Tag: syria

by Madeleine Bair

“When everything is already all lit up, a searchlight is just another thing you can’t see.” – Eric Newton, “Searchlights and Sunglasses” The premise of Eric Newton’s Searchlights and Sunglasses is that a world flooded with information requires a new type of journalist — one who filters information rather than shines a light on it. [...] more »

by Jaron Gilinsky

On September 16, 2013, journalists Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were traveling in Northern Syria along with four rebel soldiers they had hired for protection. At a checkpoint near the town of Tal-Abyad, armed, bearded men took their passports and whisked the group of six to a makeshift detention facility. Two weeks later, the [...] more »

by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months [...] more »

by Christoph Koettl

When I started working on human rights crises seven years ago, a promising and groundbreaking way to monitor violations were satellite images. The idea seemed simple enough: a single sensor in space taking pictures of inaccessible conflict zones, such as Darfur. Opening my laptop today in 2014, I have thousands of sensors at my fingertips, [...] more »

by Julie Keck

Note: MediaShift’s Daily Must Reads will be on hiatus between Monday, December 23, 2013, and Friday, January 3, 2014. We’ll be back with new Must Reads on Monday, January 6, 2014. To keep up with new MediaShift and Idea Lab posts over the break, sign up for our PBS MediaShift Daily and the PBS Idea [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. How Amazon and Goodreads could lose their best readers (Laura Miller / Salon) 2. Pinterest / Getty deal IDs images, shares data with advertisers (Noah Rayman / TIME) 3. Opinion: Is Glenn Greenwald the future of news? (Bill Keller / New York Times) 4. Medium opens signup to all (Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch) 5. [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Retailers fight exile from Gmail inboxes (Claire Cane Miller & Stephanie Clifford / NYT) 2. Former NSA and CIA director says terrorists love using Gmail (Andrea Peterson / Washington Post) 3. Storytelling ads may be journalism’s new peril (David Carr / NYT) 4. What does ‘mobile-first’ mean to publishers? (Josh Sternberg / Digiday) 5. [...] more »

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 »

by Julie Keck

1. Livefyre acquires Storify to expand its social media curation platform (GigaOm) 2. Johns Hopkins and the case of the missing NSA blog post (ProPublica) 3. Reports: Outbrain plans IPO valued at $1 billion for 2014 (paidContent) 4. Verizon and the FCC square off for the future of net neutrality (Verge) 5. In Syria, freelancer [...] more »

by Julie Keck

1. Syrian Electronic Army responsible for New York Times website attack (The Atlantic Wire) 2. Time Warner Cable TV app for Xbox 360 now available with over 300 channels (TechCrunch) 3. The founders of All Things Digital look to expand their empire (GigaOm) 4. Huffington Post deletes 75% of incoming comments (Poynter) 5. Twitter hires [...] more »