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Courage

November 23, 2018

Sexual harassment, threats, attacks, government oppression, a stubborn glass ceiling, unequal pay, accusations of fake news and a growing mistrust of the media all threaten press freedom around the world. And female journalists often feel the greatest brunt of these attacks. In fact, the number of female journalists killed in 2017 more than tripled from the year before.

The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards show people that female journalists are not going to step aside,

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Quiet, Untidy Corners

October 19, 2018

As tempting as it is for Americans to focus attention inward as American democracy feels like it is imploding, it is vital to remember that the United States is still a power that reaches into lives, and sometimes deals death, around the world. If Chinua Achebe’s famously wise words were right, if evil really does thrive best in “quiet, untidy corners,” then foreign correspondents must persevere there.

That’s Christina Goldbaum, a 2014 college graduate and a new reporter with The New York Times. 

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The Trump Effect?

September 21, 2018

They’re calling it “the Trump effect,”  a surge in the number of students enrolled in journalism schools.  While there is no national data yet, a recent story in The Washington Post reports the following:

  • At the University of Maryland, freshman enrollment in the journalism school is up 50 percent.
  • At Northwestern University’s journalism school, undergraduate applications rose 24 percent.
  • At Syracuse University, more students are signing up for investigative and political reporting classes that in recent years had been cancelled for lack of interest.

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Facebook & The News

August 10, 2018

Getting your news from social media?

Most people prefer to get their news through a “side door” like Facebook rather than directly from a news source, according a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.  This seems to indicate a deterioration of trust between media outlets and the public, according to the report, along with a reluctance to pay for the news.  Still, people are paying. The significant increase in subscriptions that began in 2016 in the US has been maintained.

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Telling Fact from Fiction

July 20, 2018

What a summer it’s been for journalists – and all of us – trying to distinguish fake news from real. Fact from fiction. Truth from lies.

One of the best tools, especially regarding politics – and we’re entering an intense political season – comes from my friends at the non-profit Poynter Institute, which recently acquired PolitiFact.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

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We Lost Another One

July 13, 2018

Sulome Anderson is one of the most impressive young journalists of our time. The daughter of Terry Anderson, the former AP Middle East bureau chief who was kidnapped by Hezbollah militants in 1985 and held hostage in Lebanon for nearly seven years, Anderson has made a career of freelance reporting from hostile territory among hostile people.  — Columbia Journalism Review

I wrote about Sulome not long ago, as yet another extraordinarily good freelancer, struggling to survive.  Now she’s called it quits. 

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Inspiration

June 8, 2018


Some years ago, the Poynter Institute asked journalists to send photos of their favorite quotes posted in newsrooms across the country.  I keep going back to this piece for inspiration (click on the image above for the entire list).  While the digital revolution has brought many technological changes, the essential importance of a free press remains the same.  From the Prince George Citizen in British Columbia:  

I’ll leave you with Supreme Court Justices Black and Douglas concurring in New York Times v United States (the so-called Pentagon Papers case).

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Protection or Plunder?

June 1, 2018

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard it —  the New York Times‘ new series and podcast called
The Caliphate.   The series follows reporter Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State (ISIS).  It’s been getting a lot of attention.  And, it’s raised some important ethical questions for journalists.  Here’s Maryam  Saleh, story editor for The Intercept:

The New York Times published an investigation of ISIS last month based on files reporter Rukmini Callimachi removed from Iraq,

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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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