NYT: Blockchain Tech Won’t Save Journalism

When Civil Media Company burst on the media scene earlier this year, it was heralded by some as the key to a new financial platform for the news media. With its own blockchain technology, crypto-currency, internal rules and grants for startups, Civil promised a new era of reader trust and financing. Alas, reports the New York Times. Civil sold few of the tokens it projected and failed to convince many that it will ever be a going concern. "It was as if an Olympic weight lifter said that, at a minimum, he’d be able to clean and jerk 400 pounds," the Times wrote, "and then did not manage to move the bar more than an inch off the ground."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: November 1, 2018

How the New York Times Verifies Video

Was a video of a chemical attack really filmed in Syria? What time of day did an airstrike happen? Which military unit was involved in a shooting in Afghanistan? Is this dramatic image of glowing clouds really showing wildfires in California? These are some of the questions the video team at The New York Times has to answer when reviewing raw eyewitness videos, often posted to social media. Misinformation shared through digital social networks is a serious problem for modern-day newsrooms, with visual information in the digital age easy to manipulate and even easier to spread. What is required for conducting visual investigations based on social media content is a mix of traditional journalistic diligence and cutting-edge internet skills. Here's how the Times does it.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: October 19, 2018

NY Times Reporter’s Records Seized

A former US Senate Intelligence Committee aide was arrested Thursday in an investigation of classified information leaks where prosecutors also secretly seized years’ worth of a New York Times reporter’s phone and email records. James A. Wolfe was charged with lying repeatedly to investigators about his contacts with three reporters, including Times reporter Ali Watkins, who had been in a three-year relationship with Wolfe. A prosecutor notified Watkins on February 13 that the Justice Department had years of customer records and subscriber information from telecommunications companies, including Google and Verizon, for two email accounts and a phone number of hers. Investigators did not obtain the content of the messages themselves.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: June 8, 2018

New York Times’ David Carr Dies after NSA Forum

Here's the last public appearance by NY Times' media critic David Carr, at a remarkable forum on Thursday with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden. Carr, sadly, passed away just hours after this. This lively event is a fitting tribute to his work and contribution.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 15, 2015

U.S. Drops Attempts to Force Journalist Testimony

Good news, finally: the Obama Justice Department has backed away from forcing reporters to testify about their sources. In two cases, including the high-profile leak prosecution involving the New York Times' James Risen, prosecutors are dropping attempts to compel journalists to testify or face lengthy jail terms for contempt.

Source: Washington Post

Posted on: December 13, 2014

Can You Be Both an Activist and a Journalist?

In a refracted media world where information comes from everywhere, the line between two “isms” — journalism and activism — is becoming difficult to discern. The question of who is a journalist and who is an activist and whether they can be one and the same continues to roar along, most recently in the instance of Glenn Greenwald’s reporting for The Guardian on the secrets revealed by Edward J. Snowden.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: July 1, 2013