What to Pack for a Protest
More than 15,000 journalists have descended on Tampa for the Republican National Convention. Journalists planning to cover political conventions and the associated protests need to be careful about the gear they bring -- especially in light of new local laws.
Three-Quarters of Newspapers' Presidential Coverage Is Written by Men
In the post-primary period of election coverage, most of the newspaper stories were written by men, according to new survey data released by the Women’s Media Center and compiled by the 4th Estate Project.
Convention Coverage Is a No-Win Situation for Broadcasters
Every four years the broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- try to present a bare minimum of coverage without getting criticized too much by media watchdogs for failing to serve the public interest, which is a requirement of holding FCC broadcast licenses. There was a time when the broadcast networks provided nonstop prime-time coverage of the conventions. Now, an hour a night is about all the networks can stomach.
Pasadena Publisher Launches a System for Outsourcing Local News
A publisher in Pasadena, Calif., who said he received death threats when he started hiring workers in India to write local stories five years ago, nevertheless has launched a business to help other local publishers start outsourcing.
Is Twitter Good or Bad for Political Journalism?
The rise of social media tools like blogs and Twitter have changed the political landscape, in part by speeding up the news cycle and broadening the range of sources that are available. But are these developments good or bad for the practice of political journalism?
Groups Want Two Major U.S. Parties to Support Internet 'Freedom'
The Republican and Democratic parties in the U.S. should take a stand for Internet "freedom" during their upcoming national conventions, a group of Internet activists urged.
Don't Let Them Trade Away Our Internet Freedoms
The Trans-Pacific Partnership endangers the Internet and digital freedoms on par with ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, and it does so in two significant ways: First, its intellectual property chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users' freedoms and innovation, and second, the entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The TPP is a major threat because it will rewrite global rules on IP enforcement and restrict the public domain.
Blame a Dysfunctional Patent System for Apple vs. Samsung Verdict
The nonsensical verdict in the Apple vs. Samsung case shows that the patent process has become a competitive weapon, which was not the original idea at all.
Apple Patent-Case Win Could Point to New Digital Age for Smartphones
If the swipe is the essential gesture of the smartphone revolution, the pinch is a close second. Many of the coolest things that can be done on today’s mobile devices -- from finding an out-of-the-way bar to determining whether a thunderstorm is going to ruin your party -- are made easier by placing fingers on the screen and sliding them.
How Carriers Get Away with 'Locking' the iPhone
The software locks that wireless operators put on device like the iPhone may violate state and federal antitrust laws, but there isn't much consumers can do about it.
Time Warner Cable Boosts New York Speeds as Google Project Looms
Time Warner Cable will expand fiber-optic lines to businesses in New York, a move that will boost Internet speeds as much as 20 times and provide an East Coast counterpoint to Google's ultra-fast network in Kansas City.
Twitter Files Appeal in Major Social Media Case
A judge ruled earlier this year that users have no privacy rights in their Twitter accounts. Twitter is challenging the rulings and today made new arguments, including that individuals have a Fourth Amendment right in their Twitter account and that deleted tweets are not automatically public.