Mind your media: #FreeMiao and more

"They have Miao." It's just come out that a Chinese woman working as an assistant to German newspaper Die Zeit has been detained for more than 12 weeks in China (3,300+ shares and rising). "We didn’t want to complicate diplomatic efforts being made to secure her release. But since these have yet to yield any result, we consider it necessary to make public now the fate of our colleague Zhang Miao," the publication shares. James Griffiths with the South China Morning Post tweets, "Journalists being snatched and detained without charge, this is what an actual attack on free press looks like." AFP China correspondent Benjamin Haas freely admits, "I cried reading the last line." A must-read/must-share.

The Solutions Journalism Network today has just launched its toolkit for investigative reporters who value rigorous, ethical reporting on responses to social problems. At no cost, you can download the 48-page toolkit, which is "a practical guide for journalists and editors who are interested in incorporating solutions journalism into their work."

And in this week's Columbia Journalism Review, two important posts we want to bring to your attention: the first details how a Cleveland news outlet obtained key video in Tamir Rice case (266 shares). "A Cleveland news outlet maligned for its Tamir Rice coverage pestered the city for key video. Credit where it's due," reacts MSNBC's Jamil Smith. Next up, watch out for Bellingcat; there's a new place for citizen journalism.

In other media news, the New York Times is poised to create a monthly men's style section. Gawker's Alex Pareene quips, "good thing they bought out the second-last remaining fulltime newspaper labor reporter to make room for more STYLE." Less ridiculous than it sounds: the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern reviews the best selfie sticks (and it got 1,000+ shares!). In much worse techie gaffes, apparently BlackBerry is tweeting from an iPhone. Lastly, Hillary Clinton has recruited a chief strategist and a media advisor ahead of 2016.

 

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