US J Schools Condemn Trump Press Attacks

An unusual rebuke by the leaders of 10 leading American journalism schools is condemning the Trump Administration's war on the news media. The White House's recent revocation of the press pass of CNN's Jim Acosta, in particular, has gone too far, they wrote. "Although gratuitous, harsh and insulting reprimands directed at reporters and news organizations that pose inconvenient questions are routine under this administration," says the statement, "the Acosta incident crosses an important line regarding First Amendment protections and press freedom."

Source: UC Berkeley

Posted on: November 16, 2018

US Government Can Spy on Journalists

The US government can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show. In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out “procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.”

Source: The Intercept

Posted on: September 20, 2018

Pulitizers Honor Investigative Reports

This year's Pulitzer Prizes were just announced, honoring coverage of sexual predators, Russia & Trump, America's opioid epidemic, and the Philippines' murderous drug war. Big congrats to the New York Times, Reuters, the Washington Post and the other winners. Investigative journalism featured prominently in the local, international, national and public service categories.


Posted on: April 16, 2018

CPJ: Trump Damaging Global Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon in the New York Times today spared little in his critique of the Trump Administration's anti-press campaign: "In President Trump’s carpet bombing of the news media, it is not just the United States’ global reputation that is collateral damage. Rather, it is the brave journalists on the front line who risk their lives and liberty to bring the world the news. It is to our great shame that they can no longer count on the support of the United States."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 26, 2017

Media Are “Enemies of the People”: Trump

Battered by tough news coverage and a flood of leaks, Donald Trump this week lashed out at the news media in his harshest language yet, branding it "the enemy of the American People!" on Twitter. The comment brought widespread condemnation -- Republican columnist David Brooks called it "rhetoric straight out of the fascist playbook," and his own cabinet members backed away from the phrase. But it has left journalists wondering if Trump supporters may feel emboldened to launch physical attacks against the press.

Source: BBC

Posted on: February 19, 2017

SecureDrop, Signal Used for Trump Leaks

The news media is using two tech tools to help facilitate the unprecedented flood of leaks coming from the Trump White House: SecureDrop, an encrypted platform for sending leaks, and Signal,  a messaging app with end-to-end encryption. "It's hard to name a news organization that has not gotten in touch with us about installing SecureDrop in the past six weeks," says Trevor Timm of SecureDrop's Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Source: CNBC

Posted on: February 11, 2017

CNN To Expand I-Team by 12 Reporters

As the Trump Administration ratchets up its war on the press, top target CNN is re-dedicating itself to watchdog journalism by sharply expanding its investigative unit and hiring as contributing editors Pulitzer Prize winners Carl Bernstein and Jim Steele. The network says it will add at least a dozen reporters to a consolidated investigative team. Says Bernstein: "Hopefully, other networks will do the same."

Source: NPR

Posted on: January 30, 2017

“Moment of Truth” for U.S. Journalists

With the Trump White House kicking off its first press briefing this weekend with blatant falsehoods and unprecedented press bashing, the U.S. media is in uncharted waters. As major media hit back, branding Trump team statements as lies, Columbia University's Todd Gitlin calls it a moment of truth for American journalism.


Posted on: January 23, 2017

Facebook Scrutiny for Election Fake News

Facebook is facing tough scrutiny for its role as publisher and distributor of a flood of misinformation and fake news during the U.S. election. From President Obama to media critics, the online service is being singled out for allowing extraordinary amounts of false reports to reach voters. Facebook, argues, CJR, "should play a more active part in editing—yes, editing—its own platform, and hiring actual people to do so."

Source: CJR

Posted on: November 12, 2016