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Views Preview: Do Journalists Need Armed Guards On Assignment?

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A man on contract to provide security for a Denver television station shot and killed a man during a demonstration and counterprotest Saturday. Do journalists need armed security while on assignment? And, how is 9News covering the story without incurring a conflict of interest?


Hellen H. Richardson, Denver Post: “Photos: One dead amid gunfire at dueling downtown Denver rallies

Sam Tabachnik & Saja Hindi, Denver Post: “One dead after gunfire at downtown Denver rallies; private security guard on contract by 9News in custody

Jason Whitley, WFAA for 9News: “Videos, digital images likely evidence in fatal shooting near dueling Denver protests

Bryan Pietsch, New York Times: “How a Denver photojournalist captured a shooting as it unfolded

Al Tompkins, Poynter: “An armed guard hired by KUSA in Denver killed a demonstrator. Why do journalists need guards?

Limiting coverage over Covid-19 concerns


Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times: “As Trump flouts safety protocol, news outlets balk at close coverage

Maria Arias, Axios: “Mark Meadows refuses to wear mask while talking to reporters in Capitol

Tom Jones, Poynter: “Will there be another presidential debate? Does anyone even want one?

Jacob Knutson, Axios: “Joe Biden to attend town hall event after Trump pulls out of second debate

Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “Down in the polls, an ailing Trump finds lavish airtime on conservative media in two-day interview blitz

Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller & Jill Colvin: “Trump’s task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping

Confirmation hearings underway


Jon Allsop, Columbia Journalism Review: “Amplifying Republican talking points around Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation

Seung Min Kim, Washington Post: “Barrett Supreme Court hearing expected to focus on health care, with pandemic looming over the proceeding

Allie Raffa & Paul Steinhauser, Fox News: “Biden says Barrett’s Catholic faith ‘should not be considered’ during confirmation process

Ruth Marcus, Washington Post: “There are many reasons to fear Barrett’s confirmation. The Affordable Care Act isn’t one of them.

New York Times reviews ‘Caliphate’

Ben Smith, New York Times: “An arrest in Canada casts a shadow on a New York Times Star, and the Times

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “The New York Times has its hands full with review of ‘Caliphate’

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Subject of NYT ‘Caliphate’ podcast series charged with perpetuating a hoax

Ty Joplin, Albawaba: “The New York Times’ ‘Caliphate’ podcase endangers Iraqi lives

Pursing a political agenda at Voice of America


Sara Fischer, Axios: “Scoop: USAGM soliciting OTF partners as it withholds funds

David Folkenflik, NPR: “Ex-officials’ lawsuit says Trump-appointed CEO broke laws at Voice of America

Justine Coleman, The Hill: “Trump-appointed global media chief sued over allegations of pro-Trump agenda

Gabe Rottman, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: “Lawsuit against US Agency for Global Media leadership would bolster editorial independence at international broadcasters

Pranshu Verma,  New York Times: “Trump appointee is turning Voice of America inot partisan outlet, lawsuit says

Daniel Lippman, Politico: “Trump appointee deepens purge of U.S. global media agency

U.S House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs: “Oversight of the United States Agency for Global Media and U.S. International Broadcasting Efforts

AMY SIMONS teaches multi-platform reporting and editing to students in the convergence journalism interest area.
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