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CNN, RT report missing staff in Ukraine


Ukrainian journalist Anton Skiba, who worked as a fixer for CNN, was abducted by pro-Russian separatists and is still in detention, Ivan Watson and Ingrid Formanek reported for CNN on Thursday.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials, including the office of the self-declared separatist prime minister Alexander Borodai, to secure Skiba’s freedom.
CNN chose not to report his abduction at the time while making efforts to obtain his release.
That has not happened to date, so CNN is now publicly asking those who are holding Skiba to release him immediately.

Graham Phillips, a British blogger working as a stringer for Russia Today, has also gone missing along with three others, RT reported. “The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.”

In May, RT reported that Phillips was detained by the Ukrainian National Guard.… Read more

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The New Yorker still fact-checks more than you do

Good morning. Here are 10 (or so) media stories.

  1. What happened between NBC News and Ayman Mohyeldin? NBC News said Friday it would return the reporter to Gaza. (HuffPost) | The clumsy move was less a conspiracy than a “news division making mistakes through ratings nervousness.” (CNN) | Here’s a Mohyeldin report from this morning. (NBC News)
  2. The new launches: “The Web site already publishes fifteen original stories a day. We are promising more, as well as an even greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world.” (The New Yorker) | The publication assigns one fact-checker to its website: “And not to be defensive, but that’s one more fact-checker than probably anyone else has,” Editor David Remnick says.
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Gaza invasion or missile strike? Newspapers wrestle with big news and limited space

A missile strike downs a commercial jet bound for Malaysia, killing nearly 300 people and generating international tension. Then, hours later, Israel invades Gaza, igniting a powder keg of conflict that has been steadily building for days.

With the hours until deadline ticking away, editors were faced with a difficult decision: which story should be featured more prominently?

Some newspapers gave both incidents similar play. The San Francisco Chronicle pushed down the flag and put both stories side-by-side, with kickers indicating international news. The downed jet story gets slightly more prominence with a heavier headline, photo and a three-line deck, but the four-line headline on the Gaza story gives it some parity and adds balance to the top of the page. Both stories jump.
The Washington Post and The New York Times also got both stories above the fold.… Read more


Reporters covering Malaysia Airlines crash

Here’s a first draft of a list with journalists covering the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight, either from Ukraine or neighboring countries. I’ve started a Twitter list of reporters covering this, email or tweet more to me at or @kristenhare.

The Associated Press:

Pete Leonard, @pete_leonard.


Anton Zverev, @Zreuters, is an editor in Moscow.

Al Jazeera America:

Scott Heidler, @ScottHeidler, is in Ukraine.

Rory Challands, @rorychallandsAJ, is in Moscow.

Stephanie Scawen, @tvsteph, is covering from Kuala Lumpur.

The Los Angeles Times:

Sergei L. Loiko is in Moscow.

Victoria Butenko is in Kiev.

Carol J Williams, @cjwilliamslat, is a foreign correspondent.

The New York Times:

Sabrina Tavernise, @stavernise, is at the crash site. The Times says her updates are being tweeted from @nytimesworld.… Read more


5 questions to ask before publishing graphic images

As scenes of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine make the news and flash across social media, here’s something to revisit from Poynter’s Kenny Irby. Last month, Irby wrote a piece with some advice on showing graphic images.

There will be obvious questions about showing death and trauma. Should you show the faces and identify the dead? Where should those images be published, if at all? What are the alternatives? How many photographs should be used and how long should they remain on the screen or be posted?

Different organizations make different decisions, Irby wrote. Here are five tips from that piece.

Whenever journalists are faced with covering conflicts and violence, it helps to consider your ethical compass:

  • What is my journalistic purpose?
  • What organizational policies and professional guidelines should I consider?
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Time correspondent Simon Shuster tells the story of his abduction near Konstantinovka, in Ukraine, recently. He was stopped at a checkpoint where a man “pulled me from the car and cracked me on the head with the butt of his pistol.”

About half of his buddies got nervous, even sympathetic, when they saw the blood running down my face, and a few even ran to bring me some tissues. Maybe these were meant to be the peaceful citizens struggling for their rights. For a while, they bickered about what to do with me before calling their commander, a lanky man in camouflage named Vanya, who soon drove up with a long-barrel shotgun and a bandolier of red shells across his chest. “You’re screwed now,” one of his men whispered at me.

But on the ride back to his headquarters in the town of Kramatorsk, inside the occupied city hall, Vanya apologized for the beating. “We’re at war here,” he offered as an explanation. “We’re in a military situation.”

Simon Shuster, Time

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A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a road leading into Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out Friday in a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BuzzFeed and CBS News journalists detained and freed in Ukraine

NBC News | The Huffington Post

CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BuzzFeed correspondent Mike Giglio were among the journalists detained at checkpoints in Ukraine Friday. Both were released with all members of their parties, and both reported some violence: Ward said a CBS crewmember was beaten, and Giglio said one journalist got punched twice. (He also said his captors asked him to prove he’s American by saying the word “garden.”) Sky News reporters were also detained, Jack Mirkinson reports in The Huffington Post. Tweets from Ward and Giglio tell similar tales:


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Eastern Ukraine continues to be a dangerous place for journalists, Reporters Without Borders reported on Tuesday. Several journalists are still missing.

The abduction of journalists is becoming more and more frequent in and around Sloviansk, the city controlled by the pro-Russian “People’s Republic of Donetsk,” while constant attacks on media and journalists throughout the region is exacerbating an intense information war.

In its report, RWB notes that on Monday, gunman took control of the airwaves in Donetsk, and on Sunday, Russian separatists did the same at another station, “and replaced its signal with that of the Russian TV station Rossya 24.”


Six bloggers and three journalists have been arrested in Ethiopia, Reuters’ Aaron Maasho reported on Monday, charged with “attempting to incite violence.”… Read more


MediaWireWorld: ‘Kremlin-aligned’ journalists deported from Ukraine


On Friday, KyivPost ran a story about the deportation of two journalists from that country. C.J. Chivers and Noah Sneider also reported on the deportations Saturday for The New York Times.

On Friday, armed pro-Ukrainian forces in masks reportedly detained and deported two journalists from LifeNews, a Kremlin-aligned Russian television station. The journalists, Yulia Shustraya and Mikhail Pudovkin, were seized from their residence in Donetsk and driven to the Russian border, according to their colleagues.


Media around the world zoomed in on Rome Sunday as Pope Francis canonized Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Photographers with the Associated Press shot images there and in other places that celebrated along.

A woman holds a portrait of Pope John Paul II during a public live viewing of the canonization mass from the Vatican, on Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 27, 2014.
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Freed Vice journalist may return to eastern Ukraine

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Vice News journalist Simon Ostrovsky was beat up and threatened during his four day detention in Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, he wrote Friday for Vice. But, he wrote, “as it turns out, I had it pretty easy, because I was let go.”

In the four nights that I was held captive, a dozen other nameless detainees were ferried in and out of the cellar of the Ukraine state security (SBU) building by the pro-Russia militants who had taken it over. Some were journalists, some were drunks, and others were Ukrainian activists stupid or brave enough to visit what’s become a stronghold for Russian nationalists within Ukraine.

I only got to know a few of them. Most had been in that cellar far longer than I had.

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