The First Rough Draft of History:
A Behind-the-Scenes History of Newsweek Magazine
The poor in Ethiopia are often unable to buy newspapers, so they 'rent' papers for 20-30 minutes at a time
from local entrepreneurs.
The Nieman Journalism Lab
is a collaborative attempt to figure out how quality journalism can survive and thrive in the Internet age. At Harvard they are working with the Business School on new business models, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
on understanding online life, and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
on one potential path for news organizations.
"We are losing much of the history of the twentieth century because the copyright industries are more litigious than ever."
A cogent "primer for reporters [and others] who find themselves lost in the copyright jungle" in the age of Google and the DMCA.
Sy Hersh's Loose Relationship with the Literal Truth
| Interesting article from NY Metro
which seems to condem Hersh's squirrely handling of facts while admiring his accomplishments & tenacity: "In bending the truth, Hersh is, paradoxically enough, remarkably candid. When he supplies unconfirmed accounts of military assaults on Iraqi civilians, or changes certain important details from an episode inside Abu Ghraib (thus rendering the story unverifiable), Hersh argues that he’s protecting the identities of sources who could face grave repercussions for talking. 'I defend that totally,' Hersh says of the factual fudges he serves up in speeches and lectures."
Bush in Baghdad, Behind the Scenes.
Drudge has posted Washington Post reporter Mike Allen's raw notes from the 2-day secret whirlwind trip to Iraq. It reads like a script from "The West Wing." (The stripped-down finished article appears
in Friday's Post.
) Meanwhile, some in the journalism field are pissed,
says Howard Kurtz. Says one: "Reporters are in the business of telling the truth. They can't decide it's okay to lie sometimes because it serves a larger truth or good cause."
U.S. Army Used Media Cover in Iraq for Own Ends
which sounds like a big old bowl of yellow journalism but isn't really, at least I don't think so. It was more to refute the Iraqi Minister of Lies talking about the whooping the Iraqi war machine was delivering to the coalition forces.
The main issue that the reporters had was that they were only getting the one side of the story and not the Iraqi perspective.
But it raises some questions about the supposed objectivity of the media. Is this a proper use of them? To help achieve military goals? Or to try to avoid more unnecessary deaths?
Unbiased (ideally) but not inhuman (hopefully)
The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma at the University of Washington studies the effects of crazy badness ("if it bleeds, it leads") on reporters and studies ways in which the news media can better cover traumatic events in the life of the world: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. From a piece on the site, "9-11 Journalists Share Memories, Support," "Long before Sept. 11, he was interested in how journalists respond to the pain and misery they encounter in their work, and the lack of support they often find in a traditionally tough-minded business. Then he nearly died while photographing the World Trade Center attack, and found those issues hit closer to home than he ever imagined."
Jayson Blair doesn't know when to shut up.
The first interview with the disgraced New York Times
reporter indicates that if he's feeling bad about what he did, he's not exactly showing it. Oh, and he has "a book full of anecdotes." Very subtle, Jayson.
Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
The New York Times runs a
long article detailing its preliminary findings in the matter of Jayson Blair, The Times' young staff reporter who made up sources, facts, and anecdotes in potentially hundreds of stories. Does this investigation help the Times avoid permanent disgrace? Or does this just confirm what you've always thought about the Times?
Slate magazine is attributing part of the problem to affirmative action
(Blair is black). Is AA relevant here?
Media Map of Iraq
(Requires Flash 6.) Click on a location or unit to see a list of embedded reporters. Then each reporter's name is a link to a list of their war reporting either at their website or via a Google News search. Also, Poynter.org is constantly looking to improve this map
via reader input, as the Pentagon is not giving up much information on the embedment program. Also, The Atlantic Monthly/Washington Post's Michael Kelly is the first embedded reporter to be killed
in this war.
Reporters Find New Outlet, and Concerns, in Web Logs
according the Gray Old Lady today. I never read the blog by Steve Olafson, a.k.a. Banjo Jones, but it was shut down
at the request of his employer, the Houston Chronicle
. Today's NYT article confirms he was fired over it. Other journalists mentioned: Eric Alterman
, Dan Gillmor
, Mickey Kaus
, and Sheila Lennon (professional blog
| personal blog
Two reporters win a lawsuit against Fox for being fired when they wouldn't lie about bovine growth hormone.