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To Deepen Our Investigative Journalism, We’re Asking for Reader Support – The Intercept

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I have spent most of my adult life reporting from war and conflict zones around the world and on the front lines of social justice struggles in the United States. As a young journalist for Democracy Now! in the 1990s, I reported from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, and Nigeria. After 9/11, I knew the Bush administration was going to target Iraq, and I began reporting regularly from Baghdad. In the…

With proclamation, Denver council voices support for local journalism amid pressures – The Denver Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kieran Nicholson, right, and Emilie Rusch, both Denver Post reporters and newspaper guild officers, accept a proclamation that the Denver City Council delivered in support of local journalism on Monday. The Denver City Council on Monday voiced support for journalism at a time when local outlets have weathered repeated job cuts, partisan attacks and other pressures. Its proclamation, approved 12-0, urges owners of local media organizations “to provide their journalists…

Read all about it: the joy of newspapers – The Guardian

Monday, May 22, 2017

What are newspapers for? Mostly, we reckon we have a certain amount of time and it isn’t enough to do all the things we have to do. And we’re confused when it’s the other way round: the things we have to do fill only half the time we have available. Whichever way round it is, it’s always worth making time to read the papers. When you get to a certain…

Rupert Murdoch’s Grip on Power Put to the Test in Fox Upheaval – Bloomberg

Monday, May 22, 2017

The eighth floor at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan is where 21st Century Fox Inc.’s top executives sit, which is why it’s all the more significant that Rupert Murdoch is spending so much time six floors below. The 86-year-old media mogul moved to the second floor and into the office vacated when Fox News chief Roger Ailes was ousted last July. Last week, Murdoch gathered staff to reveal plans…

Chinese newspaper applauds reported ‘anti-espionage’ killing of CIA sources – The Guardian

Monday, May 22, 2017

An influential state-run newspaper has applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach. The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the US Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday….

Chinese newspaper applauds reported ‘anti-espionage’ killing of CIA sources – The Guardian

Monday, May 22, 2017

An influential state-run newspaper has applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach. The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the US Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday….

Israelis worry Trump’s changing stands look more and more like Obama’s – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Israeli love affair with President Donald Trump has soured as promises have gone unfulfilled. The Israeli public was very excited when Trump took office. They anticipated a fresh start after a fraught relationship with Barack Obama, who many thought was overly sympathetic to the Palestinians. But reality has set in as all Trump’s earlier talk – of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, of not worrying about Jewish settlements…

Register named best newspaper in Ohio – Sandusky Register

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Who uses FOIA? Journalists, lawyers, vendors and ‘the average Joe’ – Daily Press

Sunday, May 21, 2017

If you respond to Freedom of Information Act requests in York County, you know who Robert Holloway is. The county resident has asked for so much information, it’s hard for Gail Whittaker, the county’s spokeswoman and FOIA officer, to narrow it down. A sampling of his requests includes emails between local officials, contracts, city-commissioned studies and how EPA standards are being addressed at the Yorktown Crescent housing development. Holloway accounted…

Critical Turkish newspaper publishes blank issue in protest – New York Daily News

Sunday, May 21, 2017

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish opposition paper has published a “May 19 Press Freedom Special Edition,” left blank to protest the detentions of some staff members. Saturday’s edition of the Sozcu newspaper carried empty columns with writers’ names and also left the weather section blank. It was a response to Friday’s detentions of Mediha Olgun, the editor of Sozcu’s website, and reporter Gokmen Ulu. Detention warrants were also issued for…

Former Observer general manager also led McClatchy Newspapers chain – Charlotte Observer

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Erwin Potts, a North Carolina native who spent his early career as a newspaper reporter and editor and eventually became the first non-family member to lead McClatchy Newspapers as it grew into a national media company, died last week in Mexico. During part of the 1970s, Potts also was general manager of The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte News. He joined Sacramento-based McClatchy in 1975 as director of newspaper operations…

Journalism Is Deadly In Mexico – NPR

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Respected Mexican journalist Javier Valdez was murdered this week. NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Mexican journalist Javier Garza about the dangers of reporting on gang violence in Mexico.

Comey agrees to testify in public as Trump-Russia probe heats up – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now authorized to probe whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. A Justice Department official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic, confirmed that Rosenstein told members of the House of Representatives that the special counsel in…

Journalism’s epic week: surprises, scoops and a newspaper war – CNNMoney

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This has been an epic week in journalism — filled with nonstop surprises, head-spinning scoops and an old-fashioned newspaper war. Now take a moment to catch your breath. Because it’s not over yet. Friday’s New York Times, in a Washington-datelined story titled in some versions, “A City Hungry for News Approaches Indigestion,” quoted a student saying “I get nervous when my phone buzzes.” Many journalists feel the same way right…

Erwin Potts, former journalist and chairman of McClatchy Co., dies at 85 – Sacramento Bee

Friday, May 19, 2017

Erwin Potts, who spent his early career as a newspaper reporter and editor and eventually became the first non-family member to lead McClatchy Newspapers as it grew into a national media company, died this week in Mexico. Potts joined Sacramento-based McClatchy in 1975 as director of newspaper operations and retired in 1996 as chairman of the board of directors. Potts’ family announced Thursday that he had died of injuries suffered…

Western democracy—as represented by the US—is ‘crumbling,’ Chinese newspaper claims – CNBC

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Flynn stopped military plan Turkey opposed – after being paid as its agent – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Thursday, May 18, 2017

One of the Trump administration’s first decisions about the fight against the Islamic State was made by Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired – and it conformed to the wishes of Turkey, whose interests, unbeknownst to anyone in Washington, he’d been paid more than $500,000 to represent. The decision came 10 days before Donald Trump had been sworn in as president, in a conversation with President Barack Obama’s national…