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16th March, 2008. 2:38 am. Anti-War Protest in Hollywood(proof)

From Satrudays Protest

Bigger versions of the Pictures in the video to follow in my flickr

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12th February, 2008. 12:22 am. Family Values(imransiddiqui)

There is a growing misconception in the larger world that Americans don't have family values. Much of this is attributed to the image created by Hollywood and the music industry.
This runs contrary to the fact that over half the population have strong religious beliefs and believe strongly in family values according to a recent finding by Familyfacts.org. Christine Kim from the Heritage Foundation and Imran Siddiqui from Beyond the Headlines try to look at the differences between myth and reality.

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15th January, 2008. 7:22 pm.(column_inches)

I've posted an entry here about the announcement of government backing for nuclear power plants in the UK.

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6th January, 2008. 2:29 pm. Online writing(column_inches)

I have recently created an online journal, column_inches to write about current affairs and news topics from around the world. It is a weekly column, and I encourage discussion about the topics.

Please feel free to add this journal as a friend, to leave any comments or suggestions, and to reply to the entries.


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11th December, 2007. 9:52 pm. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Buying the War | Excerpt | PBS(imransiddiqui)

Bill Moyers Journal: Buying the War
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at 9 PM on PBS (check local listings)

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

In this clip from the premiere of Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, Bob Simon of 60 Minutes, who was based in the Middle East, talks about the reporting he was seeing and reading out of the beltway, and John Walcott and Warren Strobel of Knight Ridder newspapers (now The McClatchy Company), discuss their work burrowing deep into the intelligence agencies to determine whether there was any evidence for the Bush Administration's case for war. On Wednesday, April 25 at 9 P.M. on PBS (check local listings), watch "Buying the War," a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; and Walter Isaacson, former president of CNN.

Two days later on April 27, the Bill Moyers Journal airs its regular timeslot on Fridays at 9 P.M. with interviews and news analysis of underreported stories across an array of beats, including: the environment, media, politics, the economy, arts and culture, and social issues

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26th July, 2007. 2:57 am.(fil_spb)

Explosion and fire of a gas main in St.Petersburg,


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14th April, 2007. 2:07 am. LIVE tv blunders(tvnewsspy)

Sorry this was posted before but the link went bad. This one is current - election night turns ugly LIVE. Classic!

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23rd October, 2006. 3:01 pm.(newsjunkie21)

Hi all,

I'm starting coverage of the local sheriff's race. In a large, rural county where few towns have their own police departments  it's a very important -- and controversial -- election.

There are a lot of issues unique to our county, but I'm wondering what you guys have seen in terms of hot issues when it comes to electing a sheriff.

Our county's budget is really tight, so I plan on asking the candidates what spending priorities are. Also, how the department works with state police and municipal agenicies. Also our jail is overcrowded -- how does he expect to deal with that situation?

Then of course the usual, what law enforcement issues are important, etc.

Just looking for any input as to what issues seem to be important in other sheriff's races!


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12th September, 2006. 8:05 pm. SPJ(newsjunkie21)

Hi everyone!

I've recently relocated and started working for a Maine newspaper. In college I was heavily active in the student SPJ chapter. I looked into joining the Maine Pro Chapter of SPJ, only it does not have a Web site and the listed acting president is not returning my e-mails, so I can only guess that the chapter is inactive. I'd like to try and bring the chapter back to life, and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how to do this? I've already started by contacting the Region 1 director.

Also, are there any journalists in Maine who would be interested in participating in an SPJ chapter?


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21st August, 2006. 4:41 pm. Interviewing inmates(newsjunkie21)

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow I go interview inmates at the county jail for a story I'm working on. The story involves me asking them how they wound up in jail and how their experience has been since they've been locked up. I'm focusing on women.

I'm just wondering if anyone can offer up any advice on questions to ask/not ask, tips for interviewing people who are behind bars.



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