What are nutgrafs? They're what journalists call the heart and matter of a story, why you care (contraction for "nutshell paragraph").
Our Millennial generation today believes more than ever that we can change the world for the better. We are interested in how journalism and its role in society, from storytellers to watchdogs, fit into all of this.
I’m not scared,” [Le Anh Hung] says, “I know what I choose to do is risky but I accept the fight.
- Activists in Southeast Asia blog their dissent against the government with their personal safety on the line. TIME reports on the region’s crackdown on internet freedom amidst political uprisings.
"To make government accountable, people have to know the facts. But prying secrets out of Washington is hard. FOIA Machine can help."
The Freedom of Information Act Machine is “like TurboTax for government records,” states its Kickstarter page. Produced alongside the Center for Investigative Reporting and a handful of experienced journalists and technicians, it is the much-needed answer to simplifying the complicated process behind accessing public records. Anyone can use it. Already 800 reporters have shown their support and are awaiting its launch. [TechCrunch]
The majority exalts the interests of the government while unduly trampling those of the press, and in doing so, severely impinges on the press and the free flow of information in our society.
- Judge Roger Gregory dissented against the federal appeals court’s ruling that James Risen, veteran reporter for New York Times, has to testify against his source in the trial of a former C.I.A. charged with disclosing classified information. A pivotal and harmful moment for investigative reporting—what protection do journalists have? [NYT]
“Enter the 2013 Millennial Impact Report, which reveals that Millennials aren’t interested in structures, institutions, and organizations, but rather in the people they help and the issues they support.”
Nieman Journalism Lab’s Ken Doctor takes a look at what’s been happening in the world of news so far and makes predictions on what to expect for the rest of this year.
"[Al Jazeera America] could transform the way we see news and the way we think about it. But, then again, it could be a disaster in almost every sense of the word." —Christopher Dickey in Newsweek
Al Jazeera America is coming to American televisions on August 20th. The big question is: Can this Middle East broadcast bigshot overcome the building skepticism of its neutrality and win over the American audience? Take a look at New York Magazine’s in-depth feature on Al Jazeera America’s development.
"…we may not know what happened to the survivors after the camera was turned off, but without citizen video we might never know that a bustling civilian neighborhood was hit with a missile at all."
Instagram photo uploaded by daughter of Defense Attorney, Don West led to an inquiry.
"Like it or not, when it comes to Facebook and social media, it may not just be Big Brother watching you, but your friendly neighborhood criminal defense attorney." -David Hill, Orlando criminal defense attorney