This week is a CONTEST.
Your goal is to get as many likes, comments from non-followers, and views of your post as possible. The winner will earn bragging rights and some other prize.
Your topic: take a story, topic, or issue that is relatively unknown or under-covered and make it more visible. See, the contest helps to solve the problem.
How would you find such a story?
a) Look back over our class and see if there is a topic you have learned about and would like to know more about. For example, the sluggishness of the Dodd-Frank bill, or the use of mark-to-market accounting, or the the fact that there is actually no legal basis for shareholderism.
b) You already know of some issue that you think more people should be aware of.
c) You do some research. Possible leads:
ProPublica: an NGO that seeks to cover public interest news. This is a page of their current investigations.
– is a digital commons not a magazine – a public service on the web not a commodity
– is an independent, public interest, not-for-profit; a counter to the corporate media
– champions human rights
– seeks out and debate forms of democratic change
The perhaps controversial wikileaks site. I honestly have not explored or used it much, so I am unsure how to deal with information quality, but I thought it might be interesting to explore it.
Columbia Journalism Review (cjr): a site and publication often critical of the state of journalism
We define Modern Censorship as the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality in our mass media outlets. On a daily basis, censorship refers to the intentional non-inclusion of a news story – or piece of a news story – based on anything other than a desire to tell the truth. Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions).