Views of the News: Keeping reporters safe on the job
Last week, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot and killed while on assignment in Afghanistan. She was traveling with a convoy of election workers ahead of the presidential election when an Afgan police officer open fire on Niedringhaus and her reporter.
Afghanistan is a war zone.
Houston, Texas isn't.
But, that doesn't make the job any less dangerous for reporter there. The news director at KTRK-TV announced this week that he is putting a stop to the practice of reporters knocking on the doors of crime suspects. That's because a KTRK reporter and photographer were held at gunpoint after approaching the home of a man charged with child molestation.
Darrell N. Phillips, NewsroomLegal.com: “Houston news director adopts ‘no knock’ policy for reporters chasing criminal suspects”
Demond Fernandez, KTRK: “Suspect pulls gun on ABC13 reporter, photographer during coverage of sex assault trial”
'Secret' social media network in Cuba
For more than two years, there was a Twitter-like social media network built in Cuba to push dissent against the government. What the users didn't know: it was created by a U.S. agency with ties to the state department. They also didn't know American contractors were collecting their personal data and potentially using it for political purposes.
Alberto Arce, Desmond Butler & Jack Gillum, Associated Press: “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest”
Mike Hashimoto, Dallas Morning News: “From exploding cigars to ‘You have new followers’ in Cuba”
Alberto Arce, Desmond Butler & Jack Gillum, Associated Press: “White House defends ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest”
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker: “The dangerous absurdity of the secret 'Cuban Twitter'”
Mozilla CTO Ousted
The company behind the Firefox web browser and a number of other open source products saw the ouster of its chief technology officer, Brendan Eich.
William Slatean, Slate: “Brendan Eich, homophobia, and corporate values: The left is the new Moral Majority”
Steve Tobak, Fox Business: “The truth behind Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s demise”
Mary Hamilton, The Guardian: “Brendan Eich has the right to fight gay rights, but not to be Mozilla’s CEO”
Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times: “Gay marriage, Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, and the role of a CEO”
Does media have a gender problem?
A study from the Women's Media Center shows how pervasive the gender gap is in American television and radio stations, newspapers, wire services and online news outlets.
Women’s Media Center: “Media gender gap”
Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “The media’s enormous gender problem, in one chart”
Making journalism degrees “matter more”
Futurist Amy Webb challenged attendees at the annual Journalism Interactive conference to re-think journalism education and find a way to make a journalism degree "matter more" to students.
Justine McDaniel, American Journalism Review: “Webb: Journalism schools needs to make the ‘degree matter more’”
Changes to the NCAA tournament broadcasts
For the first time ever, the Final Four telecasts featured team-specific broadcasts this year -- giving "hometown" analysts the mic to call the semi-finals. Some viewers loved it, others were simply confused.
Richard Sandomir, New York Times: “With a holler, homers make NCAA broadcasts fun”
Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated: “Final Four teams will get hometown announcers for semifinal games”
Sam Cooper, Yahoo Sports: “Some people on Twitter are very confused by the biases of the Kentucky Teamcast announcers”