There is nothing like the attempted denial of a fundamental right in a free society to ensure that this right will be exercised to its fullest. If "yes" was ever intended to ingratiate a news reporter, in a bid for good press, "no" is a sure guarantee that you won't like what you read.
Every now and then, I teach a class to young would-be journalists and one of the first things I talk about is why I consider writing an act of generosity. But for the foreign correspondent, especially in war zones, the generosity lies in the very act of entering a world filled with dangers.
If you've ever spent an hour (or more) playing office bingo in yet another useless meeting or struggled to understand why your business isn't making money even though sales are up, then you'll know the frustration that can come with trying to get an accurate picture of a business's position.
Both papers have substantially underrepresented the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, failed to correct the public record when evidence emerged that their reporting was wrong and ignored the importance of international law.
Businesses' entire license to operate could be at risk. Despite this growing pressure, there are currently no adequate means to evaluate, quantify and benchmark corporate performance (or failure) on water management.
The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.
Last week, the news profession lost three of its leading lights -- Bob Simon and David Carr to sudden and unexpected death and Brian Williams to a six-month suspension. In our shock and sadness we are drawn to ask ourselves some serious questions about the state of the news media today.
There has been a lot of attention in recent years to how both scholars and politicians contribute to moral panics, both on a wide array of issues and on the issue of video game violence specifically. The story of Adam Lanza is no different.
It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?
Some people say corporate responsibility reports are a waste of time and money, believing them to be so dense and so dull that no one could possibly bother to read them. Others see them as vehicles for corporate greenwash.
In addition to demanding responsible, accurate reporting during the disaster, we must also push journalists to report about the way forward and not, wittingly or not, use the same headlines and narratives for each disaster.
Telling the hajj story in long form is always difficult -- three times out of three for me, at least. You're not reporting a daily story but integrating yourself in the ongoing experience of individuals. You've got to be there when they wake up and watch them end their day.
A number of readers have written asking if I would explain how the reader should deal with information the reader has received that the reader wants to share with the outside world but is prohibited from doing so for a variety of reasons.