Eye on the Media

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    Wednesday August 10, 2016

    The Current Rio 2016: Female Olympians face sexism in media

    Whether it's referring to women athletes as "girls," undue attention being paid to their appearances, or being introduced as "Mrs. So-and-So" — why are female athletes often covered in a way that undercuts their achievements?

    Posted: Aug 10, 2016 7:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 10, 2016 7:12 AM ET
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  • Police Shooting Missouri

    Wednesday June 08, 2016

    'White rage' causes racial unrest in U.S., says author

    Carol Anderson explores U.S. racial past and present in her new book White Rage:The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

    Posted: Jun 08, 2016 9:20 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016 2:30 PM ET
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    Monday May 16, 2016

    The Current Why it matters that Facebook decides what 1.5 billion see every day

    Facebook is now considered the biggest news distributor on the planet with an ever-expanding influence. Allegations the social media network suppresses topics of interest to conservatives have created a firestorm. The Current looks into the algorithm controversy.

    Posted: May 16, 2016 10:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 16, 2016 2:23 PM ET
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    Tuesday March 08, 2016

    Turkey's government tramples on press freedom with newspaper takeover, critics say

    The Turkish government has taken over one of the country's largest top media outlets as part of a wider crackdown. But will the West - which needs Turkey onside to deal with the refugees and ISIS - stand up for press freedom in that nation.

    Posted: Mar 08, 2016 8:15 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 11:11 AM ET
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  • Mark Starowicz

    Tuesday March 01, 2016

    The Current Mark Starowicz on the decline of documentary production in Canada as interest rises

    A People's History was a ground breaking documentary series for the CBC back in the 90s and the man behind it would continue to shape the range and direction of documentaries in Canada for decades. So who better to consult on the state of the documentary?

    Posted: Mar 01, 2016 9:06 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 12:49 PM ET
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  • Former Edmonton Journal Editor, Margo Goodhand

    Tuesday February 23, 2016

    Former newspaper editor bemoans death by a thousand cuts for Canada's dailies

    Things were looking up for Postmedia last March with its regulatory green light for the acquisition of Sun Media. But less than a year later, the layoffs began. The former editor of the Edmonton Journal Margo Goodhand joins us to talk about the erosion of newspapers.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2016 8:26 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2016 12:47 PM ET
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  • NYT reporter Rukmini Callimachi

    Wednesday February 10, 2016

    NYT reporter Rukmini Callimachi reveals the ethical challenges covering extremist groups

    Extremism is one of the most pressing and defining issues of our times, and it's been Rukmini Callimachi's focus as a New York Times foreign correspondent for years. She joins us to discuss the unique ethical challenges posed by covering extremists for a living.

    Posted: Feb 10, 2016 8:09 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2016 3:22 PM ET
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  • Postmedia

    Thursday January 28, 2016

    After massive layoffs, how can Canadian journalism survive?

    The cuts in news media jobs and circulation are dominating the news this week. If a business model isn't working anymore, should we use public subsidies to save papers? We convene a panel to discuss how traditional journalism can survive.

    Posted: Jan 28, 2016 8:16 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 1:33 PM ET
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    Monday January 25, 2016

    Rwandan president 'extremely effective at crushing dissent,' says author

    After covering brutal conflict and crisis in several African countries. Anjan Sundaram headed to Rwanda to teach journalism. He was excited to be in a country praised by the West for its progressive President. And then he tried actually reporting.

    Posted: Jan 25, 2016 8:19 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 26, 2016 8:28 AM ET
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    Tuesday January 12, 2016

    the current Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo is not journalism

    Sean Penn and his El Chapo article in Rolling Stone have triggered a landslide of derision, annoyance, incredulity and perhaps even envy. So what did we get? Worthwhile insights? The fantastical fiction of a fugitive? Or just one guy's big adventure?

    Posted: Jan 12, 2016 7:52 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016 1:34 PM ET
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  • Paul Salopek walk

    Wednesday December 16, 2015

    The Current Paul Salopek discusses his 7-year-long conversation with strangers

    Paul Salopek has walked nearly six-thousand kilometres in a trek that is following the migration patterns of our earliest ancestors. It's a journalistic effort that reveals places and people others miss in their haste to meet a deadline. We've been following Paul's journey and check-in for an update.

    Posted: Dec 16, 2015 8:12 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015 3:50 PM ET
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  • Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the New York Times

    Wednesday November 04, 2015

    Jill Abramson on how gender inequality follows women through careers

    As the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson had one of the biggest jobs in journalism. And then suddenly it was gone. Curiously she never faced criticism for her journalistic judgement. Jill Abramson joins us to talk about the larger issues of equality in the newsroom.

    Posted: Nov 04, 2015 8:13 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 04, 2015 12:44 PM ET
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  • John Stackhouse - Mass Disruption

    Monday October 26, 2015

    John Stackhouse: Canada needs traditional media in digital era

    Media in the digital era gave us the ability to get information long before the presses print and from places we never could. But some worry how this affects the future of serious journalism and accountability. John Stackhouse shares his thoughts on "Mass Disruption".

    Posted: Oct 26, 2015 8:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 26, 2015 1:48 PM ET
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    Friday October 09, 2015

    Federal Election 2015: Scrutinizing newspaper political endorsements

    Back in the days "hot off the presses" really meant something in the news! But when today's surviving newspapers decide to endorse candidates for prime minister... Is it a practice as anachronistic as setting lead type? Or a fine democratic tradition that deserves to continue into the digital age?

    Posted: Oct 09, 2015 8:02 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 09, 2015 11:37 AM ET
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  • Welcome to Broadly

    Wednesday August 05, 2015

    The Current VICE's Broadly sparks debate on niche-ification of women's stories

    Broadly is the new women's issues website just launched by Vice. It joins the ranks of Jezebel and other female-focused sites, but is it right to isolate women's issues?

    Posted: Aug 05, 2015 7:49 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 07, 2015 10:30 AM ET
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  • Donald Trump

    Tuesday July 21, 2015

    The Current Donald Trump's Republican bid poses dilemma for media

    ​Should Donald Trump be taken seriously? The Huffington Post says no. We look at the HuffPo's decision to cover Trump's presidential campaign in their entertainment section... dropping him from their serious political coverage. Our panel weighs in on the wisdom of dismissing The Donald.

    Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:47 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 21, 2015 9:29 AM ET
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  • Evan Solomon CBC Host

    Wednesday June 10, 2015

    The Current CBC 'ends its relationship' with host Evan Solomon

    Evan Solomon is now the former host of The House and Power & Politics, after he was fired from CBC yesterday. His dismissal came shortly after Toronto Star's Kevin Donovan broke the story about Solomon's off-air work. A story of a power and position, art and wealth has us taking a look at ethics in the media.

    Posted: Jun 10, 2015 8:10 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015 9:57 AM ET
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  • Buzzfeed Canada Craig Silverman

    Tuesday June 09, 2015

    So... BuzzFeed, eh? The home of the listicle launches in Canada

    It's one of the most buzzed about media companies of the digital age. BuzzFeed, the internet meme-maker, is setting shop in here. We speak with Craig Silverman, the Canadian journalist who will be running BuzzFeed Canada and making Can Con go viral.

    Posted: Jun 09, 2015 8:33 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 09, 2015 12:20 PM ET
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  • John F. Burns interviewing Iraqis after the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003

    Thursday May 21, 2015

    The Current John Burns reflects on 40 years as foreign correspondent

    As a foreign correspondent, in many countries, over many decades, John Burns broke many stories. But when he created a war-time bureau for The New York Times in Baghdad, he broke boundaries. Today, he is lauded for his foresight in finding ways to keep journalists in the field, in the most treacherous of places.

    Posted: May 21, 2015 7:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 21, 2015 11:30 AM ET
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  • Andreas Lubitz

    Wednesday April 01, 2015

    Media speculating Andreas Lubitz's mental health is a disservice

    Following the news, you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone's a psychiatrist, busy with a diagnosis of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who crashed GermanWings Flight 9525. In the media coverage, facts have been mixed with speculation and critics say the collateral damage is our understanding of mental health.

    Posted: Apr 01, 2015 7:50 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 01, 2015 11:21 AM ET
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  • Commenting Online

    Wednesday February 18, 2015

    Tablet Magazine puts a price on comments to eliminate online trolls

    There's a lot of vitriol and venom laced through the comments sections of most online publications. Many monitor them, others have simply done away with them. And now one publication is starting to charge, not for the articles but for the right to comment. Today, our Eye on the Media considers Tolls for Trolls.

    Posted: Feb 18, 2015 3:54 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015 6:58 AM ET
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  • terrorist-feature

    Friday February 06, 2015

    Eye On The Media: 'Terrorism' and Loaded Language

    "Terrorism" is a loaded term, but the BBC's decision to avoid it -- even when describing the Charlie Hebdo attack -- is proving to be a loaded decision. As part of our on-going feature, Eye on the Media, we convene a panel to weigh the the words we use, to bring you the news....

    Posted: Feb 06, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 9:08 AM ET
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  • cartoonist-charb-feature

    Friday January 09, 2015

    Media split on publishing Charlie Hebdo Prophet Muhammad cartoons

    Should Canadian media outlets publish Charlie Hebdo's cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad? Our media panel debates this today.

    Posted: Jan 09, 2015 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015 11:24 AM ET
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  • SONY-hacked-feature

    Tuesday December 16, 2014

    Reporting on Sony hack has some blaming media as enabling crime

    An epic leak of top-secret info. Unguarded e-mails by power-brokers revealed. Secret new projects exposed in detail. Today, our Eye on The Media considers news-gathered through crime as opposed to news gathered through leaks. Is there a difference?...

    Posted: Dec 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • UVA-Protests-feature

    Thursday December 11, 2014

    Rolling Stone campus rape story scandal a lesson to journalists

    What began as a disturbing expose of one woman's traumatic ordeal at a fraternity house at an America university has evolved into apologies from the publication and criticisms over everything from journalistic blunders .... to insensitivity. Today, our Eye On The Media is asking about responsibility and transparency in the coverage of sexual assault....

    Posted: Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 01, 2015 2:14 PM ET
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  • amanda-lindhout-feature

    Wednesday September 17, 2014

    Former hostage Amanda Lindhout says airing videos of ISIS murdering captives gives extremists exactly what they want

    Former hostage Amanda Lindhout says the videos of ISIS murdering captives recalls terrifying personal memories, and broadcasting the pictures can give extremists exactly what they want.

    Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • china-journalism-feature

    Monday September 01, 2014

    Journalism in China is facing stricter laws in media control, forcing some journalists to go underground

    if a couple of Canadian coffee shop operators can face charges of stealing state secrets by the Beijing government, imagine how carefully Chinese journalists must tread to research and write a story. We hear from two Chinese journalists who know first hand the perils of trying to do their job....

    Posted: Sep 01, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • Suroosh-feature

    Tuesday August 05, 2014

    Suroosh Alvi on reinventing VICE

    As part of our Eye on the Media series, we hear how the company with a wobbly beginning as a lifestyle magazine in Montreal has grown into a worldwide media powerhouse....

    Posted: Aug 05, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 3:25 PM ET
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  • gaza-eyeonthemedia-feature

    Monday July 28, 2014

    Covering the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Can the media ever get it right?

    As part of our Eye on the Media series, we're asking how journalists are doing with their coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

    Posted: Jul 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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    Wednesday July 02, 2014

    Should journalists have boycotted Rob Ford's invitation-only press conference?

    Following Rob Ford's invitation-only press conference on Monday, we're discussing the idea of media boycotts.

    Posted: Jul 02, 2014 12:00 AM ET read comments
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  • red-wine-feature

    Tuesday May 20, 2014

    (Health) news you can't use

    As part of our Eye on the Media series, we're looking at the challenges of reporting on scientific studies.

    Posted: May 20, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 05, 2016 1:03 PM ET
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    Friday May 16, 2014

    Reporting on scandal

    As part of our ongoing Eye on The Media project, we take a look at how a major scandal is pursued by local media. We asked three investigative reporters: Robyn Doolittle, Wendy Ruderman, and Barbara Laker, to share their experiences....

    Posted: May 16, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 12:03 PM ET
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  • podcast-patent-feature

    Tuesday April 22, 2014

    Who owns the patent on podcasting?

    James Logan believes the internet owes him a lot of money. He says he invented the podcast, owns the patent, and wants podcasters to pay up. Critics call him a patent troll.

    Posted: Apr 22, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 12:05 PM ET
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  • climate-change-fears-feature2

    Monday April 14, 2014

    Is fear a useful tool in communicating climate change issues?

    From Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" to James Cameron's new "Years of Living Dangerously" to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the message on the Earth's future ranges from analytical to apocalyptic, to more apocalyptic. Today, our Eye on The Media is looking at the message - Is it fear-mongering? And is it backfiring?...

    Posted: Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 12:06 PM ET
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  • access-politicians-feature

    Wednesday March 26, 2014

    Access to politicians has rarely been more controlling. Try finding a politician to ask.

    These are difficult days for political journalism since politicians around the world have rarely been so guarded with their access and so controlling with information.

    Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 12:10 PM ET
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  • Suroosh-feature

    Monday March 03, 2014

    VICE Magazine Co-Founder Suroosh Alvi

    What started as a little Canadian magazine that was big on attitude has become a media giant worth more than a billion dollars. And its still got a lot of attitude. We speak to one of the founders of VICE magazine, Suroosh Alvi.

    Posted: Mar 03, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 3:22 PM ET
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  • speakers-engagement-feature

    Friday February 28, 2014

    Debating the ethics of journalists & paid speaking engagements

    Journalists are paid to be articulate, but some speeches by prominent CBC journalists have been criticized recently as conflicts of interest. We ask why and when it may be appropriate to button up.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:33 PM ET
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  • drones-news-feature

    Tuesday February 25, 2014

    Drone Journalism: Is Canada ready?

    Drones are going from making the news for deadly aerial bombings to gathering the news - aerial vehicles equipped with cameras have flown over disasters - in the pursuit of a story. Today, we hear from the first Journalism School in Canada teaching its students to use drones and from those who say the technology raises questions of ethics and...

    Posted: Feb 25, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:34 PM ET
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  • online-troll-feature

    Monday February 24, 2014

    Should media sites stop feeding the Trolls and abandon online comment sections?

    The internet troll ... nasty, brutish and short-tempered and according to a study just out of the University of Manitoba, someone with the personality of the Marquis de Sade. Now, the Trolls may be endangering themselves as Comment Sections either disappear or crack down and demand an end to anonymity....

    Posted: Feb 24, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:35 PM ET
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  • AlaindeBotton-feature

    Friday February 21, 2014

    Alain de Botton on why we need to scale back on too much news

    If information is power, what's too much information? British philosopher Alain de Botton thinks too much information benefits the already powerful.

    Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:37 PM ET
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  • egypt-Elshamy-feature

    Monday January 06, 2014

    The dangers journalists face in Egypt

    General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, now Egypt's defacto ruler presides over a crackdown on journalists that is so severe they risk charges of terrorism should they dare to interview or report on the political opposition. Today, we hear from journalists who have put themselves at risk documenting Egypt's turmoil....

    Posted: Jan 06, 2014 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:38 PM ET
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  • Alan-Rusbridger-feature

    National security vs. press freedom: How to strike the right balance?

    by Lisa Ayuso

    Thanks to whistleblower Edward Snowden, the CBC came into possession of some secret U.S. documents concerning spying in Canada.

    Posted: Dec 03, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:39 PM ET
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  • paul-salopek-feature

    Paul Salopek: Almost 1 year into his 7-year walking tour of the world

    by Lisa Ayuso

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is almost one year into an epic walk around the world. He has another six years to go, but he has plenty of stories about what he's seen so far. We check in with him and hear what he's learned along the way....

    Posted: Nov 29, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:44 PM ET
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  • Rob Ford eye on the media feature

    Monday June 03, 2013

    Reporting on Rob Ford: Is seeing believing?

    Journalists and journalism have taken a bashing from the embattled Ford brothers over a video that only three journalists say they have seen and which purports to show the Toronto Mayor smoking crack cocaine. In the frenzy that has followed there exists the ongoing demand to produce the pictures. But in a world where journalists have always gone, observed, witnessed,...

    Posted: Jun 03, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:45 PM ET
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  • Posing oppressed feature 2

    Thursday May 16, 2013

    What does posing as "oppressed" accomplish?

    This month, an Egyptian man dressed up as a woman to experience harassment in Cairo. Some ask why not just follow the real people affected?

    Posted: May 16, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:47 PM ET
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  • RobotJournalism_Thumbnail

    Tuesday March 19, 2013

    What does 'robot reporting' mean for journalism?

    Robots lurched into factories to replace the assembly line workers. Now could they be squeezing into newsrooms to replace journalists? There is computer software available that can fact-check and even provide editorial content. But is the world ready for the supercomputer journalist?...

    Posted: Mar 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:50 PM ET
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  • journalists in conflict zones feature

    Thursday February 07, 2013

    Freelance Journalists & War Coverage

    The story of the Syrian conflict is uploaded by courageous citizens but it is also documented by a knot of determined foreign journalists, many of them freelancers. And now a decision by an influential British newspaper to refuse all work out of Syria offered by freelancers raises questions of liability, responsibility and also of getting critical information out. Today we...

    Posted: Feb 07, 2013 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:53 PM ET
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  • newtown school bus feature

    Thursday December 20, 2012

    Newtown shooting media mistakes: Is it okay to get facts wrong?

    In the first hours after Friday's massacre in Newtown, there was a volley of information and a flurry of corrections. Two shooters .. one .. a mother who taught there .. who didn't .. .. a name that was wrong .. the gunman buzzed in ... broke in... And so it continued. Breaking news with all-news television, ready radio and...

    Posted: Dec 20, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:54 PM ET
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    Wednesday December 05, 2012

    Covering Suicide in the Media

    Some feel journalists need to step back when covering cases such as Amanda Todd's because they could make things a lot worse. We find out why.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 2:11 PM ET
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  • twitter-620x215

    Friday November 30, 2012

    Admitting journalistic bias on social media

    For the average person on a social network, it's easy to apologize for a snarky comment. For journalists however, an unedited thought on social media can bring accusations of bias against the journalist's employer. We hear what the New York Times is doing about this -- and ask exactly what role reporters have in the 140 character universe....

    Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 2:10 PM ET
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    Monday November 12, 2012

    Trail Blazer Journalist Zubeida Mustafa

    Meet Zubeida Mustafa. She is the first woman to report for Pakistan's English Language daily Dawn. Her first article on breast cancer was criticized as "Obscene" but she persisted in putting so-called women's issues on the news agenda and became a role model for a generation of Pakistani journalists. From Muhktar Mai to Malala Yousefzai, the women she covered to...

    Posted: Nov 12, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 1:59 PM ET
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    The U.S. & Us: Reporting on the Election

    by Lisa Ayuso

    The media monitors every word that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney utter. And depending on what side of the political fence you sit on, how journalists interpret those utterances and missteps is up for debate. Early on in the campaign, the Romney camp began to complain that the mainstream media was biased against him - and in love with Obama....

    Posted: Nov 02, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 2:00 PM ET
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  • gun violence feature

    Media Coverage of Gun Violence

    by Lisa Ayuso

    The media coverage of a shooting at a block party in Toronto has some members of the city's black community upset. We'll tell you why.

    Posted: Jul 25, 2012 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 2:03 PM ET
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