““The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
(Mentioned today in my guest lecture at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan. Thanks to the faculty of the Department of Mass Communication for hosting.)
Found an article from the Anniston Star about a charity pancake breakfast on a Saturday morning. If ever a story begged to be mailed in, this one did. Go down there, interview a few people making pancakes, write a label lede, put it in the cue and punch the clock.
But, reporter Kirsten Fiscus did not mail it in.
Read this lede:
David Lewis began his pancake duties at 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Standing on a cushioned pad, wearing a blue Kiwanis apron and splattered with pancake batter, Lewis studied the griddle in front of him.
Probably the best job I’ve ever done with public speaking. BOLDtalks in Dubai in 2012.
Wrote this piece for the Global Freedom of Expression project conference at Columbia University earlier this year. Here’s the beginning:
In 2014, Arab judges issued no exceptional rulings that helped embolden freedom of expression. Courts in the Gulf countries and nearby Arab states (Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq) largely upheld the authoritarian status quo. While many government prosecutors charged media outlets, journalists and social media speakers with violations, no judges ruled in favor of free speech.
Perhaps the Arab region’s biggest shift regarding free speech in 2014 involves legislation rather than any judiciary actions. Several countries embraced the use of anti-terrorism legislation to target journalists and social media speakers.
Two Arab governments revised their counterterrorism laws with broad, vague definitions of speech that can now be considered “terrorism.” In Saudi Arabia, the government updated the law to label as terrorism any act that seeks to “insult the reputation of the state.” Reporting on the flogging of liberal blogger Raif Badawi could be labeled “terrorism” under the new law’s broad definition.
Here’s the video of my talk:
I’ve been working on not saying “um” too much. Still need to work on it.
We hosted CNN cross-platform editor Jennifer Matthews in class today. Here are the journalism apps on her iPhone:
- Evernote — for taking notes
- Dropbox — for sharing info
- iTalk — audio app
- CameraPlus — good camera
- Tape-A-Call Pro — phone recorder
- FilmRic Pro — video editor
- RealTalk — audio recorder
Slides for my talk tomorrow at Webster University about the search for “global norms” in the regulation of media and speech.
I’m having fun using Medium as a publishing tool. Here’s a quick one using This American Life as a foundation.
Why we really focus on improving black schools rather than integrating black students
Here are the slides to my presentation at the AEJMC journalism educators conference in San Francisco today.
I discuss the latest developments in media regulation including cybercrime, anti-terrorism and hate speech laws. I also address the search for “global norms” in communication regulation.
I’m honored to be in Doha, Qatar, today presenting at a conference on freedom of expression. Here are the slides from my presentation: