"Making journalism harder, slower and less secure
, throwing sand in the gears, is fully within the capacity of the surveillance state. It has the means, the will and the latitude to go after journalism the way it went after terrorism... Only if they can turn a mostly passive public into a more active one can journalists come out ahead in this fight. I know they don’t think of mobilization as their job, and there are good reasons for that, but they didn’t think editors would be destroying hard drives under the gaze of the authorities, either! Journalism almost has to be brought closer to activism to stand a chance of prevailing in its current struggle with the state." [more inside]
The Saudi Arabian government has been tight-lipped about the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome
(MERS), a disease first discovered in 2012 that has "killed more than half of those who contracted it"
, "responding slowly to requests for information and preventing outside researchers from publishing their findings about the syndrome. [more inside]
Glenn Greenwald's partner was detained at Heathrow airport for nine hours
, his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles confiscated. Glenn Greenwald calls it a failed attempt at intimidation
. "...to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members..."
The Washington Post
will be sold to Jeff Bezos
for $250 million, ending four decades of the Graham family. Amazon will have no role in the purchase.
Bradley Manning cleared of 'aiding the enemy' but guilty of most other charges.
"Manning, the source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of secret disclosures, faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 130 years in military jail after he was convicted of most charges on which he stood trial." Transcripts from Bradley Manning's Trial
. [more inside]
"Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner — has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for "a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation," according to documents obtained by [David Corn and] Mother Jones.
" Photo Gallery: Meet Groundswell's Major Players
. Also: Groundswell's Secret Crusade to Crush Karl Rove
// (Via) [more inside]
Brazilian people against the costs of Pope’s Visit.
Video of Clashes in Brazil Appears to Show Police Infiltrators
among Protesters, including throwing a molotov cocktail.
Much of the reporting outside of MSM of these and earlier protests is being done by the Midia Ninja
For over five years, journalist and TV presenter Ding Yu headed up a massively popular Chinese TV talk show.
Every week, She would sit down with convicted murderers and interview them about their life and crimes, before they were taken out and put to death by either firing squad or lethal injection. The show, "Interviews Before Execution"
, was taken off the air in March 2012. [more inside]
), who covered ten different administrations in her 49 years in the White House Press Corps (and maintained her rabble rouser image with both Republican
administrations), has died at age 92
Shooting The Messengers
So, what guides a journalist's decisions in these unlovely places? The frequently repeated maxim that "no story is worth dying for" rings a little hollow. The awkward truth is that, in this field, personal bravery is simultaneously discouraged and rewarded. [more inside]
The journalistic practices
of the Washington Post and Walter Pincus.
What the Snowden Affair Reveals About US Journalism
The Snowden Effect: definition and examples
It's as if Corporate Media is at War
on Independent Journalism.
Back in June as the story broke it was noted that If Edward Snowden Is in Trouble, So Is Journalism
and from zdnet The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism
So what does the Snowden Affair Reveal
About US Journalism.
It should definitely force media self-examination
Journalism is under pressure.
Glenn Greenwald speaking
on NSA stories, Snowden and journalism. (Contains further links of interest.
Chris Hayes discussion of how establishment journalists
love leaks that serve the interests of political officials, but hate leaks that disclose what those officials want to keep suppressed.
: Obama's war on Journalism.
: National Security Journalism on Trial.
Chesapeake, the largest natural gas producer in Pennsylvania, is losing money. The current low price of gas will leave the company around $4 Billion in the red this year. Part of their response is to use a recent state Supreme Court ruling to justify charging landowners for the drilling and transportation expenses involved in extraction, reducing or eliminating all royalties. What was once a windfall to Pennsylvania communities is now becoming a burden, with Chesapeake now retroactively billing landowners for previous expenses. StateImpact Pennsylvania
has written and recorded a thorough report on the issue.
Jonah Lehrer has reportedly sold a book proposal to Simon and Schuster.
, Daniel Engber examines the book proposal for possible plagiarism and comments: Having read through this proposal, I’ll propose a different lesson: If your underwear is full of grit, it might be time to change.
, the newly released
book by James Agee, was the precursor to Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
. It is the original essay
that was rejected by Fortune, presumably because it was too much like Famous Men
. But Cotton Tenants
"is not merely an early, partial draft of Famous Men, in other words, not just a different book; it’s a different Agee, an unknown Agee... This new book is most properly classed as a lost classic of that ’30s-era documentary renaissance. Five years later he would take this tradition of journalism and inject it with powerful hallucinogens, creating something new, a book that did important documentary work while simultaneously x-raying, through the psyche of its own author, the assumptions underlying such work. That was a greater task. And Cotton Tenants shows us one of the reasons for its greatness: that before Agee transformed the genre, he paused and mastered it."
. "I give in to @HuffingtonPost click-bait so you don't have to." [more inside]
Today The New Yorker
, a service that allows sources to share information with TNY journalists securely and anonymously. As explained in this infographic
, Strongbox relies on the Tor network, a dedicated server, PGP encryption, VPNs, and multiple laptops and thumb drives to prevent files from being intercepted or traced. The codebase
, which is open source, was designed by the late Aaron Swartz (Previously
). Kevin Poulsen, one of the organizers of the project, chronicles
how Swartz developed the code and how the project managed to carry on after his death. TNY hopes
that Strongbox will help the magazine continue its long tradition of investigative journalism.
Five reasons why news outlets are even worse than you think.
Brett Arends describes five corrupting influences that keep the public from getting the facts. [more inside]
Claire Messud: “A woman’s rant” [National Post]
"Over the last week, discussion surrounding Claire Messud’s new novel, The Woman Upstairs, has shifted from the book to an interview
its author recently gave to Publishers Weekly, in which Messud took issue with the following question: “I wouldn’t want to be friends with Nora, would you? Her outlook is almost unbearably grim.” [more inside]
DC Blacklists the Outhouse.
DC has been upset at the comics news site for running satirical articles about them (as well as other publishers), and has informed them that they are revoking access to their creators for interviews, according to Christian "Bluestreak" Hoffer. [more inside]
Director's cut: "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved
": An annotated look back at one of Hunter S. Thompson's greatest hits. [more inside]
Lauren DiCioccio uses a simple needle and thread on cotton muslin to mummify and honor an endangered artifact– the printed newspaper
This past September, Jessica Ann Lum
won a "Best Feature" award in the student-journalist category from the Online News Association, for her Master's project: "Slab City Stories
." Less than four months later, on January 13, 2013, she passed away
. She was 25. "Jessica loved to tell people’s stories. This is hers." [more inside]
In an ongoing effort to call out the PR tactic of silence which started with a focus on SimCity
, Rock Paper Shotgun points out that after the public outcry, controversy, and an apology from Deep Silver which concluded "we want to reiterate ... how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again", the special edition of Dead Island: Riptide which includes a statue of a woman's severed torso silently went on sale anyway
. [more inside]
So now it turns out I need around 1,500 readers to get that $5 for my hypothetical site. Say I want to pay myself $500 for the month. It’s not a ton of money. I need 150,000 page views. That jumped right up there, didn’t it? Now look at sites that employ a number of highly skilled, professional writers that are full time and making a livable wage. You’re suddenly looking at millions and millions of page views required to keep everything afloat, much less expand.
Ad-blockers, the games press, and why sexy cosplay galleries lead to better reporting
Women enjoy video games
, to the astonishment of local TV newsreaders. Women enjoy science
, to the astonishment of Facebook users.
The Art Of Making Magazines
"By making what they call "not a how-to book, but… a how-to-think-about-it-book," they help us look at something we've probably been taking for granted: What is a magazine?"
All The Pretty Doritos:How Video Game Journalism Went Off The Rails
Article from forbes.com detailing the pressures video game reviewers and publications come under from gaming companies. These range from the relatively subtle (gifts, gratuities, entertainments put on for visiting journos), to overtly pressuring/punishing publications for not playing ball (cancelling interviews and exclusives in response to less-than-flattering editorial, threatening to pull advertising in response to bad reviews). At the extreme end, the article mentions one journalist who was fired two weeks after publishing a 'bad' (6/10) review for Kane & Lynch
In which a Slate writer decides to fact-check Bob Woodward and discovers how he manages to be wrong without being wrong
: The troubling things I learned when I re-reported Bob Woodward’s book on John Belushi.
Stop Using Small Font Sizes
"I'm calling you out. All of you. The hackers, the designers, the code monkeys, the word-smiths, the editors, the CSS gurus, and everyone else who works on content management systems and style sheets for news sites. Stop using small font sizes." [more inside]
When we return, our eyes will have shrunken into tiny slots and we will forage on the ground for centipedes and other high-protein foods we can feel with our hands.
A first-hand account of Rihanna's 777 tour. Day One
: There may be 777 tour babies nine months from now. Stockholm
(Syndrome). Cray In Paris.