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Why the US Record on Free Press Won't Inspire Cairo

Sarah Harvard | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Sarah Harvard

The Obama administration's statements about the three Al Jazeera journalists are encouraging and ring true to the needs of both the Egyptian and the American people, but it's unsure whether they are in the right position to point their finger just yet.

Denied: New Report Looks at Press Passes and Press Freedom Issues Across the United States

Josh Stearns | Posted 06.05.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

The data also showed that reporters who identified as "activists" were more than twice as likely to be denied access. This bias against activist media may make sense to some, but the authors of the report point out the slippery slope this trend suggests.

A Camera in the Court

Josh Lipsky | Posted 06.02.2014 | Media
Josh Lipsky

Unlike Congress or the White House, no cameras are allowed inside the Supreme Court. Every few years C-SPAN dutifully submits a request to the Chief Justice for access and every few years that request is summarily dismissed.

James Franco, What Are Your Thoughts?

Abhishek Seth | Posted 05.29.2014 | Arts
Abhishek Seth

I'm speechless. Copyright © Pawel Kuczynski The real worth of artwork in society. Ishan, thank you for showing me these pai...

Comcast Goes to Washington... and Flops

Craig Aaron | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Craig Aaron

On day one, Comcast will control nearly 50 percent of the truly high-speed Internet market, and it will be the only broadband provider that can deliver Internet and pay-TV services to nearly four out of every 10 U.S. homes.

De Blasio and the Press

Karl Grossman | Posted 04.27.2014 | New York
Karl Grossman

De Blasio knows how to shovel snow from in front of his house in Brooklyn and making it into a media event. That's easy. Keeping his cool, using humor, keeping his eyes on the prize of a better city when caught in inevitable conflicts with media, that's harder.

A Few Questions for Alec Baldwin

Steve Posner | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Steve Posner

Why didn't you feed the media beast? As you know, folks build a luxury brand by making sure most people can't afford what they're selling. The scarcity is what creates value: I have it, you can't, so I'm worth more than you.

U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings

Josh Stearns | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.

Egyptian Revolution Will Fail if the Press Is Not Free

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

I was part of a delegation of the International Press Institute that visited the Egyptian capital last week to try and plead the case of some 12 Egypt...

Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

The success of the new Egypt is no doubt dependent on many political factors. However, no real democracy or legitimacy can be won if everyone is expected to support the rulers only. Dissent, pluralism and different points of view are essential to guarantee democratic rule.

When Strong Women Are Attacked by Weak Men (and Women)

Vivian Norris | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Vivian Norris

These past weeks, French and international press has placed the private life of the President, Francois Hollande, his now former companion, Valerie Trierweiler and a French actress, Julie Gayet, on the front page non-stop.

Meet Anne Royall: The Muckraker Who Made Washington Bow Down in Fear

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.03.2014 | Media
Jeff Biggers

On December 3rd in 1831, freewheeling author Anne Royall launched the nation's first muckraking newspaper in Washington, D.C., forever changing the state of journalism. We need Anne Royall's journalistic chutzpah today, more than ever.

Ten Reasons Artists and Authors Should Still Get Paid in the Age of the Internet

Eva Claudia Schweitzer | Posted 12.23.2013 | Books
Eva Claudia Schweitzer

We live in the age of the internet, and the age of free content. And free music. And free books. Free blogs. Free news. Why should artists, musicians, authors, and journalists be paid at all, even less so since what they produce is invisible, immaterial, and ubiquitous?

Lebanese Press Syndicate Head Kicks Up Media Storm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Baalbaki resigned. Baalbaki didn't resign. "Baalbaki Forever" headlined the Maharat News website, saying that no sooner had the Lebanese Press Syndi...

You're Only as Good as Your Last Tweet

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.26.2013 | Media
Linda Lauren

There is no way to keep up this pressure without exploding and people eventually do explode. That's when we get the rage on the page.

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?

I'm Voting for Hillary's Hair

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Reminiscent of Rachel Green's 'do on Friends with its soft, fun layers and updated color, which an anonymous source close to the campaign confides is called "Iowa Straw Poll at Dawn," Hillary's hair signals a definitive shift.

Fighting for Media Freedoms in Arab region

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.20.2013 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

Thirteen years ago, the Vienna-based International Press Institute held a regional conference in Amman to deal with press freedom issues in the Arab r...

My First Foray into Politics and Bringing You the Power

Arshad Hasan | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

Some people get into politics because their parents were political, or because their friends got them into it, or maybe they were idealistic in the...

Is the Press Too Big to Fail?

Todd Gitlin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Media
Todd Gitlin

Will it do for journalists and editors to remain thoroughly tangled up in their own remarkably unquestioned assumptions about what constitutes news? It's long past time to reconsider some journalistic conventions.

Media Training for NFL and College Football Players: Sign Us Up!

Barbara Bruno | Posted 06.14.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

In the 21st century, we could all use the kind of media training provided for college football stars and NFL Draft hopefuls. Quick -- describe yourself in pithy, media-friendly sound bytes that will translate into lucrative business deals. Yeah, I couldn't do it either.

White House Apologizes for Putting Horse's Head in Bob Woodward's Bed

Spencer Green | Posted 04.30.2013 | Comedy
Spencer Green

White House spokesman Ronald Gilliott commented, "How Mr. Woodward interprets a bloody horse head and that note as a threat is beyond me."

Weeds Creator Developing New Series for Netflix (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.26.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

Actor Romany Malco from Weeds, 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Think Like A Man talks black movies, making money on YouTube, Tijuana Jackson, and growing up in a bad part of town.

Media Coverage: Who's Covering Whom?

Karen Dumas | Posted 04.06.2013 | Detroit
Karen Dumas

Ethics on every level are best upheld when there is oversight. If it works for corporate leaders, the general public and government officials, it should also work for those in the media. Self-supervision has rarely proved objective or effective.

5 Ways to Develop Positive Media Relationships

Dorie Clark | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Dorie Clark

As a former journalist, I'm always amazed at the misconceptions some professionals have about the best way to interact with reporters. Sure, they're after a good story -- but (unless you're running for president) they're not bloodsuckers out to humiliate you or extract state secrets.