One-man newspaper wins plaudits

May 28, 2014

One-man newspaper wins plaudits

by Miwa Suzuki

Toshio Hiratsuka is the backbone of his local newspaper — the star reporter whose trusty notebook and pen have borne witness to nearly every significant event in his corner of the country for 65 years. Hiratsuka is the man without whom the paper would ...

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

| Mar 3, 2014

Independent NHK chained to Diet leash

by Reiji Yoshida

NHK, which is often compared with the BBC in the U.K., has been a focus of public attention and intense criticism in recent weeks. Many people are taking a closer look at the public broadcaster, including its history and whether it has been politically ...

China denies targeting Bloomberg after reporter blocked

Dec 3, 2013

China denies targeting Bloomberg after reporter blocked

Beijing denied Tuesday it was targeting the Bloomberg news agency by blocking one of its reporters from a joint event with Premier Li Keqiang and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Bloomberg’s website has been blocked in China since it reported last year on the ...

Oct 20, 2013

'People are basically good,' says philanthropist

Born: Pierre Omidyar was born in 1967 in Paris to Iranian immigrants. He moved to Washington at the age of 6 and graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1988. Omidyar worked for Claris, an Apple subsidiary, before setting ...

The face of journalism's savior?

Oct 20, 2013

The face of journalism's savior?

by Dominic Rushe

By the time Pierre Omidyar was 31, he was, in his own words, not just regular rich but “ridiculous rich.” With enough money to make an impact in pretty much any sphere he chooses, the eBay billionaire last week made a splash in an ...

Regime, rebel threats have reporters avoiding Syria

Oct 16, 2013

Regime, rebel threats have reporters avoiding Syria

Journalists in Syria have been killed by snipers, accused of spying and kidnapped by gunmen. With the threats growing, many say the conflict is now too dangerous to cover. The risks have increased the challenge of reporting, which was already difficult there because of ...

| Jul 14, 2013

Media outlets rethink news embargo ethics

by Paul Farhi

It’s said that the news never stops. But often, its timing is stage-managed. Much of the news, particularly in Washington, is produced under an important, if obscure, agreement known as an embargo. This arrangement between newsmakers and news reporters is meant to be mutually ...

Records offer rare glimpse into Justice leak probe

| May 21, 2013

Records offer rare glimpse into Justice leak probe

by Ann E. Marimow

When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving the secret material. They used security badge access records to track the reporter’s comings ...