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John Henry

Sox connection to Boston Globe could raise conflicts for journalists

When Red Sox majority owner John Henry takes ownership of The Boston Globe, its newsroom is likely to feel the glare of an old familiar public suspicion: that cross-ownership leads to favoritism.

This is not new ground for the … Read more

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Thursday, Aug. 01, 2013

Navigating the challenges of covering Ariel Castro hearing

Live television coverage gave worldwide audiences a peek into the horrors that unfolded for 13,226 days at the Cleveland, Ohio, house owned by Ariel Castro. Journalists have an obligation to cover the story thoroughly and carefully, knowing the graphic testimony … Read more

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Monday, July 15, 2013

San Francisco Airliner Crash

What KTVU-TV did right after its slip-up

It has been great sport all weekend for media critics to excoriate KTVU-TV in Oakland. There’s no denying KTVU made a big mistake. But when admitting to its mistakes, the station took an approach that other journalists should replicate.

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Saturday, July 06, 2013

ASIANA AIRLINES PASSENGER PLANE

Helpful tools journalists can use to monitor Asiana Airlines crash

When news broke that an Asiana 777 airliner crashed at San Francisco’s airport Saturday, I used some remarkable tools to start nailing down what happened and what would happen next. Here’s an overview of some of them.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Guantanamo

Miami Herald reporter covers Guantanamo Bay for 12 years, with no end in sight

Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg has been covering the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba for twelve years.

“The only people who have been at Gitmo longer than me are the prisoners,” she said in a recent phone interview.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mary Fallin, Albert Ashwood

Oklahoma governor thanks media for tornado coverage

Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin thanked her state’s media Tuesday for saving lives with early storm warnings and non-stop coverage of the recovery efforts. “I just want to thank the media for all that you’ve done to help our community get … Read more

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Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

Police Coverage Mass

How journalists are covering the news unfolding in Boston

Boston journalists were awake through the night as they covered the tragic news unfolding in and around their city.

As the country awakes today, it will discover that the person who police believe is “Suspect #1″ in the Boston bombing … Read more

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Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

RICHARD JEWELL

Let’s remember Richard Jewell as we cover Boston ‘suspects’

The New York Post is running a front page headline “Bag Men” with what is reported to be an image of men it says feds are looking for. One of the young men in the Post’s front-page image has since … Read more

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Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2013

Boston Marathon Explosion

Covering what comes next in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions

In the days ahead, journalists will need to be excellent as they cover the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions, which have injured more than 100 people and left three dead.

Here are some ingredients of excellence, along with … Read more

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Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

daytonacrash

Daytona crash video tests fair use, copyright for fans and journalists

NASCAR’s attempt to have a fan video of Saturday’s horrific Daytona crash removed from YouTube is a perfect example of the pressures that journalists face daily, says Mickey Osterreicher, a former news photographer who is now a lawyer and … Read more

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