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War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleadi...

I Love Journalism, But This Is Why I Won't Major In It

Neel Swamy | Posted 07.09.2014 | Teen
Neel Swamy

How can I convince myself to go into journalism when I am uncertain if I will be able to handle the financial repercussions?

Life Itself, the Film, the Book, and the Ebert I Knew

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watching the film of his life, I was proud of the man on the screen and that second life he found. He was not quite the man I knew, but... I really did know, somehow, back then, that the man he would become was in there, getting ready for his "close up."

Where Did the Freedom Go? Fight for the Accessible Information Continues

Evgeniya Melnikova | Posted 07.01.2014 | Media
Evgeniya Melnikova

You might think the times of oppression had passed, you might think we've got plenty of free choices on our hands. I might think just the opposite. G...

Newsroom Mantra? "We Should Be in the Relationship Business"

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.16.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

We should be in the relationship business, said media guru Jeff Jarvis, suggesting our longstanding mantra that content is king needs revisiting. Cre...

This Al Jazeera Journalist Is #DyingToLive

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Shadi Rahimi

They are among dozens of reporters in Egypt who have been attacked, arrested or detained since last fall. The independent rights watchdog Human Rights Monitor says the violations against journalists since July 3, 2013, including killings, arrests, detention and military trials, are the "highest rates in Egypt's history."

5 Ways to Accurately Cover Marijuana Policy Issues in the Media

Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D.

Welcome to Big Tobacco 2.0. Today's marijuana industry is following exactly the same tactics: framing its product as healthy, denying the science linking its use to numerous health problems, and targeting youth as lifelong customers.

PEN Ten with Molly Crabapple

PEN American Center | Posted 07.13.2014 | Arts
PEN American Center

I don't live in a context where to make art is that daring. I'm not Ai Weiwei or Laura Poitras. I was scared to write about my own abortion, a fear that turned out not to be justified, and I was scared to write about Guantanamo because it felt too big and grave.

Is the Churning in the Indian Media for Real?

Rana Ayyub | Posted 07.04.2014 | World
Rana Ayyub

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one of the finest writers and journalists, passed away recently. The Nobel laureate, considered one of the finest littérateurs ever, gave the world of journalism some of his finest thoughts.

One Good Egg: Scrambled and Fried at 45

Wendy Burch | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Wendy Burch

About three years ago I went public with a very personal battle. At the time, I had just turned 42. I had a great, big life... but I didn't have a little one in it. I had always wanted to have a baby.

Let's Get Real: Kim Kardashian's Butt Size Is Not Breaking News

Sarah Toce | Posted 06.25.2014 | Media
Sarah Toce

We're living in a time where headlines about a 16-year-old girl being assaulted and killed by a classmate is shrunken by the sex life of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. How did we get here?

Love Stories -- Blogging From the Heart

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.22.2014 | Women
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The author and Steven Tyler 'way back when... I take a lot of heat for choosing to blog. "The Chicago Sun Times you worked for -- you won awards, f...

This Is Very Alarming

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Media

Here's an alarming fact for you: the number of working journalists in the United States dropped by nearly 20,000 in just six years, according to the P...

I Want To Study Journalism, But Everyone Is Telling Me 'No.' Should I Be Worried?

Kaitlyn Kaminski | Posted 06.13.2014 | Teen
Kaitlyn Kaminski

The world is always going to need journalists. How could we live in a world and not know what's going on?

I'm A Student Journalist -- And I'm Going To Change The World

Neel Swamy | Posted 06.04.2014 | Teen
Neel Swamy

As both a writer and human being, I refuse to stay quiet and allow this malignant lie to flow through the ears and lips of the American population. Because the truth of the matter is that journalism is not dying. It's just changing.

How News Can Make You Happy

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.27.2014 | Media
Melody Moezzi

I hear it all the time, from doctors, teachers, lawyers, hairdressers, accountants, you name it: "I don't follow the news. It's too depressing." While I understand the sentiment, I find its consequences far more depressing than even the gloomiest of newscasts.

Much Ado About Photoshop?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Last week the Lebanese government released an official picture of a newly formed cabinet (after more than 10 months of political stalemate) that reporters and bloggers spotted as photoshopped.

Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.

Scientific Spill Studies, Funded by BP, Start to Yield Results

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists gathered in Alabama last month said their current research on impacts of the 2010 BP spill will help authorities deal with future disasters.

UN Development Plan Must Incorporate Free Media

Committee to Protect Journalists | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Committee to Protect Journalists

On Monday CPJ, along with close to 200 civil society groups from six continents, called on the United Nations to put government accountability and independent media at the center of a new framework for global development.

An Open Letter to Journalists in Sochi

Christian Avard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Media
Christian Avard

There are only a few in Russia that I know of that have what Americans expect -- and these places are really catered to the one percent. Why would you want to stay at a place like that? It doesn't represent the real Russia I experienced.

The Next Threat To Press Freedom

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.06.2014 | Media

The Committee to Protect Journalists has added "cyberspace" to its "Risk List," placing it beside Egypt and Syria in terms of places where press free...

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.

Journalists Demand Release Of Imprisoned Al Jazeera Reporters

AP | By JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Journalists in Kenya's capital shouted slogans and marched through the streets Tuesday before sitting outside the Egyptian Emb...