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CNN to study drone use for reporting
June 23rd, 2014
12:50 PM ET

CNN to study drone use for reporting

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Seeking to speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology said Monday that they would jointly study how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) safely and effectively.

In a press release, the partners called it a "research initiative" and said they will share data with the Federal Aviation Authority "as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets."

The announcement comes amid widespread interest in newsrooms across the country in what's been dubbed "drone journalism," and equally widespread uncertainty about the legality of it. The FAA has severely limited the use of drones for commercial purposes, including newsgathering. It is due to develop new drone rules by September 2015.

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June 22nd, 2014
11:41 PM ET

#freeAJstaff: a timeline

Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were reporting in Cairo when they were arrested on December 29, 2013. The three men were convicted of terrorism-related offenses on Monday. They have strongly denied the charges.

A timeline of CNN coverage of the case: FULL POST


Filed under: Reliable Sources
June 22nd, 2014
01:51 PM ET

Has the media learned anything since the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

In the video above, Brian Stelter, Peter Beinart and Jonathan Landay discuss media coverage of the crisis in Iraq.

Stelter's opening comment: "Who are the reliable sources on the crisis in Iraq? There has been a roar in recent days - I heard it all over my Twitter feed - from viewers who want to know who the so-called architects of the 2003 invasion are now inhabiting TV studios once again, giving advice about what to do this time."


Peter Beinart, who wrote "Even Iraq's Sinners Deserve to Be Heard" for The Atlantic this week: "I think it's definitely true that the media's foreign policy conversation has an instinct towards kind of Beltway insiders who share basic assumptions. And some of the people who had the intellectual foresight and creativity to question the assumptions that led us to Iraq still don't get on the air, which is a big problem…"

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Filed under: Iraq
June 22nd, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Newspaper editor on why he dropped George Will's column

Above, Brian Stelter interviews Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the newspaper's decision to stop running George Will's column.

Transcript:

STELTER: This week, you told readers that you were thinking 

about pulling the plug for several months, but Will's column about sexual assault made the decision easier. Why is that? 



MESSENGER: Well, the reaction we had from readers, particularly from women, so many of them were so deeply offended that they could be called - that George Will told them that they were trying to somehow seek a special status, that they were trying to seek some privileged status because of their alleged sexual assault. 

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Filed under: Reliable Sources
June 22nd, 2014
01:04 PM ET

Parents of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste speak

The parents of jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste talk to Brian Stelter about their son's condition one day before an Egyptian court hands down a verdict in his trial.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
June 22nd, 2014
12:56 PM ET

World Cup finding a big American audience

Above, Brian Stelter and L.Z. Granderson discuss whether politics can compete with the World Cup in the media landscape.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
June 22nd, 2014
12:54 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Islamophobia and the media

Linda Sarsour and Brigitte Gabriel debate how Islamophobia is manifested in the media.


Filed under: Reliable Sources
June 22nd, 2014
09:59 AM ET

LeVar Burton explains how he's reviving "Reading Rainbow"

In a "Reliable Sources" extended interview, LeVar Burton talks to Brian Stelter about his Kickstarter campaign to revive the classic children's show "Reading Rainbow." The campaign ends on July 2.


Filed under: Kickstarter • Reading Rainbow
Chelsea Handler to host Netflix talk show
June 19th, 2014
09:30 AM ET

Chelsea Handler to host Netflix talk show

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Chelsea Handler, whose talk show on E! ends in two months, is taking her act to the Internet in an unprecedented deal with Netflix.

The streaming TV service said Thursday that Handler has signed up to host a talk show that will premier in early 2016, and will stream in every region where Netflix has subscribers.

The deal is significant because it gives Netflix (NFLX,Tech30) - currently best known for "Orange is the New Black" binges and a library of older shows and movies - topical programming that will, at least in theory, keep people coming back for more.

And it gives Handler, who made no secret of her unhappiness at E!, a new outlet for her edgy comedy.

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Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall
June 18th, 2014
03:10 PM ET

Clinton's memoir tops non-fiction hardcover list, fourth overall

By Dan Merica and Brian Stelter, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton's frenetic book tour appears to have paid off: In its first week on the market, her memoir "Hard Choices" was the most purchased hardcover nonfiction book in the United States, according to Nielsen Bookscan data.

Booksellers who report to Nielsen – which makes up roughly 85% of all retail book sales – have sold approximately 86,000 physical copies of "Hard Choices" since June 10, according to the data provided to CNN by Nielsen.

The Nielsen numbers do not include tablet and e-book sales. On Tuesday, a source with Simon & Schuster, Clinton's publisher, told CNN that roughly 100,000 copies of "Hard Choices" were sold in the book's first week when you combine hardcover, e-book and preorders.

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