Nieman Reports

Summer 2009

Iran: Can Its Stories Be Told?

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Journalists — Iranians and Westerners — share their firsthand experiences as they write about the challenges they confront in gathering and distributing news and information about Iran and its people. Their words and images offer a rare blend of insights about journalists’ lives and work in Iran. In the fifth part of our 21st Century Muckrakers series about investigative and watchdog reporting, the focus turns to coverage of issues involving public health, safety and trust. And in Words & Reflections, essays touch on objectivity, religion, blogging, Ireland and post 9/11 America.

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Iran: Can Its Stories Be Told?

Summer 2009: Introduction

By Iran: Can Its Stories Be Told? June 11, 2009

Journalists — Iranians and Westerners — share their firsthand experiences as they write about the challenges they confront in gathering and distributing news and information about Iran and its people. Their words and images offer a rare blend of insights about journalists’ lives and work in Iran. In the fifth part of our 21st Century Muckrakers series about investigative and watchdog reporting, the focus turns to coverage of issues involving public health, safety and trust. And in Words & Reflections, essays touch on objectivity, religion, blogging, Ireland and post 9/11 America. – Melissa Ludtke, Editor Read more

Treatment of Journalists

Women Reporters, Women's Stories

Views from the West

Web and Iran: Digital Dialogue

Blogging in Iran

The Web and Iran: Digital Dialogue June 15, 2009

September 2001 – First Iranian blog appears on the Internet. November 2001 – Blogger Hossein Derakhshan develops a step-by-step guide to blogging in Farsi. RELATED ARTICLE“Attempting to Silence Iran’s ‘Weblogistan’”– Mohamed Abdel DayemApril … Read more

21st Century Muckrakers

The Challenges and Opportunities of 21st Century Muckraking

By 21st Century Muckrakers June 15, 2009

The articles about public health, safety and trust in this issue of Nieman Reports are a reminder of the essential role that watchdog reporting plays in our lives. Contemporary exposés of tainted overseas drugs and toys, like recent reports about contaminated meat and produce at domestic grocery chains and fast-food restaurants, trace their origins to America’s early muckrakers. Read more

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