Socolow discusses Maine media landscape and politics with Semafor

Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, spoke with Semafor about the political affiliations of owners and investors of news organizations in Maine and elsewhere. “I think the person who writes the checks is ultimately less important than the quality of the news provided,” he wrote in an email to the publication. “Look at the Wall Street Journal: It’s owned by Rupert Murdoch yet its journalists were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for revealing Donald Trump’s hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign.”