Tag: News and News Media

The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] The television news director Joel Banow absorbed endless hours of “terrible old B movies” filled with extraterrestrials and rocket ships long before he oversaw the production of an authentic space opera. While […]

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When ‘Good Stories’ Happen for Bad Reasons

Feel-good news stories are hard to resist. And why wouldn’t they be? The rest of the news is stressing us out. Political divides are deepening. The world is getting hotter. Ending, maybe. So we all take comfort in stories about people being kind to one another. Like the one about the woman in Missouri who […]

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Hong Kong Protesters’ New Target: A News Station Seen as China’s Friend

HONG KONG — As a television journalist was trying to record video of a protest in Hong Kong last week, the protest suddenly became about him — and his employer. Surrounding him, the young demonstrators waved signs in front of his camera that read “Change channels!” They also held up bottles of Pocari Sweat, a […]

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‘We’re Almost Extinct’: China’s Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi

BEIJING — She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard. The police intimidate Ms. Zhang’s sources. The authorities shut down her social media accounts. Unable to find news outlets that will publish […]

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A White House Correspondent Departs the Jaw-Dropping Trump Beat

WASHINGTON — Choosing a single day that epitomizes Donald J. Trump’s presidency — amid the endless tangle of jaw-dropping, reality-bending, norm-shattering days — is a fool’s errand. But for a White House correspondent departing the beat after eight years, Thursday came awfully close. From Mr. Trump’s morning Twitter rant (asking how anyone could vote for […]

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Trump Uses Twitter to Govern. I Used It to Cover His Social Media Summit.

WASHINGTON — President Trump invited some of his most ardent digital warriors to the White House on Thursday for its first social media summit. Twitter was not there and its platform was down in the hours leading up to the event — the company blamed an “internal configuration change.” But the president’s favorite bullhorn made […]

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Uncle Trump Wants You! (To Join His Troll Army)

On Thursday afternoon, just as the titans of the pro-Trump internet gathered at the White House to commiserate about Big Tech’s tyrannous reign of censorship over conservative speech, the entire world was briefly deplatformed by a global Twitter blackout. If a gaggle of memelords cavort with the president and no one tweets about it, did […]

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Mississippi Politician Denies Access to Female Reporter So as Not to ‘Insinuate’ an Affair

Robert Foster, a state representative in Mississippi who is running for governor, blocked a female reporter from shadowing him on a campaign trip “to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise” his marriage. The reporter, Larrison Campbell of the news site Mississippi Today, wrote in an article published on Tuesday night that Mr. […]

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The Jeffrey Epstein Case Was Cold, Until a Miami Herald Reporter Got Accusers to Talk

Julie K. Brown, an investigative journalist for The Miami Herald, expected to spend the week on the same emotionally brutal endeavor she has pursued for more than two years: interviewing women who say that, as girls, they were part of a sex ring run by the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. Months ago, she published a […]

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Houston to Host Third Democratic Debate on ABC

The 2020 Democratic presidential contest is headed to Texas for the third televised debate of the party’s primary campaign. Houston is set to host the Democratic debate on Sept. 12 and 13, sponsored by ABC News and the Spanish-language network Univision. After this article was published on Tuesday, ABC News and the Democratic National Committee […]

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Thanksgiving in July? The Times Food Desk’s Recipe for Success

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Food may be seasonal, but holiday memories are forever. That might be part of the reason Sam Sifton and his NYT Cooking team start planning their Thanksgiving coverage months ahead of the big day: Those […]

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The Chicago Defender, Legendary Black Newspaper, Prints Last Copy

[For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.] CHICAGO — Decade by decade, the newspaper told the story of black life in America. It took note of births and deaths, of graduations and weddings, of everything in between. Through eras of angst, its reporters dug […]

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Australian Police Obtained Journalist’s Travel Records From Airline in Leak Inquiry

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian federal police obtained from Qantas Airways the personal travel records of a journalist, a revelation that alarmed the media industry on Monday after police raids on journalists last month raised questions about press freedoms in the country. A document obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald showed that the police approached […]

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Local News Needs Federal Help

As a conservative, I’m not quick to invoke the term “market failure” as a justification for government intervention. But that’s exactly what the decline of local journalism requires. Local newspapers, the first line of democratic accountability for local government, are in free fall. The Youngstown Vindicator, the latest victim, just announced that it is closing, […]

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As the World Heats Up, the Climate for News Is Changing, Too

As Europe heats up, Greenland melts and the Midwest floods, many news organizations are devoting more resources to climate change as they cover the topic with more urgency. In Florida, six newsrooms with different owners have taken the unusual step of pooling their resources and sharing their reporting on the issue. They plan to examine […]

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‘Drag This Out as Long as Possible’: Former Official Faces Rare Criminal Charges Under Open-Records Law

ATLANTA — When he was mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed’s relationship with the news media was notoriously contentious. He was the kind of politician who punched back when he felt punched. He was well known for blocking reporters on Twitter, and his office regularly criticized journalists by name and issued news releases that vigorously pushed […]

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The Extraordinary Power of Hong Kongers’ Solidarity

HONG KONG — The battle between the government and this city’s protest movement couldn’t have been on starker display last Monday, July 1 — a day that began with a closed-door official ceremony celebrating Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997 and ended with an hourslong break-in at the Legislative Council. The siege of LegCo […]

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A Reporter for Whom ‘Burn in Hell’ Meant a Job Well Done

KINGSTON, R.I. — Where the black hearse had stopped, the honor guard began: nearly 60 journalists standing in silent formation outside a church on a rural New England road. On another morning we might be enemy combatants, but here we stood in solidarity, representing television stations, radio outlets, newspapers. The media. One of ours had […]

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North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.” Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean […]

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