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Views Preview: Cardinal's Conviction Kept Secret For Two Months

via Wikipedia user Gavin Scott

Journalists in Australia covered the sex abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell for months, not sharing word of this December conviction until this week. Why the gag order? And, why are more than 100 journalists facing potential jail time for contempt or their work?

Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times: “George Pell sex abuse conviction unsealed in Australia

A. Odysseus Patrick & Chico Harlan, Washington Post: “Australian Cardinal George Pell convicted of sexually assaulting two choirboys

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Why George Pell’s conviction is only being reported now, two months later

Rick Noack, Washington Post: “A top official in the Catholic Church was convicted of sex abuse last year. Why did Australia ban reporting on it until now?

Amanda Meade, The Guardian: “Up to 100 journalists accused of breaking Pell suppression order face possible jail terms

Univision crew detained in Venezuela

Carlos Garcia Rawlins & Sarah Marsh, Reuters: “Venezuela to deport Univision team after Maduro shown ‘garbage eating’ video

Chuck Strouse, Miami New Times: “Jorge Ramos infuriated both Trump and Maduro – and elicited the same response

Salvador Hernandez, BuzzFeed: “Jorge Ramos and a Univision news crew were detained after interviewing Venezuela’s embattled president

Rafael Bernal, The Hill: “Univision reporter Jorge Ramos briefly ‘detained’ by Venezuelan authorities

Ariz. cop threatens to arrest 12-year-old reporter


Hilde Kaye Lysiak, Orange Street News: “Patagonia Marshal threatens to arrest OSN publisher SEE THE VIDEO

Uriel J. Garcia, Arizona Republic: “Kid reporter confronts officer who threatened to arrest her near Arizona-Mexico border

Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post: “An Arizona cop threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist. She wasn’t backing down.

Morgan Gstalter, The Hill: “Arizona marshal disciplined after he threatened to arrest a 12-year-old journalist

Singer threatens Maine newspaper

Bob Keyes, Press Herald: “Singer Don McLean threatens Maine weekly for writing about ex-wife’s exhibit on abuse

Alice McFadden, Sun Journal: “Don McLean seeks to silence local press coverage of ex-wife’s art

Bill Nemitz, Press Herald: “Bill Nemitz: Don McLean’s protests about his ex-wife’s exhibit is a lesson about amplification

SCOTUS to review libel ruling?

Aimee Edmondson, USA Today: “Don’t gut libel ruling that gave us brave civil rights, Vietnam and Watergate coverage

Tammy Kupperman & Sophie Tatum, CNN: “Justice Clarence Thomas calls for reconsideration of landmark libel case

Artificial intelligence… and libel


Peter Georgiev, Reynolds Journalism Institute: “A robot commits libel. Who is responsible?

MU employees forced out after speaking to Tribune

Lexi Churchill, Columbia Tribune: “MU sexual assault advocates speak up, get pushed out

Lexi Churchill & Waverly Coville, Columbia Tribune: “Title IX appeals can unwind punishments – and catch victims unaware

Lexi Churchill & Waverly Coville, Columbia Tribune: “Title IX process is sensitive, complicated and sometimes messy

Smollett, Kelly charged with separate crimes

Elizabeth A. Harris & Robert Chiarito, New York Times: “R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

Jeff Karoub & Sara Burnett, Associated Press: “Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune: “Chicago top cop: Police have ‘a lot more evidence’ against Jussie Smollett than has been disclosed so far

Joe Concha, The Hill: “Chicago media teaches master class with careful coverage of Smollett story

Sharon Cohen & Allen G. Breed, Washington Post: “Social media provides fuel for Jussie Smollett story

Update: Alabama editor resigns

Democrat-Reporter: “Press release

Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost: “Unapologetic Alabama editor who urged KKK to ‘ride again’ finally resigns

Anna Beahm, Al.com: “Alabama newspaper that ran KKK editorial now led by African-American woman

Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post: “A newspaper editor urged the Klan to ‘ride again.’ A black woman is taking his place.

Improving diversity & inclusion goes beyond hiring

Brandi Griffin, Poynter: “Media outlets routinely present a distorted picture of communities of color. It’s time for a change.

Laura Hazard Owen, Nieman Lab: “The state of women in U.S. media in 2019: “Still f’ing abysmal – especially at Reuters and the AP

Jacob Granger, journalism.co.uk: “’Breaking into news’ competition aims to address lack of diversity in UK broadcast journalism

Zouhir Al-Shimale & Jacob Granger, journalism.co.uk: “Gender Gap Tracker shows inequality in quoting male and female experts

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