Berto Jongman: Investigative Journalism — A History and a Renaissance…

Categories: Ethics,Media
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Berto Jongman

Tomgram: Anya Schiffrin, Who Knew We Were Living in the Golden Age of Investigative Journalism?

EXTRACT

The mass layoffs of older journalists around the world has had one benefit: there are plenty of experienced hands ready to train the next generation and provide institutional memory at innovative ventures. Some of these oldtimers, who aren’t busy teaching (or taking public relations jobs — but that’s a story for another time), are busy founding and running nonprofits dedicated to doing hard-driving, investigative reporting. These include: 100 Reporters, Global Journalism Investigative Network, Forum for African Investigative Reporters, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Investigative News Network, SCOOP, and the International  Consortium of Investigative Journalists. All of these organizations are benefitting from experienced editors and reporters downsized from traditional media outlets and committed to helping the next generation — and learning from them, too.

BOOKS Recommended:

Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World

The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the new Sunni Uprising

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

FICTION: Warburg in Rome

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Aug 28

Berto Jongman: Iraq, Syria, Libya, UK – Intelligence failures all

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Iraq, Syria, Libya, UK – Intelligence failures all

• Lack of intelligence as well as Intelligence
• Intelligence begins at home, but should be deployed away

Given the resources available to US – and British – intelligence agencies, it seems strange that the attraction, influence, finance, and military strength, of the extremist group which calls itself Islamic State (Isis) came as such a surprise.

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Aug 27

Owl: CDC Whistleblower Reveals Massive US Government – Corporate — Media Complicity in Concealing Vaccine Cause of Autism — 340% Increased Risk Documented Long Ago — Lawsuits Planned Legions of Parents Anguished

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Major CDC Cover-up on Connection of Vaccines and Autism is About to Blow Open Like Mount Vesuvius

This story about a very big cover-up on the link between vaccines and autism committed by the CDC has been making the rounds on alternative media for the last ten days. The implications to be seen in this story so far are like the loud rumblings of a volcano about to blow. But if this volcano of a cover-up does blow open very soon into the mainstream, as is most likely – since alternative media outlets have reported on massive lawsuits being planned – given the connection, in this case to African-American children, this promises to rain down on the public a greater-than-ever-before awareness of corporatist-government collusion and corruption occurring on a massive, never-seen-before scale. Until now, the identity of the CDC whistle-blower was kept a secret, but his name is now out (highlights are mine):

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Aug 26

Devin Balkind: Kickstarter for Citizen Journalists

Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind

21 days to go toward their goal.

Bellingcat, for and by citizen investigative journalists

Bellingcat is a website founded by Brown Moses.

Bellingcat will bring together both critically acclaimed and emerging citizen investigative journalists using open source information to investigate, collaborate, and report on worldwide issues that are being underreported and ignored.

Open source information, which is information freely available to anyone through the Internet—think YouTube, Google Maps, Reddit—has made it possible for ANYONE to gather information and source others, through social media networks. Think the Syrian Civil War. Think the Arab Spring.

Read more and consider a donation at Kickstarter.

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Jul 26

Owl: Ukraine Bodies Not Fresh – Israeli False Flag?

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Murderous Tails, Murdered Dogs

When I watched NBC’s “Nightly News” the first time they reported on the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet, they showed video footage at the Amsterdam Airport of the relatives of those who were on the plane that was shot down. What struck me was this: not a single one appeared to be crying or showing any emotion, they were all, without exception, quite subdued or quiet, as if someone in authority told them to shut up, and they were compliant. Even the NBC news reporter commented on how unemotional they were, even though they knew the plane their loved ones were on was shot down (or whatever, given what follows below). I wondered, did the people on this footage truly have any connection to who was on the plane, was the video footage somehow manipulated or staged? Is the tail wagging the dog?

Now, along comes a report in which a rebel commander, who was in the crash area, makes an insane-sounding, bizarre claim: that the bodies scattered around the site were not “fresh” and appeared to be dead for a few days.

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Jul 19

Robert Steele: NYT Finally Gets It Right – Ghani Transformed Plus Fareed Zakaria on Iran and Maliki Not Signing BSA in Iraq — as Abdulllah will not sign if fraudulently “elected” in Afghanistan

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

Better late than never.  Ghani won the election — now we need to see if the US Government will stand by our principles and help assure a legitimate count. See also the second headline, for an understanding of how Iran controlled the non-signing of the BSA in Iraq to create this situation. If Abdullah is fradulently election, I anticipate that he will NOT sign the BSA, this having been a condition for Iran’s funding of his campaign and Karzai-Daudzai fraud.

Technocrat to Afghan Populist, Ashraf Ghani Is Transformed

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NYT Asia Pacific, JUNE 11, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan — When dealing with Western officials, Ashraf Ghani presents himself as the rare technocrat who possesses both the cultural savvy and practical expertise needed to put Afghanistan back on track if he is elected president in the runoff vote on Saturday.

After all, as Mr. Ghani readily reminds people, he has written a book titled “Fixing Failed States.”

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Jun 15

EXTRA: Berto Jongman: BBC = Buggering British Children

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

The Pathetic Panorama Savile Whitewash

The Panorama documentary about Jimmy Savile has just aired.

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Jun 5

Owl: Alternative Media is Winning — on 9/11 and More…

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Alternative Media is Winning

Is the tide finally turning, is the public becoming better informed despite the 24 hour-a-day propaganda onslaught of mainstream media produced by the 1%? It seems so, as this article implies that for the scions of the Establishment and the 1% and their propaganda organs to turn their attention to alternative media and independent research, that is, media and information not under the control of the 1% and their designated dupes, could only mean their mainstream media and information outlets are losing the war against the public’s ability to find the truth about the global, regional and local machinations of the Elite, hence the new initiative underway, chronicled in this article, to attack and discredit alternative media under the loaded-term guise of “conspiracy theory.”

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Jun 4

Robin Good: Six Key Content Curation Insights Emerging from the Leaked NY Times Executive Summary

Robin Good

Robin Good

Six Key Content Curation Insights Emerging from the Leaked NY Times Executive Summary

The leaked New York Times memo of less than a week ago is making the round on the Internet, as it touches upon many of the key issues and opportunities any news journalism operation is facing today.

From my personal viewpoint the most interesting aspect of this lengthy 97-page memo is how much curation, news and content curation specifically, are part of the future view being described in it.

Since, even trying read the in-depth curated version of the leaked NY report done by the excellent Nieman Lab it may take you in excess of 30 minutes, I have extracted and highlighted here below only the points that are specifically relevant to curators and to anyone researching the future of content curation within the context of news and journalism.

Here, six key points to pay strong attention to:

  1. …resurfacing archival content. The report cites this passage: ““We can be both a daily newsletter and a library — offering news every day, as well as providing context, relevance and timeless works of journalism.”
  2. …restructuring arts and culture stories that remain relevant long after they are initially published into guides for readers.
  3. …consider tools to make it easier for journalists, and maybe even readers, to create collections and repackage the content.
  4. allow readers to easily follow certain topics or columnists.
  5. better tagging of the info and content being published.
  6. focus on the less glamorous work of creating tools, templates and permanent fixes that cumulatively can have a bigger impact by saving our digital journalists time and elevating the whole report.

Nieman Lab curated report of the NY leaked Executive Summary document:

Original leaked copy of NY report: 97-pages

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May 22

Owl: American Mass Media – 24 Hours of Non-Stop Lies, Obfuscations, and Omissions

Categories: Corruption,Idiocy,Media
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American Mass Media: 24 Hours of Non-Stop Lies, Obfuscations, and Omissions

Is there anything in all of human history that is quite like American mass media in its power and capacity to pump out – through gigantic electronic fire hoses for 24 hours a day, every day of the week – lies upon lies (to paraphrase the Koranic “light upon light”) and obfuscations and yet still manage, above all, to omit and cover up the truth, especially the most important truths, whatever the subject matter? This article confirms my increasing conviction EVERYTHING the mass media says is a lie, nothing they say can be believed, and that any news that is true and important is ALWAYS omitted and covered up.

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May 17