Ideal Science for an Ideal Reader

June 06, 2020

What is science doing next to news, anyway? Is “science” whatever a scientist says? Is it just another buzzword politicians use to mask their motives? “News” comes from “new,” just like “information” comes from “inform,” both terms over 500 years old. In print, news usually...

The Paywall Paradox: How Good Business Does Bad

January 24, 2020

Newspapers were already good business, way back when they carried actual news, on paper. Gather some news, write it down, stamp cheap ink on cheap wood-pulp and presto! — scalable revenue, with no obvious upper bound. In fact, the more people read printed news, the more...

UN Correspondents Association: Shining a Light on Global Issues

January 07, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Sherwin Bryce-Pease, president of the United Nations Correspondents Association. At a time when the credibility and influence wielded by the fourth estate have been questioned by those in power, the mission of organizations like the...

Lessons in Diplomacy: We Need Our Friends and Allies

February 14, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to former US ambassador David D. Pearce. President Donald Trump’s “America First” policy has been met with criticism both at home and abroad, not only for its perceived protectionism on economic issues, but also for heralding a new...

“The Post” and the Importance of a Free Press

January 27, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s The Post is a timely reminder of the constitutional importance of a free press. Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, which explores the events that led up to New York Times v. US, echoes Justice Hugo Black’s sentiment: “The press was protected so that it could bare...

Saving Journalism: What Big Media Can Learn From Nonprofits

July 29, 2017

Innovation in media is often led by non-traditional organizations. For-profit brands can learn a lot from them, notes this opinion piece. EDITOR’S NOTE For the traditional media industry looking to survive in the digital world, it can look at the nonprofit world for new solutions, according...

War Reporting and the Stories That Can’t Be Told

March 02, 2017

War reporting is part of something that can act as an antidote to war—good diplomacy, armed with good facts. Wars have been reported since antiquity. However, they have been reported by participants who, like Thucydides and Xenophon in the Peloponnesian War in the 400s BC, added strategic...