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Journalists’ beginner guide to coding

As the news industry continues to adapt, journalists are asked to expand their skills beyond sleuthing and writing and into programming. The romantic ideal of the hacker journalist finding the signal in the noise of the incredible amounts of data generated everyday has become one of the most intriguing developments in journalism in recent years. Read more »

Holder defends AP phone seizures, Obama pushes for federal shield law

United States Attorney General Eric Holder defended the Justice Department’s seizure of The Associated Press’ phone records on Tuesday, May 14, as part of an investigation into one of “the top two or three most serious leaks that I’ve ever seen,” Holder said, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, the uproar surrounding the inquiry prompted the Obama administration to push for a federal shield law for journalists. Read more »

The Obama administration has aggressively prosecuted leaks and whistleblowers. Who are they?

Revelations this week of a secret Justice Department seizure of two months’ worth of phone records from The Associated Press are the latest flare up in tense relationship between the U.S. government and the media when it comes to whistleblowers. Read more »

Obama OK’s new open data rules for more accessible public information

President Barack Obama took some heat from media critics earlier this spring when he declared that his administration was the “most transparent" in history but an announcement today takes him one step closer to making good on that boast. Read more »

We want you! User-generated content moves to the center of newsgathering today

Social media has made user-generated content more important than ever for newsgathering, but the practice is becoming increasingly integrated into news organizations’ business models—especially at the local level—as industry contraction and content curation and aggregation replace traditional reporting. Read more »

"Cult of secrecy" pervades Canada's Access to Information system, report says

Secrecy is at the heart of the annual Review of Free Expression in Canada released on Friday, May 3, by the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). Read more »

On World Press Freedom Day, UN leaders call on others to "renew their commitment" to freedom of expression

Dignitaries, heads of states, journalists and advocates arrived in San José, Costa Rica yesterday, Thursday, May 2, for the welcoming reception of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Press Freedom Day conference.  Read more »

Press organizations urge Obama to push for greater protections for journalists during his trip to Mexico, Costa Rica

On Thursday, May 2, the press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) published an open letter to United States President Barack Obama urging him to use his visit to Mexico this week, his first trip abroad during his second term, to strike a firm commitment to protect freedom of expression and end impunity for press crimes in the troubled country.  Read more »

Some critics worry White House Correspondents' dinner sends the wrong message about Beltway media

President Obama doesn’t usually get so many laughs when he stands in front of a room full of reporters. On Saturday night, April 27, politicians and the capital’s press corps loosened their ties for the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner, an annual backslapping event for the elite of Washington and Hollywood. Read more »

Despite errors, broadcasters get good marks on their coverage of Boston bombings

Viewers were forgiving of media fumbles during the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing last week but the credibility of one of the United States’ biggest news brands, CNN, was badly damaged, according to several sources.  Read more »


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