September 30, 2005

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Friday, September 30, 2005

The New Orleans Times Picayune launches its own portraits of grief. The problem? Finding the people who remember the dead. Also, an Al-Jazeera reporter is convicted of collaborating with al-Qaeda.

Remembrance of Those Passed

After September 11th, The New York Times created "Portraits of Grief," biographical sketches containing personal anecdotes supplied by the victim's family. The full accounting of casualties from Hurricane Katrina will likely be months away, but for writers of the New Orleans Times-Picayune the process of reckoning with the dead has ...


Insider Journalism

Al-Jazeera correspondent Taysir Allouni covered the U.S. war against the Taliban and the Coalition invasion of Iraq, and even secured an interview with Osama Bin Laden shortly after the 9/11 attacks. But did he get too close to his sources? A Spanish court convicted Allouni this week of collaborating with ...


Along Came a Waiver

Brooke muses on the sudden release of Judith Miller from a Virginia detention center, after 85 days behind bars for refusing to testify in the long-running CIA leak investigation. Did Miller waver?


Restricted Neighborhood

It seems that every time we turn a corner here at On the Media, the Chinese government has passed new restrictions on internet communication within its borders. Bob discusses the latest - and potentially most effective - attempt to curb internet speech with Xiao Qiang, Director of the Berkeley China ...


Steal This Book

Last year, Google announced its intention to digitize millions of books from the collections of five major libraries in the U.S. and Britain. Last week, the Authors Guild announced its intention to sue the internet behemoth for copyright infringement. Is the so-called Google Print Library project fair use or theft? ...


We Were Had!

In our March 5th, 2004 show Brooke did an interview with Joseph Medawar and Alison Heruth-Waterbury, executive producer and costar of a new - or so we believed - television drama titled "DHS: The Series," premised around derring-do inside the Department of Homeland Security. Seventy investors, $5 million and a ...


Media Diet

Whether browsng our website, listening to OTM on the radio or enjoying our podcast, you're engaged in media consumption - an activity that takes more of your time than eating or sleeping. That according to "Middletown Media Studies II," a study of media behavior conducted by Ball State University's Center ...


Seeing Red

At the height of the red scare in 1954, Edward R. Murrow excoriated Senator Joseph McCarthy on CBS. The episode is now depicted powerfully in George Clooney's movie "Good Night, and Good Luck." Among the crusading journalists then working at the network were Joe and Shirley Wershba, who consulted on ...


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