Democracy's Detectives | Stanford Computational Journalism Lab
I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian
Through collaboration with – or coercion of – companies, governments are also increasingly watching our every move online and passing extreme laws that trample on our rights to privacy. In repressive regimes, it’s easy to see the harm that can be caused – bloggers can be arrested or killed, and political opponents can be monitored. But even in countries where we believe governments have citizens’ best interests at heart, watching everyone all the time is simply going too far. It creates a chilling effect on free speech and stops the web from being used as a space to explore important topics, such as sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion.
misinformation, or fake news, which is surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfire.
United States of Secrets | FRONTLINE | PBS
Part one goes inside Washington to piece together the secret political history of “The Program,” which began in the wake of Sept. 11 and continues today — even after the revelations of its existence by Edward Snowden. Part two explores the secret relationship between Silicon Valley and the National Security Agency: How have the government and tech companies worked together to gather and warehouse your data?
Sloshed on 30 percent profit margins, the news media went on a
drunkard's tear over the final three decades of the 20th century. Some
publishers, such as Gannett, spent their loot acquiring more newspapers.
The Boston Globe blew a portion of its windfall on foreign
bureaus, establishing its first in the early 1970s and eventually
expanding to five. Newspapers everywhere expanded regional and national
bureaus, sprouted additional sections, added color printing, hired more
journalists, and boosted circulation as the money bender continued.
Almost every news outlet—print or broadcast—spent heavily on
investigative journalism, producing a scoop renaissance. The Johnny
Deadlines dug deep to bust crooked cops, call out polluting
corporations, and expose criminal justice outrages. Health care fraud,
banking hijinks, payoffs, bribes, and government waste got a full press
- At Washington Monthly, read Jay Hamilton’s comparison of Donald Trump’s hostility towards the press with Richard Nixon’s in the years preceding Watergate
- Read Professor Hamilton’s discussion with the Atlantic about how the economics of journalism explains today’s “news bubbles”
- On Texas Public Radio’s The Source, listen to Hamilton discuss the “5 Ws” of journalism: who, what, when, where, and “who is paying for this?”
- At MediaShift, read an interview with Hamilton in which he argues that investigative reporting generates social returns that far outweigh its initial costs
- Read the American Press Institute’s interview with Hamilton
- At Columbia Journalism Review, read Hamilton’s response to a recent case in which the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer was ordered to pay $6 million in punitive damages after a 2010 investigative series was found to have libeled a state firearms investigator
- Read the News & Observer’s response to the book
- At the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s Nieman Reports, read Hamilton’s in-depth analysis of the Washington Post’s 1999 “Deadly Force” series—coverage of police violence against civilians that won a Pulitzer Prize, and prompted extensive policy reforms
- At Five Books, read Hamilton’s own recommendations for books about the economics behind the news
Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Reporting, by James T. Hamilton, Harvard University Press, 368 pages, $35