Search Results for "journalist" : 34

by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:31 am / in Interview, Media, Middle East

A New Era for Radio

by Illustration by Amalia Rinehart Jad Abumrad, a Lebanese-American radio host and producer, was awarded the 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the Genius Award, for “showing exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” He is the co-founder of the widely acclaimed Radiolab, a radio show and podcast that weaves stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries. His 2004 Radiolab special, “The R…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:44 am / in Domestic, Media

I Am News (And So Can You!)

…osite end of the spectrum are icons of journalism like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. These men were real journalists whose function in society was to inform their audience by reporting unique facts and providing distinct insights that could not be found elsewhere. Their trademark was truth, and they were averse to bias and ideology. One modern-day example of this type of journalist is Anderson Cooper. Stewart does not belong in this group…

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by / on August 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

The Invisible Facts

by Media outlets have long tended to oversimplify the news and serve the public an easily digestible mix of shocking sound bites. Even storied traditional news organizations have fallen victim to sensationalism, caught by incentives to distort and dramatize, though such a “business model” may seem in outright conflict with their stated purpose to provide truthful and objective reporting. “Facts” created by such media practices, and ev…

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by / on June 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Mexican Media Creates Sex Symbol, Dangerous Leftist

by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from Wikimedia Commons Few things are more painful to watch than a country that suffers from amnesia; a country that decides to forget over six decades of corruption, violence, and impunity. The country pretends to have forgotten how difficult the road to real democracy in Mexico has been, and instead is determined to vote for the reelection of what writer Mario Vargas Llosa once described as the “perfec…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:11 am / in Domestic, Healthcare

Modest Proposal: Misdiagnosis

by Illustration by Allison Cohen Paradigm shift. For most of us, the phrase is associated with scientific upheavals, but it is equally applicable to political discourse. Few modern issues have been so poorly discussed as President Obama’s flagship health care measure, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The massive discrepancy between the debate over this bill and the facts of the American health care system is a t…

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by / on September 30, 2012 at 3:52 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

…as moderator of an audience Q&A. The most probing audience question of the afternoon pertained to support of journalists and human rights activists who uncovered government shortcomings. The question pointedly referred to Mae Azango – a Liberian journalist who wrote a controversial expose on female genital circumcision in certain Liberian tribes, suffered multiple death threats as a result, and was not offered government support. Presid…

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by / on July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm / in Opinion, World

Of Egyptians, For Egyptians

by From Wikimedia Commons It is a great mistake to suggest simplicity when an issue is obviously complex. Time magazine’s July 9 cover story on the state of Egypt’s rulers boasts the simple and suggestive headline, “The Revolution That Wasn’t.” But while this headline is provocative, it is not nuanced, and it is misleading. The Egyptian revolution very much was. We may be collectively worried about the stability of Egypt’s fledgling d…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm / in Business, Domestic, Organizations

Rigging the System

by Weihui Lu The numbers alone are striking. In 2011, the World Bank estimated the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state of Ecuador at approximately $67 billion. Chevron Corporation, by contrast, reported sales of $236.3 billion for 2011, with nearly $27 billion in profits alone. In the same year, a local Ecuadorian court ruling against Chevron in an $18 billion case over the company’s widespread pollution in the Ecuadorian rainfor…

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by / on April 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: The Egypt Symposium, Part II

by Part II of Two Part Series  After a sumptuous dinner and well-deserved break, Hamdy Qandil, the widely respected journalist and Nasserist spoke on the state of the media in Egypt in a talk entitled “Revolutionary Media: The Changing Role of Journalism and Technology.” His talk was filled with personal anecdotes and stories, and the audience’s reaction made clear that, at least among the older members, he was an admired, trustworthy,…

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by / on March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm / in Events

*Updated* Exciting Events March 3rd-9th

by In order to facilitate active political participation and discussion here at Columbia, CPR is happy to provide a rundown of this week’s on-campus events. If we missed anything, please let us know by emailing Web Editor Stewart Shoemaker at sms2318@columbia.edu Tuesday, March 4th CPU Talks: Political Participation Time: 8:00-9:00pm Location: Hamilton 503 Students from three groups on campus will share their take on the given…

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