Jack Shafer, the media columnist for Reuters, examines the impact of Intelligence Community Directive 119, which effectively bars those in the U.S. intelligence community from sharing information with the press, even related but unclassified content. The directive has profound implications on the public understanding of information. Until the directive, intelligence community employees could provide context or background to journalists; now that activity will be criminal.
Hamid Mir, arguably Pakistan's most prominent journalist, was shot in Karachi over the weekend in what appears to be an assassination attempt. The Columbia Journalism Review reports his brother went on the GEO television network that employs Mir and pointed the finger at the country's main intelligence operation as the culprits in the shooting.
Ben Adler, writing for Columbia Journalism Review, explores the phenomenon of online video as a supplier of news to a younger generation. The view-anytime-and-anywhere feature of online video is a prime attraction and a driver of brand trust. While it is true that video provides a more passive experience, it is still of high impact in delivering impressions and information, only as a component that complements other media.