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 […]

Lawrence Pintak on the Arab Media Revolution: A CJR Podcast

“Autocratic Arab governments have long controlled news and information with an iron hand, writes Lawrence Pintak in the cover story of CJR’s May/June issue. “No more. They try to do so in 2011, but competing versions of reality seep in—and out—through every electronic pore.” In this podcast, Pintak expands on his cover story, “Breathing Room: […]

The Mission of Indonesian Journalism: Balancing Democracy, Development, and Islamic Values (Int’l Journal of Press/Politics)

Vol. 16 No. 2 April 2011 — Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, has been called a template for Muslim political reform and has the potential to serve as a bridge between the United States and the Islamic world. Indonesian journalists play a vital role. Since the  collapse of the Suharto regime in the late […]

Columbia Univ. Dart Center Interview

Columbia Univ. Dart Center Interview For Journalism and Trauma (Feb. 1, 2011) A media scholar explains how Arab news professionals, under siege as governments seek to manage their message, see themselves as agents of change in a turbulent time. Note: A media revolution unleashed 15 years ago with the launch of independent satellite network Al […]

Crowd-sourcing Tunisia: separating electronic rumor from reality (The Seattle Times)

(Jan. 21, 2011) The Tunisian revolution is another reminder of the power of viral media. But it also underlines the fact that not all information is created equal. As they did during Iran’s much-hyped “Twitter Revolution,” news organizations and bloggers have been channeling a torrent of cellphone videos, tweets and blog posts from Tunisia. Indeed, […]

Inside the Arab Newsroom: Arab Journalists Evaluate Themselves and the Competition (Journalism Studies)

(Vol. 10 No. 2 April 2009) In the years since 9/11, much has been written about the alleged bias and lack of professionalism in the Arab media. The first cross-border survey of Arab journalists finds that they have a mixed view of their own industry. They are frank about the lack of independence, fairness and […]

Border Guards of the “Imagined” Watan: Arab Journalists and the New Arab Consciousness (Middle East Journal)

(Vol. 63 No. 2 Spring 2009) Media plays a fundamental role in the formation of national identity, most famously detailed in Benedict Anderson’s theory of the imagined community. In the Arab world, a media revolution is contributing to the emergence of a reawakened regional Arab consciousness. A comparison of data from the first major regional […]

Obama starts well with Muslims but must do more (The Christian Science Monitor)

CAIRO (March 16, 2009) — Perceptions are a critical piece of the foreign policy matrix. From the perception of the Islamic world, the Obama administration is ticking off many of the right boxes. First, President Obama signaled his intention to make a major foreign-policy speech in an Islamic capital during his first 100 days in […]

Arab Media Wars: Hamas, Fatah and the Arab Media World

ABU DHABI (Jan. 23, 2009) – Surf the blogs in the Arab world and you find a common theme: the Bush administration has blindly supported Israel’s Gaza war and the U.S. media has been shilling for “the aggressors.” Ask the average American and it’s a good bet that you will hear the opposite view: Arab governments […]

Borderless Journalism in Gaza: BBC, CNN-I, and Al Jazeera English offer nuanced coverage of Gaza war

CAIRO (Jan. 21, 2009) – In television terms, Gaza has been déjà vu all over again. U.S. television has been dominated by talking heads parroting Israel’s talking points, the wide shots of bombs exploding and smoke pillars that have become the white noise of Middle East conflict, and the occasional glimpse of a body bag. Here […]