FOI FYI January 28th, 2016

State legislatures veer toward secrecy

By Jonathan Anderson

Troubling legislation in four states would seriously undermine the public’s right to know and ability to hold government officials accountable.

Two of the bills — in Indiana and New Jersey — would restrict access to police body camera footage. Continue reading


Journalism and the World January 27th, 2016

How China’s Corruption Issue Affects U.S. Economy

By Dan Kubiske

When the Shanghai stock market fell at the beginning of the year, markets in London and New York shook.

When China showed official numbers that its economic growth rate might falter, economists around the globe talked of dire financial consequences around the world. Continue reading


Journalism and the World January 27th, 2016

How China’s Corruption Issue Affects U.S. Economy

By Dan Kubiske

When the Shanghai stock market fell at the beginning of the year, markets in London and New York shook.

When China showed official numbers that its economic growth rate might falter, economists around the globe talked of dire financial consequences around the world. Continue reading


Net Worked January 26th, 2016

News app: The Apple of journalism’s eye?

By Alex Veeneman

An Apple Store in New York. Apple is reported to be introducing paywall content on its News app. (Photo: Anthony22/Wikimedia Commons/CC)

On the heals of a concerning report to investors on iPhone sales, Apple is said to be introducing subscription content through its News app. Continue reading


Journalism and the World January 26th, 2016

Turkey orders media to conform to “family values”

By Dan Kubiske

Many thanks to Roy Greenslade at The Guardian for point out the latest attack on free press by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish media output must conform to ‘traditional family values’

The Turkish government wants to ensure that the output of the country’s media conforms to “traditional family values.”

It is to take unspecified “measures” aimed at countering what it regards as the “negative effects” on family of material in newspapers, on television and even on social media. Continue reading


Rack ’em!

By Michael Koretzky

You just can’t top this…

Yesterday, Florida Atlantic University miraculously found a new place for South Florida Gay News to distribute. All it took was the threat of topless women strolling around campus, handing out copies of a gay newspaper. Continue reading


Nice rack

By Michael Koretzky

Staying abreast of the news…

On Wednesday, topless women will distribute a gay newspaper at a public university in South Florida.

Why? To defend a free press. Continue reading


Holy crap!

By Michael Koretzky

Journalists who refuse to comment? Administrators who want to?

When the newspaper at Mount St. Mary’s University made national headlines this week, I wanted to congratulate the editors. Continue reading


Journalism and the World January 21st, 2016

Corruption in China’s media

By Dan Kubiske

As usual David Bandurski does a great job breaking down the media situation in China.

The Roots of Media Corruption in China

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Periodically, China’s leaders declare a war of attrition against the spectre of media corruption. Continue reading


Mouth of the South January 20th, 2016

Registering for trouble

By Michael Koretzky

This guy has a great idea.

Michael Pitts is a Republican state representative in South Carolina. Yesterday, he introduced a bill called the South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry Law. Continue reading


First Draft January 20th, 2016

Why Our First TV Bosses Gave Us Our First Jobs

By SPJ

By: Kristyn Caddell, SPJ Gen J National Writer Twitter: @KCaddellTV

 

 

Television Reporter Lindsay Cohen says she owes her first news job to a painting dog, while Investigative Producer Lynn Walsh feels it was her enthusiasm that sealed her first tv deal. Continue reading


Net Worked January 19th, 2016

Some cross border election advice

By Alex Veeneman

Caucuses in Iowa and New Hampshire take place in a couple of weeks, with many reporters focusing on candidates and what the scene could be ahead of November’s elections. Continue reading


SPJ Kunkel Awards January 18th, 2016

That’s a wrap

By Michael Koretzky

Now comes the hard part.

Nominations for the Kunkel Awards closed Friday at midnight. Thank God. We received a whopping 291 entries that cover all five categories. Continue reading


Net Worked January 18th, 2016

Sean Penn and a journalist’s identity

By Alex Veeneman

Sean Penn, interviewed Jan. 17 by CBS about his Rolling Stone article, raised an indirect question about the role of a journalist. (Photo: Sachyn Mital/Wikimedia Commons/CC license)

On a Thursday night in Santa Monica, California, Charlie Rose sat across from Sean Penn, cameras rolling. Continue reading


Code Words January 18th, 2016

Sean Penn Throws Stones from Glass Houses

By Andrew Seaman

In this screen grab from CBS, Sean Penn sits with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes.

“I’m really sad about the state of journalism in our country,” Sean Penn told Charlie Rose tonight in a taped interview that aired on 60 Minutes. Continue reading