By Genevieve Belmaker for Poynter.org Social media is a particularly powerful tool in the Middle East, where in some countries it gives people a way to express themselves. That expression takes many forms, from social protest, to political criticism, to sharing news and information. Most recently, groups such as the Israeli Defense Force have been using … More 5 ways journalists can use social media for on-the-ground reporting in the Middle East
Getting physically close to a story is not as easy as it seems. First of all, most people are not conditioned to think in terms of potential sources of information, getting close enough to take a good photo, or whipping out a video recorder to document something interesting and unique. It takes repetition and practice … More Getting Too Close for Comfort
Journalists and photojournalists (or writers and photographers–however you want to label them) live in intersecting worlds. Although the work they do is ultimately very different, I believe they can help each other. Good photojournalists are tenacious and often daring. They are willing to wait for hours to get the shot they need. How often do … More Photographers Can Teach Writers How to See
A Lebanese reporter was killed during fighting on the Israel-Lebanon border on Tuesday: http://mediaforeignpolicy.foreignpolicyblogs.com/2010/08/04/lebanese-reporter-dead-after-clashes-on-border/
Read it first at Before It’s News The Israeli media has been on edge in recent weeks over the unprecedented case of journalists privy to sensitive military documents. Uri Blau, a reporter for the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, got about 2,000 pages of documents from a former Israeli soldier who leaked the information to him illegally. … More Spy Scandal Rocking Israeli Media
by Genevieve Long JERUSALEM–When journalists go out on the streets to report, it is usually to record a newsworthy story. But what about when reporters search for violence? Look at the recent events in Jerusalem surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque. Rumors that extremist religious Jews were planning to enter Al-Aqsa and pray there sparked widespread calls for … More In Search of Blood or News?
by Gidon Belmaker on The Jerusalemite It is now 2 AM . After a few days of constant reading about all that happened in this area since the fall of the Ottomans (1924), I take a break. Looking out of my living room window, overlooking the Jerusalem Botanical garden, I feel the sweet Jerusalem breeze, … More 2a.m., drinking coffee