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Investigative Journalism

'Spotlight' Celebrates Heroes Of Investigative Reporting -- and Democracy

Michael Winship | Posted 11.27.2015 | Media
Michael Winship

Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporter. If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight.

Better Evidence Needed to Accuse Ben Carson of Fabrication

David de Sola | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
David de Sola

Unless similarly solid historical evidence emerges in the form of records or on the record eyewitness accounts, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for anybody to credibly challenge the veracity of Dr. Carson's biography.

'Spotlight' Exposes All the Cardinal's Men

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

"Spotlight" is a film about the reporters for the "Boston Globe" newspaper who exposed the pedophile priests of Boston and the hierarchy of the church who covered for them. It is a brilliantly acted film that has a true ensemble cast.

Life or Death: Investigative Reporting in Nigeria

Chika Oduah | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Chika Oduah

Investigative storytelling can be a life or death affair in Nigeria. You never know the enemies you will make and how far those enemies will go to silence you.

Why the Most Ethical and Trustworthy Journalism Was by Fictional Newsman Jon Stewart

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.07.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Last night was Jon Stewart's last night on the Daily Show. It's gotten me thinking about how he's so much more than an entertainer, and what he's done as the most trusted newsman in America...

Why You Can't Trust the Nation's Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Steve Friess | Posted 05.01.2015 | Crime
Steve Friess

Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.

Good Stories Still Rule in Journalism's Wired Era

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Bill Lichtenstein

It's often said in the digital world that "content is king." It is clear that in journalism, good stories (even at considerable lengths) still rule, whether in books, newspapers, magazine, web-based publications, podcasts, or on innovative digital narrative platforms.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

We Need the Media for Real Social Change

Alexander Busansky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Media
Alexander Busansky

We might ask whether media matters when it comes to bringing clarity and light to complex issues of building social justice in society. Does it help? Or hurt? Do sensational stories elicit solutions that work?

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger -- Get the Message Out

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the rare journalism movie that gets it right when it comes to depicting the day-to-day on a daily newspaper.

So You Want to Start An English-Language News Site?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Friends and acquaintances across the Middle East/North Africa region often ask for advice on matters related to journalism, media in general, ethics, and how to prepare young people for this very exciting and ever-changing field.

Happy 80th Birthday, Bill Moyers

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bill Moyers, who turned 80 on Thursday, has been one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism.

TV News & Upworthy Are Transforming Us All Into Dumb, Ill-Informed, Simple-Minded Sheep

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Michael Shammas

For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.

After Mail On Sunday 'Exposes' Food Bank Charity Operating As It Should, Donations Flood In

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.24.2014 | Impact

The British publication, Mail on Sunday, is facing harsh criticism after running an article which claimed the U.K.'s largest food bank provider, The T...

How Rand Paul May Owe His Presidential Bid to Hall of Fame Journalist Mark Hebert

Don McNay | Posted 06.22.2014 | Media
Don McNay

It took a journalist with Mark Hebert's talents, and courage, to dig out a scandal about a sitting Governor and make it a national story. With a long-term national impact.

The Emotional Impact Of Journalism, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked if she’s ever held back or killed a story because of the potential emotional damage it might cause its subject, Executive Editor of The N...

When The Government Intervenes In News Stories, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

On many occasions, says Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, the government has attempted to intervene on the publication of particu...

In Journalism, There Is Such a Thing as an Accurate Story

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 04.15.2014 | Media
Kathleen Reardon

Don't get me wrong; balance is not without its merits. Some point-and-counterpoint is fine. Balance is not, however, the same as objectivity or accuracy -- although it makes a nice, easy, inexpensive stand-in for what might otherwise be a real, difficult, comparatively expensive attempt to report what is actually going on.

It's Time to Democratize Patronage for Journalism. Here's Why.

Israel Mirsky | Posted 02.01.2014 | Media
Israel Mirsky

With fewer journalists and a punishing real-time news cycle, news is increasingly composed of information that is easy, fast and inexpensive to get -- like coverage of crime and trials, opinion, celebrity, and syndicated stories.

eBay Founder's Foray Into Investigative Journalism Venture, Rainbow Hopes Yet?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.24.2013 | Media
Preetam Kaushik

Why would a loaded geek, deep into Silicon valley dreams, venture out into the media world, especially around the time when media houses are collapsing like a house of cards?

Media for a Just Society Awards

Alexander Busansky | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Alexander Busansky

We are honoring Shane Bauer and others because their work takes these issues beyond the sensational stories on which the public and our policy makers too often fixate. When fear drives policy, the resulting initiatives do not support public safety or rehabilitation.

How Much Is Too Much to Sacrifice?

Leah McGrath Goodman | Posted 09.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Leah McGrath Goodman

Should journalists have to sacrifice their rights to liberty and freedom of movement; to safety and privacy; to even their own identities and lives?

Naming and Shaming in Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Daoud Kuttab

When Musab Shawabkeh investigated the growing abuse of Jordan's medical tourism business he had to dress up as a taxi driver and visit local clinics and hospitals with a hidden camera offering patients and finding out how much he could get in commissions.

A Problem of Evidence

Bernice Yeung | Posted 11.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Bernice Yeung

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgEvidence is a powerful way to challenge deeply inhumane wrongdoing. But it also raises the question: What happens when evidence is hard to come by in individual acts of violence, like rapes and sexual assaults?

Seymour Hersh: A Man Still On Fire

Robert Miraldi | Posted 11.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert Miraldi

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn the fall of 1969, as men walked on the moon and Ted Kennedy's car slipped off a bridge, Sy Hersh, a 32-year-old hard-nosed reporter, was chasing down the biggest tip of his life.