This week was a dark one if you consider the U.S. president and his openly racist attitude toward people of the Islam faith. On Wednesday, Trump retweeted three videos which appeared to involve Muslim migrants abusing white people. These videos were endorsed by the British Ultranationalist group, Britain First. The titles of the videos retweeted... Continue Reading →
The Paradox: Journalism and Secrecy.
Chapter seven in Journalism After Snowden is entitled “Digital Security for Journalists.” Written by Julia Angwin, this chapter addresses the best ways for journalists to protect themselves, their sources, and their stories. I found this chapter to be extremely useful and interesting. On the first page, Angwin addresses the strange concept of journalists keeping secrets.... Continue Reading →
A Woman on a Bicycle…
The image of a woman on a bicycle has caused a lot of buzz recently. Specifically, the woman who was photographed giving the middle finger to Trump’s motorcade while pedaling beside it. A BBC article came out on November 6, stating that the woman had been fired from her job because she made this gesture... Continue Reading →
Do Governments get a “private life”?
While reading Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media, I began to reflect on my own values, and those I want to bring to my career (if that happens to be a journalist). I have always come from the perspective that leaks are important and vital to our society, as a whole. Which I would say most... Continue Reading →
The Freedom to Grieve
The New York Times reports, on October 17, that a passenger onboard a Delta flight was told she could not sing the national anthem. Dr. Pamela Gaudry who is an obstetrician-gynecologist from Georgia, boarded a flight which was carrying a fallen soldier back home. The soldier was Army Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, one of... Continue Reading →
To Name a Source, or to Not Name a Source: That is the Question
There is no federal shield law to protect reporters from divulging sources in court. For years the issue has been contested and overruled. Now, it is conducted on a case-by-case basis. Reading from a chapter in Garrett Epps' The First Amendment: Freedom of the Press, this idea is discussed further. In 1970, United States v.... Continue Reading →
Privacy: Sidis v. F-R Publishing Corp.
What I found most interesting in chapter five of Anthony Lewis’ Freedom for the Thought That we Hate, is the initial case, Sidis v. F-R Publishing Corporation. In this case, a young man, who was thrust into the spotlight, without his consent, was exposed later in life. William James Sidis was made famous by his... Continue Reading →
Our Time, Our Voice
In the fourth chapter of Freedom For the Thought that We Hate, written by Anthony Lewis, the author highlights the Sullivan lawsuit. This suit is used as an example to display that if there were legal risks connected with reporting, journalists and civilians could be less likely to voice their opinions or criticisms. Instead of... Continue Reading →