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Are journalists being watched?

May 18, 2018

We are, according to a report in Forbes:

The United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” … and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.

And that’s not all.  Forbes goes on.Last October, an Indiana lawmaker proposed that journalists be licensed. Representative Jim Lucas’s bill was mostly a publicity stunt, but could this DHS action be a way for the government to keep track of American and foreign journalists as well as “citizen journalists,”

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I was heartbroken….

May 11, 2018

“I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.”  ~Ronan Farrow


And yet, despite the threats, the doubts, and the lack of support, Farrow kept reporting the story that earned him a shared Pulitzer Prize, exposing allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  In an emotional speech to the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University, Farrow revealed the doubts that plagued him —

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Truth Tourists Don’t See

March 23, 2018

Truth Tourists Don’t See

For more than 7 years, we’ve run a journalism program from Morocco, striving to uncover the truth about a country most tourists will never see.  Here’s Anna Jacobs, the previous Academic Director on our program (for her entire piece click on the image above):

Morocco is ranked as one of the weakest countries in the Middle East and North Africa, just ahead of war-torn Yemen and Syria.

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Keeping Bias Out

March 16, 2018


How do you keep bias out of stories?

That’s one question readers asked ProPublica Illinois, a regional affiliate of it’s parent non-profit, ProPublica, an acclaimed news organization producing investigative journalism.

“In what is a particularly turbulent time for the press, many of us in journalism have come to realize the public doesn’t necessarily know as much about the way we go about our jobs as we may think,”wrote ProPublica Illinois editor-in-chief Louis Kiernan,

So ProPublica Illinois is asking for readers’ questions. 

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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens


The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.

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The Post

January 26, 2018

Have you seen the movie (click the image above for the trailer)?  The Post isn’t perfect (it’s a movie, after all) but it does a terrific job of advocating for a free press.  Brave journalists doing their jobs, willing to risk money and access.  After you’ve seen the movie, and if you want more — especially about Daniel Ellsberg:

HERE’s a recent interview with Ellsberg on NPR’s Fresh Air.  This guy —

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What’s Changed

January 19, 2018

 

A 2014 Pew study found that the number of foreign correspondents working for American newspapers dropped by almost a quarter in 10 years. The same study estimated that network coverage of foreign news in 2013 was less than half of what it was in the late 1980s.

And those numbers predate the presidential election in 2016, when American coverage became even more internally focused. According to a study by Harvard University in 2017, 41 percent of news stories in American media during U.S.

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Don’t Blame Fake News

January 12, 2018

Blame the mainstream media

That’s the conclusion of a new study by two economists, Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow.  From a fascinating and important article in a recent edition of the  Columbia Journalism Review (CJR):[The researchers] found roughly four times as many Clinton-related sentences that described scandals as opposed to policies, whereas Trump-related sentences were one-and-a-half times as likely to be about policy as scandal. Given the sheer number of scandals in which Trump was implicated—sexual assault;

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Courage

December 15, 2017

Journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen were honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as imprisonment, threats, and exile. — Committee to Protect Journalists

Thai reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, faces sedition charges for his critical reporting on Thailand’s junta.

Ahmed Abba, a Cameroon correspondent for Radio France Internationale, has been imprisoned since 2015 on terrorism charges for his reporting.

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Projects with Legs

December 1, 2017


When we partnered Francisco Rodriguez (left) and Giovanna Dell’Orto  (center) on our Migration Reporting Project in Guatemala a few years ago,  it was only the beginning.

Francisco and Giovanna have kept in touch and, earlier this month, Giovanna hosted a conference in Minneapolis (flyer), which brought together journalists covering refugees and migration from all over the world. Of course, she invited Francisco, which gave me the chance to finally meet him in person.  We reflected upon the way in which our project changed his thinking about journalism.

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