Who is the blame for the shooting deaths of WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward? The easy answer to that question is the shooter -- but is there a deeper, more nuanced answer? Some point the finger at the gun lobby, others point it at failings in the mental health system. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough says it's the fault the of the 24-hour cable news networks.
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough rips MSNBC for covering the news”
Jack Holmes, Esquire: “NRA News just released a tone-deaf message to parents of slain Virginia TV reporters”
John Koblin, New York Times: “Outrage over images of TV shooting on newspaper front pages”
Leon Neyfakh, Slate: “New York Daily News shooting cover: Why the paper’s front page crosses the line”
Gurman Bhatia, Poynter: “Here’s who is and isn’t redacting the explicit NY Daily News front”
Cavan Sieczkowski, Huffington Post: "CNN’s Don Lemon slams his own network for homophobic coverage of Virginia shooter”
Elizabeth Jensen, NPR: “Gunshots and screen grabs: Reactions to NPR’s coverage of the Virginia shooting”
Journalists in three Middle Eastern countries found themselves sentenced to prison time this week for doing their jobs. One of them might have been Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. His fate remains unclear.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “Al Jazeera retrial: Journalists Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed sentenced to at least three years’ jail”
Esther Han, Sydney Morning Herald: “Peter Greste and al-Jazeera colleagues sentenced to three years’ jail by Egyptian court”
Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times: “Jason Rezaian’s status unclear after Iran sentences 2”
Voice of America: “Iran sentences 2 on spy charges”
High school paper faces prior review
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Wilson High Principal ‘reconsiders’ prior review of newspaper articles”
Erik Wemple, Washignton Post: “D.C. principal says prior newspaper review keeps students ‘safe and protected’” (Updated)
Benjamin Freed, Washingtonian: “Principal to Wilson High School newspaper: I’m your editor now”
Regina Garcia Cano, Washington Times: “New ND law bolsters student journalists’ free speech rights”
Obama to appear on 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls"
One of the hallmarks of the Obama presidency has been his a media strategy designed to meet people where they are -- be it doing sit-down interviews with YouTube stars, participating in podcasts from someone's garage, and now appearing on a reality tv show.
Imagine being a sports reporter credentialed to cover games and open practices, but then being told that just because you see something happen on the field doesn't mean you're allowed to report it.
Kendall Morris, WBIR-TV: “UT football media policy adds restrictions”
Andrew Bucholtz, Bloguin: “Robert Klemko discusses not reporting Cris Carter’s comments, NFL’s retroactive off-the-record wipe”
Sam Borden, New York Times: “English club shuts out journalists with new kind of defense”
William Turvill, Press Gazette: “Channel 4 News ‘banned’ from Newcastle United press conference – because reporter wanted to ask about media bans”
Ed Sherman, Chicago Tribune: “Many in media upset with Bears limiting live training camp coverage”
Broadcasting football games in Chinese
The University of Illinois announced it will provide Chinese-language of its football games to help international students understand the game -- and the college football culture.
Associated Press: “Illinois to broadcast games in Chinese”
Chicago Sun-Times: "With more students from China, U. of I. to broadcast football games in Chinese"