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We Need a New Science of Progress - The Atlantic
Progress itself is understudied. By “progress,” we mean the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives and raised standards of living over the past couple of centuries. For a number of reasons, there is no broad-based intellectual movement focused on understanding the dynamics of progress, or targeting the deeper goal of speeding it up. We believe that it deserves a dedicated field of study. We suggest inaugurating the discipline of “Progress Studies.”

Before digging into what Progress Studies would entail, it’s worth noting that we still need a lot of progress. We haven’t yet cured all diseases; we don’t yet know how to solve climate change; we’re still a very long way from enabling most of the world’s population to live as comfortably as the wealthiest people do today; we don’t yet understand how best to predict or mitigate all kinds of natural disasters; we aren’t yet able to travel as cheaply and quickly as we’d like; we could be far better than we are at educating young people. The list of opportunities for improvement is still extremely long.
history  journalism  scholarly 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Twitter won’t ruin the world. But constraining democracy would | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
Active engagement rather than passive consumption might seem to be a good thing. Many worry, though, that what it actually means is the greater spread of misinformation. As John Sergeant, the BBC’s former chief political correspondent, told Radio 4’s PM, the problem with people forsaking mainstream media “is that you can’t inform them and increase their knowledge… So, how do you stop them not falling prey to fake news? They only have limited knowledge and you can’t correct it.” Such critics point to the willingness of the electorate to believe Donald Trump’s constant untruths, the Leave campaign’s infamous bus slogan and the odious conspiracy theories to which many cling as evidence of what happens in a more fragmented information landscape.
news  socialmedia  agnotology  journalism 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
How to write about addiction without promoting stigma and bias: 4 tips for journalists -
if journalists are to cover addiction in an accurate way, we need to be extremely careful that the language we use does not reflect the history of moralizing, racism and bias that has marked the war on some drugs. Here are some tips that can help:
drugs  language  journalism  psychology 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens - The Filter Bubble - Owen Jones And Con Coughlin
'Owen, we absolutely loved your thread exposing Con Coughlin. But what happened to the promised Guardian article on this? I'm asking because you told us you were writing something on Oct 17. The piece then came out a week later on Oct 24 with almost all the meat missing. Did you run into internal opposition at the Guardian?' (Direct message, Twitter, November 8, 2018)

We received no reply. Jones, of course, is not about to reveal what happened to his article. Perhaps the Guardian editors simply published what he submitted. One thing is clear: somehow, at some point, the filter bubble worked its magic and prevented a damning expose of a senior UK journalist reaching the Guardian's readers.
journalism  uk  iraq  attention  agnotology 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Katharine Viner: 'The Guardian's reader funding model is working. It's inspiring' | Membership | The Guardian
To be able to announce today that we have received financial support from more than 1 million readers around the world in the last three years is such a significant step. This model of being funded by our readers through voluntary contributions, subscriptions to the Guardian, the Observer and Guardian Weekly, membership or as part of our patrons programme is working.

This means that within just three years, the Guardian is on a path to being sustainable. We hope to break even by April 2019. It has not been easy and we still have a long way to go – we need you to continue to support us financially, and we need more of our readers to take that step if they can. We continue to face financial challenges, but we are determined to find new ways to make meaningful journalism thrive – and with your help it will.
journalism  guardian  news  newspapers  finance  business 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens - How To Be A Reliable ‘Mainstream’ Journalist
There are certain rules you need to follow as a journalist if you are going to demonstrate to your editors, and the media owners who employ you, that you can be trusted.

For example, if you write about US-Iran relations, you need to ensure that your history book starts in 1979.
journalism  politics  international 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Glenn Greenwald, the Bane of Their Resistance | The New Yorker
Greenwald and I talked about his definition of “evidence.” In the case of Russia, he seemed to use the word to mean “proof.” His evidentiary needs in this context could be contrasted with his swift, easy arrival at certainty in many other contexts. Greenwald assured me that Tennys Sandgren “didn’t have a racist bone in his body.” He had recently tweeted that Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, was not anti-Semitic, and that suggestions otherwise were “guilt-by-association trash.” It would be truer to say that Corbyn’s record provides some evidence of anti-Semitism, and that supporting him requires a response to that.
politics  journalism 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Initial Thoughts on the OPCW Interim Investigation into the Alleged Gas Attack in Douma, Syria - Mail Online - Peter Hitchens blog
‘Doctors said the symptoms had been consistent with exposure to an organophosphorus substance.’

Which doctors? Note the absence of named, checkable sources in a story written some distance from Damascus. This was typical of almost all western media reports of the episode at the time.

Now, the OPCW preliminary report, 6th July 2018, paragraph 2.5, specifically says there is no evidence of any such organophosphorus substance at the site. The quoted ‘doctors’, being unidentified, cannot now be approached to ask for their response to this.
journalism  syria  media  war 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
How The Media Reveal Inconvenient Truth About Syria | Tim Hayward
Perhaps a rush to launch the attacks all at once was due to an unexpectedly quick unravelling of the authorized narrative in Syria. As the Syrian Arab Army brought Douma back under government control, the liberated citizens were bringing horrendous stories about conditions of life under the UK-sponsored “moderate rebels”, speaking of terror, humiliation, deprivation, rape, murder and forced labour. These stories, if verified, would severely undermine the mainstream narrative. As would the discovery of exceedingly inconvenient facts relating to the alleged chemical attack that recently served as justification for the F-UK-US bombing raid.

So it is that those of us who strive to get a fair hearing for the inconvenient testimonies are branded “Apologists for Assad”.
syria  news  journalism  uk  media  war 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
French MPs criticise 'hasty and ineffective' fake news law | World news | The Guardian
The law aims to identify and stop deliberately false information that is “massively” spread online in the three-month period before an election.

Most criticism has been focused on the section of the law that allows political parties or candidates to complain about an item of allegedly false or implausible information online and a judge will, within 48 hours, rule on it and can block the publication. The judge must decide whether the allegedly false information could determine the course of an election, and whether it has been massively and artificially spread online.
france  news  law  censorship  politics  internet  journalism 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Peterson unmasks stitch-up of TV interviews
Here is a ideological duel between a sophisticated brand of the libertarian right and a corporate – aka faux – left-liberalism, represented by Newman. The pair, in their commitment to an aggressive individualism within a neoliberal system, have far more in common with each other than they do with a real left. I suspect Peterson would have struggled considerably more to justify his positions had he come up against someone like Noam Chomsky rather than Newman.

Nonetheless, the interview revealed something deeply troubling about what passes today for a news interview, and about the role of journalists. Here were two people talking at each other. This was mostly shadow play, rarely moving beyond shallow ideological posturing.

That is the standard format for news interviews, and one of the main reasons why the news in western democracies is so unenlightening.
journalism  television  media  politics 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Cas de Nadia Daam : le cyber-harcèlement, un moyen de pression de plus en plus utilisé pour faire taire les journalistes | RSF
Reporters sans frontières (RSF) s’associe à la campagne de soutien en faveur de la journaliste Nadia Daam qui fait l’objet de graves menaces en ligne après avoir dénoncé les méthodes de trolls dans une chronique sur Europe 1...
menaces de mort, de viol, de violences, parfois teintées de racisme, auxquelles elle a fait face à la suite de l’une de ses chroniques sur Europe 1, dans laquelle elle dénonçait les trolls responsables d’une cabale contre une application “anti-relous” destinée aux femmes victimes de harcèlement de rue.

La journaliste a également observé des tentatives de piratage de ses messageries et de ses comptes sur les réseaux sociaux, rapporte Libération. Elle a reçu des mails l’informant de son inscription sur des sites pornographiques et pédophiles, mentionnant l’adresse de son domicile personnel. Sa fille a également été mentionnée.
journalism  france  internet  socialmedia 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Soutien à la journaliste Nadia Daam, menacée par des trolls - Libération
Depuis quelques jours, notre consœur Nadia Daam est assiégée par des nervis abrités dans l’anonymat d’Internet, sur Twitter, Discord ou sur les forums de discussion 18-25 de la plateforme

Attaques contre ses comptes électroniques, injures pornographiques, menaces de mort, menaces de viol, menaces sur son enfant, tentative d’intrusion à son domicile au milieu de la nuit : voilà ce que subit une journaliste pour avoir dénoncé, dans une chronique diffusée sur Europe 1, le sabotage d’un numéro de téléphone destiné à aider les femmes victimes de harcèlement de rue par des activistes issus de ce forum 18-25, lieu d’une parole libre qui parfois dérape dans une violence faussement ludique. Ce qui arrive à Nadia Daam depuis cette chronique lui donne tragiquement raison.
journalism  france  feminism  internet  socialmedia 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Sorry Paul, Spycops Haven't Stopped - Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance
Where does he get this idea from? The Human Rights Act was passed in 1998 and the Macpherson report was published in 1999. Far from ending the era of political policing, they came just as it began a period of expansion.

The second major political policing unit, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit, was founded in 1999 to deploy the likes of Mark Kennedy and extend the worst of the spycops’ abuses. More spycops units were established in the 2000s.

Political policing has not ended. In 2013 HM Inspectorate of Constabulary explained that the old spycops units have been subsumed into the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command (known as SO15)
police  politics  uk  journalism 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
'Downright Orwellian': journalists decry Facebook experiment's impact on democracy | Technology | The Guardian
The experiment, which began 19 October and is still ongoing, involves limiting the core element of Facebook’s social network to only personal posts and paid adverts.

So-called public posts, such as those from media organisation Facebook pages, are being moved to a separate “explore” feed timeline. As a result, media organisations in the six countries containing 1% of the world’s population – Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cambodia, Serbia and Slovakia – have had one of their most important publishing platforms removed overnight.

“The Facebook explore tab killed 66% of our traffic. Just destroyed it … years of really hard work were just swept away,” says Dina Fernandez, a journalist and member of the editorial board at Guatemalan news site Soy502. “It has been catastrophic, and I am very, very worried.”

In Slovakia, data from Facebook-owned analytics site CrowdTangle shows that “interactions” – engagement such as likes, shares and comments – fell by 60% overnight for the Facebook pages of a broad selection of the country’s media Facebook pages.
facebook  journalism  news 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
UK's foremost libel lawyer sets his sights on Israel's enemies | The Times of Israel
“There’s a Jewish choice in life,” he continues. “You can either be the Jew that people want to pick on — or they can say, oh, typical Jews, so belligerent. I always think, well, if people don’t like me, at least I’ve hit them.”

Lewis takes a ruthless approach, believing that it’s necessary to be aggressive against anti-Semites on social media.

“Someone can be a Nazi, but at least [if they are taken to court] they can be a homeless Nazi,” he says. “I’m quite happy to take their homes off them. If these people would have rational debate, I would do that [instead], but they are nutters who have conspiratorial theories and I will never change their outlook.”
uk  law  journalism  freedom 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Any muppet could write The Tempest, pre-internet | Hadley Freeman | Technology | The Guardian
When I started working in 2000, the only contact I had with readers came in the form of the very, very occasional letter. Now people tell me, at all times of day – by email, by Twitter, in comments beneath articles – exactly what they think of my work. As my rock bottom moment in LA suggested, that can be unnerving, especially if you try to engage with people, as I do. I can easily spend five times as long dealing with the reactions to my articles as I do writing them.

But I don’t hate the web. Aside from all its obvious benefits – I can go shopping without the inconvenience of getting off my butt, I can keep in touch with friends abroad – it has brought some more unexpected joys. So, yes, strangers can yell at me – but they can also be lovely to me. One of my favourite things about the web is the other female journalists I have met online, who now offer one another advice, support and many, many jokes. And that’s nice, isn’t it?
commenting  journalism 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Joseph Goebbels and Propaganda - History Learning Site
It is known that Goebbels studied the way advertising companies worked in America. A great deal of his written work was made up of short sentences – as the above indicate. Everything was kept simple so that there could be no misunderstanding as to its meaning. When Goebbels wrote for something like ‘Der Angriff’ or ‘Volkischer Beobachter’ he punctuated his sentences with capital letters. For example:

“What we demand is NEW, CLEAR-CUT and RADICAL, therefore in the long run REVOLUTIONARY. The upheaval we want is to be achieved first of all IN THE SPIRIT OF THE PEOPLE. We know no IFS OR BUTS, we know only EITHER…OR.”
journalism  agnotology  attention  typography 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Alliston case: after the verdict | Road Danger Reduction Forum
According to the Daily Mail,22 year old Wells was riding her motorbike at 44 mph in a 30 mph area “weaving in and out of traffic”, overtaking a lorry and undertaking a learner driver moments before hitting and killing 80 year-old Ian Rose as he got off a bus. Ms Wells had noticed a speed camera and checked her dashboard in a way which distracted her at the moment of collision. (It may be of interest that both prosecution and the media report highlight this last fact, possibly implying that the speed camera was a problem. Maybe that is being too cynical.)

Wells was given a suspended sentence, with the judge pointing out that she had shown remorse, was aware that she taken a life
crash_report  cycling  media  journalism 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
I’m the Irish guy who writes for ‘Charlie Hebdo’
It was at this point that I got involved with Charlie Hebdo. Among the writers and artists who came to the magazine’s aid was the novelist Marie Darrieussecq. Mobilised by rage and dismay, she gathered some French writers and brought a posse with her. She kept a horse for me, and I will never stop being grateful to her.

Without hesitation I accepted her offer that I write for them. Without hesitation? I nearly bit her hand off.

Not everyone accepted. I can understand someone not doing it out of safety concerns, for themselves or their families. There were also those who refused for other reasons: to wait to see how the wind of opinion blew or to gauge the level of public support. I understand them, too, but I don’t much love them.
Don’t care

I got on board in late January and my first article appeared on February 20th. I share a column with Marie Darrieussecq and Yannick Haenel, and my work appears every two or three weeks.

What do I write about in Charlie? Typically and terrifyingly, they don’t really care. They’ll spike bullshit, and they’re total bastards about length, but apart from that it’s very much, “Go on. Knock yourself out. Take it out for a spin and see what it can do.”
CharlieHebdo  writing  editing  journalism 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Notre-Dame-des-Landes : l’histoire d’une manipulation médiatique |
Aujourd’hui, voilà où nous en sommes : Google nous permet de voir qu’il existe encore de nombreux médias nationaux (RTL,France Info, LCI, Le Parisien, Le Figaro, Libération, etc) et locaux (Ouest France, Le Dauphiné Libéré…) qui reprennent le terme « référendum » des pro-aéroport, et accréditent ainsi la légitimité de cette consultation populaire
aéroport  journalism  france 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
If UK Media wrote about the UK like it does Latin America | Brasil Wire
As the May regime collapses into economic chaos and repression, what hope now for the British people?

Following a disastrous and disputed General election in which she could not secure a democratic mandate, the United Kingdom’s increasingly unpopular authoritarian leader, Theresa May, has resorted to side-stepping the constitution to protect her deeply corrupt and weakened regime.

A massive bribery scheme to buy the loyalty of Far-Right Northern Irish lawmakers and the support of pariah state Saudi Arabia are now all that keep the embattled Autocrat in her Downing Street base.
journalism  politics  uk 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why don’t journalists link to primary sources? – Bad Science
the Telegraph ran the headline “Wind farms blamed for stranding of whales”. “Offshore wind farms are one of the main reasons why whales strand themselves on beaches, according to scientists studying the problem”, it continued. Baroness Warsi even cited it as a fact on BBC Question Time this week, arguing against wind farms.

But anyone who read the open access academic paper in PLoS One, titled “Beaked Whales respond to simulated and actual navy sonar”, would see that the study looked at sonar, and didn’t mention wind farms at all. At our most generous, the Telegraph story was a spectacular and bizarre exaggeration of a brief contextual aside about general levels of manmade sound in the ocean by one author at the end of the press release (titled “Whales scared by sonars”). Now, I have higher expectations of academic institutions than media ones, but this release didn’t mention wind farms, certainly didn’t say they were “one of the main reasons why whales strand themselves on beaches”, and anyone reading the press release could see that the study was about naval sonar.

The Telegraph article was a distortion (now deleted, with a miserly correction), perhaps driven by their odder editorial lines on the environment, but my point is this: if we had a culture of linking to primary sources, if they were a click away, then any sensible journalist would have been be too embarrassed to see this article go online. Distortions like this are only possible, or plausible, or worth risking, in an environment where the reader is actively deprived of information.
agnotology  informationmastery  journalism  internet  science 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Venezuela : l’indulgence de la presse française (et d’une partie de la gauche) pour la violence d’extrême droite | Venezuela infos
Puisque le Venezuela est en passe de devenir un véritable sujet de politique intérieure, rappelons aux éditorialistes de tout poil et autres tenants de l’ordre établi que, par leur atlantisme aveugle et leur libéralisme économique forcené, ils se persuadent qu’ils défendent la liberté et la démocratie au Venezuela alors qu’ils sont tout simplement en train d’apporter un soutien médiatique et politique international décisif à la stratégie violente de l’extrême-droite vénézuélienne et ce, quelles que soient les critiques légitimes que l’on puisse faire à l’exécutif vénézuélien et aux chavistes. Leur crédibilité risque d’être sérieusement entamée la prochaine fois qu’ils ressortiront l’épouvantail électoral du Front National pour faire voter « utile ».
venezuela  france  politics  journalism 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
We published “The Uninhabitable Earth” on Sunday night, and the response since has been extraordinary — both in volume (it is already the most-read article in New York Magazine’s history) and in kind. Within hours, the article spawned a fleet of commentary across newspapers, magazines, blogs, and Twitter, much of which came from climate scientists and the journalists who cover them.

Some of this conversation has been about the factual basis for various claims that appear in the article. To address those questions, and to give all readers more context for how the article was reported and what further reading is available, we are publishing here a version of the article filled with research annotations. They include quotations from scientists I spoke with throughout the reporting process; citations to scientific papers, articles, and books I drew from; additional research provided by my colleague Julia Mead; and context surrounding some of the more contested claims. Since the article was published, we have made four corrections and adjustments, which are noted in the annotations (as well as at the end of the original version).
journalism  annotation  peerreview  attention  climatechange  sciencepublishing  science 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
The collapse of the local press: A disaster facing local democracy | David Hencke
The local residents association – the Grenfell Action Group – had been warning of fire safety issues in Grenfell Tower and other blocks of flats as long ago as 2013.

But they had been ignored and when their blogs got too critical they were threatened by the solicitor to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with defamation proceedings unless they took down the critical posts.

The reason why their concerns went unreported was entirely due to the state of the local press. As Grant Feller, a former reporter, wrote in Press Gazette
In 1990 there would have been two rival papers the Chelsea News and the Kensington News and a team of ten reporters looking at everything in the borough.
“But today there is no-one there. There is a newspaper that cares for Londoners, reflects London and does its bit for London – and that’s the Evening Standard. But it doesn’t do these types of stories.”
journalism  news  uk 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Journalists as State Functionaries - Craig Murray
disquiet among journalists that Theresa May will only take questions that have been pre-vetted and selected in advance by the Tory Party
journalism  uk  politics 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road; BBC Sussex asks "Who's to blame?" |
Despite the company's firm action and apology, BBC Sussex framed the incident on Twitter this morning in a way that suggested the cyclist, who managed to remain upright and escaped without injury, may have done something wrong.
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Its tweet was condemned by a number of Twitter users, including cycling campaigners, media figures and even West Midlands Police, and was later deleted - but not before a screengrab had been taken of it by several Twitter users, including the Guardian’s Peter Walker.
cycling  road_safety  journalism  twitter  crime  police 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Violences policières « en marge » des manifestations : les mots pour (ne pas) le dire - Acrimed | Action Critique Médias
Une partie de la réponse à cette délicate question se loge dans l’emploi du verbe devoir, dans une tournure récurrente en pareil cas – mais beaucoup moins quand il s’agit d’évoquer les agissements des manifestants :

« Les forces de l’ordre ont dû utiliser des lacrymogènes. » (, 12 mai 2016)...

Et si l’on en est réduit à devoir malgré tout appeler les choses par leur nom et à évoquer crûment des « violences policières », il reste un dernier recours, l’usage de guillemets, hautement déontologiques (mais dont on peut se passer pour évoquer les « violences » des manifestants – qu’on peut parfois évoquer, puisqu’on les redoute, avant même qu’elles aient eu lieu) :

« Ce qui inquiète les autorités, c’est surtout le rassemblement annoncé samedi et censé dénoncer “les violences policières”. » (, 12 mai 2016)
police  france  journalism  language 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
Le pouvoir s’acharne contre le journaliste Gaspard Glanz
Le journaliste Gaspard Glanz était poursuivi pour "injures publiques" à l’encontre de policiers. Le tribunal de Rennes l’a relaxé au nom de la liberté de la presse. Mais le procureur a décidé de faire appel de cette décision, poursuivant l’acharnement dont est victime notre confrère, qui a aussi collaboré à Reporterre. Voici le communiqué publié le 6 mai par ses avocats :

« Le journaliste Gaspard Glanz, fondateur et gérant de l’agence de presse Taranis News, est confronté à un acharnement judiciaire et politique d’une rare intensité.

Fiché « S » pour atteinte à la sûreté de l’État, visé par la loi sur l’état d’urgence, poursuivi par les procureurs de la République de plusieurs villes, Gaspard Glanz est manifestement ciblé par le pouvoir. Son travail serait-il si dérangeant ?
police  france  law  journalism 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Media Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think - POLITICO Magazine
The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of the nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. And you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too.

The “media bubble” trope might feel overused by critics of journalism who want to sneer at reporters who live in Brooklyn or California and don’t get the “real America” of southern Ohio or rural Kansas. But these numbers suggest it’s no exaggeration: Not only is the bubble real, but it’s more extreme than you might realize. And it’s driven by deep industry trends.
journalism  us  bubble  agnotology 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Avant le premier tour, Le Monde n'aurait pas roulé pour Macron ? La complainte du médiateur - Acrimed | Action Critique Médias
Le suspense soigneusement entretenu autour de sa candidature méritait-il tant d’articles aussi creux ? Fallait-il vraiment faire mousser à ce point ce qui était littéralement un non-événement ? Pourquoi nul autre candidat, dont le progressisme du discours et du programme n’avait objectivement rien à envier à celui de Macron, n’a-t-il bénéficié de « Unes » aussi bienveillantes et brumeuses à la fois ?

[big article providing evidence that Macron is a media creation]
france  politics  media  journalism  spectacle 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Laura Wilder Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of 'By the Shores Of Silver Lake'
In 1930, Laura asked her daughter's opinion about a biographical manuscript she had written about her pioneering childhood. The Great Depression, coupled with the recent deaths of her mother and her sister Mary, seem to have prompted her to preserve her memories in a "life story" called "Pioneer Girl". She had also renewed her interest in writing in the hope of generating some income. Little did either of them realize that Laura Ingalls Wilder, 63, was about to embark on an entirely new career: writer of books for children.

Controversy surrounds Rose's exact role in what became her mother's famous "Little House" series of books. Some argue that Laura was an "untutored genius," relying on her daughter mainly for some early encouragement and her connections with publishers and literary agents. Others contend that Rose basically took each of her mother's unpolished rough drafts in hand and completely (and silently) transformed them into the series of books we know today. The truth most likely lies somewhere between these two positions — Laura's writing career as a rural journalist and credible essayist began more than two decades before the "Little House" series, and Rose's formidable skills as an editor and ghostwriter, are well-documented.
writing  literature  editing  journalism 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Mainstream Media: the Indispensable Pre-War Preparations
In fact, this press coverage was the only justification for the bombing, since the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and other international bodies simply had no time to properly investigate the circumstances.
President Donald Trump walks from the podium after speaking at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night
© AP Photo/ Alex Brandon
US Attack in Syria Proves US is 'the Most Unpredictable State in World', Result of 'Wars of Elites' - Moscow

This situation imposes additional responsibility on journalists, but were they up to the task? Unfortunately, just like in many previous cases, there were many immediate assumptions and immediate categorical statements that have been made concerning the presumed guilty party...
The last, but certainly not the least effective means of propaganda is an emotional attack on the audience. The reader (or the viewer) is put face to face with such unbearable cruelty, that it spurs him to justify any military action (in this case — from the US government) that would remove the terrible descriptions from a newspaper page or the unbearable images from the screen before his eyes.
journalism  propaganda  spectacle  syria  war  WarCrimes 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
The BBC has been caught manipulating its coverage of Syria in favour of Trump | The Canary
The BBC has been caught removing opposing views from its coverage of Syria. The comments it edited include analysis of the alleged chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun. And the revision ended up favouring Donald Trump’s knee-jerk military action.
Bias by omission?

The website ‘NewsSniffer’ documents edits made to web articles. And one from the BBC entitled Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump condemns ‘affront to humanity’, published on Thursday 6 April, was found by the website to have had 10 edits. But one stands out in particular.
syria  agnotology  politics  uk  journalism 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why Has Trust in Media Collapsed? Look at Actions of WSJ, Yahoo, Business Insider and Slate.
Even the best and most careful journalists get things wrong sometimes. But the minimal requirement for journalistic credibility and integrity is acknowledging and fixing mistakes. When the debate over Fake News first emerged, advocates of the term insisted that it was this attribute – a willingness to admit and correct errors – that distinguishes credible news outlets that sometimes err from fakes and frauds...
If you publish serious claims without any basis that mislead readers, and then refuse to acknowledge new evidence that disproves your original claims – all because you dislike the people you originally smeared with falsehoods too much to correct your error or because you hope the embarrassment will disappear faster if just you ignore it – why should anyone view you as being different than Macedonian teenagers or “alt-right” conspiracy sites? What are the cognizable differences?
journalism  error  agnotology 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Ian Sinclair journalism
After pitching successfully to the Comment Editor at The New Arab, on 2 February 2017 I submitted an article that asked why the media was ignoring leaked US government documents about Syria. This was important to highlight, I argued, because the documents completely contradicted the dominant narrative about the West and Syria that is endlessly repeated in the media. My article was published on 7 February 2017, and in the next couple of days was retweeted hundreds of times, and got over 5,000 Facebook shares.

However, when I went to read the comments under my article on the morning of 9 February 2017 I found that the article had been removed from The New Arab website. I emailed the Comment Editor, asking what had happened and was directed to the CEO of The New Arab. The CEO told me he had removed my article from the website because he “found it to be contrary to our editorial line.”
syria  censorship  journalism 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Basic Security Guide (Tech Solidarity)
Basic security precautions for non-profits and journalists in the United States, early 2017.

Don't send any sensitive information by email.
journalism  security  privacy 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
La CPML | Medias Libres
Nous sommes une poignée d’irréductibles – des journalistes, des inventeurs de médias – et nous voulons une autre information. Nous désirons lancer une pensée différente de celle des mass médias… Nous sommes une poignée, d’abord chacun dans notre coin, à lutter pour exister, faire exister une autre information, loin de la pensée unique. A Meymac, les 23, 24, 25 mai dernier, nous nous sommes réunis, et nous nous sommes coordonnés.

Nous sommes bien sûr différents, uniques, mais nous avons tous compris que nous parviendrons ensemble, de façon solidaires, à donner de la force à chacun d’entre nous… Nous avons donc signé un premier appel… Nous avons créé ce site participatif, collaboratif, pour une meilleure visibilité des titres que nous défendons, mais aussi parce qu’il représente un outil d’échanges professionnels.
media  politics  france  journalism  humanrights 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
About Us | DeSmog UK
DeSmog UK encourages intelligent, informed and robust debate. Commenters are encouraged to include links to supporting information as this helps enrich the conversation, especially when discussing climate change science. Users who make demonstrably false claims about the science may on occasion have their posts deleted. We believe this will assist readers in accessing more reliable information. DeSmog UK does not censor comments based on political or ideological points of view. We may delete comments that are abusive, off-topic or use offensive language.
agnotology  commenting  journalism  climatechange 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Facebook, Google Join Drive Against Fake News In France As Election Nears | The Huffington Post
Facebook , said it would work with eight French news organizations, including news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), news channel BFM TV, and newspapers L’Express and Le Monde to minimize the risk that false news appeared on its platform.

Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, has 24 million users in France, more than a third of the country’s population. It will rely on users to flag fake news on its network so that the articles can then by fact-checked by its partner organizations.

Any news report deemed to be fake by two of its partners would then be tagged with an icon to show that the content is contested, Facebook said.

Facebook is also supporting a separate initiative launched by Google dubbed “CrossCheck” which calls on users to submit links to contested content to a dedicated website so that it can be investigated.

Seventeen French newsrooms have joined the project, including AFP and the French public national television broadcaster.
facebook  journalism  france  censorship 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore. – Medium
You’re tired of those participating in the current media landscape acting like we can keep a republic via sweet Twitter burns or made-to-go-viral videos on Facebook with no context. Tired of people who don’t think like you totally misunderstanding reality as you see it. Tired of charlatans playing to the worse instincts of their tribe and getting rewarded. Tired of pinning the promise of journalism on the good will of its members who have every economic incentive to do otherwise.
news  journalism  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  advertising 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Numbers Are In: Fake News Didn't Work - Bloomberg View
The researchers found out that pro-Trump fake stories had been shared about 30 million times, compared with 7.6 million times for pro-Hillary Clinton ones. About 15 percent of respondents recalled seeing the average fake news headline, and 8 percent recalled believing it when they saw it. Interestingly, the most-remembered fake story was a pro-Clinton one, saying Wikileaks had fabricated compromising emails from leading Democrats.

The numbers, however, were close for the placebo headlines, suggesting people were overstating their exposure.

Correcting for that, Allcott and Gentzkow estimated that only 1.2 percent of people actually recalled seeing the average fake story, meaning the average American remembered about 0.92 pro-Trump fake stories and 0.23 pro-Clinton ones. Not only did the average American remember no more than one fake story, but even smaller fractions of them actually believed it. To sway a voter under these circumstances, the academics estimate that the story would need to be as persuasive as 36 campaign ads.
socialmedia  us  politics  journalism  attention  television 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
In Response to Guardian’s Irresponsible Reporting on WhatsApp: A Plea for Responsible and Contextualized Reporting on User Security | technosociology
Activists and journalists communicate a lot with ordinary people, and need to be certain that their messages are communicated as reliably as possible, using the same system as their recipient will use–hence the advantage of WhatsApp with its huge user base.

WhatsApp’s behavior around key exchange when phone or SIM cards are changed is an acceptable trade-off if the priority is message reliability. People do not have a free choice in what apps to use; they gravitate towards ones with the largest user base (the ones the people they want to connect to are using) and to ones that are seamless to use. Causing unnecessary and unwarranted concern about WhatsApp is likely to make many users give up on the idea of using secure apps altogether. Again, think of causing alarmist doubts over vaccines in general because of a very rare threat of side effects to a few
security  guardian  journalism  informationmastery  surveillance 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Guardian’s "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" Documentary:
Completely obscures the fact that David Leigh was responsible for the publication of the unredacted cables, and says that this was an incomprehensible and reprehensible decision made by WikiLeaks.
Does not disclose that David Leigh violated a written legal agreement between WikiLeaks and The Guardian that the material would not be passed to third parties (The New York Times), published before the publishing date, or be kept in an insecure manner. David Leigh has admitted that he deliberately went behind the editor (and his brother-in-law) Alan Rusbridger’s back to break the agreement, inorder to try to avoid liability for breach of contract, in a case study by Columbia University:
security  wikileaks  guardian  journalism  informationmastery  digitalhumanities  digitarightsmanagement 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Revealed: Thatcher aide wanted to use Prince William to hobble CND | Politics | The Guardian
The press secretary said they needed to consider “whether there was anything useful we can do to neutralise the television appeal of these demonstrations. They will secure less airtime and have less impact if something more newsworthy in television terms occurs – eg (to be brutal) a North Sea blow out; an assassination attempt on the Pope, etc; some awful tragedy.”
On 17 March 1983, Ingham told a Downing Street meeting: “I think that Good Friday is a lost cause. This is the day when the CND chain will (or will not) be formed between Aldermaston and Greenham Common. It is also a day when there is not much sport. However, what would take the trick would be press and TV pictures, for the release on the evening of Good Friday and/or Saturday newspapers of Prince William in Australia.”
attention  media  journalism  uk  politics  nukes 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Prepare for the 2 Mile Army Run |
the Army standards only for these age groups, which will help when comparing your goals with the treadmill workouts settings.

For men, the standards for the minimum and maximum time scores are:

Age (17-21) - Minimum (15.54 minutes) -- Maximum (13.00 minutes)
Age (22-26) - Minimum (16.36 minutes) -- Maximum (13.00 minutes)
Age (27-31) - Minimum (17.00 minutes) -- Maximum (13.18 minutes)
running  journalism  walking 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How TV news failed to keep up in 2016 | Television & radio | The Guardian
I hardly ever watch TV news, because it seems scantly to repay my attention; the only certainty is it will insult my intelligence. Perhaps it was always like that. However, in the marketplace of news, there’s less and less reason to expose myself to it. And if fiftysomething media drones are turning off TV news and looking for their information elsewhere, who is watching?
television  news  journalism  socialmedia 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How 4 public radio stations in California collaborated to cover the election – Poynter
After the primary, we parsed out that data to find out what pages were most frequented in the guide. We found that people were searching L.A. County Superior Court Judge candidates more than any other race in the state. That’s because it’s nearly impossible to find thorough info on those candidates elsewhere. Our voter guide was a start but we could do more.

As a result, KPCC’s daily magazine show Take Two produced a series called “Meet the Judges,” in which they profiled each of the eight candidates. The individual segment pages saw 58,901 unique users. That rivals metrics on KPCC’s voter guide, which saw 74,238 unique users during that same time period (Oct. 18 to Nov. 8).
search  journalism  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Michael Lewis and the Narrative Nonfiction Formula - Los Angeles Review of Books
The scientific narrative nonfiction formula, as Lewis and Gladwell use it, consists of depicting a character or small cadre of characters who embody a counterintuitive claim — especially counterintuitive for a behavioral or psychological subject (so that readers feel as though it might have application to their own lives). The scientific narrative nonfiction author then moves the reader from his or her original perception of the status quo to the counterintuitive truism through a winding road of anecdotes and eccentricities provided by the character or characters, all the while shearing and honing these stories for salience and readability. “You think that ‘experts’ have a solid grasp on something? Actually, here are some relatively unknown people who can prove otherwise.” This is the crux of the formula.

Importantly, the reader must be somewhat educated (and thus interested in the subject at hand), but not too knowledgeable in the specific field being discussed. Someone who knows Kahneman and Tversky’s history well may find little new in The Undoing Project. The most important skill for the likes of Lewis and Gladwell comes mostly at the outset: identifying the character or characters who can provide the kind of stories and perspectives to take the reader from what he thinks he knows to what he should know.
writing  finance  journalism 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
No one should be diagnosed at a distance – even Donald Trump | Hannah Jane Parkinson | Opinion | The Guardian
Today, that article might have been “10 reasons why Barry Goldwater is too crazy for the Oval Office”. Then it was “The unconscious of a conservative: a special issue on the mind of Barry Goldwater”. The case led to the establishment of a 1973 edict (Section 7.3) that psychiatrists should not diagnose individuals they have not personally treated. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) sets out the Goldwater rule thus: “On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorisation for such a statement.”
psychology  journalism  medicine  privacy  ethics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group
One of the core functions of PropOrNot appears to be its compilation of a lengthy blacklist of news and political websites that it smears as peddlers of “Russian propaganda.” Included on this blacklist of supposed propaganda outlets are prominent independent left-wing news sites such as Truthout, Naked Capitalism, Black Agenda Report, Consortium News, and Truthdig.

Also included are popular libertarian hubs such as Zero Hedge,, and the Ron Paul Institute, along with the hugely influential right-wing website the Drudge Report and the publishing site WikiLeaks. Far-right, virulently anti-Muslim blogs such as Bare Naked Islam are likewise dubbed Kremlin mouthpieces. Basically, everyone who isn’t comfortably within the centrist Hillary Clinton/Jeb Bush spectrum is guilty. On its Twitter account, the group announced a new “plugin” that automatically alerts the user that a visited website has been designated by the group to be a Russian propaganda outlet.
journalism  politics  news  newspapers  us 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
WikiLeaks specializes in publishing, curating, and ensuring easy access to full online archives of information that has been censored or suppressed, or is likely to be lost. An understanding of our historical record enables self-determination; publishing and ensuring easy access to full archives, rather than just individual documents, is central to preserving this historical record. Since publishing Cablegate, WikiLeaks has continued to work to make PlusD the most complete online archive of US Department of State documents, adding to the library each year with newly available cables and other documents from the State Department communications system. It can be accessed through a set of specially developed search interfaces at
reading  research  writing  wikileaks  agnotology  attention  journalism  history  archiving 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why journalistic 'balance' is failing the public
And even truth-seeking journalists could easily be pressured into inadvertently or even intentionally covering stories in order to satisfy a false or imaginary sense of balance. You can’t blame them. The concept of “balance” – or as its critics refer to it “false equivalence” – has long been a key precept of journalism. It epitomises the idealistic notion that journalists ought to be fair to all so that, whenever they write a story, they give equal weight to both sides of the argument.

But, especially in our new “post-truth” era, this doesn’t always work to the benefit of the public good. Here are some examples of where balance doesn’t necessarily work...

But you can’t help but have some sympathy for Jacob Weisberg of Slate magazine, quoted in Spayd’s article, who said that journalists used to covering candidates who were like “apples and oranges” were presented with a candidate, Trump, who was like “rancid meat”.
journalism  writing  science  agnotology 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Assange: "The son of a bitch is me" - statement on the sentencing hearing of US journalist Barrett Brown
The most serious claim against Barrett Brown is that six months after the March 6, 2012 FBI raid on his mother’s address he tweeted “illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. It sounds bad. It is a clear incitement to murder. The FBI claim that the “son of a bitch” Barrett was referring to was one of their agents. That is false. The “son of a bitch” is me—and the person who called for my assassination was not Barrett Brown.

Barrett’s full retweet was “dead men can’t leak stuff… illegally shoot the son of a bitch”. The quote is from Fox news host Bob Beckel, who called for my assassination—an injustice that Barrett was trying to draw attention to. Here is the video proof.

The FBI took no action against Bob Beckel or the numerous other senior figures calling for my assassination. A bill was put before Congress to declare WikiLeaks staff “enemy combatants” in order to make our assassination legal. It did not pass, but the FBI still refused to act.
journalism  law  us  wikileaks  assange 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
The shift in media’s business model played a critical role in Trump's victory
Demands for immediacy and unbundling changing media environment profoundly.
"In the post-fact society that is now ours, accuracy doesn’t weigh much. Only noise matters."
journalism  news  socialmedia  newspapers  france  eu  germany 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
On Bullshit and the News Media we’ve all helped to build – Medium
Maybe if we judged bullshitters like we do liars, we could have seen Trump’s game from a mile away...
Seek out news that doesn’t have an agenda. Buy a subscription to an honest, no-bullshit newspaper if you can afford it. Journalists at such newspapers are on the front lines of the war against bullshit media. Start treating partisan news like dessert, not the main course of your media diet.
journalism  news  agnotology 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why didn't the Daily Mail put the jailing of Jo Cox's murderer on its front page? | Jane Martinson | Opinion | The Guardian
But for Britain’s biggest-selling mid-market tabloid, the Daily Mail, not to refer to Cox and her killer until page 30 was not only surprising but a shock.

Nearly all other papers put a smiling picture of the Labour MP and mother of two young children on their front page on the day her killer received a full life sentence – even if they led their news coverage on the economy.

So what happened at the Mail? And what does it say about that paper’s view of – and impact on – the UK’s political life that the verdict on the first murder of a sitting MP for 26 years can be relegated so far inside its pages?
journalism  editing  uk  newspapers 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
How two unemployed guys got rich off Facebook, fake news and an army of Trump supporters | Toronto Star
What works on Facebook and what doesn’t work occupies many of the conversations between Wade and Goldman. Explicitly telling people to prove that they support Trump by sharing their stories works, so they do that. Neither of them is particularly religious, but their readers are, so in their writing they ask God to bless the president-elect, and that works, too. So does exaggeration: “OBAMA BIRTH SECRETS REVEALED! The Letters From His Dad Reveal Something Sinister ...” And stoking fear: “Terrorists Have Infiltrated the US Government! Look Who They Want to ASSASSINATE!!” And inflaming racial and gender tension: “BREAKING: Michelle Obama holds Feminist Rally At HER SLAVE HOUSE!” And conspiracy theories: “BREAKING: Top Official Set to Testify Against Hillary Clinton Found DEAD!”
There are times when Wade wonders what it would be like to write an article he truly believes in. “In a perfect world,” he says, it would have nuance and balance and long paragraphs and take longer than 10 minutes to compose. It would make people think. But he never writes it, he says, because no one would click on it, so what would be the point?
facebook  journalism  internet  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Confessions of a Google Spammer
He took the stage with a big smile, introduced himself and then proceeded with this presentation called “F#$%! Link Building”...
I swore I wouldn’t let Google make us stop hustlin’. But Rand was right. Within 2 months, our entire network of 5,000+ blogs — for which we paid more than $80,000 — was deindexed, dead, simply kaput. Our $100k/mo business was ruined.
search  google  journalism  spam 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ - The Washington Post
I hate Trump.

Is that it? You posted on Facebook a couple weeks ago that you had a lot of ideas for satirizing Clinton and other figures, but that “no joke . . . in doing this for six years, the people who clicked ads the most, like it’s the cure for cancer, is right-wing Republicans.” That makes it sound like you’ve found targeting conservatives is more profitable.

Yeah, it is. They don’t fact-check.

But a Trump presidency is good for you from a business perspective, right?

It’s great for anybody who does anything with satire — there’s nothing you can’t write about now that people won’t believe. I can write the craziest thing about Trump, and people will believe it. I wrote a lot of crazy anti-Muslim stuff — like about Trump wanting to put badges on Muslims, or not allowing them in the airport, or making them stand in their own line — and people went along with it!
facebook  news  journalism  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
What Facebook’s Fake News Problem Really Means for You – Medium
According to BuzzFeed News, one Macedonian town alone has 140 U.S. political websites. These sites don’t act pro-Trump as much as just follow the action. They learned that Trump supporters crave sensationalist headlines that support their theories and beliefs. In other words, they want to hear what they want to hear and will look for proof in support of it. Democrats apparently don’t take the same bait. According to Gizmodo, 38 percent of right-leaning news stories on Facebook contained inaccuracies or falsehoods as compared to 19 percent of left-leaning news stories. Even worse, those numbers skyrocketed for Trump during the lead-up to the presidential election.

One interesting point worth mentioning here is how Facebook even knows and categorizes you in the first place, whether you are a liberal or conservative. Yes, that’s right, they do this. In certain instances, people identify themselves as such. But in most cases, the platform identifies your political leanings based on pages you like, topics you discuss, and your interests. It’s another piece of what I call your permanent record, that nasty trail of thousands of bits of information about you that aggregated into your permanent data packet. That information then gets plugged into an algorithm to flood you with content in alignment with your perceived beliefs, skewing your perception of the world.
facebook  journalism  authoritarianism  psychology  politics 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook staffers formed an unofficial task force during the past week to look into their company’s role in disseminating fake news. - Silicon Valley Business Journal
“It’s not a crazy idea. What’s crazy is for him to come out and dismiss it like that, when he knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” one Facebook employee anonymously told BuzzFeed. Currently, 44 percent of Americans get their news from Facebook, according to

Dozens of employees have met twice in the last six days to discuss the issue in secret. The secrecy allows individuals to speak without fear of senior management, per the report. The group plans to meet formally in the near future and make recommendations to Facebook’s senior management.

While the task force is small, the sources told BuzzFeed that “hundreds” of Facebook staffers were unsettled by the company’s position on fake news. Zuckerberg wrote a post on his own Facebook page over the weekend saying it was “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.
journalism  facebook  internet  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
The forces that drove this election’s media failure are likely to get worse » Nieman Journalism Lab
I used to be something of a skeptic when it came to claims of “filter bubbles” — the sort of epistemic closure that comes from only seeing material you agree with on social platforms. People tend to click links that align with their existing opinions, sure — but isn’t that just an online analog to the fact that our friends and family tend to share our opinions in the real world too? I ate up studies (from Facebook and others) that argued the site actually encouraged a certain kind of information diversity, because your Facebook friends are likely drawn from a wider group of people (the guy you went to middle school with, your mom’s neighbor, that rando you met that weekend at the beach) than the people you discuss news with in real life.

But I’ve come to think that the rise of fake news — and of the cheap-to-run, ideologically driven aggregator sites that are only a few steps up from fake — has weaponized those filter bubbles. There were just too many people voting in this election because they were infuriated by made-up things they read online.

(Speaking of filter bubbles: Even now, right after the election, my Facebook News Feed is filled with sad posts from my liberal friends from college or media. There are also happy posts from my relatives and friends in the South — but I have to hunt those out because Facebook’s algorithm isn’t putting them in my feed.)
facebook  journalism  agnotology 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation | Mother Jones
As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their public counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?

...My heart hammers. I tell the woman I'm a new cadet, here to start my four weeks of training. She directs me to a building just outside the prison fence.
prison  journalism  us 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
How not to journalism | Dr Claire Hardaker
Hmmm, I think I may be as unforthcoming as all your other interviewees. The first thing I’d say is that we need to take a step back. Mainly we don’t know for a fact that trolls are primarily male. There’s lots of anecdotal evidence out there but nothing (as far as I’m aware) that gives us a concrete, empirical insight into the demographics of abusive online users. Remember that profiles are extremely easy to populate with fake information, automated procedures for “detecting” the gender of online accounts can be highly problematic, and when questioned particularly about socially stigmatised behaviours, people can and do lie. One option is to look purely at those convicted for abusive online behaviour to see what kinds of people they are, and this already tells us that trolls can be male or female, old or young, working class, university educated, parents, kids, and anything in between. However, we don’t know how well those people reflect the abusive online population in general. They are, after all, people who didn’t hide their offline identity well enough to prevent themselves from being prosecuted. It’s certainly tempting to just take it as given that trolls are primarily male but without tracking at least a decent sample of trolling accounts back to the people who operate them, we’re just speculating. If someone is ever able to conduct that kind of research (and I’d be very surprised if they manage it) then we could start to paint a better picture of the average troll.
internet  forensic  language  sex  journalism 
june 2016 by juliusbeezer
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journalism  internet  presse  attention 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Globo’s Billionaire Heir, João Roberto Marinho, Attacked Me in the Guardian. Here’s my Response.
On Friday, April 21, I published an op-ed in The Guardian, in which I posed numerous questions about the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as the role played by the dominant Brazilian media, led by Globo. João responded with anger – and with obvious falsehoods. As one can see, João criticized my article by calling me a liar in various ways in his response...

In fact, João’s response deserves more attention than a mere comment because it is full of deceitful propaganda and pro-impeachment falsehoods – exactly what he tries to deny Globo has been spreading – and thus reveals a great deal (today, Guardian editors upgraded João’s comment into a full-fledged letter!).
brazil  politics  journalism  commenting  dccomment  media  monopoly 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Panama Papers: Have the media censored the story? - Al Jazeera English
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a non-profit group in the US, coordinated the reporting with 376 journalists from 109 news organisations and 76 countries poring over the files.

Such multi-newsroom collaborations are growing more common in an age of big data leaks, partly because newsrooms are shrinking while the influential players they are trying to hold accountable are growing in size, power and complexity.

But despite the success of the collaboration, the select group of media organisations that had access to the data have been criticised for how they tackled the story.

One of the main criticisms has been the way they went after wealthy business figures and some political leaders while largely shying away from the corporate side of the story that has enabled trillions of dollars, euros, pounds and rubles to be hidden offshore.

This has in turn raised a larger question: can the corporate-owned news media really be expected to hold the corporate world to account?
journalism  wikileaks  assange  socialmedia  privacy  germany  PanamaPapers 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Will The Panama Papers Kill Journalism? - by Costas Efimeros
My personal view is that the only way to rescue the journalism which provides investigations, revelations and deep analysis, is to create a new code of conduct which will be in alignment with the new conditions.

The code of conduct on which traditional journalism is based, was formed gradually over the centuries but is now unable to respond to reality. Twenty years ago, the revelation of a scandal required personal research and visiting libraries. Today 11.5 million documents can be transferred in a hard drive from the one side of the planet to the other. They can be processed massively and algorithmically in a few hours. Personally I believe that ICIJ is making a huge mistake even if its motives are pure. In 2016, every member should be committed to comprehensive and full publication of the parts that they undertook to investigate. Only that commitment can safeguard the honor of the revelation.

Journalism has to make a comeback; it has to combine the dynamism and moral superiority of the transparency Wikileaks is introducing, with the traditional values of documentation of traditional journalism. The distance has to be covered by traditional journalism -ICIJ included- and not Wikileaks. Only the coordinated action of these organizations can offer the opportunity to control and document or refute the theory that I believe; that Panama Papers can map the structural corruption of the markets.
journalism  wikileaks 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Re: <nettime> Ten Theses on the Panama Papers
What did you learn from the Panama Papers? That African, Russian, Ukrainian and Asian 'elites' are corrupt? Well, this should have been known a for long time, with or without Panama Papers. Sure, it's never bad when stories about the international financial system's obfuscation machinery get out, provoking a political debate for at least a couple of days. That these debate have no political consequences, is part of the choreography. Next week, there's some other "news of the day", only a month later, nobody will know remember the exact spelling of Mossack Fonseca. These are firm rituals of our attention economy that we can't change. It would be unfair, of course, to take the Panama Papers for questioning these meaningless rituals.
wikileaks  journalism  german  law  humanrights  attention 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Incident à Fessenheim : les média allemands mieux informés que les média français ? | Michèle Rivasi
L’omerta sur le nucléaire français a souvent été considérée comme un fantasme d’écologiste pour les pro-nucléaires en France. Il semble malheureusement que la vérité soit tout autre selon une enquête de la Süddeutsche Zeitung et du WDR (West Deutscher Rundfunk) qui évoque une série de défaillances techniques graves et une minimisation d’un incident intervenu en Avril 2014 à la centrale de Fessenheim. Une révélation qui intervient alors même que le Président de l’Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire française rappelait hier dans un entretien à Libération qu’un accident majeur de type Fukushima en Europe n’est pas à exclure.
nukes  france  agnotology  journalism  germany 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
l'An 2000 - Twitter invente la déchéance de notabilité - Libé
Milo Yiannopoulos est un journaliste anglais extrêmement controversé, autoproclamé «plus célèbre des super-méchants de l’Internet». Figure de proue du mouvement Gamergate, il a fait des féministes sa cible préférée, que ce soit sur le très conservateur ou sur son compte Twitter.
twitter  journalism 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
how things work | Fredrik deBoer
For years I’ve said that there’s a wagon-circling function in media that makes criticism of certain connected people appear professionally risky. A lot of people in the media question the accuracy of that criticism, and I fully admit that at times I can be too sensitive to it. But I’m not inventing it, either. Here’s an email in response to my criticism of The New Republic’s Jeet Heer yesterday:
journalism  politics 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Nantes. Torturé chez lui : le crime a bien failli rester impuni | Presse Océan
L’enquête sur la mort Nantais de 44 ans torturé avait d’abord été classée sans suite. Lors du premier examen de corps, sur les lieux du crime, le médecin-légiste n’avait « rien relevé de suspect ».

"Dans cette affaire, on est vraiment passé à deux doigts d’un déni de justice incroyable ».
C’est un proche du dossier qui le dit. Cette affaire, c’est le meurtre de Stéphane Frémont...
La procédure a pourtant bien failli être classée sans suite. Aucun obstacle médico-légal n’ayant été délivré, l’enquête allait s’arrêter là. Aucune autopsie n’allait être pratiquée. Ni aucune suite donnée.
nantes  medicine  law  journalism 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Obama Is Right: Terrorism Has Taken Over Cable News
search of CNN coverage between November 21 and December 21 of this year yielded 427 hits (instances where an individual show mentioned the word at least once) for the search phrase “terrorism” and 404 hits for “ISIS”; the same search for “poverty” yielded only 34 hits. Here are the terrorism search strings compared to the other topics in chart form (note that the anti-privacy CISA legislation, directly related to terrorism, was not mentioned at all):
journalism  attention  war  economics  news  politics 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Trends in local newspaper reporting of London cyclist fatalities 1992-2012: the role of the media in shaping the systems dynamics of cycling
Across the period when cycling trips doubled in London, the proportion of fatalities covered in the local media increased from 6% in 1992–1994 to 75% in 2010–2012. By contrast, the coverage of motorcyclist fatalities remained low (4% in 1992–1994 versus 5% in 2010–2012; p = 0.007 for interaction between mode and time period). Comparisons with other English cities suggested that the changes observed in London might not occur in smaller cities with lower absolute numbers of crashes, as in these settings fatalities are almost always covered regardless of mode share (79–100% coverage for both cyclist and motorcyclist fatalities).
cycling  road_safety  media  journalism 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
All Politicians Lie. Some Lie More Than Others. - The New York Times
Today’s TV journalists — anchors like Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and George Stephanopoulos — have picked up the torch of fact-checking and now grill candidates on issues of accuracy during live interviews. Most voters don’t think it’s biased to question people about whether their seemingly fact-based statements are accurate. Research published earlier this year by the American Press Institute showed that more than eight in 10 Americans have a positive view of political fact-checking.

In fact, journalists regularly tell me their media organizations have started highlighting fact-checking in their reporting because so many people click on fact-checking stories after a debate or high-profile news event. Many readers now want fact-checking as part of traditional news stories as well; they will vocally complain to ombudsmen and readers’ representatives when they see news stories repeating discredited factual claims.

That’s not to say that fact-checking is a cure-all.
politics  us  journalism 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Sun takes down story claiming reporter travelled from Turkey without passport | Media | The Guardian
A Sun story claiming its reporter managed to smuggle himself undetected from Turkey to France contained false claims, according to the Croatian government, which produced a picture of the passport it said he was asked to present at its borders.

The newspaper said its reporter, Emile Ghessen, had managed to evade all security checks during a six-day, 2,000-mile journey along a refugee trail from Turkey into western Europe.

The Croatian interior ministry said that the reporter’s documents had been checked twice by its officials – once when he entered Croatia and a second time when he left.
journalism  authoritarianism  agnotology  newspapers 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
How freelance journalists can (mostly) avoid working for free | Poynter.
Sites that don’t pay are usually described as a contributor network, curated contributor network, or blogger network. Phrases like revenue share, incentive-based, pay-per-click, entrepreneurial journalism, or “break into the industry” are red flags for potentially very low pay.

The pay-per-click model can work well for the writer who is adept at buzz-worthy, viral topics that can be produced quickly and with relatively little reporting. Yet it remains an option akin to gambling with time and talent; the payoff can be huge if an article starts to trend, or the work can pay pennies an hour for weeks if nothing pans out...
There is a path toward paid, sustainable work that starts with saying no to low or unpaid work.

For writers who want to figure out what their work is worth, rates databases and user review sites are now popping up. The most notable areThe Freelancer, WordRates, Pressland, and Who Pays.
writing  journalism  internet  business 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
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