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The Similarities Between The US's Case Against Julian Assange And Brazil's Against Glenn Greenwald Are Uncanny | Techdirt
Brazil's charges to Glenn Greenwald (for "conspiring" with the leaker who provided him with information) are an eerie parallel with the US charges against Julian Assange.
journalism  JulianAssange  GlennGreenwald  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
When the Student Newspaper Is the Only Daily Paper in Town - The New York Times
Ann Arbor no longer has a professional newspaper, so the school newspaper is filling that role and doing so shockingly well for a school with no journalism department.
journalism  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
october 2019 by mcherm
This Is How Things Work Now At G/O Media
A shockingly blatant indictment of this media company's new management. Largely focuses on how new top-level management that were all white males were put in place over existing diverse leadership without even interviewing the existing leaders.
journalism  management  via:boingboing  personal_net 
august 2019 by mcherm
"Digital gangsters" Facebook are frantically trying to find out who leaked thousands of internal documents
Facebook isn't happy that some journalists got internal documents. They want to make a court help them find and stop the leak.
journalism  law  facebook  via:HackerNews 
july 2019 by mcherm
Does the news reflect what we die from? - Our World in Data
The answer to the headline is obvious but the article includes a useful graph.
datavisualization  journalism  via:HackerNews 
may 2019 by mcherm
New Assange Indictment Makes Insane, Unprecedented Use Of Espionage Act On Things Journalists Do All The Time | Techdirt
Astounding. I don't much like wikileaks or Assange, but claming it is a felony for a reporter to ask someone for information that might be classified (I THINK that's what it claims... mostly it's incoherent) is simply going too far.
law  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt  wikileaks  freespeech 
may 2019 by mcherm
In 1998, I helped convict two men of murder. I’ve regretted it ever since.
A journalist recounts how he convicted a man (no, a boy) of murder, when he didn't and still doesn't believe the punishment was just.
law  journalism  ethics  slate  via:reddit 
march 2019 by mcherm
The Rise of the Robot Reporter - The New York Times
The headline is exciting (and 1/3 of Bloomberg News articles are assisted). But the truth behind the article is that the AI can collect data (and shines in areas where the hard part is collecting the data). It doesn't excel at writing.
journalism  ai  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
february 2019 by mcherm
A.I. May Have Written This Article. But Is That Such a Bad Thing?
An air has written some 800 articles in the Washington Post.
ai  journalism 
february 2019 by mcherm
Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Top Tax Rate Is a Moderate Policy
High taxes on extremely high incomes is derided by the media as extremist. Based on history, economic research, and polling it isn't, and lowering their taxes (considered by the media as "moderate") is, in fact, extreme.
taxes  politics  journalism  media  via:reddit 
january 2019 by mcherm
Blame Fox, not Facebook, for fake news - The Washington Post
Two media landscapes: far right and center + left. Fox news is more responsible for the right's disassociation from reality than social media.
journalism  fakenews  via:reddit 
december 2018 by mcherm
Fox News staffers express outrage over Sean Hannity's rally appearance - CNN
Hannity is really not a journalist. But he's still an anchor at Fox News.
december 2018 by mcherm
The FCC's Sneaky Plan To Make It Easier To Ignore ISP Complaints | Techdirt
The liberal tweeters (and some media) overstated what the FCC was changing, and the FCC objected saying they were changing nothing. But they were -- minor wording that had significant effects.
DonaldTrump  AjitPai  techdirt  via:Techdirt  journalism 
july 2018 by mcherm
Pornography and the butterfly effect | TechCrunch
"Free" displaced "paid" in pornography, with a disruption every bit as big as that affecting journalism. There are positive but also negative consequences.
personal_net  sex  techcrunch  via:HackerNews  journalism 
may 2018 by mcherm
How We Found New Patterns in LA's Homeless Arrest Data - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
Answering a very simple question necessitated the use of a mix of skills like interviewing the homeless, persuading a government agency to release data and hacking the structure of Excel documents.
journalism  bigdata  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong. - The Washington Post
A study claims to show that 2 spaces after a period is better. But the study used a Courier font, so I maintain that it is invalid. Also, clever journalism (and the title broke their web code).
writing  typography  journalism  via:HackerNews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Article so short the article text is the same as the headline
Black men arrested at Starbucks settle with Philadelphia for $1 each and a city pledge of $200K for young entrepreneurs
journalism  mypostings  upliftingnews 
may 2018 by mcherm
Everyone Got The Pulse Massacre Story Completely Wrong | HuffPost
The "gay nightclub shooting" was really an ISIS sympathizer shooting by someone who did not even know it was a gay nightclub. The media got this story completely wrong.
terrorism  gayrights  journalism  via:reddit 
april 2018 by mcherm
About that New Antidepressant Study - Neuroskeptic
New study shows exact same effectiveness of antidepressant drugs ("some effect, but not much") as older study. Newspapers heralded first study as "drugs don't work" and the new one as "drugs work", based apparently on the adjectives used in the abstract.
science  journalism  ScientificMethod  via:SlateStarCodex 
march 2018 by mcherm
A.I. ‘Bias’ Doesn’t Mean What Journalists Say it Means – Jacobite
Many journalists write scare stories about biased AI algorithms when actually the algorithm is race-blind but actual outcomes are not. This may be true, but it also misses some important subtleties.
ai  racism  statistics  via:SlateStarCodex  journalism 
january 2018 by mcherm
A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation. - The Washington Post
Washington Post maintains journalistic standards, refusing to print an unsubstantiated story (which turned out to be a hoax). They also did not respect an "off-the-record" agreement entered into with the fraudster.
journalism  via:reddit 
november 2017 by mcherm
Trial Set To Start For Journalist Facing Decades In Prison For Covering Inauguration Day Protests | Techdirt
Journalist being prosecuted for "rioting" and "destruction of property", for having been present as a journalist and reporting on the events near a protest that turned violent.
journalism  freespeech  law  overprosecution  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
november 2017 by mcherm
NY Times Uncritically Says Fake News Debate Supports Chinese Style Censorship | Techdirt
Mike Masnick calls out the New York Times for apparently supporting China's censorship of the internet.
journalism  censorship 
october 2017 by mcherm
I learned the hard way why non-competes are bad for journalists - Columbia Journalism Review
Apparently, a large number of web-based "new media" journalism jobs effectively require 6 months unemployment to switch jobs. Illegal clause, but too expensive to litigate.
via:boingboing  journalism  law  noncompete 
july 2017 by mcherm
Blogger discredits claim Amelia Earhart was taken prisoner by Japan | US news | The Guardian
The completely bogus story that Amelia Earhart must have been captured by the Japanese because of this one old photograph is TRIVIALLY debunked by a random blogger.
journalism  via:HackerNews 
july 2017 by mcherm
Me and SVG by Amelia Bellamy-Royds on CodePen
How this journalist became heavily involved in SVG.
svg  standards  journalism 
april 2017 by mcherm
Donald Trump's Media Attacks Should Be Viewed as Brilliant |
A conservative journalist writes about what is wrong with Trump's attacks on the media and his refusal to accept that concept of "truth" distinct from opinion.
DonaldTrump  journalism  via:reddit  politics 
february 2017 by mcherm
The Wall Street Journal to close Google loophole entirely - Digiday
They shut off first-article-free access briefly and got an 86% increase in subscribers so now they're doing it for good.
journalism  via:HackerNews 
february 2017 by mcherm
Barrett Brown Sentenced To 63 Months In Jail For Daring To Do Journalism On Hacked Info | Techdirt
He wasn't even the whistleblower; he just published a link to it. Yet he got > 5 years in prison for it.
whistleblower  law  overprosecution  techdirt  via:Techdirt  journalism 
february 2017 by mcherm
Obama: 526 months for leakers; all other presidents combined: 24
"The Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution" - ACLU
obama  ACLU  journalism  rights  via:reddit 
january 2017 by mcherm
Amy Goodman Is Facing Prison for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us All. | The Nation
For reporting on a protest, she is being charged with rioting. That is abuse of prosecutor discretion.
law  overprosecution  journalism 
october 2016 by mcherm
WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)
The Washington Post accepted a Pulitzer prize for working with Ed Snowden's data to report on PRISM. Now their editorial page says some of what he revealed was OK but he should be prosecuted for PRISM. Hypocrisy.
journalism  snowden 
september 2016 by mcherm
Facebook Backs Down on Censoring ‘Napalm Girl’ Photo - WSJ
Facebook says Pulitzer prize winning photo OK despite naked child after serious pressure from newspapers and even political leaders.
facebook  censorship  sexoffenders  journalism 
september 2016 by mcherm
Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture. - Aftenposten
A journalist objects to Facebook's insistence that a photo of a naked child be censored when it happens to be a famous photo which helped change the course of the Vietnam war.
journalism  censorship  facebook  via:HackerNews 
september 2016 by mcherm
Taking Photos Is My Job & The NYPD Can't Stand It: Gothamist
A New York City photographic reporter accounts the effort police have made to prevent him from reporting on their work.
journalism  police  policeabuse  censorship  via:reddit 
july 2016 by mcherm
Language Log: The "happiness gap" and the rhetoric of statistics
An example of absurdly overstressed differences in the public discussion of a study showing mostly that there isn't a difference.
science  ScientificMethod  journalism  via:reddit 
june 2016 by mcherm
How I used lies about a cartoon to prove history is meaningless on the internet | News |
He posted made-up facts about a TV show to a website and they have persisted for years (but NOT on Wikipedia).
journalism  Wikipedia  via:reddit 
may 2016 by mcherm
Hulk Hogan’s Ambulance Chaser | New York Personal Injury Law Blog
This is a legal take on a case where a rich man (Peter Theil) with a (legitimate) vendetta against a (bottom-feeding) news organization funds lawsuits against them in hopes of ruining them (and may have succeeded).
law  ethics  journalism 
may 2016 by mcherm
Reporter Degrees Of Freedom | Slate Star Codex
A close analysis of actual reporting on actual scientific studies. Reporters, while not lying, often seemed to report the exact opposite of the actual results.
science  ScientificMethod  journalism  via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander 
november 2015 by mcherm
A Whiter Shade of Candidate | Slate Star Codex
The media reports Trump as having all white supporters. Actually, he has unusually high minority support for a Republican (still terrible) and in contrast Bernie Sanders has incredibly low minority support for a Democrat.
via:SlateStarCodex  ScottAlexander  politics  race  journalism 
october 2015 by mcherm
The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt
Widely attacked for stating women shouldn't be scientists, this nobel-winning scientist and supporter of women in science was the victim of twitter mobs and bad journalism.
journalism  via:reddit  freespeech 
august 2015 by mcherm
Fired Los Angeles Times cartoonist hits back at newspaper for siding with LAPD | Media | The Guardian
LA Times cartoonist says he was fired after the police complained to the paper that he was lying about an incident. He also says the audio from the police, once "enhanced", proves his story. Certainly sounds like dubious journalistic practices.
journalism  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
august 2015 by mcherm
The Future Is Filters | Slate Star Codex
Thoughts on the actual effects of filtering what messages you see online.
ethics  journalism  via:SlateStarCodex 
july 2015 by mcherm
Reporter Who Wrote Sunday Times 'Snowden' Propaganda Admits That He's Just Writing What UK Gov't Told Him | Techdirt
Author of the recent attack piece on Snowden admits that he just quoted the UK government with no independent sources.
journalism  snowden 
june 2015 by mcherm
I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
You can do really bad science (so bad as to be an actual fake) and still get published in lots of mainstream press.
journalism  science  via:boingboing 
may 2015 by mcherm
New York Times Publishes Name Of CIA's Drone Strike 'Architect' While Other Media Outlets Pretend This Is Still Some Sort Of Secret | Techdirt
Techdirt says the name of the person who can order drone strikes must be made public as a matter or journalistic ethics.
drones  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt  ethics  secrecy  security 
may 2015 by mcherm
Barrett Brown Loses Email Access For A Year After Using Email To Complain About Prison | Techdirt
He is in jail (for absurd reasons, but that's not the point of this story) and he emailed a journalist about bad prison conditions. Because of this he was denied access to email for a year. Is this how we run our prisons? Is communicating with journalists punishable within the system?
prison  freespeech  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
april 2015 by mcherm
When is the best time to publish? Wrong question. — Data Lab — Medium
Medium looked at their data and found that time spent reading (success) correlated with # of followers and with time spent writing it... and NOT with anything about when you published it.
journalism  medium  via:medium 
january 2015 by mcherm
Slimy Baltimore FOX Affiliate Caught Faking "Kill a Cop" Protest Chant
They edited the video of the protest to make it sound like the protesters were calling for killing cops (which they weren't).
journalism  via:reddit 
december 2014 by mcherm
Should Teens Not Drive Older Cars? : Free Range Kids
Misuse of statistics: they found that lots of kids who died in car crashes were driving old cars. But they don't know how many kids drive old cars, so you can't tell if it helps or hurts. The news media ran the story "don't let kids drive old cars".
statistics  via:FreeRangeKids  journalism 
december 2014 by mcherm
Farewell, <em>Dr. Dobb's</em> | Dr Dobb's
Dr Dobbs is closing. It has good content and lots of eyeballs, but advertiser-supported no longer works.
journalism  via:HackerNews 
december 2014 by mcherm
What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings
The person attempting to compile a database of police killings is says he is blocked by officials at every turn and he believes the absence of official numbers on this is fully intentional.
journalism  police 
december 2014 by mcherm
Is Chernobyl still dangerous or was 60 Minutes pushing propaganda? - Atomic Insights
This author claims that 60 minutes put on a piece that was simple fearmongering about radiation based on directly disbelieving what the experts said about it.
via:slashdot  journalism  science 
december 2014 by mcherm
Eric Holder Says He Regrets Lying To A Judge And Saying A Reporter Was A 'Co-Conspirator' But The Law Made Him Do It | Techdirt
Law says: "can't take journalist" s notes unless the journalist was helping with the terrorist attack". So the FBI lied to a judge, claiming that he was helping. The lie was, they claim, required by the law.
law  4thAmmendment  journalism 
october 2014 by mcherm
Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying
They are founding a journalism site and FROM DAY ONE are prohibiting certain topics that don't play well with their corporate goals. I can't imagine any journalist being willing to have their name associated with such a monstrosity.
journalism  evil  verizon  via:boingboing 
october 2014 by mcherm
Coverage of the Ottawa shooting, in one very revealing screenshot - Vox
Compare the headlines. The Canadian news uses an informative headline, the US news uses a sensationalist one.
journalism  vox  via:vox 
october 2014 by mcherm
On Leak Prosecutions, Obama Takes it to 11. (Or Should We Say 526?) | American Civil Liberties Union
The vast majority of all cases in US history of prosecuting leaks to journalists have occurred under the Obama administration.
ACLU  journalism  obama  whistleblower  via:reddit 
october 2014 by mcherm
Vox regrets pro-Bitcoin piece - The Washington Post
This is an example of journalistic ethics working CORRECTLY. And look: no one was fired.
journalism  via:reddit 
september 2014 by mcherm
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