Posts tagged journalism
Posts tagged journalism
The talent first. That is the reason Michael’s death was news to so many people who didn’t know him personally, the reason his stories hit a nerve almost without fail.
Michael’s journalistic roots were in the 1970s, in gonzo writers like Hunter S. Thompson who flung their bodies at the story, and often got hurt. He had been badly hurt once: His fiancée was killed in Baghdad in January of 2007, when he was a Newsweek reporter there, and her death was still utterly raw to him when he published his first book, I Lost My Love In Baghdad.
And then the other part: He knew how to tell it. He knew that there are certain truths that nobody has an interest in speaking, ones that will make both your subjects and their enemies uncomfortable. They’re stories that don’t get told because nobody in power has much of an interest in telling them — the story, for instance, of how a president is getting rolled by his generals.
In a way, Michael was born too late: He wrote with the sort of commitment of the generation of reporters shaped by the government’s lies about Vietnam, not by the triumphalism of the 1990s or the reflexive patriotism of the years after 9/11. He was surer than most of us that power is, presumptively, not to be trusted. Writers of his courage and talent are so rare, and he was taken way too soon. There are few like him. We will miss him terribly.
Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.
The New Republic asks that question in a new article, and our biggest problem with this debate (and, to be honest, the term “longform journalism”) is that it can often run everything through a male-skewed filter of what counts as “serious journalism.” We’ve seen serious storytelling in both.
The other problem is that we’re still relying on National Magazine Awards and print-only publishers to reflect the zeitgeist. I’ve mentioned that 65% of all #longreads started out in print, but we also should spotlight the work of online publishers who are pursuing in-depth storytelling.
Before Twitter updated its lists feature last week, users could create only 20 lists with 500 accounts in each; now, they can create 1,000 lists with 5,000 accounts in each. The update impacts the role Twitter plays as an international news source by enabling journalists to be even more organized and save time as they gather, report and share news and information.
I beg us all to end the duplicative journalistic practice of “matching”
Journalistic Netiquette, a conversation in progress.
Gary Pruitt, in his first television interviews since it was revealed the Justice Department subpoenaed phone records of AP reporters and editors, said the move already has had a chilling effect on journalism. Pruitt said the seizure has made sources less willing to talk to AP journalists and, in the long term, could limit Americans’ information from all news outlets.
Pruitt told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the government has no business monitoring the AP’s newsgathering activities.
“And if they restrict that apparatus … the people of the United States will only know what the government wants them to know and that’s not what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the First Amendment,” he said.
A lawsuit has not been ruled out, but next moves haven’t been decided as of yet.
In a statement from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Chairman Vincent Duffy said, “This unprecedented invasion of privacy involving confidential information is a blatant violation of basic rights afforded by the First Amendment.”
One of many dangerous situations reporters can fall into. See also: the Free James Foley event on May 3.
Farhad Manjoo, Slate. Breaking News Is Broken.
“I essentially write like a tailor,” Gay Talese says at one point in the video. “It’s very methodical, it’s very careful… I have a sense of design before I even put a needle in my work.”
Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism released their annual report on American journalism this week. The report paints a bleak picture of the news landscape, citing “a continued erosion of news reporting resources” and detailing “a news industry that is more undermanned and unprepared to uncover stories, dig deep into emerging ones or to question information put into its hands.” You can view the full report online.
On Slate, Matthew Yglesias counters the findings of the report. He argues, “American news media has never been in better shape. That’s just common sense. Almost anything you’d want to know about any subject is available at your fingertips.” He criticizes The State of the News Media Report for focusing on the challenges related to monetizing digital content and selling ads and ignoring the variety and depth of news available today online.
Good morning, And welcome to Get Involved, ProPublica’s second Tumblr home! In addition to keeping track of the crazy/silly/head-scratching things Officials Say, we’ll now be tumbling some of the great work happening within the ProPublica community and beyond. You can read more about our new Get Involved initiative here.
We’re looking forward to tracking great accountability journalism with you, and encourage you to give us a shout if you see something we should be paying attention to.
From the Pulitzer Center’s Meet the Journalist Channel:
Papua New Guinea is a country torn between its traditional culture and the global economic system.
Journalist and radio documentary-maker Céline Rouzet shares what attracted her to this place, why she decided to investigate this topic, and the main challenges she faced reporting there.
Her reporting series, “Exxon Mobil’s Papua New Guinea LNG Project,” explores the social and economic issues related to the biggest development project undertaken in the history of the Pacific region.
“The blackout lasted thirty-four minutes. During that time, CBS acted as if it possessed no news division… there were an estimated one hundred and eight million Americans watching the broadcast. The network’s obligations to such a vast viewership should have led it to privilege the imperatives of journalism over those of commerce.”
Steve Coll on CBS’s failure to appropriately report on the Super Bowl blackout: http://nyr.kr/WMCyp0