Google Takeout inventor commands ‘Data Liberation Front’ from Chicago

Last month when then-House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) opened a congressional hearing with the chief executive of Google, he cited a “widening gap of distrust between technology companies and the American people.” News coverage of the hearing with CEO Sundar Pichai primarily focused on gaffes  by members of Congress who showed fundamental misunderstandings of …

Kentucky lawmaker tries, fails to restrict public record access after press fights back

Kentucky journalists and open government advocates successfully fought off one state lawmaker’s attempt to restrict access to public records. Kentucky Sen. Danny Carroll (R) withdrew legislation this month that would have restricted access to public records such as promotions, appraisal and discipline records of public employees. It was a win for journalists and citizens in …

St. Louis black journalists name Living Legends

At its 2018 Living Legends event late last year, the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) honored two long-time members and important role models and leaders in St. Louis journalism: Art Holliday, anchor and reporter for KSDK 5 On Your Side, and Wiley Price, photographer for the St. Louis American newspaper. The GSLABJ …

Heidi Diedrich: ‘Nothing can replace going there’

Heidi Diedrich is thousands of miles from home but not from her first calling, photography. The former Daily Egyptian staff photographer made a career in corporate communications after graduating from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 1991. About eight years ago, she took that expertise to Iraq for a consulting job at the American University …

Fake news: consequences and some solutions

Fake news is a current phenomenon, though it dates back hundreds of years ago. In the earliest days of printing, newspapers published articles about monstrous beasts or unusual occurrences. The discovery of a monster with “goat’s legs, a human body, seven arms and seven hands” was published in a pamphlet in 1657 in Catalonia. In …

Khashoggi’s death: A part of Saudi’s information war in the Middle East

The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death is a part of Saudi Arabia’s information war in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia wants to cut off criticism in and outside the country by controlling media outlets and journalists. According to the Human Rights Watch, there are at least 60 people currently in jail just for expressing …

Project Veritas and the Changing Face of Fake News

Project Veritas released videos from Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign only weeks before the election. In the sting, an individual from Project Veritas feigned interest in supporting McCaskill’s campaign as a volunteer. Throughout the summer, the Project Veritas employee interned for McCaskill, using the opportunity to secretly record conversations with other staffers and McCaskill …

Post-Dispatch, Tribune haven’t caught up with EU rules

When stricter data protection and online privacy regulations went into effect in the European Union earlier this year, American news organizations had to adapt their websites or risk hefty fines if they wanted to share their content overseas. Many media organizations, including the Washington Post, New York Times and NPR, made the necessary changes to …

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