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Spanish AP Style Guide

Friday, July 04, 2014

While an estimated 450 million people use Spanish, they don't all use it the same way. So in 2012, the Associated Press created a Spanish-language style book in the hopes of creating consistency among journalists across the US and Latin America. Bob speaks with Alejandro Manrique, director of the AP Spanish service and one of the style book's editors.

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Journalism In Jail

Friday, June 27, 2014

Amid international outcry, Egypt's judiciary sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to between seven and ten years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists. Bob reflects on how suppression of a free press in Egypt may be reversing the course of the Arab Spring.

 

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The Privilege to Stay Silent

Friday, June 06, 2014

New York Times reporter James Risen is facing potential jail time for refusing orders from the government to divulge a confidential source, and the Supreme Court won’t intervene on his behalf. Bob talks with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone about what the situation means for the Obama administration and the press.

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One Rogue Reporter

Friday, May 30, 2014

Rich Peppiatt is a former tabloid reporter who resigned from the profession with a very public letter to his boss at the UK's Daily Star newspaper. He's since been a vocal critic of the British tabloid press, and has a new film called "One Rogue Reporter" that is part documentary, part satire, and part outrageous pranks against some of Britain's most notorious tabloid writers and editors. Bob speaks with Peppiatt about the film and how he turned tabloid journalists' own tricks against them.

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What’s a Health Journalist To Do?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Resveratrol is a chemical in red wine that, over the years, has been both heralded as heart healing and dismissed as bogus by the media. While this head-spinning trajectory is the norm in health reporting, it's enough to make health and science reporter Virginia Hughes question her profession. Brooke speaks with Hughes about the perils of reporting on the latest health news.

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Let's All Just Sit This April Fools' Day Out

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

If you read anything today that strains credulity or activates your sense of wonder, you should try to find a second source for it.

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Calling for Back Up

Friday, March 07, 2014

Despite the seizure of their office and most of their files and equipment by masked gunmen, the journalists at the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism were prepared: over the weekend they had backed up their entire web history through the Archive-It service from the Internet ArchiveDavid E. Kaplan, executive director of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and one of the coordinators of the effort, tells Bob just how they managed to pull it off. You can check out what they've saved here and here.

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The State of Crimean Journalism

Friday, March 07, 2014

Last weekend, as Russian troops flooded into Crimea, Ukraine, 30 armed men in unmarked fatigues broke into the office of the Crimean Center for Investigative Journalism in the region's capital. The incident is one of many recent acts of aggression against journalists in the region.

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The Pseudonymous Man Behind Bitcoin Has Been Found, and He's Not a Pseudonym

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Long thought to be a pseudonym, journalists have pointed the finger at economists, cryptographers and mathematicians as possible people behind the digital currency. Until now. Maybe.

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No, US Press Freedom Is Not In Dire Decline

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week, the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders released its annual World Press Freedom Index, ranking the media environment of nearly every nation on earth from most free to least. The United States landed, embarrassingly, in 46th place, a 13-place drop from last year. The rank -- below Lithuania, El Salvador and Botswana -- has set off a panic-stricken (and in some instances, gleeful) barrage of media coverage declaring that press freedom in the US is “plunging,” “plummeting,” and “profoundly eroding.” Bob talks with Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher about why he's suspicious of these headlines. 

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The Obamacare Horror Story

Friday, January 10, 2014

During the tumultuous roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, the media struggled to find stories of people who had successfully bought insurance through healthcare.gov, and many landed on sources that turned out to be unreliable. But now, another dubious narrative is all the rage: the Obamacare horror story. Bob talks to health policy writer Maggie Mahar, who is very suspicious of the nightmarish tales reported in the media. 

 

 

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Confiscating a Journalist's Documents

Friday, November 01, 2013

Audrey Hudson is a journalist for conservative news outlets like the Colorado Observer, NewsMax and The Washington Times. This August, while authorities executed a search warrant on her home on an unrelated matter, they confiscated some of her reporting notes. Now Hudson and The Washington Times are preparing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. Brooke talks to Hudson about the raid and the documents confiscated. 

Howard Shore - Cops Or Criminals Featuring G.E. Smith And Larry Saltzman

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Glenn Greenwald's Departure From the Guardian

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week, Glenn Greenwald, now a household name for his role in reporting the Edward Snowden leaks, announced he was leaving The Guardian for a "a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." Brooke talks to pressthink.org's Jay Rosen about that opportunity and how it could differ from current journalistic endeavors.

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NPR's Ombudsman Deconstructs an NPR Report

Friday, August 16, 2013

Two years ago, NPR aired a heartbreaking series on government failures in child welfare on South Dakota Indian reservations. Earlier this month, NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos released a comprehensive report on the series, saying that it was deeply flawed and should not have aired. Bob looks at the series and Schumacher-Matos' response.

Clint Mansell - Cruel Mistress

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New Limitations to Freedom of Information Act Requests

Friday, May 03, 2013

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to limit public records requests to only residents of that state. Brooke talks to Mark McBurney, one of the petitioners in the case, and Mark Caramanica, Freedom of Information Director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

If you want to hear more on this story, listen to Brooke's interview with Michael Morisy, co-founder of open government website MuckRock on our blog.

Modest Mouse - Here It Comes

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Cover-Ups

Friday, April 19, 2013

Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? In a story that originally aired in 2008, Brooke talks with undercover reporters and their critics.

 

Clive Carroll and John Renbourn - Robert's Sermon

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Catching Up With Iraq's New Journalists

Friday, March 15, 2013

What happened to the Iraqi fixers who spoke to On the Media almost seven years ago? Brooke speaks to Ayub Nuri, Zeyad Kasim and Ali Fadhil about where their lives have taken them since we spoke to them in 2006.

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Iraq's New Journalism

Friday, March 15, 2013

In a story that originally ran in 2006, Brooke talks with three Iraqis who worked as fixers for American journalists during the war. 

 

Rahim Alhaj - Taqsim Maqam Ajam

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Clark Kent Quits The Daily Planet

Friday, November 02, 2012

In the latest issue of Superman, Clark Kent quits his job at The Daily Planet while soliloquizing about how poor print journalism has become. Brooke talks to Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero about Clark Kent's history as a journalist, the ethical conundrum of covering his alter-ego, and the Man of Steel's potential future as a blogger.

Adventures of Superman Theme

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Non-Profit Foundations and For Profit Newspapers

Friday, August 17, 2012

This year has seen the Ford Foundation award grants to The Washington Post and The L.A. Times, both for-profit news outlets. Bob talks to The Ford Foundation's Jonathan Barzilay and NPR's Senior Vice President for News Margaret Low Smith about navigating the relationship between grant givers and news makers. 

 

Wishmountain - Lucozade

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