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Israel Under Fire: Operation Protective Edge – A Primer

Israel Under Fire: Operation Protective Edge – A Primer

Israel is under fire and has launched Operation Protective Edge to bring about the end of Hamas rockets from Gaza.


5 Tips For Sorting Through the News and Sharing Responsibly on Social Media

When there’s a flurry of breaking news, we all want to be informed, and inform others. How do we sort through the online information overload? And what’s our own responsibility for what we choose to share? Here are five tips to help. 1. How do I know this? For anything you read, ask yourself, “How

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A Muddled Minefield of Symbolism and Spin

Pope Francis visited a memorial to Israeli terror victims. Unlike AP, Reuters managed to dodge using the word “terror” in a headline by making the story about the pontiff “navigating a minefield of symbols.” Unfortunately, Reuters has to navigate the same minefield, and it blundered it’s way through the meaning of the Temple Mount and

Recommended Reading: The IDF’s Combat Cameramen

Israel’s business newspaper Globes has published a feature article focusing on the IDF’s combat cameramen: [IDF First Sergeant Naor] Blanco is one of 24 fighters who are classified as “combat cameramen” who were trained in a special unit established by the IDF Spokesperson’s unit two years ago, and which operates as a combat platoon in every

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Free Lance Fauxtography, Reuters Style

Last year’s death of Molhem Barakat — a Syrian freelance photographer for Reuters who was under age and had previously sought to be a suicide bomber — continues to raise questions about the integrity of the wire service’s images. The talented teenage photographer was killed covering fighting in Aleppo last December. The NY Times explains:


To Err is Human, But Algorithms Can Be Screwy Too

The “related reading” you commonly see alongside news articles are based on computer algorithms so that editors don’t have to spend time manually plugging in related content. The concept is simple: a computer judges — based on keywords, date, and other factors — what articles are “related.” Then it automatically posts the article’s headline and

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The Case Against “Generic” News Images

Sometimes, editors need an image for a story but don’t have anything useful or available right away. That’s when stock photos come in handy. But unless they’re clearly labeled as “file photos” used for “illustrative purposes,” these images can be very misleading. Robert Fisk raises an important point about “generic” news photos used to illustrate

Aussie Paper Publishes Photo, Caricatures Jews

Put aside the attitude of Amin Saikal as he almost crows with glee over the perceived blow to Israel following the signing of the Iran interim nuclear deal. The first thing that most readers will notice before reading the text of his Sydney Morning Herald op-ed is the accompanying photo. What exactly does an uncaptioned