Monthly Archives: February 2014

How the North ended up on the top of the map

Remember our discussion of maps and the “upside down” Australian map and your exercise drawing the world’s continents? Here’s an interesting read on cartography on the Al-Jazeera English website from a  researcher who focuses on maps of the Middle East. … Continue reading

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Egypt brings charges against Al-Jazeera English journalists

The Egyptian government has charged and detained three Al-Jazeera English journalists with a plot to undermine national security in the latest, harshest crackdown on reporters, filmmakers, bloggers and academics.  The three journalists were filing news reports before state security officers … Continue reading

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Social media in tough times: Ukraine and Venezuela

With violence (and now transition) in Ukraine and reported state-driven violence in the streets in Venezuela, here’s a good read on why social media are “the only media that matter” for many. Photo: Pettero Sulenon In Venezuela, a local blogger … Continue reading

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What’s happening in Ukraine?

The Daily Beast has an interesting Q&A take on what’s going on in Ukraine. NPR had two stories yesterday about the conflict that are worth a listen: A country at a crossroads and Kiev partly in flames Political and cultural … Continue reading

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March 19: Don’t miss this! danah boyd to speak at MTSU

On Wednesday, March 19, Dr. danah boyd will speak at MTSU as she gives the keynote speech for Scholar’s Week 2014. The tentative title of her speech is  “Social Media and a Changing Society.” Where and when: Student Union Ballroom … Continue reading

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Timely reports from Reporters without Borders

The Reporters without Borders website is an important resource for this class as the global news landscape morphs almost every day in some way. They’ve recently released the 2014 World Freedom report as well as two very interesting looks at … Continue reading

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Twitter is news “ish,” and what is Facebook?

An Atlantic writer takes a look at Facebook’s effect on the news.

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