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How NGOs are leading migration coverage

November 13, 2015 - 10:38am
At two in the morning of October 29, an inflatable raft carrying 54 people broke up in heavy seas off Malaga, Spain, near the Straights of Gibraltar. The passengers, from Cameroon and Mali, had been attempting to cross to EU territory via a 50-mile route from Morocco. “I’ve lost my eight-month-old baby and my sister,” one of just 15 survivors,...

A Post-Dispatch story shows how to help seniors make Medicare decisions

November 13, 2015 - 5:50am
Medicare’s annual open enrollment period—between October 15 and December 7 this year—presents seniors and disabled people with perhaps one of their toughest financial tasks: choosing a plan to cover Medicare’s gaps in coverage for the coming year. That means it also presents reporters with an opportunity to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate that daunting decision process with reporting that clearly explains...

Experts wary of 'platforms as publishers'

November 12, 2015 - 5:36pm
“He’s moved over to the dark side,” announced journalist David Clinch, explaining why he was moderating one of today’s panels at the Columbia Journalism School in place of a former colleague who recently took a senior role at Twitter and therefore recused himself from a discussion of “Platforms as Publishers.” Clinch’s phrasing was playful, of course, but the joke only...

'Planes must clear mountains first ...'

November 12, 2015 - 10:50am
... and other headlines editors probably wish they could take back.   Rocky Mountain News, Denver, 2/6/75     Women in Communications, 2/76     Wisconsin State Journal, 12/27/65     Fremont County (Calif.) Chronicle-News, 2/13/75  

Follow today's Tow Center discussion on the new relationship between journalism and Silicon Valley

November 12, 2015 - 8:40am
Every week it seems there is news to remind us how codependent journalism is becoming on the new social platforms and channels for distribution. This week, the news that traffic referrals from Facebook have dropped precipitously for some major publishers this year—more than 30 percent since January—provoked predictable alarm. Last week, it was Twitter’s turn to shock journalists by changing...

Mizzou protesters could use some media training

November 11, 2015 - 1:50pm
The University of Missouri employees who interfered with newsgathering at a public protest on Monday have come in for widespread criticism from members of the press. But they have also done the student body of university a great disservice in modeling how to start a revolution—or, for that matter, simply deal with the media to advance their own cause. As...

How Matter crowdsourced the migration story

November 11, 2015 - 1:19pm
Eric Reidy says he was in disbelief when he first stumbled upon the Ghost Boat story. A Pittsburgh native who has been freelancing from Tunisia for the past year, Reidy couldn’t imagine that a ship with 243 people aboard could disappear in the Mediterranean without a trace. There were no news reports that matched the ship’s description and no evidence...