Spring 2001

Colombia: The War Against Journalists

Reporting on Colombia’s war is extremely dangerous for journalists. For what they publish and broadcast, reporters are threatened and harassed, kidnapped and beaten, driven into exile and murdered. Only in Algeria have more journalists been murdered during recent years in retaliation for the work they do.

International Journalism:
Colombia: The War Against Journalists
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Can What Ails Colombia Be Fixed?
As the war intensifies and U.S. money is sent, the story hits Page One.
By Linda Robinson
Violence Against Journalists in Colombia
Impunity surrounds these crimes.
By Marylene Smeets
Journalists Murdered, Attacked, Kidnapped and Threatened in Colombia
Truth in the Crossfire
In a brutal attack, ‘my truth…was dealt a mortal wound.’
By Jineth Bedoya Lima
Colombia’s War Takes Place on a Global Stage
In exposing the roots and connections of violence, journalists risk their lives.
By Ignacio G. Gómez
In Colombia, Journalists Have Many Enemies
‘The first and most damning effect is self-censorship.’
By Francisco Santos
The Risks American Journalists Confront in Colombia
Staying safe sometimes collides with aggressively reporting on the war.
By Tod Robberson
Spending Time on the Frontlines of Colombia’s War
Taking personal risks is part of the job of a foreign correspondent.
By Linda Robinson
Frontline Images
By Steve Salisbury
Journalist’s Trade: Reporting on the Economic Underbelly
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Neither Publishers nor Readers Clamor for Stories About the Poor
Even so, the hard work of reporting about poverty has lasting value.
By Lynda McDonnell
Covering Race, Poverty and Class in the New Gilded Age
To connect with readers, stories must be told with fresh perspective.
By Jonathan Kaufman
Reporting About Poverty and Race Needs to Change
Yet journalists too often convey only a one-dimensional sense of déjà vu.
By Nick Kotz
Forgotten Stories About Forgotten People
‘Journalists could do a much better job reminding us of who we are supposed to be.’
By Peter Edelman
Going Home to Rediscover Appalachia
A reporter tells the story of poverty by looking through a different lens.
By Diana Nelson Jones
Carefully Choosing the Images of Poverty
A photographer considers what message images will convey.
By Steve Mellon
‘The Price of Prosperity’
Journalists unearth stories beneath the veneer of wealth.
By Roland De Wolk
Filling a Void Left By Mainstream Media
Young temporary workers in Silicon Valley write out of their own experience.
By Raj Jayadev
These Pictures Are Not About the Photographer
The camera documents humanity behind forgotten façades.
By Harvey Wang
Journalist’s Trade: Youth Journalism
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Freedom of the Press Stops at the Schoolhouse Gate
The consequences of student press censorship could be devastating.
By Mark Goodman
Creating a Network of Young Reporters
We’re still thinking about saving high-school newspapers. But, if we start now, they might be able to save us.
By Laurie Becklund
Sparking a Passion for Journalism in High School
A journalism association works to strengthen a tenuous but invaluable resource.
By Diana Mitsu Klos
Reporting Compelling Stories About Ordinary Teens (1 comment)
‘Pretend you’re an archeologist or an alien recording their world.’
By Barbara Walsh
Extraordinary Stories Emerge out of Daily Lives (16 comments)
At Youth Outlook, diverse voices portray youthful experiences.
By Katherine Cowy Kim
Letting the Voices of Young Women Be Heard
At Teen Voices, real-life experiences are the stuff of which stories are made.
By Celina De León
Curator's Corner
Universities Teach Journalists Valuable Lessons
Specialized knowledge is gained, and questions beget more questions.
By Bob Giles
Journalist’s Trade: Tapping New Sources
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Understanding the Community’s Civic Life
Journalists’ tools include new questions and different sources.
By Richard C. Harwood
Civic Mapping Can Ignite a Reporter’s Curiosity
At The San Diego Union-Tribune, community experiences become stories.
By Karen Lin Clark
Looking for Stories in All the ‘Third Places’
In Detroit, reporters use civic mapping to find new stories and sources.
By John X. Miller
Finding a Path to Cross a Racial Divide
Reporters began to listen rather than assume they knew what the story was.
By Kathy Spurlock
Journalist’s Trade: Political Journalism
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
When Incumbents Run in House Races, The Press Stays Home
In Maryland, major news organizations ignored a close congressional race.
By Steve Nordlinger
Words & Reflections: Race and Content of News
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
You’ve Got to ‘Be Carefully Taught’
Decision-making in TV newsrooms too often involves racial criteria.
By Av Westin
Race Plays a Decisive Role in News Content
As a result, two black producers became ‘Network Refugees.’
By Gregory M. Branch and Claudia L. Pryor
Linking Content and Credibility to Newsroom Diversity
The Maynard Institute’s ‘Reality Checks’ seminar explores enduring Fault Lines.
By Erna Smith
Let Us Now Praise Good Reporting on Race
A journalism program spotlights and studies the exemplary ingredients of coverage.
By Arlene Notoro Morgan
Let’s Do It Better: 2000 Honorees
Why ‘Mama’s Santos’ was honored by Let’s Do It Better
By Arlene Notoro Morgan
Opening Windows Gives Readers Unexpected Images
An African-American writer reflects glimpses inside his world.
By Angelo B. Henderson
Wanted: Diversity of Voice and Experience
The Savannah Morning News creates the Neighborhood Newsroom.
By Steve Corrigan
Changing a Newsroom’s Complexion
In Savannah, a newspaper trains community members to be journalists.
By Margaret Bailey
The Press Missed a Critical Post-Election Day Story in Florida
Charges of voting problems in black communities went largely uninvestigated.
By DeWayne Wickham
Words & Reflections: “The Elements of Journalism”
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
Sources: Have Journalists Ceded Control?
For the public to be well served, transparency is crucial.
Excerpts From a Seminar By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel
Words & Reflections: Book Reviews
Introduction
By Melissa Ludtke, Editor
American Journalism Is Failing Democracy
An author and critic look in different directions to find solutions.
By Robert Jensen
Unraveling the Story of Digital Media
A book confronts contentious issues of the new American media.
By Anil Padmanabhan
Nieman Notes
An Affair of the Heart
By Peter Turnley
A Spirited Force of Creative Change
Diana Thomson’s innovations are embedded in the Nieman Foundation.
By Lois Fiore