On Sunday, September 3rd, the leader of the opposition party was arrested in the middle of the night, charged with treason, and taken to a remote prison. The following edition of the paper carried the headline “Descent into outright dictatorship,” above the fold. At the bottom was an article titled “Cambodia Daily faces immediate closure amidst threats.” That was the last issue.
(Click on the photo above for “The Devastating Shutdown of the Cambodia Daily”
Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston
Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and the Southeastern US
Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean still reeling from Irma
Two earthquakes devastated Mexico
Hurricane Jose still threatens parts of the US
The news is heartbreaking. Before the advent of the internet and the 24/7 news cycle we didn’t have as much instantaneous news about disasters like these. While we might prefer not know, I don’t think that’s an option.
What a program! From our very first semester in Morocco (more than 5 years ago), with this story in the New York Times. To last semester’s reporting for public radio stations nationwide (PRi’s The World).
And from South Africa, a great start to the second semester of our new journalism track on a program about political transformation in this fascinating,
Lately, I’m hearing — even from my news junkie friends — that they’re done with journalism. Tired of reading bad news. Tired of the shouting. Tired of news stories that are thin and unsatisfying. Just tired.
I share these feelings. And yet, I spend almost every day working to produce journalism. Working with dedicated, ethical, sincere early-career and veteran journalists.
I still have hope for my profession.
The words of John Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences,
I’ve just walked out of the Yosemite mountains — more than a week backpacking in stunningly beautiful wilderness, totally off the grid. I turned on my phone with some trepidation and was devastated to learn of the terrible floods in Houston and South Asia.
But there was good news, too. The first reporting from our new journalism program in South Africa appeared in major US publications while I was away. I think you’ll enjoy these fascinating stories.
Turns out that the news outlets Americans trust mostaren’t American. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute. Topping the list: The Economist(published in the U.K.) with public television in the U.S. in 2nd place — but the 3rd, 4th, and 7th spots respectively are British (Reuters, the BBC and The Guardian newspaper). NPR is in 5th place. Some questioned the reliability of the poll (namely BuzzFeed which ranked 2nd from the bottom),
RABAT, Morocco – In the old city of Rabat, traditional Moroccan cooking is not just about fresh and savory ingredients. It’s also about a web of relationships that starts at the market stall and stretches all the way to the dining table.
Although she is just 21 and still a university student, Sarah has formed a web of relations built through cooking: at the market, with the baker at the communal oven, in the kitchen with her mother Rabiaa,
“Our journalism would be better if we were a better representation of the backgrounds and experiences our audiences have,” wrote journalist Heather Bryant,a 2017 Knight Fellow at Stanford and the wife of a garbage truck driver.
“That the spouse of a journalist had such a blue collar job [is surprising],” writes Heather. “The reaction makes me wonder how badly our industry really lacks for people with more diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.”
M’HAMID EL GHIZLANE, Morocco — For generations, they were known as “rain nomads,” herders who moved constantly along the western rim of the Sahara Desert in search of a patch of green where their goats and camels could graze.
Then the rain, never plentiful, became even more sporadic. Temperatures got hotter. A dam choked another source of precious water, the Draa River. Not even the camels could endure.
Families whose lives revolved around the seasons and the needs of their livestock,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
As the 4th of July approaches, I plan to reflect on the importance and wisdom of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And the way in which independent journalism champions this fundamental right.