Legal Drama

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Sharyl Attkisson gives a keynote address on the rightful owners of public information at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications on March 26. Photo by Steve Johnson.
Culture
by Erica A. Hernandez

Transparency is inconvenient. It’s inconvenient for the reporter who’s trying to report the news and it’s inconvenient for the government that attempts to hide information. “It is not unique for federal officials to go to great lengths to get around having to turn over documents or respond,” Sharyl Attkisson said during a keynote address last […] more »

Legacy Media
by Angela Washeck

Last week, PBS MediaShift and the Poynter Institute produced a great symposium, “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s Role in Telling the Story of Violence in Chicago.” The event was sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and PR Newswire. It featured a conversation about […] more »

BookShift
by Fannie Cohen

Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, a one-stop shop for books, streaming movies, and even toilet paper. And they became the world’s largest online retailer with a mix of convenient delivery and low prices that beat the competition. For authors, this has been a mixed bag — Amazon connects consumers with books that don’t […] more »

Free Speech
by Padraig Reidy

A recent court ruling in Ireland could have reintroduced the concept of criminal libel to the state, despite criminal defamation offenses being abolished as recently as 2009. The case itself was one of a particularly grim relationship break-up. Names are not available, as the people involved were also locked in a criminal case in which […] more »

Education
by Mark E. Johnson

How much is a T-shirt or a tweet worth? Two copyright cases, separated by nearly 30 years, should reinforce our need as educators to teach copyright as a practical matter as much as a conceptual one. When it comes to working with students, we should approach copyright from two protective angles. One is to ensure […] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down last week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with implications far beyond cell phones. The New York Times reports, “The ruling almost certainly […] more »

Global View
by Andrew Ford Lyons

The following is a guest post. See more information about MediaShift guest posts here. The market for freelance journalists is both increasing and increasingly competitive. There’s a 24-hour news cycle to fill, and few media organizations have the staffing to do it without turning to freelance newsgatherers. As the reliance on them increases, we are […] more »

Global View
by Angela Washeck

As digital video continues to disrupt the traditional TV world, there are complications beyond just those affecting the business model. The move of video to the Net also has caused problems for viewers who need captions. Whether deaf or hard of hearing, or speakers of an obscure language, it’s often difficult for these users to […] more »

Free Speech
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece from correspondent Josh Stearns. A version of this post also appeared on FreePress.net. Tuesday’s court decision, which struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order and threatened the future of Net Neutrality, has huge implications for the future of journalism and press freedom. According to the Pew Research […] more »


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