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Views Preview: Testing for Ebola, NBC crew under mandatory quarantine

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NBC Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the team she worked with in Liberia are now under a mandatory quarantine ordered by the New Jersey Health Department.

On last week's Views of the News, we talked about how Synderman was self-monitoring and in isolation after being exposed to Ebola by cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.

According to the Princeton Planet and TMZ, Snyderman was spotted in a car outside her favorite restaurant, where she'd gone to pick up an order of soup.

Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press: “New Jersey enforces isolation order for NBC crew

Josh Feldman, Mediaite: “NBC’s Nancy Snyderman apologizes for Ebola quarantine violation

TMZ Staff: “NBC Dr. Nancy Snyderman: She violated Ebola quarantine

Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton: “Dr. Nancy Snyderman back from Africa, seen in public

Ryan O’Connell, Yahoo! News: “’The View’ slams NBC’s Dr. Nancy Synderman for breaking Ebola quarantine: ‘It’s pretty dumb’

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “NBC freelance journalist with Ebola says he’s feeling better

Is it a story... or no?

The Associated Press has said it won't be reporting every instance in which an individual is tested for Ebola because the majority of those tests will come back negative.  The goal is not to create undue fear among the populace.  How much of the reporting out there is helpful, how much is creating panic?

Alan Bavley, Kansas City Star: “KU Hospital testing patient for Ebola virus

Tom Kent, The Associated Press: “Some guidance on Ebola and enterovirus coverage

Christine Mai-Duc & Raoul Ranoa, Los Angeles Times: “Interactive: Ebola false alarms: Tracking scares at U.S. airports

NYT publishes Cuba editorial in Spanish

An editorial in the Sunday New York Times called for an end to the trade embargo on Cuba -- in Spanish.

El Comite Editorial, New York Times: “Tiempo de acabar el embargo de Cuba

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and tours new residences for scientists.

The Editorial Board, New York Times: “End the U.S. embargo on Cuba

Where was Kim Jong-Un?

Photos of Kim Jong-Un surfaced in state media Monday, showing the North Korean leader touring a new residential complex for scientists.  While the date of these photos is unknown, this is the first time that Jong-Un was seen in more than 40 days.  There has been widespread speculation as to the whereabouts of the dictator.

Hamish McDonald, North Korea News: “Kim Jong Un makes return appearance: state media

Dana Ford, CNN: “North Korea says Kim Jong Un has reappeared

Kunal Dutta, The Independent: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un makes first appearance in 40 days… but where has he been?

Choe Sang-Hun: New York Times: “Kim Jong-un’s absence at ritual fires North Korea rumors

Dr. John Swenson-Wright, BBC: “North Korea: Where is Kim Jong-un?

Barbara Demick, The New Yorker: “Where is Kim Jong-un?

Justin McCurry, The Guardian: “Where is Kim Jong-un? Speculation about North Korean leader intensifies

KCNA: “Senior party, state, army officials visit Kumsusan Palace of Sun

‘CitizenFour’ debuts

Laura Poitras' documentary, CitizenFour, will screen in Columbia on Sunday.  The film documents NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's meetings with journalists from the Guardian in a Hong Kong hotel room.  Early reviews of the film are strong, and already there's Oscar talk buzzing around it.

George Packer, The New Yorker: “The holder of secrets

Kashmir Hill, Forbes: “The best part of ‘CitizenFour’: Snowden’s coming out week

Andy Greenberg, Wired: “These are the emails Snowden sent first to introduce his epic NSA leaks

Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian: “CitizenFourreview – Poitras’ victorious film shows Snowden vindicated

Leslie Stahl, CBS News: “The war on leaks”

Ronnie Scheib, Variety: “’CitizenFour’review: Laura Poitras’ extraordinary Edward SnowdenDocu

Risen’s vow to keep silent

Investigative reporter James Risen's new book, Pay Any Price, hit newsstands this week.  The timing coincides with word from federal prosecutors that they're decision on whether to subpoena Risen in the criminal trial of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling is near.

Leslie Stahl, CBS News: “The war on leaks

Morgan Till, PBS NewsHour: “James Risen: government crackdown on whistleblowers bad for democracy

Norman Solomon & Marcy Wheeler, The Nation: “The government war against reporter James Risen

Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post: “Prosecutors suggest they will still subpoena New York Times reporter James Risen

Josh Gerstein, POLITICO: “James Risen subpoena faces new review


The New York Times has discontinued its weekly chess column.  Will the readers even notice?

Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times: “After rocky start, Grand Prix finds a favorite in the Lead

Jim Romenesko, “New York Times kills the chess column

Andrew Beaujon, Poynter: “NYT may not end chess column

AMY SIMONS teaches news literacy, multimedia journalism and advanced social media strategies.
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