Journalists increasingly are turning to Twitter to break stories, and even write stories ignored by traditional mainstream media.
After making waves releasing classified records about the Afghanistan war, non-profit whistle-blower website Wikileaks has done it again. On Friday, Oct. Read more »
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has given $1 million to Media Matters for America to help hold conservative Fox News Channel accountable for what it reports, according to The New York Times. Read more »
NPR has fired news analyst Juan Williams for controversial remarks he made about Muslims while a guest on Fox News Channel, reported the BBC.
Williams, who also has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post and written books about the U.S. civil rights movement, said on The O'Reilly Factor television show that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on a plane. Read more »
Columbia University in New York has just launched The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, according to Editor & Publisher. Read more »
The Center for Public Integrity and the Huffington Post Investigative Fund are merging to form what will be one of the largest non-profit investigative newsrooms in the United States with more than 50 employees, The New York Times reported. Read more »
Last week, Washington Post reporters were reprimanded for using the newspaper's official Twitter account to reply to critics, according to TBD.
On Oct. 15, the Post's Raju Narisetti sent a memo to the newsroom scolding journalists for the way they had used the official Twitter account: Read more »
Philip Amicone, the mayor of Yonkers, N.Y., was slapped with an $8 million fine for wrongfully confiscating newspapers that were critical of him, according to the Associated Press (AP).
The federal jury last week also found that The Westchester Guardian, a free weekly newspaper, did not defame Amicone when it reported that the mayor had been to a strip club the night of the 2007 mayoral election, the AP explained. Read more »
Veteran television sports announcer Brent Musberger was “definitely ill-informed” when he said recently that steroids work for athletes and that young journalists are to blame for giving the word a negative tone, a sports psychologist told a small crowd at the University of Texas at Austin during a panel on journalism and steroids organized by the The Texas Program in Sports and Media (TPSM) on Monday, Oct.18. Read more »
U.S. financial columnist quits, others under investigation, for not disclosing conflicts of interest
A well-known U.S. financial columnist for Reuters has resigned and others are under investigation amid allegations they violated the company's code of conduct restricting journalists' investment and trading activities, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Neil Collins resigned last week. Read more »