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Apr 1

One Reporter's Experience Covering the Environment in the Heartland « DC BureauDC Bureau

I believed the newspaper would look out for the best interest of its readers. I was wrong. That, perhaps, naive notion was dispelled when the newspaper’s editor and general manager decided the village’s economic interests were more important than the public health.

We often hear stories about government officials beating back the press. But what if your own news outlet sided against you when you were investigating a matter of serious public interest?

Reporter Bob Bajek tenaciously pursued an allegation of the presence of Agent Orange in the ground at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill., even after his newspaper fired him.

But he found a publisher in the DC Bureau. His story was published today. (Full disclosure: Bob Bajek is a friend of mine.)

The coming of #springtime is the perfect time to celebrate #SunshineWeek! Visit www.spj.org/sunshineweek.asp for ways to support freedom of information and your right to know, March 16-22. ✏️📒📷📱💻📊📰

The coming of #springtime is the perfect time to celebrate #SunshineWeek! Visit www.spj.org/sunshineweek.asp for ways to support freedom of information and your right to know, March 16-22. ✏️📒📷📱💻📊📰

I am protesting the muzzling of Al Jazeera’s staff in Egypt. #FreeAJStaff  http://thndr.it/1nTMze2

I am protesting the muzzling of Al Jazeera’s staff in Egypt. #FreeAJStaff http://thndr.it/1nTMze2

onaissues:

<3 10,000 Words has released their annual Valentines For Journalists. <3

onaissues:

<3 10,000 Words has released their annual Valentines For Journalists. <3

jcstearns:


What Makes “The Intercept” Different?
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched the first nonprofit journalism effort at First Look Media, the media and technology company founded by Pierre Omidyar. Already, in the first few hours, the site is setting itself apart. Here are a few things that caught my attention.
Read more: http://storify.com/jcstearns/what-makes-the-intercept-different

I&#8217;m a day late posting this, but I&#8217;m filled with joy to welcome The Intercept to the digital news world. Every single journalist should be supporting this work. Not sure why? This post from Josh Stearns should get you started.
Time to score some points for the good guys.

jcstearns:

What Makes “The Intercept” Different?

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched the first nonprofit journalism effort at First Look Media, the media and technology company founded by Pierre Omidyar. Already, in the first few hours, the site is setting itself apart. Here are a few things that caught my attention.

Read more: http://storify.com/jcstearns/what-makes-the-intercept-different

I’m a day late posting this, but I’m filled with joy to welcome The Intercept to the digital news world. Every single journalist should be supporting this work. Not sure why? This post from Josh Stearns should get you started.

Time to score some points for the good guys.

jcstearns:

Go here to join the day of action: https://thedaywefightback.org/

#StopTheNSA lights up Twitter

Great to see so much support.

Feb 7

Like It or Not, Glenn Greenwald Is Now the Face of the 1st Amendment

Because he doesn’t write for the outlets that the government considers most legitimate, because he is outspoken with highly polarizing opinions, because he can be abrasive, and frankly, because he’s a gay man who lives in a foreign country, U.S. officials and some journalists correctly sense that they can get away with trying to delegitimize Greenwald in a way that would spark a backlash if they attempted it on Gellman or Woodward or any New York Times reporter. 

That is unjust and dangerous. And journalists had better get wise to its most serious implications.

One reason to stand up for Greenwald is that there is no evidence suggesting that he’s acted as anything other than a journalist on the Snowden story. Another reason to defend Greenwald is that whatever one thinks of him personally, or his politics, or his attacks on various mainstream-media figures over the years, prosecuting him as a criminal would set a precedent affecting all journalists.

A must-read for all news media practitioners and supporters. Cheers to Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic for this lovely, spirited, to-the-point defense of Glenn Greenwald.

Feb 4

So please, understand, when I say ‘I hate White people, I am expressing a hatred of ‘White people’, as you stand as a group, with all your strikes and credits considered, because you have shown time and time again that if given the choice between (1) equality between you and PoC, and (2) continuing oppressive and harmful institutions of racism and discrimination which promote White supremacy in some form or another, you always choose the latter. Understand that I hate your privilege, and your perceived superiority of yourself against me and those like me in society because somewhere along the line, a European colonizer decided that those who were deemed ‘good’ would be called White, while those who were to be enslaved or colonized were Black and Brown. Understand I hate ‘White people’. Not people who are White.

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Sincerely, The Young Woman Who Took 2 Weeks To Write You This Letter by @terarroni

This is the last paragraph of a post that should should be read from the first word until the last, but that most white folks would probably quit reading after the first paragraph. terarroni details the reality of the daily and constant, barrage ​of racism directed at people of color, as well as the realities of the daily and constant effect of institutionalized systems of oppression. Go read, learn, understand, and acknowledge. 

(via beyondxy)

Feb 3
rtamerica:

Activists call for media shield law to protect journalist’s sources
A number of US journalists have been issued subpoenas in recent months and pressured to reveal the sources they relied on in a variety of stories, inspiring media personnel and political pundits alike to call for more comprehensive media shield laws.
In September 2013 the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA), a bill that would prohibit federal agencies, prosecutors, and litigants from threatening reporters with prison time if they refuse to turn over their sources’ identities. The bill is awaiting a full vote in the Senate and, while it is an encouraging sign, wrote David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it does not go far enough because of vague language that could be interpreted to exclude independent journalists.
“If judges exclude self-publishers and non-traditional journalists, we’ll raise calls for the law to be amended,” he wrote last year. “In addition, there is a provision that tries to exclude WikiLeaks, or WikiLeaks-type organizations, from protection. WikiLeaks has been an important, if controversial, part of the news ecosystem. It has played a vital role to some of the most widely read news in the past decade.”

The Society of Professional Journalists is encouraging its members to support the Free Flow of Information Act.

rtamerica:

Activists call for media shield law to protect journalist’s sources

A number of US journalists have been issued subpoenas in recent months and pressured to reveal the sources they relied on in a variety of stories, inspiring media personnel and political pundits alike to call for more comprehensive media shield laws.

In September 2013 the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA), a bill that would prohibit federal agencies, prosecutors, and litigants from threatening reporters with prison time if they refuse to turn over their sources’ identities. The bill is awaiting a full vote in the Senate and, while it is an encouraging sign, wrote David Greene of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it does not go far enough because of vague language that could be interpreted to exclude independent journalists.

If judges exclude self-publishers and non-traditional journalists, we’ll raise calls for the law to be amended,” he wrote last year. “In addition, there is a provision that tries to exclude WikiLeaks, or WikiLeaks-type organizations, from protection. WikiLeaks has been an important, if controversial, part of the news ecosystem. It has played a vital role to some of the most widely read news in the past decade.”

The Society of Professional Journalists is encouraging its members to support the Free Flow of Information Act.