Washington Post: When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it

Washington Post: When local reporters resist vaccination mandates, everyone in town hears about it. “These journalists aren’t much different from other workers who have opposed employee vaccination mandates, whether in health care, law enforcement, education or any other field — except for one thing: They’re among the best-known people in their communities as a result of beaming into homes for years or even decades. Because of their high profiles, the fired journalists have captured local headlines and in some cases have become heroic figures to local vaccine resisters.”

‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests (Committee to Protect Journalists)

Committee to Protect Journalists: ‘It is becoming unbearable:’ Journalists say they have become ‘scapegoats’ at anti-vaccine protests. “Journalists in Europe told CPJ that some protesters target members of the press, who they see as representing the same forces they are rallying against. While most of the reporters vowed to continue their coverage of demonstrations against lockdowns, masks, and COVID vaccines, some also voiced concern that reporters—especially those without institutional support, like freelancers—may not be able to continue much longer.”

CNN: Here’s how the Covid-19 conversation is changing in the media

CNN: Here’s how the Covid-19 conversation is changing in the media. “It’s happening from Fox to CNN, from The New York Times to the Los Angeles Times. And it’s happening on two tracks simultaneously. Vaccinated America is learning how to live with mostly mild flare-ups of the Covid-19 virus. Unvaccinated America is grappling with the death and suffering that comes from rejecting the protection of the vaccines. And in places where the two Americas intersect — schools, shopping malls, cookouts, county fairs — it feels like two languages are being spoken without a trusted translator.”

“Facebook has always been where my audience was”: Meet some of the local journalists writing the first paid newsletters at Facebook (NiemanLab)

NiemanLab: “Facebook has always been where my audience was”: Meet some of the local journalists writing the first paid newsletters at Facebook. “I spent the past week talking to a handful of the local journalists who have partnered with Bulletin, and I found that while they’re aware of Facebook’s mixed history with publishers, they can’t help but be hopeful. Facebook has been responsive to their suggestions and requests, several writers told me, and the platform offers an enormous opportunity to reach local audiences where they’re already spending lots of time online.”

Poynter: How journalists report through the fog of long COVID

Poynter: How journalists report through the fog of long COVID. “Nearly 18 months after I first woke in the middle of the night, short of breath, with pounding palpitations and searing pain in my lungs, I’m not much closer to understanding the full scope of long COVID, which will affect nearly one in three people who contract COVID-19. Even among those with mild cases — which mine arguably was — recurring and fluctuating symptoms run the spectrum from persistent fatigue and breathlessness, headache, chest heaviness, muscle aches and palpitations. The long-term effects are largely still unknown but are wide-ranging and include severe cognitive issues and even organ damage.”

‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests. “Attacks on the press are just one part of escalating rightwing street violence in the city, which has included multiple stabbings, people being sprayed in the face with bear Mace, an assault on a breast cancer patient outside a clinic, and repeated physical brawls with leftwing protesters in the streets. In another sign of growing tensions, protesters rallying against vaccine mandates showed up at the homes of two Los Angeles city council members on Sunday.”

New York Times: Chinese Citizen Who Documented Wuhan Outbreak Falls Ill in Prison Hunger Strike

New York Times: Chinese Citizen Who Documented Wuhan Outbreak Falls Ill in Prison Hunger Strike . “A Chinese citizen journalist who was imprisoned for exposing the failures of the government’s initial response to the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan is seriously ill from a hunger strike, according to messages from her family shared by her former lawyer and a friend. The journalist, Zhang Zhan, 37, had traveled to Wuhan from her home in Shanghai and spent the early days of the outbreak documenting the city’s strict lockdown and the severe impact it had on residents’ livelihoods and freedoms.”

Learn how to enhance your investigative reporting in platforms: Register for new Knight Center course (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas: Learn how to enhance your investigative reporting in platforms: Register for new Knight Center course. “‘Investigative reporting in platforms: How to dig into social accounts, images, ads, and messaging apps’ runs from Sept. 6 to Oct. 10, 2021. Craig Silverman and Jane Lytvynenko, two leading experts on online disinformation, fake news, and digital investigations, will teach the five-week course, which also focuses on workflows and organization for the information you’ll gather.” It’s not free, but $95 for a five-week class like that sounds like a bargain.

NSO/Pegasus: 17 journalists from 7 countries join RSF’s complaint in Paris and before the UN (Reporters Without Borders)

Reporters Without Borders: NSO/Pegasus: 17 journalists from 7 countries join RSF’s complaint in Paris and before the UN. “Seventeen journalists from seven countries who were listed as potential or actual victims of Pegasus spyware have filed complaints with prosecutors in Paris, against NSO Group and all other persons the investigation will identify. Their complaints complement the one Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two journalists with French and Moroccan dual nationality already filed on 20 July. RSF has also referred their cases to the United Nations.”