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MediaGuardian 100: Who pulls the strings in UK media?

Who controls the media is key to our culture and democracy. In the first list of its kind, MediaGuardian identifies the 100 people who decide what you watch, read, hear or download, while Trevor Phillips asks: in the 21st century, is this overwhelmingly male, middle-aged, racially exclusive club one of which you would be proud to be a member? | read article

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Why Democracy Needs Investigative Journalism

Although today's business pressures and the threat of expensive lawsuits make some news companies nervous about supporting investigative reporting, it remains a strong force in U.S. and Latin American journalism —and one of the most important contributions that the press makes to democracy. | read article

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The Role of Media in International Conflict

There is an ongoing tension between journalists' desires to report on conflicts and military actions, and military concerns about security. Generally journalists accept the need for some secrecy regarding military maneuvers. However many journalists have observed that "secrecy and controls on reporters are often imposed for reasons of political convenience, for example to avoid blame for military or political errors that deserve exposure." | read article

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Understanding Media Watchdogs

Watchdog groups that oversee the ethical decisions and practices of journalists and media organizations are often driven by values and agendas of their own that must be evaluated in order to understand their criticisms. | read article

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Defining the Land of the Fourth Estate

The U.S. Constitution, the free market system, and a presumption against regulation shape press freedom in the United States. | read article

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES

Right & Left in the Media (Washington Post)

'Tell them nothing until it's over and then tell them who won'
(International Consortium of Investigative Journalists)

Creating Systemic Interventions for the Sociopolitical Arena: The Influence of the Media
on Sociopolitical Conflict
(Public Conversations Project)

Media Mergers: Who Should Rule? (WiredNews)

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