Farai Chideya discusses how we can challenge the “resegregation of the American media.”
This week’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings demonstrated that that is a false argument. MSNBC doesn’t need to “do news,” because they have the resources of NBC — they have Williams, Michael Isikoff, Richard Espositio and Jonathan Dients, just to name a few. CNN may have more boots on the ground, but in the chaotic 21st century media environment, viewers want quality not quantity.
With Pete Williams becoming a household name this week, more and more viewers will be flipping from CNN to MSNBC for their breaking news coverage — a significant revolution in the cable news industry. And when the dust from Boston Marathon bombing clears, viewers will remember two things about the cable news coverage of this historic event: that John King blew it, and that Pete Williams got it right.
In 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, she wrote an article chronicling her experience that day and the following week. Her editors chose not to publish it. Today the Washington Post published her article for the very first time.
The Israeli Air Force targeted and hit the building housing Agence France Press reporters in Gaza on Tuesday, November 20. The tweet above is from Paul Danahar, the BBC’s Middle East bureau chief.
The Huffington Post writes:
It is the third Israeli attack on a media building in three days. Each time, Israel has said it was targeting Hamas personnel, but the strikes have affected journalists from many international outlets — which have invariably held their offices in the same buildings Israel says Hamas is using — and been condemned by press freedom groups. Israel has also controversially said that it does not consider anybody working for Hamas-affiliated organizations to be legitimate journalists. On Tuesday, it killed three Palestinian reporters for Hamas-linked outlets by hitting their cars with missiles.
The Telegraph has compiled more live tweets from international journalists in Gaza City during the air strike, including journalists from the BBC and Agence France Press. They also noted that the Israeli Defense Forces were using their Twitter account to warn journalists to stay away from Hamas, claiming the group will use journalists as “human shields.”
Tu as le droit d’ȇtre belle,” my mother told me once. You have a right to be beautiful. You have a right, she meant, to simultaneously achieve in the realm of intellect and never for an instant disavow your aesthetic self-worth. Dare to be a woman.
What an audience sees online or on television in a film like “The Choice 2012,” FRONTLINE’s dual biography election special that airs tonight, is just the tip of the iceberg of material that has been gathered. To craft a film this ambitious and comprehensive, the filmmaking team interviewed over 100 friends, family, advisers of the candidates and journalists who have covered them.
Tonight, in a pretty thrilling act of transparency, we published over 8 hours of the footage from those interviews on “The FRONTLINE Interviews” site. And we didn’t just publish raw video, we edited and finished the interviews, paired them with their transcripts, and created a rich environment for users to explore them either by person or by topic.
The result: viewers can watch and read over 25 interviews done both with famous faces like Ann Romney and Rahm Emanuel and with more obscure and fascinating people from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s life. You can learn about Obama’s childhood in Hawaii with the infamous “Choom Gang” from Tom Topolinksi, his high school basketball and partying buddy. Or Romney’s Mormon mission in France from friend Dane McBride, who was there with as they tried to convince people in Bordeaux to embrace a life of abstinence. Or you can read and watch by topic: from Romney’s time at Bain to Obama’s experience as a war president.
“Show your work” is one of the core tenets of digital journalism, and FRONTLINE has a long history of approaching it aggressively. Tonight, we think we set a new bar for ourselves and for current affairs television. We hope you’ll check the site out.
Dear Frontline, please get a Tumblr. Thx.
(Note: I did finish watching The Choice and now I know more about Romney. And David Brooks surprisingly wasn’t douchey.)
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Mika Yamamoto, the veteran Japanese war correspondent killed in Syria on Monday, died when gunmen identified by rebels as Syrian soldiers opened fire on a group of journalists in Aleppo, the The AFP reported, as heartbreaking details about her death trickled out. Yamamoto, 45, was covering the conflict in for Japan Press, which The Associated Press described as “an independent TV news provider that specialises in conflict zone coverage.” Yamamoto was with a group of journalists in Aleppo including her colleague, freelancer Kazutaka Sato, when a group in camouflage approached and opened fire from about 20 or 30 meters away, Sato told Japan’s NTV, according to AFP. “I told her to run. It could have been less than 20 or 30 meters,” he said. The other journalists scattered, but Yamamoto was hit.