"Two hundred and eleven journalists are in jail around the world, the second-worst year on record since the Committee to Protect Journalists began its annual census in 1990… Turkey was the world’s leading jailer of journalists for the second year running, closely followed by Iran and China. Altogether, the three countries accounted for more than half of all reporters behind bars in 2013."
Justin Peters of Columbia Journalism Review writes, “it still seemed like all you needed to do to be interviewed at the DNC was wear a dumb hat. So yesterday I drove to a Party City way out on the outskirts of the city and bought the dumbest hat I could find—a floppy, bulbous king’s hat in fake red velvet, like something worn by an actor at some cut-rate Medieval Times—and went to the foyer of the Time Warner Center around 9 p.m. to see if I could get interviewed.”
You can probably guess where this is going, but it’s definitely worth a read. Find it at Stupid hat tricks : CJR
Columbia Journalism Review’s July/August cover pays tribute to Newsweek’s 1970 “Women in Revolt” cover.
CJR offers up an enlightening and depressing infographic that puts the golden parachutes of departing CEOs Janet Robinson of The New York Times Company and Craig Dubow of Gannett into perspective.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi who worked as a translator for The Guardian, a fixer for The New York Times, a correspondent for The Guardian and won a British Press Award as foreign reporter of the year in 2008.
If not for Eric Alterman’s smart new Columbia Journalism Review piece, “The Girl Who Loved Journalists,” I might have been too ashamed to admit that as I watched David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (as with the three previous Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy), I spent an inordinate amount of time marveling at the research skills of the “Girl,” Lisbeth Salander, and the somewhat peripheral issues of journalism that are addressed in the movie.
As Salander unraveled murders in no time flat, I thought back to how long it took me to do the research to expose long-secret massacres and other mass killings of civilians or the number of secret U.S. drone bases or how the Pentagon arms Mid-East despots and sighed more than once.
But it seems I’m not alone in focusing on the journalism. As Alterman astutely observes:
The trilogy’s plot… frequently turns on matters of journalistic propriety of the kind that are rarely discussed outside badly lit newsroom cafeterias and gloomy university seminar rooms. We see Mikael and Erica [Berger, Blomkvist’s lover, best friend, and editor] struggle with love and danger, but also with questions of proper sourcing in a magazine article versus a book, a little magazine versus a powerful (and compromised) newspaper. We see the drudgery of research, of interviewing sources, and building a story one detail at a time; of trying to figure out who’s lying and why, how to publish what one knows without giving away what one doesn’t, and then how to manipulate the numbskullery of television to build the biggest echo chamber possible for one’s work.
Alterman’s piece is filled with other intelligent observations about the power of money in journalism and how most of us who report don’t have much of it. I could go on, but you’d be better off reading the whole article here.