Archive: Sep 2011

Mystical Kabul

By September 29, 2011

From Kabul words and images of war come our way. At a time of increasing violence, photojournalist Iason Athanasiadis explores part of the city’s underground rarely seen—the Sufi sect’s ecstatic ceremonies—in a photo essay he calls “mystical Kabul.” We see … Read more

Evin Prison: A Destination for ‘Troublesome’ Journalists In Iran

By Words & Reflections September 27, 2011

Nicola Bruno’s provocative piece about machines replacing journalists is among the essays featured in this section of Nieman Reports. Other writers take us inside Tehran’s Evin prison, where Iran held Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari for nearly four months after he covered the 2009 election protests, and to Afghanistan, where women reporters write about frontline experiences. In Indonesia, the topic shifts to media coverage of sectarian violence, while a professor in the U.S. ponders the possibility of consensus-building journalism. Reporting on the financial crisis raises for one journalist the question of whether it should be covered as a crime story. Read more

Carl Sandburg’s Reporting Foretold the Chicago Race Riots of 1919

By Reporting on Black America: Who Tells the Stories? September 13, 2011

“Diversity fatigue has been alive and well in America's news industry for many years,” writes Milton Coleman, a senior editor at The Washington Post and an organizer of Leadership in Diversity: New Models for Growing Audience, Talent and Revenues, a two-part conference taking place this year. Racial practices in newsrooms disquiet blacks, but discussions about them surface mostly among minority journalists. As black journalists leave mainstream news organizations for websites, issues of financial viability, resources for reporting, and their site’s impact follow them. Read more

Diversity in Newsrooms: Fresh Strategies, New Goals

By Reporting on Black America: Who Tells the Stories? September 13, 2011

“Diversity fatigue has been alive and well in America's news industry for many years,” writes Milton Coleman, a senior editor at The Washington Post and an organizer of Leadership in Diversity: New Models for Growing Audience, Talent and Revenues, a two-part conference taking place this year. Racial practices in newsrooms disquiet blacks, but discussions about them surface mostly among minority journalists. As black journalists leave mainstream news organizations for websites, issues of financial viability, resources for reporting, and their site’s impact follow them. Read more