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What we're reading this week...
January 24th, 2014
05:07 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN

From the Grantland article that kick-started a larger discussion on transgender reporting, to the Bieber breaking news that dominated the morning shows on Thursday, team Reliable Sources has an exciting show planned for you this Sunday. We'll also be speaking with the authors of the Pacific Standard cover story and the New York Times column that discussed internet abuse against female journalists.  For now, though, check out the following media stories that also popped up on our radar this week:

"This is Danny Pearl's Final Story"

It's been more than a decade since Daniel Pearl, then a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was abducted in Pakistan and ultimately murdered. Writing for The Washingtonian magazine, Asra Nomani gives us a first hand look at her friendship with Pearl: She describes  what it was like to be the last person to see Pearl alive and tells us what it was like to watch the video that confirmed his death. Since his murder, Nomani has spent the better part of a decade crusading for justice, calling upon the United States to charge Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the man who claimed to have killed Pearl) with murder. In the story, she also details confronting the man who killed her friend "Danny."

"Firing of AP Freelance Photographer Highlights Perils in Altering Images"

You think photojournalists would learn already - don't alter an image! According to Poynter, one freelance photographer learned this lesson the hard way. After digitally altering an image to remove a "colleague’s video camera from a photo of a Syrian opposition fighter" and then "cloning background images to cover it up," Narciso Contreras sent the altered image to the Associated Press. The wire service has since learned of the editing and fired Contreras . According to Poynter, the AP said it will look back at Contreras' previous work submitted to the AP and check for other altered images.

"Komla Dumor: The African Journalist Who 'Lifted The Continent"

"Americans probably didn't know the name Komla Dumor unless they were real news junkies. But for Africans, he was a household name for anyone who followed news across the continent," writes NPR. Dumor, a notable journalist for BBC that spent much of his career covering Africa, passed away last weekend from a heart attack.

January 24th, 2014
09:17 AM ET

'Planet Hillary' magazine cover gets some buzz, criticized

(CNN) – A New York Times Magazine cover story about Hillary Clinton was getting reaction online even before the piece was released. But it was the cover itself that has created the buzz.

Clinton's face is set on a planet against a celestial background, surrounded by multiple circles of friends above the headline "Planet Hillary."

Amy Chozick, the New York Times political reporter who wrote the piece, discussed the provocative nature of the cover.

"I didn't pick the cover. But when they showed it to me, I definitely thought, 'Oh, this is going to receive a lot of reaction,' " Chozick said Friday on CNN's "New Day."

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