RADLEY BALKO, THE WASHINGTON POST; AUTHOR, RISE OF THE WARRIOR COP
WE DO. Everything we get wrong about drugs, addiction and the overdose crisis can be attributed to a single source: The News Media. Journalists are ethically bound to apply certain standards to their reporting—things like corroborating sources, conducting actual field reporting, and sifting through primary research on subjects they know nothing about. Yet when it comes to the War on Drugs, with notable exceptions, journalism has dropped the ball, serving as a mouthpiece for the status quo while repeating tired trope that have been long . We’re here to call them out one story at a time.
Narcomedia is a reporting and educational collaborative founded by journalist & urban ethnographer Christopher Moraff to advance a critical dialogue on US drug policy; counter misinformation on drugs & substance use depicted in mass media; and expose the collateral damage of US drug policy on America's communities. Projects include: Dispatches-- a weekly situation report from the front lines of the War on Drugs--a Speaker Series; a consulting practice, a podcast, Narcotica, co-founded with journalists Troy Farah and Zachary Siegel); and More