Search Results for "journalist" : 39

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 1, 2006 at 3:20 pm / in Domestic, Election, Media

Generation Blowhard

by Again, again, the accusatory finger; the angry bark, the grimace of rage. These are the sacraments at the church of Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox’s top-rated O’Reilly Factor, a show that attracts 2.2 million of the faithful on a daily basis. O’Reilly is just one of a generation of emotional commentators, that is, pundits, who have been charged with transforming political analysis into emotional entertainment. He has been dogged by accu…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 am / in Europe, World

Disputin

by Illustrations by Stephanie Mannheim In Russia’s parliamentary elections on December 4, 2011, United Russia – the party of President-turned-Prime Minister-turned-current-President Vladimir Putin – won the majority of seats in the Duma, the Russian Parliament, amid cries (and video evidence) of widespread election fraud. On December 5, Russians took to the streets in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Over the course of the next three months…

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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 November 6, 2012 at 12:09 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

Independent Goals

by by Chloe Blanchard Pre-game // Antes del Partido // Abans del Partit “There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism – that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.” —George Orwell, “The Sporting Spirit” (1945) “It’s a defeat, not a humiliation,” insisted new Real Madrid coach José Mou…

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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 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 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 March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Roots of Brazilian Impunity

by On Monday, March 11, the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs hosted a panel discussion on the issue of political corruption and impunity in Brazil. Panelists included: Albert Fishlow, Economist and Director of the Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies; Luiz Felipe d’Avila, Political Scientist and President of CLP (Centro de Liderança Pública); and Indio de Costa, Lawyer and Secretary of Sport of the City of Ri…

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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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