Young Americans don’t evaluate online information

We had lots of journalism-class discussions about echo chambers, filter bubbles, confirmation bias, hyperpartisan sites and fake news this semester. It has been an interesting end to the year. In all of the above, the finger is being pointed at social media. The sites...

Pardon for Snowden?

The Washington Post published an editorial last week saying Obama should not pardon Edward Snowden, as various global groups ramp up their pardon campaign and Oliver Stone’s new movie opens in theatres.  (“Snowden,” a fictionalized version of the...

And The Panama Papers Continue

Here come more names.  Today, May 9, at 2pm EST (that’s actually 2am May 10 Hong Kong time) the The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is going to release a searchable database of more than 200,000 secret offshore companies, including the...

The Art of the Tough Interview

This new article in CJR by Gerald Eskenazi on the fine art of reading the moment and asking the right question in an interview starts with Donald Trump and ends with Muhammad Ali. Never thought I’d see those two names in print together. But Eskenazi has the...

The gray zone of plagiarism

by Robin Ewing The Columbia Journalism Review this week  published a thoughtful article on plagiarism and the trickiness of defining it in a digital world where “all ideas are secondhand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources.”...

“Feelings journalism” based on assumptions

An article from the New Republic last week discusses what the author calls “feelings journalism,” which is simply a new way of describing an old kind of writing: assuming we know what another person is thinking and feeling without actually asking. I often see this in...

Social media chats used in jailing of Chinese news assistant

By Robin Ewing The mainland Chinese assistant to a German journalist was arrested in Beijing in October after taking photos at Occupy Central in Hong Kong and posting them to her WeChat account. She is still being held, almost four months later, for “inciting a...