Fight or Flight (On The Media: Friday, 04 September 2009)

Massive fires raging through Southern California dominated the news this week, with much of the coverage focused on airplanes soaring above the flames, dropping bright red fire retardant. Great TV to be sure but Los Angeles Times media columnist James Rainey says the media focus too much on airplanes, to the detriment of the fire fight.

Prison Sentence (On The Media: Friday, 28 August 2009)

Journalist Ted Conover went undercover for nearly one year working as a prison guard at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. His work was praised and criticized. As Conover told us in October, his time undercover was incredibly stressful, painfully isolating and ethically fraught but nonetheless it was necessary to get the story out.