Archive: Oct 2013

An Exile in His Own Country

October 21, 2013

Novelist and poet Mircea Cartarescu came of age in Romania during the Communist regime of the 1970s, but even under democratic rule he has found his voice silenced by those in power. As he explained in a talk at the … Read more

Erik Martin of Reddit on Building Communities and Breaking News

October 18, 2013

Erik Martin, the general manager of online community platform Reddit.com, spoke at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard on October 9, 2013. During the discussion, moderated by Nieman Journalism Lab staff writer Justin Ellis, Martin explained how the site … Read more

Two E-books about Investigative Journalism in the U.S. and Around the World

By Watchdog October 16, 2013

"Muckraking Goes Global: The Future of Cross-Border Investigative Journalism" examines the achievements and challenges of investigative journalists reporting stories on subjects of global interest and impact. Journalists from Latin America, Romania, and the U.S. contributed. Published in Spanish and English on the occasion of three major investigative journalism conferences held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the fall of 2013, the e-book includes original content as well as articles published in the Spring 2013 issue of Nieman Reports. .epub | .mobi | .pdf "Investigative Reporting: Perils and Promise" focuses on post-Communist realities for journalists, government pushback on press freedoms, and strategies for moving forward. With contributions by journalists from Europe, Latin America, Russia, and South Africa, the e-book is a compilation of articles published in the Spring 2011 issue of Nieman Reports and in Kiev, Ukraine, in concert with a global investigative journalism conference held in the fall of 2011. .epub | .mobi | .pdf Read more

The Too-Many Prisoners Dilemma

By Watchdog October 16, 2013

With society potentially poised to turn the corner on mass incarceration, will news organizations rise to the challenge and increase their coverage? Or do limited resources and a lack of interest mean criminal justice issues—and the poignant underlying human-interest stories—continue to go largely unaddressed? Read more