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Fake Journalism – Townhall

Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Clock is Ticking on GOP Congress 10 Examples of “Hate Crimes” That Turned Out to be Scams Finally, Real-World Experience Occupies the Oval Office A friend and colleague—a Democrat—sent me a text the other night.  The resignation of General Flynn and the recusal of Jeff Sessions from an investigation into alleged connections between President Trump and “the Russians,” he wrote, are “huge victories for journalism.” I disagree. First, it…

Newspapers matter: We knew you’d come crawling back to us – Miami Herald (blog)

Saturday, March 04, 2017

I’m beginning to feel like Sally Field. Remember the 1985 Academy Awards, when she was stunned by the idea of being accepted? “And I can’t deny the fact that you like me!” she gushed. “Right now! You like me!” I could give the same speech today. I am, you see, employed in an industry that is dealing with, well … let’s be diplomatic and call them “challenges.” Truth is, though,…

Newspapers matter: We knew you’d come crawling back to us – Miami Herald (blog)

Saturday, March 04, 2017

I’m beginning to feel like Sally Field. Remember the 1985 Academy Awards, when she was stunned by the idea of being accepted? “And I can’t deny the fact that you like me!” she gushed. “Right now! You like me!” I could give the same speech today. I am, you see, employed in an industry that is dealing with, well … let’s be diplomatic and call them “challenges.” Truth is, though,…

Rupert Murdoch moves one step closer to full takeover of Sky – The Independent

Friday, March 03, 2017

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has formally notified the European Commission that it is bidding £11.9bn for European pay-TV company Sky. The UK’s Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will now have 10 working days to decide whether to refer the offer to the media watchdog Ofcom, but in a statement she said that she has “concerns that there may be public interest considerations … that warrant further investigation” before the deal is recommended….

Covering Trump: when journalism, politics and fake news collide – watch live! – The Guardian

Friday, March 03, 2017

Six weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has labeled the press “the enemy of the American people”, barred some news outlets from briefings, and accused reputable publications of creating “fake news”. The unorthodox nature of this environment has raised questions: how important are press briefings? What are the ethics of using anonymous sources and leaked data? And how should we respond to a disinformation campaign targeted at the media? To…

The FBI’s new online FOIA portal is now live – TechCrunch

Friday, March 03, 2017

It’s March, and beyond seasonal allergies and college basketball, that means the FBI’s controversial changes to its FOIA request system are now fully implemented. For reporters and government transparency advocates, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an essential tool. Enacted in 1966, the act requires the government to provide answers to specific requests for information, and as any FOIA requester knows, the more specific the better chance of getting what you’re after….

The FBI’s new online FOIA portal is now live – TechCrunch

Friday, March 03, 2017

It’s March, and beyond seasonal allergies and college basketball, that means the FBI’s controversial changes to its FOIA request system are now fully implemented. For reporters and government transparency advocates, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an essential tool. Enacted in 1966, the act requires the government to provide answers to specific requests for information, and as any FOIA requester knows, the more specific the better chance of getting what you’re after….

The daily newspaper is on life support and the plug is being pulled – OnMilwaukee.com

Friday, March 03, 2017

Published March 2, 2017 at 4:36 p.m. The question, and it may not be easily answered, is whether anyone under the age of 50 actually cares that Milwaukee is virtually without a daily newspaper. When I was starting out in the world of journalism, one of my jobs was to write the obituaries for Wisconsin soldiers who had been killed in Vietnam. Since those days, I never wrote another…

FOIA Productions: An Incomplete Story – Competitive Enterprise Institute (blog)

Friday, March 03, 2017

Like other watchdog groups, perhaps more actively than most, CEI has for years sought release of public records, to help inform the public who owns them of important details related to the creation and implementation of major policy proposals — as well as policymakers and the courts who should be guided by such information. Specifically, the following documents have been produced in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests…

Protests mount in China against South Korea’s missile system – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Friday, March 03, 2017

Beijing’s escalating condemnation of South Korea over a U.S. anti-missile system has triggered protests against a popular retail giant and a reported ban on Chinese tour groups visiting the country, apparent signs that Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security. Protests have sprung up in the last few days against Lotte Mart, a South Korean hypermarket chain that sells…

Arkansas moves to separate King and Lee holiday – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Arkansas has taken a first step toward celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday in January and honoring Robert E. Lee in the fall rather than the current practice of recognizing both men on the same day in January. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday made the unusual move of testifying before a legislative committee. He says King should be celebrated separately for his civil rights accomplishments, and that…

A recipe for journalism that works – Columbia Journalism Review

Thursday, March 02, 2017

This article is one of three being co-published by The Nation and CJR as part of a special issue of The Nation on “Media in the Trump Era,” available online in full on March 2. Donald Trump has a bully’s nose for the vulnerable and the defenseless, and he sees the American media as both. The White House’s vicious attacks on the press and the often-timid response from journalists stem…

Critical, contextualised journalism needed in the face of AI-produced copy – Phys.Org

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Credit: ktsdesign / fotolia.com In spite of its limitations, automated journalism will expand. According to media researchers, this development underlines the need for critical, contextualised journalism. Journalists and editors believe ‘robo-journalists’ do not have a good nose for news and produce one-dimensional stories, according to new research published today. However, despite these limitations, the report reveals plans for the technology to be rolled out more widely with the potential to…

Flight log: Greitens chartered plane owned by newspaper company – STLtoday.com

Thursday, March 02, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY • The private airplane that ferried Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens across the country last month is owned by a St. Joseph-based company that operates newspapers and television stations from Missouri to California. Amid outcry from Democrats seeking details on how the political newcomer is traveling to various political events, the Post-Dispatch has learned that Greitens flew aboard a twin-engine jet owned by the News-Press &…

Turkish newspaper replaces editor after upsetting Erdogan – Financial Times

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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Journalism, identity and what Stuart Hall taught me – Aljazeera.com

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Arun Kundnani is scholar-in-residence at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. He is the Author of The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror and The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st-Century Britain. He writes for The Guardian, Nation, Intercept, and The Washington Post, among other publications. I first started reading Stuart Hall in the early 1990s as an…