Global View

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Business
by James Breiner

Launching a news publication online is the easy part. Paying the bills and surviving for several years is the hard part. Three of those who have evolved and survived for at least five years are La Silla Vacia, a political website in Colombia, Homicide Watch, a news and data platform in three U.S. cities, and the Texas Tribune, [...] more »

Education
by Josh Stearns

The following is an opinion piece by correspondent Josh Stearns. It’s nearly impossible to gauge the full impact of harassment of the press. How do you measure the stories that go untold because a journalist felt intimidated? How do you quantify the corruption that won’t be exposed because sources are afraid to talk? When the [...] more »

Global View
by Priscila Néri

In January 2012, some partners and I sat around a table in Rio de Janeiro to discuss how to make the stories we were hearing about forced evictions in the city more visible.  We were up against several challenges, and one of the biggest was confronting the local government’s repeated denials that the issue even [...] more »

Free Speech
by Margaret Looney

When Marguerite Sullivan started the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) in 2007, she said she faced skepticism as to whether the U.S.-based organization could help advance media development worldwide. But since its launch, CIMA, which is part of the National Endowment for Democracy, has been helping independent news outlets and foundations navigate the ever-shifting media landscape [...] more »

Education
by Eric Newton

The Federal Communications Commission recently asked for public comment on its plans to streamline and increase the E-rate program for libraries and schools. Knight Foundation is helping libraries in 27 cities become digital community centers, and the Knight School at Queens University has a goal of raising the digital media literacy rate of its entire [...] more »

Global View
by Tom Hundley

Stories about death on the highway have been appearing in newspapers since the beginning of newspapers. During my early days as a reporter for dailies in Upstate New York and suburban New Jersey — this would be in the halcyon days of the Ford administration — I filed many a story about car wrecks of [...] more »

Education
by Kathleen Bartzen Culver

As the world watches Syria this week, ethics questions will focus on how critically the media are thinking about the purpose and extent of possible military intervention, as well as issues of credibility, independence and context. But within Syria’s borders, groups of loosely and tightly organized citizens are focused on practicing their own journalism — [...] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

The German magazine Der Spiegel reported recently that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the internal communication system of Al Jazeera. If the report is accurate, the targeted hacking of a news organization represents an assault on press freedom qualitatively different from — and in many ways more disquieting than — the perils posed [...] more »

Free Speech
by Zach C. Cohen

How can journalists fight the war on journalism, both in the U.S. and abroad? As governments hunt down whistleblowers, leakers and journalists alike, many reporters are worried they now work in a world that criminalizes their profession, calling this a “DEFCON 2 journalism event.” Most recently, Chelsea (formerly known as Bradley) Manning, the source of [...] more »


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