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A screen shot of on-air shooting video before CNN decided to fade to black. CNN

The Virginia on-air shootings: all too real

Mainstream media and social media go different ways on the ethical questions raised by the airing of video showing on-camera shooting of journalists.
In a digital world dominated by a few media conglomerates, start-up initiatives like The Charta and First Look in the US should be welcomed. Andy Piper

Inform, not notify: the birth of participatory, ‘slow journalism’

The digital era has led to increasing challenges for western and traditional news media business models. Media outlets are facing steady declines in revenue, while the migration of advertising online has…
Amanda Knox in the hands of the Italian police. Antonio Calanni/AP

Knox case has put the Italian legal system on trial in the US

Amanda Knox has faced three verdicts in six years over a case in which it was alleged she was part of a brutal knife attack on Meredeth Kercher in Perugia in 2007 that resulted in her death. Although Knox…
Wall Street Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel is a guest at the Public Knowledge Forum in Sydney. AAP/Alan Porritt

In Conversation with Mary Kissel: full transcript

Andrea Carson: What are you intending to say at the Public Knowledge Forum at Sydney’s Opera House next week? Mary Kissel: I think there is a lot of concern about the decline, or the death, of good quality…
The internet sent newspapers back to the drawing board. Achifaifa

Washington Post sale points to a quality future for newspapers

Perhaps the proverbial tipping point in US print journalism has been reached. With the US$250m acquisition this week of The Washington Post by Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos, the US newspaper…
The leaks made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have sparked a debate in America on whether journalists can also be ‘activists’. EPA/The Guardian

Why do so many American ‘journalists’ appear to hate actual journalism?

Why shouldn’t you, Mr Greenwald, be charged with a crime? The question was directed at Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who broke the story of NSA surveillance using material provided by on-the-lam…
The ‘Islamophobia’-related responses to last week’s Boston bombings have been somewhat measured in comparison to 9/11. EPA/CJ Gunther

Boston bombings: beware the multi-million dollar Islamophobia industry

Local commentators have variously described reactions to the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured 183 others, as “restrained”, “refreshingly honest” and wholly different to what…
The Boston Marathon bombings sent shockwaves across the world - how have the American people and the media reacted? EPA/Billie Weiss

Boston Marathon attacks: a very restrained US media and online response

Winters in Boston are bitterly cold and excessively long. So it’s little wonder that residents greet Patriot’s Day – the mid-April, Massachusetts-only holiday marking the Revolutionary battles at Lexington…

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