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Syrian Filmmakers And Activists Put On Film Festival Inside War-Torn Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Why Archiving Your Video Is More Important Than You Think

Witness | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Witness

In today's digital environment, it is easier than ever to capture video, building a large collection quickly. However, just as quickly the files can be lost, corrupted, or rendered unusable.

IVR Junction: Connecting Unheard Voices to Global Social Media

Aditya Vashistha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Aditya Vashistha

The World Wide Web has enabled rich communities of user-generated content, lending a platform for users to broadcast their photos, videos, and commentaries to an international audience. But in rural India, is it possible for a smallholder farmer, owning only a basic mobile phone, lacking Internet access, and literate only in the local language, to participate in this global dialogue?

P.A.C.T. Platform: Enhancing Communication in Remote Regions

Richard Brion | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Brion

The key to P.A.C.T. is empowering people by giving them new resources. A rising tide raises all boats, and giving at-risk populations access to information provides a sustainable way to keep that tide rising.

Understanding Humanitarian Disasters Through Citizen Communication

Jakob Rogstadius | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Jakob Rogstadius

Being able to tap into local populations for real-time country-wide monitoring can be particularly attractive, as trusted international monitors are often few and far apart, but can quickly be relocated to confirm emerging stories.

Committing Acts of Journalism

Tricia Todd | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Tricia Todd

Shield Laws aren't simply for protecting journalists and their sources, they are to ensure the ability for investigative journalism to continue informing the public and strengthening democracy. Cherry picking who gets protected is another way of criminalizing journalism.

Training Citizen Journalists: There's an App for That

Brian Conley | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Conley

The beta release of StoryMaker makes it possible for English and Arabic speakers all over the world to make their voices heard. From now on, individual citizens in Egypt or Syria can tell their own stories

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Understand National Tragedies

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

In 11 years, I will remember feeling the same sadness, fear, and also interest about the Boston bombings as I did with the 9/11 attacks. However, my experience when I was nine and my experience now with media coverage of tragedy are very different.

The Immediate and Unmitigated Flow of Journalism

Lisa Chau | Posted 06.24.2013 | Media
Lisa Chau

In a crisis, how do we keep individuals from publicly sharing sensitive information which can endanger lives within minutes? Verification of facts is of utmost importance, but is it immediately possible given the scope and instantaneous nature of the internet?

Engagement Can Save Journalism

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 06.05.2013 | Media
Daniel Moulthrop

People in Denver are deeply worried about the future of journalism. This week, a couple thousand media thinkers and optimistic reformers are gathering...

NBC Kills Neighborhood News Site EveryBlock

Posted 02.07.2013 | Chicago

EveryBlock users were shocked to learn NBC had abruptly pulled the plug on the popular crowdsourced, hyper-local neighborhood news website Thursday mo...

Why 2012 Was Big for Human Rights Video... and Why 2013 Will Be Bigger

Witness | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Witness

We envision a world where many, many more citizens and human rights defenders have access to knowledge, skills and tools enabling them to create compelling, trustable videos and to make sure that their video is acted upon and human rights change happens.