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Views Preview: Were Laws Broken In Release Of Duggar Incident Reports?

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Members of the Duggar family appeared on Fox News Channel's The Kelly File to to talk about the abuse allegations against the oldest child, Josh. Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard told Megyn Kelly they are two of their brother's victims. But, they said, they've long forgiven him. Instead, they say, it the media violated them and privacy laws were broken in the process.

Amy Brittain, Washington Post: “Here’s why releasing Josh Duggar’s records was probably not legal

Paul Fahri, Washington Post: “To get the Josh Duggar story, InTouch utilized solid investigative journalism


Katie Sanders, PunditFact: “Brian Stelter: Fox ‘barely covered’ Duggar story until Megyn Kelly secured exclusive interview

Salon Staff: “7 most crucial exchanges from Megyn Kelly’s Fox News interview with the Duggar sisters

Catherine Thompson, Talking Points Memo: “The three glaring inconsistencies in the Duggars’ big Fox News interview

Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast: “The Duggars’ Fox News interview was an unholy disaster

Ellie Schecht, Jezebel: “So the Duggars lied a lot during last night’s Fox News interview

Lindsey Kupfer, New York Post: “Palinscompare Josh Duggar to Lena Dunham

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Kalyn Simpson, the USAG-Humphreys Red Cross station manager, right, accepts a check from Humphreys American School students, to symbolize the money they recently raised for Haiti Relief, April 5, 2010.

NPR investigates Red Cross

An NPR/ProPublica investigation followed the money, examining how the American Red Cross spent nearly $500,000 million raised to provide relief and rebuilding following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. It found funds supposedly used to house more than 100,000 people only built six houses.

Laura Sullivan, NPR: “In search of the Red Cross’ $500 million in Haiti relief

American Red Cross: “American Red Cross responds to latest ProPublica and NPR coverage

Jason Beaubien, NPR: “Behind the story: What made NPR look into Red Cross efforts in Haiti?

Should journalists know the analytics?

Reporters at the Washington Post and New York Times now get regular and specific updates on how their work is performing on the web. They're getting daily metrics reports indicating page views, how the user found the page and how long they spent on that page. Does having this data help the journalist do their job? Or induce anxiety?

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic: “The New York Times and Washington Post will tell journalists about their web traffic: what it means

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The gender gap widens

According to the Women's Media Center's 2015 report, women continue to be underrepresented in U.S. newsrooms. Why is that? And, how does it impact the quality of our news coverage?

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “The media’s gender problem still looks awful

Sara Catania, Poynter: “Women are (still) underrepresented in newsrooms. Here are 5 reasons why.

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “Male bylines outnumber females one at major U.S. news outlets, report finds

Women’s Media Center: “The status of women in the media 2015” (pdf)

Catherine Taibi, Huffington Post: “TV ignores women’s sports more now that it did 25 years ago

Gawker Media votes to unionize

The editorial employees voted to unionize by a margin of 3 to 1.  It is the first digital-only publication to do so, leaving many to wonder if what could come next -- for Gawker employees and for the industry.

Alexander C. Kaufman & Gabriel Arana, Huffington Post: “GawkerMedia votes to unionize in historic vote

David Pierson, Los Angeles Times: “GawkerMedia editorial employees vote to unionize

Jill Geisler, Columbia Journalism Review: “How a union could change Gawker’s company culture

Lowell Peterson, Huffington Post: “Collective bargaining in the digital workplace

Crowdsourcing spot news

Getting to scene of spot news before it's over? That's always been a challenge for photojournalists. But, the popularity and proliferation of mobile devices makes getting those images simpler than ever before. Getting them in the hands of journalists -- that's the new challenge. The creators of Fresco News think they might have that solved.

Brady Dale, Oberver: “Get paid to go to the scene of news with Fresco Dispatch

Anthony Ha, TechCrunch: “Fresco News aims to build a crowdsourced network for breaking news

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