If you follow the usual crop of technology news sites, you will have read yesterday morning that Google had apparently acquired a little-known WiFi hotspot company for $400 million. This story spread with the help of the most popular (and most reputable) sites, like TechCrunch
, The Verge
, The Next Web
, and others. Only one small detail: the story wasn't actually true. [more inside]
posted by nickheer
on Nov 27, 2012 -
Of all the offshoots of the "Stuff White People Like" meme, my favorite is Stuff Journalists Like
. From Free Food
to Press Passes
, this blog is covering everything in the ink-stained-wretch's lifestyle, including some things they really just barely tolerate
. For a more serious look at the Journalistic Profession during this time of Transition/Crisis/Insanity, there's always Jay Rosen, whose PressThink blog
has been previously seen here
and is getting more attention than ever via (shudder) Twitter
. Or, for something more in-between... 10,000 Words
uses a bright, shiny bunch of tag clouds
and other visual aids (plus fun with typography
) to tell the journos how it should be done while doing it.
posted by wendell
on Jan 2, 2009 -
The Committee to Protect Journalists
has released the 2008 prison census
. China retains the lead with Tibetan issues bringing them 28 jailed journalists. Cuba claims 2nd place with 21 jailed journalists. Burma & Eritrea almost tied for 3rd with 14 & 13, respectively. But the biggest news is internet journalists are now the largest group of journalists in jail.
posted by jeffburdges
on Dec 5, 2008 -
, an increasingly popular site that consists of nothing but rants from pissed-off reporters, is now the most accurate summation extant of journalism as an industry," (via Gawker
). It's spawned a marvelously less popular HappyJournalist.com, and what appears to be an unrelated copycat called AngryResident.com
, for "for every doctor-in-training tired of suffering in silence."
posted by nospecialfx
on Mar 9, 2008 -
David Halbertstam dead in tragic car accident.
Experienced, eloquent, and always observant (his dim view of Patrick Ewing
being a notable exception), David Halberstam was a journalistic jack-of-all-trades who was probably best known for his stinging indictment of Vietnam
warrior Robert McNamara
's secretary of defense, in the classic The Best and the Brightest
. A superior war correspondent
before the era
-televised revolutions , Halberstam was also an excellent historian and sports writer. Halberstam's dense but
illuminating The Fifties
is an informative and tightly written study on the Eisenhower
era. And The Children
offers a compelling look at eight young leaders of the Civil Rights Revolution.
Moreover, Halberstam's many writings on basketball
(The Breaks of the Game
, Playing for Keeps
) and baseball (Summer of '49
, October 1964
) rank among the upper
echelon of sports books.
posted by psmealey
on Apr 23, 2007 -
US troops seize award-winning Iraqi journalist
li Fadhil, who two months ago won the Foreign Press Association young journalist of the year award, was hooded and taken for questioning. He was released hours later.
Dr Fadhil is working with Guardian Films on an investigation for Channel 4's Dispatches programme into claims that tens of millions of dollars worth of Iraqi funds held by the Americans and British have been misused or misappropriated.
Question: Coincidence or Coercion?
posted by Mr Bluesky
on Jan 9, 2006 -
Bush tapping journalists?
“As reported below, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell – based on some information she clearly hasn’t yet made public – is asking if Bush specifically wiretapped CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. The fact that the question was asked so publicly and so specifically means that Mitchell knows something.”
posted by specialk420
on Jan 4, 2006 -
, lengendary historian and radio host pays a visit to Democracy Now!
today. Audio and Video, as well as the transcript of this historic interview are here.
Also, the WBAI
pledge drive is this week too, please give what you can.
posted by wheelieman
on Oct 5, 2005 -
Administration Paid Commentator (WashPost membership rqd) The Education Department paid commentator Armstrong Williams $241,000 to help promote President Bush's No Child Left Behind law on the air, an arrangement that Williams acknowledged yesterday involved "bad judgment" on his part.
I'm sure y'all check the Washington Post regularly, but isn't this simply bribing a journalist?
posted by punkbitch
on Jan 8, 2005 -
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."
posted by jengod
on Jul 23, 2003 -
Turning the tanks on the reporters
The Observer's Phillip Knightley writes that Iraq will go down as the war when journalists seemed to become a target
. Predicted here
, discussed "in progress" here
. The BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the US Committee to Protect Journalists thought it prudent to find out from the Pentagon what steps they could take to protect their correspondents if war came to Iraq... All three organisations concluded that the Pentagon was determined to deter western correspondents from reporting any war from the 'enemy' side; would view such journalism in Iraq as activity of 'military significance', and might well bomb the area.
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly
on Jun 15, 2003 -
U.S. Kills Journalists.
Three journalists in the Palestine Hotel -- which is known as many reporters' base in Baghdad -- have died after the building was bombed by U.S. forces. Simultaneously, U.S. forces hit Al-Jazeera's Abu Dhabi offices with a missle. Officials claim that they were responding to sniper fire, but journalists dispute the claim. Some journalists believe that this was a deliberate attack. Is the U.S. making good on their threat to "target down" journalists
posted by waldo
on Apr 8, 2003 -
Pentagon threatens to target journalists in Iraq.
(RealAudio, 49 minutes into the broadcast.)
In an interview with Radio One Ireland, Kate Adie
, former chief news correspondent for the BBC, drops a bombshell.
If satellite uplinks from the press are detected in Baghdad, they would be "targeted down", said a senior US military official. "They know this. They've been warned."
Ms. Adie also revealed that the US military are openly asking journalists what their feelings are on the war, and are using this information to block reporters from access to reporting on the conflict.
These actions are "shameless" and "entirely hostile to the free spread of information," says Ms. Adie. "What actually appalls me is the difference between twelve years ago and now. I've seen a complete erosion of any kind of acknowledgment that reporters should be able to report as they witness."
posted by insomnia_lj
on Mar 12, 2003 -
The international Press Freedom Index
(Sept 2001-Oct 2002), published by Reporters Without Borders
contains some surprises. Based on questionnaires sent to "...journalists or foreign correspondents living in the country, researchers, [and] legal experts...
", RWB ranked the United States 17th
, below Slovenia and Costa Rica. Why? "The poor ranking of the United States (17th) is mainly because of the number of journalists arrested or imprisoned there. Arrests are often because they refuse to reveal their sources in court. Also, since the 11 September attacks, several journalists have been arrested for crossing security lines at some official buildings. "
posted by astirling
on Oct 23, 2002 -
"We're press! Don't shoot!"
Isn't PRESS on a flak jacket like painting bullseyes on your butt? The Israel Defense Forces
have declared Bethlehem, Qalqiliya and Ramallah officially off-limits, and journalists will either be forcibly removed or in some cases shot on sight. The Committee to Protect Journalists
is just one of many organizations speaking out against the unethical treatment of First Ammendment fighters throughout the world. Like this is gonna help. Should enemies of freedom be expected to 'play fair' or should we just accept that some journalists are going to die? Is it possible to investigate the truth right now in the West Bank, or are journalists needlessly putting their lives on the line for nothing?
posted by ZachsMind
on Apr 3, 2002 -
Ideas have consequences.
On the subject of the Daniel Pearl kidnapping, an interesting letter to Media News today (scroll down to the "Journalists as Political Operatives" item), reads in part, "I would not want to trivialize it for all the world, but I am constrained to point out that it was only recently that Mr. Pearl's newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, felt compelled to praise the book "Bias" which perports to lay bare the 'liberal bias' of mainstream journalism. In fact, the WSJ editorial board has for years persisted, along with other conservative commentators, to label journalists as political tools in service of a larger political agenda. The kidnappers of Mr. Pearl insist that he is a political tool, a spy, for some foreign government (one day the U.S., the next day Israel.) Where could they have possibly gotten the idea that journalists are not the dedicated professionals they claim to be but are instead something else in disguise?" Thoughts?
posted by nance
on Jan 31, 2002 -
Hat's off to some brave ladies!
I have only admiration for them, especially in the harsh environments of the Colombian and Sudanese journalists; not that ETA is child's play, just that Spain is relatively secure.
In a completely unrelated vein, doesn't the term 'Homeland Security
' sound vaguely Nazi-ish?
posted by mmarcos
on Oct 18, 2001 -
"My Untold Story"
- What if we threw a presidential campaign and nobody came? Ralph explains how he tried to engage the press, and why it didn't work.
posted by fleener
on Jan 26, 2001 -
We the Public Press..
In order to form a more perfect newsmedia, establish reader distrust, avoid few legalities, provide for the common deafndumb, promote the grocery store impulse buy kiosks, and secure the Blessings of Boldfaced Lying to ourselves and our Readership, do completely avoid and ignore this annoying Code of Ethics...
posted by ZachsMind
on Nov 19, 2000 -