Monthly Archives: October 2014

Is Gary Webb an unreliable narrator?

Jeff Leen, a Missouri Honor medal winner and the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, weighed in Friday about “Kill the Messenger,” the film some of you saw over the weekend. Webb isn’t around to debate Leen on what … Continue reading

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Understanding (and respecting) the reader

Several of you asked me to post a link to the Guardian’s “Firestorm” multimedia piece that I talked about in class today. I like the way this presentation treats the reader. That’s the point: to think carefully about how the … Continue reading

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Finally, an Ebola story that isn’t terrible

Originally posted on Matthew Patston, Reporting and Random Reflection:
Cultural context can be difficult to grasp: there is a strange, closed-eyed mental leap one must take in order to discard personal experience and embrace that which seems fundamentally uncomfortable, living…

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What we give our attention (speaks volumes)

This will take less than five minutes. Have a look at this illustration, and read the very short piece that accompanies the illustration. With so much attention being paid to the death of one man from Ebola in Dallas — … Continue reading

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Framing the natural gas ‘boom’

Thursday in class, Scott talked about two stories that frame the natural gas boom in entirely different ways. Here’s what he asks that you do: Please take a look at these two stories about the natural gas boom in Texas. … Continue reading

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