Mexico: Photographer murdered, news organizations set reporting guidelines

30 03 2011

A photojournalist for La Prensa, in Monclova was kidnapped and murdered in Monterrey last week, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The organization reports that Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo was abducted on Thursday night along with two others, and found dead with a gunshot wound to the head on Friday.

As the world is focused on the uprisings in the Arab World, let’s not forget that one of the most dangerous places for journalists is next door, for some of us, mere hours away. Our brave brethren in Mexico deserve our respect and support.

According to the Associated Press, some of Mexico’s largest news outlets recently agreed to a set of drug-war reporting guidelines, agreeing to ignore propaganda messages from drug gangs, which are sometimes left near the bodies of victims. In my opinion, the U.S. media should follow suit.




6 06 2010

A couple of nuggets:

This blog piece highlights the most famous newspaper in Hollywood, used for years in Hollywood as a prop.

If you are an ethics fan, like many journalists are, this video, about “The Prisoner’s Dilemma.” It’s an extraordinary piece of journalism, as well as a fascinating look at the legal system.

Comparing the First Drafts of History

21 01 2009


On any day that follows a moment in history like yesterday’s inauguration of Barack Obama, newspapers are at their best. And it is a great exercise to look at the different front pages to see what they all look like, which photos were used the most, etc.

For several years, the Newseum has made this easy, by showcasing the front pages of nearly every major newspaper in the country.

You can see how the Inauguration coverage looks at

They do this every day, and archive the special days so you can also pick a day that has historical significance for you, such as the day Pope Benedict was chosen (or the day the Phillies won the world series).

A quick glance at the gallery view of today’s front pages shows that a photo taken by Chuck Kennedy of the McClatchy-Tribune Photo Service with a remote camera was one of the most popular. It is a great image, and there is an article about how the photo was made on the NPPA website.