December 12, 2008

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Writers On the Rolls

Economic misery has spread to journalism and newspeople everywhere are being laid-off. But The New Republic's Mark Pinsky has found hope for reporters in a previous economic downturn. He advocates a resurrection and re-imagining of the Work Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project.

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The Stories They Carried

The Federal Writers' Project put thousands of people to work including Zora Neale Hurston, Stetson Kennedy, and John Steinbeck. They recorded oral histories, folkways, music and wrote everything from state guides to children's books. Jerrold Hirsch, author of Portrait of America describes the legacy of ...

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Dying to Be Seen

On Wednesday night, Sky TV's Real Lives channel in Great Britain aired a documentary that showed the final moments of Craig Ewert, a terminally ill man who committed suicide with the assistance of a doctor. Was it a ratings ploy or an important milestone for those who wish to die ...

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The Flog of War

Not once, but twice in the last year, New York Times reporter David Barstow has written extensive front page stories about the conflicts of interest afflicting military experts paid to appear on television news. Charles Kaiser of the Columbia Journalism Review explains ...

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Getting Paid For It

Journalists know so much about what they cover that they're often experts. Dan Abrams, former General Manager of MSNBC, is launching Abrams Research which seeks to hook up eligible journos with paid consulting gigs. Bob asks Abrams about the ethical issues that arise when capitalizing on ...

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Japan's Most Exclusive Clubs

To be a reporter in Japan is to navigate the unique and often troubling system of Press Clubs - known there as Kisha Clubs. With thousands of them attached to everything from government agencies to corporations, many argue the Kisha Clubs foster a dangerously close bond between reporters ...

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