Archives for April, 2015

How do we protect freelancers?

Posted: April 22, 2015 | Tags: journalism

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Photo by Manu Brabo

James Foley working in Syria in 2012

In light of the increasing brutality against journalists overseas, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Committee to Protect Journalists will present “Freelancers at Risk: Photojournalism and the Call for Global Safety Standards" Thursday, April 23, at the National Press Club. Panelists from news organizations in London, New York, Boston and Washington will discuss baseline standards for hiring and protecting freelance journalists working in war zones. The event is open to the public, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the sessions ...

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Blind cords kill hundreds of children, report says

Posted: April 20, 2015 | Tags: Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, Fair Warning, WCMA, Window Covering Manufacturers Association

Three-year-old Voxie had a fascination with necklaces. Chesshuwa Beckett, Voxie’s mother, thinks that this fascination attracted her daughter to the blind cord one day in August 2012, after she and her husband, Erik, had put the toddler and her 2-year-old brother down for an afternoon nap. When the Becketts, both high school teachers in Sacramento, California, stopped by the bedroom to check on the children, they found Voxie’s lifeless body: The cord had strangled her. Fourteen months later, 2-year-old Colton Shero died in his suburban Chattanooga, Tennessee, home. A blind cord killed him, two days before his second ...

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What we're reading

Posted: April 14, 2015 | Tags: journalism

Illustration by Sydney Ling

As students of investigative journalism, we don’t want to make our living pumping out a steady stream of regurgitated click bait, but some would consider us lucky to be paid at all after graduation. Reading Philip Meyers’ “Public Journalism and The Problem of Objectivity” validates our endeavors. And Reading the work of the “new journalism ecosystem,” about the growth of nonprofit news organizations throughout the country, gives me hope.

The need is certainly there, and so are the channels, yet there’s still a lot we’re tasked with to make success of those channels ...

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Food safety: 'The Trouble with Chicken' airs in May

Posted: April 13, 2015 | Tags: antibiotics, FDA, Frontline, health, health newss

FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. Preview our co-production, which airs May 12 nationwide (check local listings).  

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