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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.

July 28th, 2013
01:29 PM ET

Frank’s final thoughts

Guest host Frank Sesno offers his take on the highs and lows of the week - the Associated Press' analysis of the deadly train crash in Spain and of the media's coverage (or lack thereof) of Iraq.


Filed under: Associated Press • Final Thoughts • Iraq • Media • Media Criticism
What we're reading this week
June 27th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

What we're reading this week

By Becky Perlow, CNN

Dan Stein, intern who raced SCOTUS decision to NBC News, speaks out

The "Running of the Interns" is a time honored tradition for the DC media. Respective news interns spend their summer vacations standing in sweltering, swamp-like DC heat, waiting for Supreme Court decisions to be handed down. This year, though, one intern in particular drew more attention than others: Dan Stein, an editor of the Yale Daily News, became a viral sensation after numerous media outlets showed him racing from inside the Court's press room to hand deliver the Court's decision (and dissent) to his company's awaiting correspondent, Pete Williams.  Stein was later interviewed on NBC's "Today" and told the morning show team it was "an honor to be part of the history."

'Virginia'? Radford University's diplomas misspell 'Virginia'

Irony can be a funny thing, especially when a collegiate program that is supposedly teaching students to edit their articles can't even seem to edit its own diplomas. According to Joe Carpenter, Radford’s chief communications officer, "1,481 undergraduate and graduate diplomas from fall 2012 and spring 2013 were misspelled."

Recollections from hundreds of executions in Texas

Michael Graczyk, an Associated Press reporter who has covered Texas executions since 1984,  can't remember how many executions he has witnessed, and to be honest, he doesn't really care to anyway. He is, however, able to recall very specific memories - from one inmate singing "Silent Night" as the lethal injection coursed through his veins, to another inmate's "pretty brown eyes" popping open as he died.

Brighton manager learns from BBC he's been fired while working for BBC

It's embarrassing enough to lose your job... but one British soccer club manager not only lost his job, but also lost his job on live television. According to Deadspin, Brighton & Hove Albion's manager, Gus Poyet  "was officially fired when BBC producers printed out a press release from the team announcing the decision and it was read aloud for him on air."

 

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Filed under: Associated Press • BBC • Dan Stein • MSNBC • NBC • Radford University • What we're reading
May 19th, 2013
02:10 PM ET

AP under assault

Jennifer Loven, Jane Hall & Joe Concha join Howard Kurtz to discuss the Justice Department’s decision to seize phone records from the Associated Press.


Filed under: Associated Press
May 17th, 2013
06:13 PM ET

Sneak peek at this Sunday's show

The Obama administration found itself on the defensive this week as reporters demanded more information on the aftermath of the Benghazi consulate attack, the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, and the Justice Department’s seizure of phone records from the Associated Press as part on an investigation into leaked information.

Howard Kurtz will be addressing the media angle in all of these stories this week. He’ll be joined by former AP White House reporter Jennifer Loven, as well as Mediaite’s Joe Concha and Jane Hall of American University.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin and Dave Shuster, host of Take Action News, will also join Howard to discuss the media’s coverage of this week’s big stories.

Finally, Daily Beast reporter Michelle Cottle a recent story she wrote on her deeply personal decision to undergo a full preventative double mastectomy.

Tune in Sunday morning, 11am ET.


Filed under: Associated Press • Benghazi • IRS • Sneak Peek