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Knight News Challenge Gives $3.2M To 22 Ideas To Inform The Public And Increase Voting

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology

If the voting process is easier, maybe more people will vote. If the public is more inspired about the electoral process, maybe more of us will partic...

Assange: Mainstream Media Rife With Censorship

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

"It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have to deal with an organization that is not compromised in any manner whatsoever, but we don't live in that world. People have to use cars and they have put to petrol in their cars, and that petrol is made by Shell or BP."

New Hope for Trustworthy News

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.12.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Yes, this isn't easy, since a fake news outlet could claim to be trustworthy. We need some trusted network to test challenges to trustworthiness, maybe inspired by Wikipedia.

How Mainstream Media Fiddled While Baltimore Burned and Got It Wrong When They Showed Up

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

So what is the purpose of mainstream media if they are not going to fulfill their mission of informing the public? If you want to get real information about what's going on with people outside of the champagne and limousine loop in America, bloggers and citizen journalists are where you have to go.

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Crime
Timothy Karr

While the technology has changed, our constitutional rights haven't. But how do we translate long-standing free speech and privacy protections at a time when anyone with a mobile phone has the potential to engage in an act of journalism?

Your Right to Record: Protected by Law, Disrespected by Law Enforcement

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

While Feidin Santana and Ramsey Orta are hardly household names, these men played pivotal roles in one of the most important civil rights stories of o...

Toward Trustworthy News: 'Lies, Damn Lies, and Viral Content'

Craig Newmark | Posted 04.13.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

My perspective, as usual, is that I'm a news consumer, never told anyone how to fix the news, I just want news I can trust.

Marissa Roth: The World Through Her Lens

Todd Felderstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Women
Todd Felderstein

Marissa Roth respected her calling early on. With an artist's sensibility, Marissa turned her talents to the still camera donning the Nikon shortly out of college and entering the heavily male dominated world of photojournalism.

I Don't Exist: A Reflection On Contemporary Journalism

Katherine Meadowcroft | Posted 03.10.2015 | Media
Katherine Meadowcroft

I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary variety of writing and publishing platforms available for our consumption today, from the professional journalist and the citizen blogger to the Facebook philosopher and the hashtag activist.

Creating Empathy in the News: There's an App for That

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Melissa Jun Rowley

The Stringwire app is currently available on iOS in Australia, Canada, Guinea-Bissau, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, UK, Ukraine and the U.S.

Sophia Jones

Filmmakers Admit To Staging Video Of Brave Syrian Boy Running Through Sniper Fire (UPDATE) | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

UPDATE: Nov. 14, 4:50 p.m. -- Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind the viral video that appeared to show a Syrian boy running t...

Sophia Jones

Syrian Filmmakers And Activists Put On Film Festival Inside War-Torn Syria | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- If it weren’t for the videos coming out of Syria -- often shot on cellphones -- that are regularly uploaded to social media sites and us...

Q&A: The Bravery of Those Who Toiled to Expose Injustice

Anna Shen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Media
Anna Shen

The making or covering up can happen anywhere in the world. Actually, muckraking journalists have been been exposing these injustices for hundreds of years. It is not simply in the modern era of American journalists.

My Big Moment in Journalism

Evan F. Moore | Posted 10.04.2014 | Black Voices
Evan F. Moore

Most journalists are aware that they won't have a story to fall onto their laps like Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward did. However, the little victories count.

Federal Shield Bill: A New Hope for Old Media

Brad Chase | Posted 06.03.2014 | Media
Brad Chase

A federal media shield bill is moving to the Senate floor and neither political party is happy. Conservative hawks are calling it another White House distraction from a failed foreign policy. Free speech advocates decry the government licensing of journalists.

Rethinking News: First, Kill the Useless TV News Stand-Up

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

Here's why I hate the convention: The stand-up has zero journalistic value. It wastes time. It wastes precious reportorial resource. It turns the world into a mere backdrop for entertainment. It's a fake.

I Won't Give Up On My Journalism Dream

Taylor Blatchford | Posted 04.02.2014 | Teen
Taylor Blatchford

As the co­-editor-­in-­chief of my high school's journalism program and a soon­-to-­be college journalism major, by far the most common question I'm asked is "Isn't journalism dying? How are you going to get a job?" This is my answer: Journalism is not dying. It's evolving.

Journalists View Human Rights Through a Prism of Impunity

Tricia Todd | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Tricia Todd

As we reflect upon the meaning of a day to respect Human Rights, we must insist on justice for all of those who have been killed, for those who are still held captive and for those under threat, merely for their efforts to stand up for basic rights.

For Our Sake, Journalists Should Fight Each Other More Often

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If a journalist is debating a reader about a fact, let's hear from other journalists. If that's not in the public interest, what is? Not just on Twitter, but also in comment boards.

Adaptation: From Terrified Journalist To Techie

Ilana Fried | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ilana Fried

Today, I'm a writer and a technologist. It amuses me to remember that I was once considered a hopeless Luddite. When I look back on that time, I see a young and frustrated journalist, worried about her future.

Five Myths About the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

Blogs, tweets and Facebook posts couldn't have the profound influence they have rightfully earned in our new and diverse marketplace of ideas without a robust freedom to debate, to challenge, and even to be outrageous. So it's hardly surprising that when a congressional debate about protecting confidential sources mentions blogs, it touches a nerve.

New Poynter Book Re: Journalism Ethics

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Craig Newmark

I really just want news I can trust. Turns out that what we have now are a lot of ethics codes and policies, but very little accountability.

China Indoctrinating Journalists? Think Again

Amy Wu | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Amy Wu

The government appears to be cracking down on journalists. Nothing new. The government appears to be cracking down on the Internet. Yawn. The government is force feeding journalists Marxist theory in Peking duck fashion. We need a new story line.

Controlling the Flow: Thoughts on the Free Flow of Information Act

Tricia Todd | Posted 11.14.2013 | Media
Tricia Todd

Selectively protecting some journalists, and not journalism as a whole, is detrimental to democracy and civil society. Why then do the majority of American mainstream media resources support this Act?

Federal Media Shield Law Should Extend to Unpaid Bloggers and Citizen Journalists

Larry Atkins | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Larry Atkins

Many people still have the stereotypical notion of the blogger as the pajamarati. While there is a lot of ranting and raving in the blogosphere, many bloggers do engage in real reporting. The definition of who is a journalist or reporter should be interpreted broadly in light of the changing media landscape.