Knowledge is Power: Protecting ourselves from “Fake News”

Knowledge is Power: Protecting ourselves from “Fake News”

—January 2018 What is the truth about journalism? Journalism is always a bit of a mess. People’s memories are usually flawed. Eyewitnesses differ about the same event. The moment a story passes from one person to the next, it changes. This is only human. And then...
PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

PSST: Some Good News About Journalism for a Change?*

Journalism has never been as easy as it looks. One day in 1940s, Los Angeles newspaper reporters were riveted by a report that came crackling over the police radio. A headless torso had just been found outside the city, in a gravel pit! Competing reporters from the...
Journalism’s Latest Tech Fix: The Flying iPhone

Journalism’s Latest Tech Fix: The Flying iPhone

In Africa, “journalists as a part of civil society have fallen off the radar,” according to Heather Gilberds, a Canadian media developer who works in Africa.  Radio is still the most popular medium in sub-Saharan communities, she says. Africans don’t listen to radio...

Do the facts matter?

So how far should real journalists go in saying that someone is “misstating” the facts, i.e. lying? This was raised recently by the NYTimes ombudsman. http://t.co/rn2GLZrx …Everyone came down on the poor fellow to say DUH, of course, that’s what real journalists...