Russia’s Grab for Ukraine, Georgia (The Seattle Times)

(Tbilisi, Georgia) Feb. 28, 2014 — IMAGINE if Washington state residents had been barred from the Vancouver Olympics because Canada refused to give us visas. Imagine if we couldn’t get there anyway because Whatcom County was in revolt against the U.S. — and protected by Canadian troops. Imagine if those same Canadian troops had massed […]

J-School Survival Tools (Chronicle of Higher Education)

(Nov. 11, 2013) I recently learned that the publisher of a rural daily newspaper in Washington State, an alumnus of our university, was angry at me. I believe, he’d told a colleague, that print is dead. I was perplexed. Then I recalled that he had visited our college a few years ago, when we were […]

Al Jazeera America: Think NPR with pictures (and a little baggage) – CJR.com

(Aug. 26, 2013) Al Jazeera joined the American TV lineup last week with minimal damage to the republic. There was no sign of bin Laden, no call for jihad, and no ranting about the evils of the American empire—just a workmanlike recounting of the day’s events, interspersed with testimonials from fresh-scrubbed young reporters, most recently […]

Islam, Identity and Professional Values (Journalism, Online First)

(June 2013) Islam is a religion, but it is also a philosophy. An analysis of surveys in the Arab world, Indonesia and Pakistan reveals that the mission and values of journalists in those Muslim-majority regions closely track Islamic obligations to tell the truth, seek justice and work toward the public interest. This article provides empirical […]

Pakistani Journalism (Media, Culture and Society, Vol. 35, No. 5)

Lawrence Pintak and Syed Javed Nazir (July 2013) FOR FULL ARTICLE WITH CHARTS, VISIT SAGE JOURNAL JOURNALISM A loosening of controls on the Pakistani media in recent years has meant the influence of Pakistani journalists is increasingly being felt in country’s tumultuous internal politics and its relations with the West. That has sparked a backlash, […]

Inside the Indonesian Newsroom: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful (CJR.Org)

(May 3, 2013) — Indonesia remains a nation in flux. So, too, its journalism. Fifteen years after the country’s long-time strongman and president, Suharto, was overthrown and press restrictions were eased, Indonesian journalists continue to face a host of pressures: The pay is still lousy, the challenges still complex, the physical dangers still real. But […]

Ask Romney This: What Will You Do About the Middle East? (CJR.org)

(Oct. 10, 2012) Over the final month of the campaign, CJR will run a series of posts under the headline “Ask Obama This” and “Ask Romney This,” suggesting questions that reporters should pose to the presidential candidates. The first installment focused on President Obama and his jobs plan. This one on Mitt Romney and foreign […]

Journalistic Firebombs in the Middle East: Is it our job to inflame or inform? (CJR.org)

(Sept. 27, 2012) The pen is mightier than the sword, but it is also far more lethal when manipulated irresponsibly. Consider Charb. There is a ridiculous photo circulating on the web showing the editor of Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly), the French satirical magazine. He goes by the name Charb, and in one hand he holds […]

Washington State’s Rural Information Ghettos (The Seattle Times)

(June 18, 2012) In huge sections of Washington, citizens have little or no access to news about what is taking place in their own communities. The situation is particularly grim in areas populated by minorities and on some of the vast Native American reservations. By Lawrence Pintak Special to The Times THE city manager was […]

Indonesia can teach Egypt about post-revolution generals and politics (The Seattle Times)

JAKARTA (March 24, 2012) — “We warned them about trusting the military.” The topic of the conversation was Egypt, but the speaker was no anti-Supreme Council of the Armed Forces activist or Western human-rights worker. She was a top adviser to the vice president of Indonesia, a country that knows a thing or two about […]

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