How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter

The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep. It was just after dawn on May 27 when Andrew Jennings’s phone began ringing. Swiss police had just launched a startling raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich, arresting seven top FIFA officials and charging them and others with running a $150 million racket. The world was stunned. More »

GLAAD responds to Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner, releases updated tip sheet for journalists

GLAAD today responded to Vanity Fair’s July 2015 cover, featuring Caitlyn Jenner. “By sharing her journey with the world, Caitlyn Jenner is accelerating acceptance of transgender people everywhere and reminds us all how important it is to live as your most authentic self,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. More »

Bruce Jenner\'s Special With Diane Sawyer On ABC\'s 20/20 Sets New Bar For Reporting On Transgender Issues

Before Diane Sawyer’s blockbuster interview with Bruce Jenner aired on ABC, she told George Stephanopoulos, “This is a family love story.” More »

8 Sad Truths About Women in Media

A new report shows how far women must go in order to achieve real gender parity More »

Newspaper reporter is ‘the worst job of 2015′ JIMROMENESKO.COM

Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says: More »


Reporters covering disasters must combine hard facts with human stories

RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN - Family photos washed away from the 2011 tsunami displayed at a makeshift evacuation center. Getty Images

RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN – Family photos washed away from the 2011 tsunami displayed at a makeshift evacuation center. Getty Images

Reporters covering natural disasters must get two essential components into their articles: The big picture, which includes things like the number of dead and injured and the extent of the damage, and the human story of individuals struggling to survive in the most adverse of circumstances.

UNESCO calls to end impunity for crimes against journalists

Paris, France: Today, 2 November 2015, is the ‘International Day to end Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’. “Every time the perpetrator of a crime is allowed to escape punishment, this emboldens other criminals and creates a vicious cycle of violence,” states Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, who seeks to advance the human right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The region’s largest animation and digital media festival, Animae Caribe, is staging its 14th edition of the festival from 27 – 31 October 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago.
animating-the-caribbean-flyer.jpgAt this year’s event, Animae Caribe is recording significant progress in terms of regional representation, with attendance of animation networks from Jamaica JAN (Jamaica Animation Network), Barbados BANG (Barbados Animation Network Guild), Suriname SAN (Suriname Animation Network) and Trinidad and Tobago TTAN (Trinidad and Tobago Animation Network).

Deadly earthquake rocks Afghanistan, India and Pakistan

Quake damage in Ghazni, Afghanistan. 26 Oct 2015

Pictures from Ghazni, south-west of Kabul, showed damage to buildings

A powerful earthquake has struck northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt in Pakistan and northern India.

At least 51 people are said to have been killed in Pakistan, with 19 deaths reported in Afghanistan.

Meet the James Bond of journalism

Anas Aremeyaw Anas goes undercover on assignment.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas goes undercover on assignment.

A vigilante reporter walks an ethical line with covert tactics.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is one compelling news reporter. Not only has the young investigator been labelled the “James Bond of Ghanaian journalism” but he has exposed sex-trafficking rings and uncovered human rights violations by going undercover using unorthodox costumes that include everything from posing as a brothel janitor to a sheik and even a rock.

The end of journalism


In an OpEd piece in the NY Times this week, Héctor Tobar, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon raises the question “Who’d Be A Journalist?”

Google launches $167 million digital journalism fund


Google today formally opened applications for its new Digital News Initiative, designed to support high-quality journalism in Europe through technology and innovation. In addition to previously announced partners such as El Pais, theGuardian and the FT, Google has also launched a $167 million fund to encourage and financially support fresh thinking in the practice of digital journalism. The fund will be overseen by former exec and Nieman Fellow Ludovic Blecher.

Speak Out: Demand good journalism from media

Letters to the editor

Unless you have been living under a rock or had your head buried in the sand the past two decades, you are aware that illegal drug use is pervasive to the point of being an epidemic in this country. A vital part of this problem is the use and promotion of the user lifestyle by celebrities.

MICHAEL SWICKARD: Strong journalism needed today as much as ever


Michael Swickard

Michael Swickard

“I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.”

— Bob Woodward

Because of changes in technology, journalism today is different than when I first started, but it is also much the same.

The stories are still the stories regardless if ink is used or a blog. The quality of information is most important. The window dressing may impress some people, but the story better have a good lead.


Rod Oram: Transforming business journalism

The future of business journalism may rest in colalborative partnerships between media organisations, says Rod Oram.

Business opportunities have never been greater. But turning them into good businesses has never been harder.

The Daily Northwestern : Journalism takes center stage at Homecoming panel

Five Northwestern alumni returned to campus on Friday for the seventh annual Homecoming panel, moderated by University President Morton Schapiro.

The event, titled “Who Are You Because of NU?” highlighted alumni from various backgrounds, with a notable emphasis on journalism: Michael Wilbon (Medill ’80), host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption”; Christine Brennan (Medill ’80, ’81), a national sports columnist for USA Today; Sheinelle Jones (Medill ’00), a news anchor for NBC’s “Weekend Today” program; Douglas Stotland (Weinberg ’90), a product marketing director at Facebook; and Dennis Chookaszian (McCormick ’65), former chairman and CEO of CNA Insurance Companies.

Marshall establishes new journalism scholarship – My Daily Tribune –


Between his time at Marshall and in leadership roles at a Huntington-Charleston television station and Charles Ryan Associates, the late C. Bosworth “Bos” Johnson taught a list of journalists, ranging from network correspondents such as NBC’s Roger O’Neill and ABC’s Bill Stewart to current national correspondents such as Joe Johns and Sean Callebs, according to Paulsen.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Beginning in spring 2017, Marshall University’s College of Arts and Media will award the C. Bosworth “Bos” Johnson Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late journalist, Marshall alumnus and professor.

“Whatever my Dad was doing — as news director or journalism professor or public relations executive — he was always teaching,” Dr. Beth Johnson Paulsen, Johnson’s daughter and professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, said. “The best way to remember him is to keep doing what he did.”

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