Monthly Archive: December 2014


First Draft | December 30th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
No More Shaming

By Mike Brannen

If there is one resolution journalists should honor in 2015, I suggest the end of journalist shaming. From the widely-circulated articles to the less-public comments, the assault on journalists who make mistakes (particularly the unintentional ones) must stop.

The Columbia Journalism Review’s “Worst Journalism of 2014” picked people and agencies that it felt was worthy of disgracing. Even if you agree with the list, my question is whether this was necessary to create, or even publish. Continue reading


First Draft | December 22nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #
Five websites journalists should bookmark

As journalists we thrive on staying informed. In addition to keeping up with beats, sources and daily responsibilities I also find it important to stay up to speed with the industry. Finding out what methods and ideas other organizations are trying, how news is breaking on social media platforms and how digital continues to impact print are among the topics I seek out. I make time in the morning to catch up on the latest from the global journalism community and share the findings with my newsroom. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 19th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Open season on journalists in Paraguay

Impunity for the murder of journalists is hardly a new phenomenon in Latin America, but the ambush-style killings of four Paraguayan journalists in a year and a half has stirred domestic and international outrage and plunged an already beleaguered government into crisis.

Pablo Medina. Photo courtesy of ABC Color

The most recent killing was that of Pablo Medina, 53, an investigative reporter for the country’s leading daily, ABC Color, who was gunned down on the afternoon of Oct. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | December 10th, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Help us improve and protect journalism abroad

Dear supporters of international journalism,

The world of journalism continues to change rapidly. But while many in the industry debate business models, the latest data-mining software or the impact of the Facebook news feed, the threats and dangers faced by colleagues across the world remains the same.

Virtually no country remains untouched in its attacks to journalists and freedom of the press. As we witnessed during the events in Ferguson, Mo., even in our own back yard there is a long way to go in protecting journalists’ right to tell stories to the world, uncensored. Continue reading


First Draft | December 2nd, 2014 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Journalists Are Thankful For

Post by Mike Brannen

It may be cliche, but this is a good weekend to take time and recognize all the things TV newscast producers should be thankful for. Without these things, it would be much harder to get our job done.

Email/Cell Phones

It is hard to fathom how reporters and managers successfully communicated between each other without a cell phone or email access. Veteran journalists somehow gathered information and interviews in the field, came back to the station, and filed a report, despite having very little conversation with a manager or editor. Continue reading