel”All throttle without pause“, he recently founded Channel 5 Action News and takes on more pressing and serious issues to expand its coverage.

“I’m not going to say anything about my old job. It was important and it was empathetic and voyeuristic, but at the same time…I’ve done it before,” Callaghan said.

Callaghan credits Loyola University’s journalism program for teaching him how to write news stories and use the AP style. Yet he pushes back against certain aspects of what journalism school teaches and the traditional standards of a journalist.

“The idea that a journalist is objective… that’s never possible. I think a journalist should acknowledge their biases and be honest about it that way, you know, like, ‘Oh, I’m hearing from somebody fucking Trump; I get this from someone who is a Joe Biden supporter,” Callaghan said.

While well-meaning, Callaghan said many journalism classes are out of touch with how younger generations consume media, primarily through social media.

“I don’t know anybody, what, who sits down at 10 p.m. for an hour of cable news, pundits…I consume most of the posts on Instagram. Like, if some newsworthy shit happens, I’ll see like a friend posted on their story. This is how we consume things,” Callaghan said.

Callaghan also differs from mainstream progressive media standards, with its coverage of many right-wing movements in America, including the recent trucker-led “People’s Convoy.” He said that even though the progressive media say they don’t want to give them a platform, he understands that they are such a large voting bloc and therefore it is important to cover them.

“So with the right, anti-vax, you know, ‘People’s Convoy’ style stuff, I allow them exposure… I think I’m doing a service, mostly because (with) me I have the I seem to have privileges others don’t. So I can blend in with some of these groups and get the content I need and distribute it across all platforms,” ​​Callaghan said.

However, during the question-and-answer session hosted by the University of New Mexico on April 20, Callaghan said he was trying to stay away from far-right activity because it is not as prevalent than it was during election cycles, and he doesn’t want to make it look bigger than it is by following it to the last strands of the movement.

He said he had no plans to return to Ukraine, feeling like he told the story there as best he could.

“I’m not going to go back because I kind of told the story as far as I felt it was good for me. I am not a war reporter. You know, I’m a human journalist, but I can go into a war zone and talk to people,” Callaghan said.

While Callaghan has said he’s open to returning overseas if there’s a reason to, he’s invested in covering the many different parts of America.

“Not a single strand of DNA has the word American on it. (America) a complete abstraction. That’s why it’s important to travel because you can go to 100 countries in one. I think of America in terms of what that they call micro-regions instead of states,” Callaghan said.

Convinced that independent journalism is the future, he encouraged UNM students to take up journalism if they felt like it.

“The coolest thing about journalism is that it’s kind of like a free ticket, anytime you want to dive deep, because everybody appreciates the coverage,” Callaghan said during the session. questions answers.

Madeline Pukite is a reporter for the Daily Lobo. They can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @maddogpukite