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Judge Tunheim

 

Interview in Pressa daily (national bulgarian newspaper) with John Tunheim, district judge for Minnesota. From 1994-1998 he was appointed by president Clinton to serve as a chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board in charge of declassifying governments records of the Kennedy assassination. He reveals more details about the results and conclusions made by the board. 

 

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Media as charity

“You won’t find the name Kardashian on our website,” MinnPost’s executive editor Andrew Putz said. We were sitting in a circle in a Minneapolis warehouse where MinnPost, an online news outlet for the Minnesota area, has its offices. MinnPost is a non-profit media organisation that depends on grants and donations for a large chunk of its income. The site offers daily updates with mainly background stories and analyses, serving a highly educated public who also read The New Yorker and the New York Times (and generally couldn’t care less about the Kardiashians).

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The value of editorial independence

Piles of papers stacked at the edge of desks. Cups of coffee that were left behind due to the rush. Phones ringing and old headlines highlighted with red marker hanging in the walls. Visiting the editorial newsroom of the Star Tribune on August 14, along with the 2014 WPI fellows, remained me how good is the feeling of working on an in-depth feature that only relies on interviews, research and analysis, released from editorial constraints imposed by political censorship.

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News as entertainment: the wonderful world of U.S. television

“BREAKING: Officer on Ferguson crowd control relieved of duty” screams across the bottom of the screen, blocky white letters on a bright CNN-red strap. A day later, the same story is still running as breaking, with a new twist: “LIVE: Cop suspended over hate-filled rant”.

(If you’ve been living under a rock and need some context on this story, click here.) 

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U.S. Print Media Vs. Social: Loyalty To Tradition

When back in Russia, I struggle to remember when had bought a paper - on a newsprint - in a news stand last time: like everywhere in Europe, computers and smartphones have become a main carrier for news, substituting traditional formats.

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Who makes the clown laugh?

According to film director Brian Levant, who worked with Robin Williams when his career took of, everyone was stunned by his energy and creativity. But Levant also remembers how Williams fueled himself with drugs.

"Every time he'd sneeze, he'd say, “there goes a hundred bucks.” You'd never know it on show night, though. An audience was really his drug of choice, and he'd dazzle them."

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In search of a better life

During the course of the week, I have been scribbling little notes to myself – on paper napkins, on newspapers, in my notebook – all of them ideas for things I should blog about. Topics include “Supermarkets in America/consumer culture,” “All you can drink Soda,” “The First Amendment – does it work?” But, we’ve just come back from a fascinating meeting with the folks over at the African Development Center, and all I can think about now is the immigrant experience in America.

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The perfect introduction to Minnesota culture: cat videos

You might expect an investigative journalist who’s flown in from the Netherlands to become a Fellow at the World Press Institute to use this blog to share insights on serious subjects like politics or criminal investigations. I’m afraid those comments will have to wait, since my host family promised me to introduce me to Minnesota culture by taking me out to one of the strangest things I’ve seen in a very long time.

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