Journalistic Practice

Indymedia journalist killed by Oaxacan paramilitaries while covering conflict

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On Oct. 27, New York-based Indymedia journalist and videographer Brad Will was shot and killed in Oaxaca by armed thugs supporting the state's embattled governor Ulises Ruiz. The shooting took place amidst a government/military crackdown on pro-democracy protests calling for Ruiz's resignation. Will was one of a number of indepedent media journalists in Oaxaca covering the conflict; he was one of at least six people killed during the weekend by government-supported paramilitaries. Establishment media reporting on the conflict is obscuring the largely one-sided nature of the violence, and suggesting that the pro-democracy movement, rather than state oppression, is the cause of turmoil. Meanwhile, as part of an increased crackdown, paramilitaries and police have shut down Oaxacan community media outlets.

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Blogs 2.0

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Colorado Confidential tries to give blogs a journalistic upgrade.

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Bias written in black and white: study

Publishers' gifts put newsrooms in tough spot

Q&A with Bill Moyers

Democracy Now: the voice of alternative journalism

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Amy Goodman is praised for presenting the news from different viewpoint

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Sarah Chayes on Afghanistan and leaving NPR

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Chayes discusses her new book and the stories she couldn't tell when she was at NPR. Chayes covered the US invasion of Afghanistan for NPR but she left journalism in 2002 to run an aid organization in Kandahar called Afghans for Civil Society. She now runs the Arghand cooperative.

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