A visiting friend from Boston last week complained bitterly about press coverage after the marathon bombings. Among other things, she wanted to know why so many outlets reported that there had been arrests, when in fact no one had yet been arrested. She was voicing the frustration of millions of news consumers, and she had an excellent point. Where did the media go wrong?
Journalist and National Press Foundation speaker Seth Mnookin writes in Slate that the recent Time Magazine coverline “How to Cure Cancer,” is “wrong, grandiose and cruel.” The National Press Foundation has delivered solid information on cancer issues for journalists in annual programs over four years, and no expert has suggested that we’re close to a cure, though more money for research surely helps, as the Time article suggests.
NPF is very proud to announce the latest Thomas L. Stokes award for energy writing to Jim Morris and Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity.
How can reporters do post-Aurora stories about gun control when leaders won’t talk about it? Thanks to the power of the gun lobby, the topic has become the new “third rail” among politicians. Yet it’s clearly a worthy topic of reporting, based on the robust conversation in the Twitterverse and at the water cooler. Search almost any Twitter hashtag including the word “guns” and you’ll be privy to a limitless stream of comments from every position on the gun-control spectrum.
We’re very proud of current Paul Miller Washington Reporting fellow Karoun Demirjian, who this week won the David Lynch Memorial Regional Reporting Award for outstanding coverage of Congress. Karoun, writing for the Las Vegas Sun, reportedly filed 473 stories from DC in 2011, including blog posts and all the rest.