News values, phone hacking scandals and The Sun, alternatively titled: why this fandom should acknowledge the Sun briefly when it must, and then just move the fuck on without drama.

Okay, guys. At this point, I’m fairly sure every and each one of you knows that the Sun is total and utter crap, but after today’s brand new article about Harry’s 21th birthday I still wanted to list a few reasons why every person with some journalism background knows what you should avoid 1) this particular paper and 2) side-eye News UK, formerly News International, owned by Rupert Murdoch. 

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It’s provocative because it quite powerfully and accurately depicts the disgusting behavior and attitudes toward women that dozens of women in tech described to me and that tens of thousands more must navigate on a daily basis, to the detriment of their professional advancement. …

It is unfortunate, shallow, and frankly, petty, that magazine cover critics seem more upset about an image than the actual behavior that permeates Silicon Valley culture.

Relatives of journalists who were killed during Israel’s summer attack on Gaza protest in front of the United Nations’ Gaza City headquarters in September 2014.

Maysoon Abu Hayyin is not sure how she will provide for her one-year-old daughter Lana.

In July last year, Maysoon’s husband Ziad — a freelance journalist and online editor for the al-Kitaab newspaper — was killed during Israel’s attack on Gaza. Ziad had some money saved, yet Maysoon has not yet been granted authorization to access his bank account.

Maysoon, 22, was living with Ziad and Lana in the Shujaiya district of Gaza City. As Israeli forces launched widespread indiscriminate attacks in the area, Maysoon fled with her daughter to Egypt.

“When everyone fled, he stayed behind to do some work,” she told The Electronic Intifada. “He told us he’d come join us a few days later, but he couldn’t find transportation.”

Four days later Maysoon learned of her husband’s death while watching the news. Ziad was killed when Israel shelled his family’s home in Shujaiya. Ziad’s grandfather and cousin also died under the rubble.

“I was shocked,” she said, pausing, “and devastated.”

“Bloodiest year” for media workers

A total of 2,257 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s summer assault on Gaza, according to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA. Of that number, OCHAestimates 1,563 were civilians, including 563 children.

Entire neighborhoods throughout Gaza were left flattened, and Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and other civilian infrastructure. In the Abu Hayyin family’s neighborhood of Shujaiya, homes were turned into massive piles of busted concrete and torn steel.

According to the Gaza Centre for Media Freedom, 2014 was the “bloodiest year” in history for Palestinian media workers. The watchdog group recorded 295 Israeli press violations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Sixteen press workers — fifteen Palestinians and one Italian — were killed by Israel during the attack on Gaza.

Although Maysoon received a one-time sum from al-Kitaab for her late husband’s final paycheck, she later learned that she will not receive regular financial compensation.

“There just isn’t any money,” she explained.

Because al-Kitaab is affiliated with the Islamic University of Gaza, Maysoon has been granted a scholarship to study math and hopes that she will find work in order to take care of her daughter.

“Lana looks like her father very much,” she noted. “He was a good man. I never knew anyone so perfectly fitted for his job. He loved it.”

Repeatedly targeted

Ezz Zanoun, a freelance photojournalist whose work has frequently appeared on The Electronic Intifada, was one of dozens of Palestinian media workers injured during Israel’s assault on Gaza. “I luckily only had light injuries, but I was hurt several times,” he told The Electronic Intifada.

According to statistics provided to The Electronic Intifada by the Gaza Centre for Media Freedom, at least twenty-eight journalists dressed in press garb were seriously injured by Israeli forces in the course of their work.

“During the war, I had to carry all my equipment at all times,” Zanoun said. “[Palestinian] journalists are always aware that they may not return home to their wives or children because they live the massacres they are covering.”

Zanoun, who taught himself photography while covering Israeli attacks on Gaza, said: “The Israelis don’t consider [Palestinian] journalists. They attack us and shoot at us just like everyone else.”

The hardest part of covering the attack, he explained, “is hearing each day that another journalist was hurt or killed. And when we cover massacres and arrive at areas with martyrs, the first thing I think of is my family and how it could happen to them at any time.”

“I always thought I’d be next to die,” he said of last year’s onslaught. “The sound of [Israeli] rockets and bombs never stopped.”

Zanoun’s photography will be presented in an exhibition in Gaza City this week. “It is a collection of fourteen photographs that show the dangers journalists face in Gaza, especially during wartime.”

In addition to the record number of fatalities and injuries among media workers, rights groups have accused Israel of targeting media offices during the fighting in places across the narrow coastal enclave. At least seventeen offices were directly struck by shelling or missiles, according to the Gaza Centre for Media Freedom.

Muhammad Thuraya, news director of the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa TV, recalled the channel’s long history of being targeted by Israeli forces, particularly during the three major offensives against Gaza since 2008.

“The [Israeli] enemy attacks the entire Palestinian people and all of the Palestinian media, but there is always a focus on al-Aqsa,” Thuraya told The Electronic Intifada. “Just like the schools and the hospitals Israel has targeted, al-Aqsa TV was repeatedly directly targeted during the 2014 aggression.”

Thuraya added that Israeli forces directly struck five al-Aqsa TV offices and a storage unit last summer. Sameh al-Aryan, an al-Aqsa TV photographer, was killed on 30 July when Israel bombed the Shujaiya market.

Rami Rayan, his cousin, also a journalist, died in the same attack.

Ahmed Nasser, another al-Aqsa TV photographer, was injured when Israeli forcestargeted the Italian Tower in Gaza City on 26 August.

Criminalizing journalism

Journalists in the occupied West Bank are also targeted by Israel.

Mustafa al-Khawaja, an al-Aqsa TV correspondent, was arrested by Israeli forces in October and detained for fifty days.

Charged with “incitement against the State of Israel” and “the promotion of terror ideas,” al-Khawaja was released on bail on 10 December, according to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA).

During one of al-Khawaja’s hearings, an Israeli prosecutor said that al-Aqsa TV has been considered an “illegal terrorist organization” since the beginning of October.

According to MADA, this is perhaps the first time that a media outlet has been classified by Israel as a terrorist group.

Nonetheless, al-Aqsa TV employees have also been the target of deadly attacks in the past. Two al-Aqsa TV journalists — Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama — werekilled by Israel during its eight-day war on Gaza in November 2012.

Israel and the United States “treat us as a terrorist channel because we protect [Palestine] with our voices, through news and pictures,” Thuraya of al-Aqsa TV said. “They attack us on social media — Facebook, YouTube, Twitter — and [Israel] attacks us with weapons.”

anónimo perguntou:

What are the best schools to study journalism as an undergraduate?

Keep in mind that you can study journalism pretty much anywhere, so if you are looking to save some big bucks then go local!

But if money is not a factor and you want to browse the top schools, here they are according to the Radio Television Digital News Association:

  • University of Missouri at Columbia
  • University of Georgia
  • Northwestern University
  • Syracuse University
  • Columbia University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Troy University
  • Lyndon State College
  • Indiana University
  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • University of Florida

French twins Vincent and Thomas (L) Seris speak with a student at the university in Bordeaux, November 12, 2014. Born with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), Vincent Seris and his twin Thomas cannot be exposed to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) light, which could provoke precocious cancers due to an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair. Colloquially referred to as Children of the Night (Les Enfants de la Lune) the Seris twins are among 70 to 80 people in France who suffer from the genetic defect. The French association “Les Enfants de la Lune” reports that there are between five and ten thousand such cases in the world. Thomas and Vincent have been testing a new protective mask for the last year which is transparent and ventilated and developed by several hospitals in France. 

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"When we think a story is impossible to shoot, that’s when it gets really exciting."

I am back online momentarily to express my deep sadness over something that has occurred today. I am absolutely devastated to learn that a man who inspired me as a reporter has been killed by militants in Syria. Kenji Goto was a passionate journalist from Japan who always risked his own life to give people a voice, especially children. From AIDS and poverty to disasters and education, Kenji cared for others and his heart showed in the work he did. When he traveled to Syria to cover the violence plaguing the country, he thought he would be safe since Japan was not actively fighting ISIS, unfortunately he was taken hostage several months ago and held until today when talks over his release broke down and he was killed. Goto will be remembered for his bravery, his dedication, and his empathy. He will not be forgotten. My heart is with Kenji’s family including his wife and two children, as well as the people of Japan. このたびはご愁傷さまでございます


Good news! The US government decided today that because I did such a good job investigating the cyber-industrial complex, they’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.

-Journalist and activist Barrett Brown in his public statement 

The news: In Texas yesterday, Brown was sentenced to 63 months in prison and more than $890,000 in restitution for his proximity to sources in the hacker group Anonymous and for linking to leaked Stratfor documents. Often called the “spokesman” for Anonymous against his wishes, Brown has been detained since his arrest in 2012, and since then has taken a plea deal to reduce his sentence from the decades of charges the prosecution was seeking. Journalists and activists alike agree this is just part of the slippery slope as classified government documents are leaked by hackers and journalists do their job investigating said leaks. As Kevin Gallagher (from the Free Barrett Brown Campaign) told The Guardian, “Any journalist that uses hackers as sources is extremely chilled by this.”

Like the tenacious dissident he is, Brown is now publishing a column from prison

From the rest of Brown’s statement

For the next 35 months, I’ll be provided with free food, clothes, and housing as I seek to expose wrongdoing by Bureau of Prisons officials and staff and otherwise report on news and culture in the world’s greatest prison system. I want to thank the Department of Justice for having put so much time and energy into advocating on my behalf; rather than holding a grudge against me for the two years of work I put into in bringing attention to a DOJ-linked campaign to harass and discredit journalists like Glenn Greenwald, the agency instead labored tirelessly to ensure that I received this very prestigious assignment. — Wish me luck!”


After watching the new Tim Burton film “Big Eyes” which I enjoyed, I decided to check out the Margaret Keane Big Eyes Gallery in San Francisco. They were pretty strict on not allowing photos of the art to be taken, but of course, I managed to sneak a few.

Photos by Junior V.

Ethiopia: Media Being Decimated

The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expression ahead of the May 2015 general elections. In the past year, six privately owned publications closed after government harassment; at least 22 journalists, bloggers, and publishers were criminally charged, and more than 30 journalists fled the country in fear of being arrested under repressive laws.

Most of Ethiopia’s print, television, and radio outlets are state-controlled, and the few private print media often self-censor their coverage of politically sensitive issues for fear of being shut down.

Photo: Newspaper readers at Arat Kilo, a square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © 2011 Tom Cochrem/Getty Images


There are some people who do not believe that others should be treated with respect. These people are a detriment to society as we know it.

Context: Christopher Eccleston is interviewed by a Clemmie Moodie for The Mirror who brings up the subject of Doctor Who in an interview after no less than three times she is expressly told by his publicist that such a thing will not be tolerated by Eccleston and to not bring it up. This reporter is referred to as “brave”. She disrespects his wishes, and then uses her journalistic platform to paint him in a less-than-savory light because he refused to answer her question about Doctor Who (which, again, she was expressly told to not ask about, resulting in a violation of the agreement to the interview).

Reporters who engage in these antics harm the world of journalism for all of us. They destroy opportunities for others and burn bridges that have yet to even be built because they are hungry for their own fame as a reporter. They violate the association between the press and those who the press would seek to have a relationship with. They do harm to themselves and their own careers.

Referencing the person who replied to an article about The Mirror's interaction with Eccleston, entertainers are not here to dance for you. You can fuck right off if you think so. Entertainers are artists. They are here to create. They make their way in the world by art. Some art is exquisite, some art is trash art. All of it is art. You are not owed anything by the artists of the world. Not one goddamn thing. Artists are not here to cater to your wishes, your whims, your desires. Artists exist to create for themselves. Artists are people. Entertainers are people. People are not slaves. People are not zoo animals. You do not get to assign roles, burdens, expectations or responsibilities to others.

Treat others with respect. Locals, foreigners, children, your garbagemen, people with special needs, teachers, people who are a different color than you, people who have features that differ from yours, the elderly, the homeless, businessmen and women, your bagboy at the grocery store, people who are a different gender than you, your barber, your mailman, people who differ from your sexual orientation, the person in the elevator next to you, the person in line behind you, people who have different interests than you. Artists and entertainers.

Treat people with compassion. Respect the wishes of others. Please.

Please appreciate the image of typical journalist’s reaction to ethics rules being updated.

Ah, crying over the fact that a movement being ridiculed for claiming to focus on ethics actually brings positive change in area of ethics.

Ah, being forced to abandon your false narrative you put so much effort into, that you have to grasp with claiming that your lies being exposed is irrelevant.

Ah, encouraging not dealing with inner corruption to keep the notion of “not being pro-corruption”.

Ah, the sight akin to a spoiled naughty kid having toys taken away for own behavior, trying to argue about it being not fair.

Ah, the classic scene of seeming untouchable villain slowly realizing that the unstoppable hero is coming after him.

Ah, the sight of sweet, sweet victory.