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THE STORIES BEHIND THE NEWS HIT THE FRONT PAGE WHEN THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK PRESENTS THE LATEST EDITION OF MEDIA MATTERS, AIRING MARCH 28 ON PBS.

The lead segment of MEDIA MATTERS, reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning host Alex Jones, explores the relationship of the press and the Pentagon in the coverage of the war in Afghanistan. From the dangers of frontline reporting to the frustrations of unprecedented government controls on information, we talk to reporters about their role in covering this latest American conflict.

Scheduled during the dramatic concluding week of the NCAA's March Madness, this segment explores how journalists cover the dynamic and high-pressure world of men's college basketball.

At a time when many mainstream newspapers are suffering steep declines in circulation and advertising revenue, native-language newspapers in cities across the United States are booming. Why is this so? MEDIA MATTERS investigates.

Ethical questions, political intrigue, commercial pressures -- behind every news story there is a story about how the news gets reported. Now, MEDIA MATTERS, the critically acclaimed newsmagazine series that takes you behind the headlines, returns with a new episode.

Presented by Thirteen/WNET New York, MEDIA MATTERS premiered in most cities Thursday, March 28 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS.

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, MEDIA MATTERS explores contemporary journalism from the inside, providing new insight into how -- and how well -- the news media do their job.

To learn about previous seasons of MEDIA MATTERS, visit pbs.org/wnet/mediamatters99. To learn about this season's prior episode, visit pbs.org/wnet/mediamatters/301/.


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This episode: war coverage, college sports, and a Spanish-language newspaper in Chicago.

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