The Ongoing Impact of Kony 2012, Fact Checking Gossip and More

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Debating Kony 2012's impact, teaching journalists safety in combat zones, fact checking gossip, and an formula to predict celebrity breakups.

"Cover the Night", A Qualified Success

Last Friday, the group Invisible Children tried to capitalize on the astounding success of their Kony 2012 video by organizing a worldwide demonstration called "Cover the Night." According to reports, the protest fizzled. Critics said this is symptomatic of the difficulty of translating online advocacy into real-world action, but Africa researcher Asch Harwood says that he still considers the film a qualified success.


A Viral Video From Your Government

The United States Senate has taken a page from Invisible Children's playbook and produced a video about bringing Joseph Kony to justice that they hope will go viral. Bob speaks with Senator Chris Coons, the chairman of the Senate subcommittee on African Affairs and one of the senators behind the video. 


A Ugandan Response to Kony 2012

A group of Ugandan journalists has released their own online response to Kony 2012. Their aim is to recapture the narrative established by Invisible Children. Bob speaks to contributor Rosebell Kagumire who says the group is focusing more on Ugandans recovering from the war then on the search for Joseph Kony. 


Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal - Oscarine

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Reporters Unwittingly Exposing Sources

Journalists have become increasingly reliant on digital technology in their work, but weak or nonexistent digital security measures open their sources to risk of exposure. Brooke speaks to journalist Matthieu Aikins about the need for reporters to take more precautions to protect their digital information, especially in conflict areas.


Sebastian Junger and RISC

A year ago veteran war photographers Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington died of injuries sustained while covering the Libyan uprising.  When friend, colleague and fellow war reporter Sebastian Junger learned that Hetherington died of injuries that didn’t need to be fatal he founded Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues or RISC.  Junger tells Brooke why freelance journalists need the tools to save themselves and their fellow reporters on the battlefield.


Breton - The Commission

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Dear Government: Make Yourself Plain

Bob speaks with former government employee Dr. Annetta Cheek who began advocating for clearer government writing after seeing a single, beautifully clear regulation.

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Will the Phone Hacking Scandal Bring Down The British Government?

In Britain’s inquiry into the Murdochs this week the big revelation was a trove of 163 emails highlighting a cozy relationship between the office of the UK culture minister and one of James Murdoch’s closest aides. Daily Beast reporter Peter Jukes talks to Bob about the latest travails of the ...

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Policing Gossip is premised on the idea that gossip mongers need to be policed and that readers are interested in seeing rumors corrected. Brooke speaks with Gossip Cop's Michael Lewittes who explains how he goes about trying to correct celebrity rumors and why the site has become so popular.

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The Secret Formula That Predicts When Celebrities Will Break Up

Statistician Gareth Sundem has devised an equation that predicts, with pretty fair accuracy, the shelf life of a celebrity marriage. He explains to Bob how it works.