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How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

T yler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer when he heard an explosion. He looked out the window and saw the boys. He grabbed his helmet, flak jacket, and cameras, and ran toward the beach. Not knowing whether the Israeli gunner would strike again, he strode onto the...

The case for Huffington Post's crowdfunded reporting job

hen the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, it incited a lot of sniping. Don Irvine, chairman of...Show More Summary

'Working' people have an audience

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, a collection of interviews with working Americans, from fashion models to coal miners. Working established an audience for first-person stories about real, everyday lives. As such, it has influenced storytellers and...

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$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting 33 Percentage of Hispanic Americans who think the media cover their communities accurately 19 Percentage...Show More Summary

Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as, "Steal to honor Michael," and "No 60" Plasma TV No Peace!" next to a column about lootings in the town. After numerous complaints, mainly voiced on Twitter, the publication's managing editor Jim Robertson responded to the criticism, asking readers to...

The history of 'wrestle'

he football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company from the CEO. Who got dirtier: the football player or the shareholders? Answer: the football player, because he actually did some physical work to get the football. But in reality, what both did was "wrest," not "wrestle." "Wrestle" means "to...

The news business should refuse Facebook's deal

Facebook wants publishers to become its junior partners, embedding their news and content into Facebook itself (at least on mobile) and sharing the ad revenue, The New York Times reported earlier this week. New ad revenue always looks enticing in the digital space, where it's hard to come by in meaningful chunks. But this is a deal that publishers,...

BP's aggressive PR strategy obfuscates the facts

.@MorrellGeoff's piece in @Politico is no different than any other op-ed by any other company in any other publication— State of the Gulf (@StateoftheGulf) October 22, 2014 When Politico Magazine published a piece by senior BP spokesman...Show More Summary

Should journalism worry about content marketing?

A t a glance, the Daily Growl could be any morning news meeting held in the "win the internet through pet videos" bureau of a lavishly funded media startup. Rows of eager young people stand behind their monitors--"TMZ-style," managing editor Lisa Keller told me--as Keller solicits memes and news pegs to supplement the content already scheduled on the team's editorial...

Ta-Nehisi Coates defines a new race beat

H e is the most celebrated journalist writing about race today, and yet Ta-Nehisi Coates' ideas are surprisingly unoriginal. He would be the first to say so. Consider, for example, "The Case for Reparations," Coates' 16,000-word cover story for The Atlantic, where he is a national correspondent. Published online in May, it was a close look at housing discrimination, such...

Ebola scare spotlights media's retreat from science coverage

? W ith the arrival in the US of the Ebola virus, the American public has demonstrated yet again its ability to unduly wind itself up over any vaguely exotic threat--West Nile, bird flu, anthrax--while ignoring genuine threats like seasonal influenza. The fear has been stoked by the predictable cable-news hyperbole, as well as some alarmist coverage from outlets that...


hen Charles Dickens first came to America in 1842, he gave a series of speeches in which he asked the US government to extend copyright protection to works by foreign creators. At the time, American printers could legally publish British novels without paying authors, which Dickens, not unreasonably, resented. Show More Summary

The kids are all right

T hree years ago, I found myself floating along the East River with the Insane Clown Posse. They had recently played a concert in New York City for the first time in nearly 10 years, an occasion they marked by inviting more than 200 fans to party on a boat with them, a DJ, a cash bar, and a hotdog...

How the First Amendment applies to Jennifer Lawrence

The First Amendment Bubble: How Privacy and Paparazzi Threaten a Free Press By Amy Gajda Harvard University Press 306 pages; $35 n late August, someone anonymously posted hacked nude photographs of the actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities on an internet bulletin board. Show More Summary

Journalism's new beats

Media companies old and new are perpetually rethinking their beats, though their motivations may vary.

Journalism says goodbye to Redskins

The debate over the Washington Redskins' nickname intensified this year when the US Patent and Trademark Office canceled the team's trademark registration, a ruling that has since been appealed. Franchise ownership has refused to budge...Show More Summary

Inside Evin prison

In this issue of Currents, political cartoonist Mana Neyestani talks about the terrors he experienced inside Iran's Evin prison, and how his work on a graphic novel-memoir helped him cope with the trauma (if you missed it, flip back to page 10). Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari also made his experiences inside Evin the subject of a 2011 memoir,...

Three Social Security issues that need more discussion

This has been an election season without a dominant theme. All of a sudden, though, Social Security, once considered an election-year snoozer, has turned red-hot in tight races in Iowa, South Dakota, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, and Alaska. But the way Social Security is playing out is far from straightforward, and the debate is often muddy. Good campaign coverage demands a...

Hospital infections kill more people than car crashes. Here's how to cover them better

Ebola has killed one person in the United States, but about 75,000 people die each year from infections they picked up in a hospital. As Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins—one of the champions of checklists in medicine—notes frequently, that is more deaths than from breast cancer or car crashes. Despite the public health risk they pose, these infections don’t...

On CNN International, the 'news' isn't always the news

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad International Airport in Doha. "Opening new airports and terminals is a tricky business," Quest warned, before introducing Akbar al Bakar, who supervised the airport's construction. Show More Summary

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