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Free Speech
by Jean-Paul Marthoz

Until the last moment, the opponents of a very controversial French intelligence bill tried to be heard. Early this month, on the eve of the vote, activists kept calling deputies to convince them to reject the bill. They had no chance, however, since the Socialist government could count on a solid majority from both mainstream […] more »

Collaboration
by Kate Nash Cunningham

Co-authored by Michael V. Marcotte. Like many professors across the country, we’ve spent the last few weeks putting the finishing touches on our journalism syllabi, thinking of new ways to reach students and of novel approaches for our assignments. This semester, we have another exciting job. Thanks to a grant from the Online News Association, […] more »

Education
by Michael W. Wagner

The political reporter’s professional toolkit keeps expanding. Journalists are using social science research, “big data” and innovative alternative story formats to better serve their audience. Journalism education is catching up too, as Vicki Krueger and Katherine Krueger have shown here on EducationShift. I’m a long-time critic of political news coverage that treats politics like a […] more »

Free Speech
by Joel Simon

The following is a guest post. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here. With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies? The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a global system on which […] more »

Culture
by Angela Washeck

Two years ago, the Pew Research Center reported that more than a third of social media users have used networking sites to post their own thoughts or comments on political and social issues. Simultaneously, nearly 20 percent of those polled said social networking sites were so powerful that their personal views on a political issue […] more »

Free Speech
by Geoffrey King

Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced a new policy requiring that travelers to the United States turn on their devices at the request of airport security personnel. Devices that cannot be powered on will be barred from the aircraft, and passengers in possession of such devices may also be subjected to additional screening. While […] more »

Business
by Mark Hannah

Just as the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) was commencing last year, news broke that a young ex-CIA analyst working under contract for the National Security Agency in Hawaii disclosed reams of classified documents to the media. The leak was blasted by the Obama administration as a massive detriment to America’s national security and applauded by […] more »

Free Speech
by Jose Gonzalez

The death of Canadian freelance photographer Ali Mustafa while documenting the Syrian civil war illustrates the persistent problem of the safety of journalists in the country and, increasingly, the particular threats faced by freelance journalists reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet. Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months […] more »

Free Speech
by Marianna Tzabiras

Will Burma’s reforms lead to substantial change? That question has been repeatedly asked since the political initiatives taken in 2011 were seen as steering the country towards democracy and away from its history of military rule. Three years later, assessments of Burma’s progress vary, especially around media freedom and free expression. On a recent visit […] more »


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