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Watch where you’re going

In “Where I Am Going,” an advocacy group enlists the power of visual storytelling to tackle stop-and-frisk

The power of short documentary video to rally viewers to a cause is nothing new, these days. Social justice giant... More

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After the uproar

A photographer’s continued work on domestic violence

Earlier this year, photographer Sara Lewkowicz caught a moment of domestic violence on camera. Lewkowicz had been working the tedious... More

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Pioneer and pariah

Brother Outsider offers a touching portrait of Bayard Rustin, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

Even on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington--a march he organized--the name Bayard Rustin rings hardly any bells.... More

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Shark Week vs. science: the Megalodon affair

A battle over the existence of an extinct shark highlights shoddy coverage

For the Discovery Channel, Shark Week, an annual week devoted to shark-related programming, is prime time for ratings and, supposedly,... More

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A new film shows how much we knew, pre-Snowden, about Internet surveillance

Snowden’s disclosures “didn’t feel much like revelations,” says the director

There was a moment in Terms and Conditions May Apply, a new documentary about the dangers of using the Internet,... More

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Beholding thinspiration

Slate’s decision to publish an image of a recovering anorexic is problematic

In the latest post on its Behold photo blog, Slate waded into ongoing debates around "thinspo"--pro-anorexia imagery posted to foster... More

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Collecting Sandy’s stories, one by one

Sandy Storyline is featured in this weekend’s Tribeca Film Festival

Photo Credit: Matt Richter Two men lift a waterlogged piece of furniture up and out of a flooded living... More

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Translating public health into media

The Envision conference revealed an ongoing disconnect between policy wonks and storytellers

It's 10am, and we're talking about death. Deaths from disease and neglect--deaths the world could prevent, if only for... Name... More

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Documenting domestic violence

A Time photo slideshow obscures as much as it reveals

Wednesday, as the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act was still less than certain, Time magazine published Sara Naomi... More

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How we got our story

The new Atavist feature, The Last Clinic, is a product of persevering and roughing it

In the process of making the multimedia work The Last Clinic, about the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, filmmaker Maisie... More

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Why do evangelicals talk to journalists?

They know they may be depicted unsympathetically, but any chance to spread the Word is worth taking

Not all beats are created equal, but two in particular -- obviously, the ones I like the best -- have... More

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How to recount a plague

A new documentary about AIDS is the best one in the past few years

How to Survive A Plague is the best AIDS documentary I’ve seen. Why? Because it is important, yes, but... More

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Is Project Runway saving criticism?

It may well be, Reality Check columnist Alissa Quart says

This Thursday, I was watching an episode of the 10th season of the now ancient and seemingly irrelevant Lifetime show... More

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Collapsing the line between documentary and fiction

A new film, The Ambassador, exhibits “performance journalism,” a combination of art and reporting

This week, you can on-demand a documentary that uses insanely unorthodox methods to get at the truth and judge for... More

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Viral before the Internet

Things spread, but the content, often documentary, was darker and weirder

Was there viral documentary film and video before the Internets? You bet. As Kliph Nesteroff wrote recently in The Awl,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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