Need to brush-up on your digital journalism skills? You might want to check-out some free or low-cost, online courses being offered within the next few months.
Stories that impact the environment, and consequently the health of both people and animals, have long been a focus of journalists across the nation and increasingly, the globe.
Most recently, a chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia that tainted the water supply and left nearly 300,000 residents without drinking water made national news. Read more
Criticism surrounding a profile of stage 4 breast cancer patient Lisa Bonchek Adams has been mounting since Guardian writer Emma Keller published a controversial piece Jan. 8, and her husband, New York Times columnist and former executive editor Bill Keller seemed to sympathize with her position in a follow-up.
Adams has been chronicling musings and insights about her illness, sometimes painfully honest, through her personal blog and Twitter for some time now. Keller’s story about Adams, in which she wonders aloud about the “ethics” of tweeting about an incurable, aggressive sickness, as well as Bill Keller’s column, are in poor taste. So much so that the Guardian has removed the original story and begun an “investigation.”
In thinking about this whole unfortunate debacle, I’d like to consider some potential lessons:
1. Just because you can editorialize doesn’t mean you should.
Investigative reporting is getting a much-needed shot in the arm from venerable and fiercely independent media voice, In These Times.
The progressive, nonprofit magazine recently announced the launch of the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting in an effort to support and expand the number of investigative reports published In These Times while also providing reporters with necessary resources to pursue under-reported national and international topics. Read more
Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Announces Free-training Schedule, Focus on Investigative Reporting
Given the dearth of investigative reporting being done these days both online and in print, it’s nice to know that there are still organizations out there that support investigative journalism.
The Reynolds Center for Business Journalism, part of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, is one such organization and they’ve just announced a new training schedule of mostly free, online journalism training courses that stress the practice of investigative business journalism. Read more