An Iraqi national with a fascinating background, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad
has been documenting
the situation in Iraq. His video report is in three parts on YouTube (1
). Of particular note is the cemetery on the outskirts of Sadr City (at 2:13 of segment 2), which is disturbing beyond words.
posted by dbiedny
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
supports journalists covering dangerous areas and underreported issues on all continents except Antartica, as is shown by this handy Google map
showing all 45 projects
. Among the projects are Caucasus
, focusing on the easternmost part of Europe where just today conflict broke out, Scars and Stripes: Liberian Youth After the War
, The Soybean Wars
, about the booming demand for soybeans in South America, Alaska
, global warming and its effects on Alaskan glaciers, Understanding Iran
looks at ordinary Iranians, and Iraq: Death of a Nation? (Revisited)
. Links to stories are generally in sidebars on the left and right. The Pulitzer Center also has a blog called Untold Stroies
which is frequently updated and keeps tabs on all 45 projects as well as related events, such as the recent TED Talk by PRI CEO Alisa Miller
on the paltry reporting of international issues in American media with arresting graphs and visuals, which serves to place the mission of the Pulitzer Center in context.
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 8, 2008 -
A Dispatches documentary Gaza: The Killing Zone
shows the shocking reality of seemingly ordinary Palestinians caught in the crossfire between Hamas and Israeli forces. Feels almost like a sci-fi movie about some fictional totalitarian regime. Hard to believe it's their everyday life. WARNING: contains scenes of graphic violence, which you may find disturbing.
posted by Surfin' Bird
on Jun 23, 2008 -
"This might be a weird request, but I just want to cuddle,"
Nevada Sagebrush columnist Jordan Butler decided to do something for his last column (before graduating college) that he hadn't done before. He decided to solicit a brothel. Here's the catch: he wasn't interested in paying for sex. He just wanted something to write about for his last column. The result is half after school special and half Twilight Zone episode, but it's all funny.
posted by ZachsMind
on May 23, 2008 -
"The Daily Show is no doubt entertainment, but it is entertainment, measurably, with a substantive point. It is, in its own way, another kind of No Spin Zone." The Project for Excellence in Journalism discusses what is and is not journalistic
(PDF) about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on May 8, 2008 -
What happens when a US President declares war on a concept? In 1964, Canadian photojournalist Hugh O'Connor traveled to eastern Kentucky to document the battlefields of Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty
and was shot for trespassing.
The incident is the subject of a wonderful documentary, Stranger with a Camera
by filmmaker Elizabeth Barrett
, produced by Appalshop
, a non-profit organization in Whitesburg, Kentucky, that works with local artists to promote self-representation in media and the expediency of culture to counteract a stagnating local economy.
Makes you think twice about nostalgic representations
of poor Appalachian coal miners plucking their banjo strings in the hollers, doesn't it?
posted by billtron
on Apr 15, 2008 -
"We need to make a comic so I can eat lunch."
You're in your office sitting at your desk. There's a hot mic in the room. It's 45 minutes 'till lunch, your tummy's grumbling and you still have to write a comic. Fortunately your best friend -- who is also the co-founder of your decade-old business empire -- is sitting at his desk a few feet away. You are "Gabe" or "Tycho" of Penny Arcade, and the next 45 minutes will be captured on tape and published for all the world to hear as a podcast. But only if it's good. "Downloadable Content, The Penny Arcade Podcast
" is practically a documentary on collaboratively authoring webcomics. The most recent episode is a particularly good example of that. [more inside]
posted by sdodd
on Mar 11, 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 -
To The Best Of Our Knowledge
is one of the most wide-ranging and literate public radio shows in the US, a two-hour "radio salon" featuring leisurely exploration of weekly themes like No Smoking
, Identity Crisis
, and The Mind, Music, and Math
. Host Jim Fleming
approaches these big ideas through the works of authors - journalists of all stripes, memoirists, poets, fiction writers, essayists. Five years' worth of shows
are available on audio archives; you can also search the impressive list of authors by name
, or subscribe to the podcast
. [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Feb 27, 2008 -
Everyblock has launched.
It's local news culled from (any and all available) services, including photos, news, restaurant inspections, classified ads, and civic announcements. Sounds pretty dry, but looking at my old neighborhood in San Francisco
, there's a wealth of hyperlocal information that you can't get in one place. They're currently in three major metro areas of the US with many more to come -- their launch announcement
has more. This site was spearheaded by Adrian Holovaty
, a pioneer of the intersection between journalism and computer science, and winner of a $1million grant
last year to build such sites.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 23, 2008 -
As Iraqis See It.
"About a year ago, McClatchy Newspapers
set up a blog exclusively for contributions from its Iraqi staff. 'Inside Iraq
,' it's called, and several times a week the Iraqi staff members post on it about their experiences and impressions. 'It's an opportunity for Iraqis to talk directly to an American audience,' says Leila Fadel, the current bureau chief. As such, the blog fills a major gap in the coverage." Previously discussed here
. [Via disinformation.]
posted by homunculus
on Jan 15, 2008 -
Image of the Year.
From the article: "If you want to go shallow for an Image of the Year, you can't do better than Paris Hilton
, seen through the window of a Los Angeles sheriff's car, weeping as she's being hauled back to prison to complete a probation-violation sentence. But when you first notice the credit on that now infamous picture, there's a double take. The image came from the camera of Nick Ut
, whose picture of a little girl burned by napalm, naked and running directly toward the camera and into the conscience of the American people
, became perhaps the most powerful and influential vision of the Vietnam War. Not only was the Paris Hilton image taken by one of this country's most celebrated war photographers, it was taken June 8, 35 years to the day after the devastating image of 9-year-old Kim Phuc fleeing her bombed-out village. Let's put these two pictures up on the wall together for one last, end-of-the-year look, and see if something emerges."
posted by kittens for breakfast
on Dec 30, 2007 -
Last week, the Chicago Reader laid off four of its best journalists:
John Conroy (previously)
, Harold Henderson, Tori Marlan, and Steve Bogira. The cuts almost certainly mark the beginning of the end of the paper's role in Chicago as an investigative force and a corruption watchdog. The New York Times responds
with a salute to Conroy and a defense of muckraking's relevance. [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Dec 11, 2007 -
[archaic tech filter] Foreign correspondents and reporters in the field at the New York Times
say goodbye to the paper of record's recording room
posted by digaman
on Dec 6, 2007 -
The internet is killing the reporter,
or at least the investigative journalist. So says David Leigh
, the Guardian's esteemed dirty digger. But how right is he? Doesn't "the powerful global conversation", to quote the Cluetrain Manifesto
, give investigative journalism new hope. Rather than be centred around the reporter, can communities of interest unite to share and uncover the sort of information that was once the sole property of reporters like Mr Leigh?
posted by MrMerlot
on Nov 14, 2007 -
The 2007 Frédéric Bastiat Prize
for Journalism has been awarded to Amit Varma (economics journalist for Mint
and writer of the interesting India Uncut
blog). Clive Crook (Atlantic
) was second. The Prize was developed to encourage, recognise and reward writers whose published works elucidate the institutions of the free society, including free trade, property rights, the rule of law, freedom of contract, free speech and limited government. [more inside]
posted by patricio
on Oct 31, 2007 -