WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, May 1, 2019.
Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
Trump speaks with reporters in the Oval Office, April 14, 2019.
The president's blame-the-press rhetoric is, to the news media, calculated to score political points. But are there real problems US journalists need to address in their work? Yes, says one scholar.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, and barrister Jennifer Robinson talk to the media after Julian Assange’s arrest in London.
It's dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange's cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.
Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root interviews New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn along Highway 652 near the Texas-New Mexico border.
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A recent survey found that Americans trust local media outlets far more than national ones.
Sahar Zeki, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, October 23, 2018.
The death of the Saudi columnist shows the hazards faced by journalists – especially if the US doesn't like what they do.
A traveler reads a newspaper.
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Researchers set out across four cities to ask the public, what it would it take to rebuild your trust in the media? Here's what they said.
Bolshevik leaders Nikolai Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
Forged documents were used by the US government 100 years ago to justify hostile actions against Russia. All but one US newspaper accepted the government's propaganda. The lessons for today are stark.
The Capital Gazette in Annapolis lost five staffers in a shooting.
Violence against journalists is on the rise. Many people don't realize that such acts have a long tradition in the US, where partisan rancor was once a hallmark of American journalism.
Bob Woodward arrives at Trump Tower, January 2017.
Bob Woodward's supposedly explosive findings about Trump are not what we need.
Walter V. Robinson, the US investigative journalist who was portrayed by Michael Keaton in the film Spotlight, talks to Media Files about his team’s investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.
Spotlight’s Walter V. Robinson and the Newcastle Herald’s Chad Watson on covering clergy abuse - and the threats that followed.
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In this episode, we hear from Walter V. Robinson on how the Boston Globe Spotlight investigation into clergy abuse began, and from the Newcastle Herald's Chad Watson on how his paper covered abuse.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins in front of the White House.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The Trump administration's hostility toward journalists is raising new questions about what rights journalists have to access government officials and events.
Then-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Are Americans ready for a new media model? A new survey indicates that, surprisingly, those who are more willing to pay for news include women and the young.
Tom Wolfe, in 2010, fired up and holding forth.
AP Photo/Tina Fineberg
A journalism scholar and biographer of Tom Wolfe looks back at a literary great's life of challenging cultural standards.
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The first amendment protecting press freedom is under unprecedented threat in the Trump era.
A new study explores the state of an industry that's tapping creative revenue streams and incorporating new tools to engage with readers.
A bust of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer looks on as reporters look through a box containing the announcements of the 1996 Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University.
AP Photo/Wally Santana
U.S. journalism has long championed an allegiance to cold objectivity. But one researcher analyzed Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from the past 20 years and found that they’re suffused with emotion.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Clinton has a cup of coffee with newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin in April 1992. Breslin died on March 19.
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After the death of legendary New York Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin, some have lamented the end of blue-collar journalism. But in today's media environment, Breslin's approach might not be enough.
A 1941 photograph depicts the Chicago Defender’s linotype operators.
From the treatment of black World War II veterans to Emmett Till's murder, the black press helped lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement. What role can it play today?
Facebook's role is under scrutiny, a shift from earlier in the campaign, when the press was often blamed for Trump's ascendancy. Both played a part.
In the early stages of his campaign, Donald Trump eagerly made himself available to the press. As president, that’s likely to change.
How can journalists resist a master media manipulator, reach local communities and sift through fake news and propaganda? Media experts explore the challenges of covering the next administration.