Two Spanish journalists were freed over the weekend after six months in Syrian detention. The El Mundo correspondent and his accompanying freelance photographer had been held for 194 days. An extremist Islamist group continues to hold 40 western-based hostages.
The New Yorker's Jay Caspian Kang examines the trouble for comedian Stephen Colbert following a Tweet abut Asians that clearly lacked context and set off an angry response that eventually escalated into calls for the program's cancellation, a move most have seen as excessive. Kang looks at how social media's limitations and viral capabilities can combine to quickly command a discussion and she explores whether we know enough about online activism to condemn it.
Sports Illustrated convened an online panel on sports journalists to discuss race, the industry and diversity. Among other things, the panel indicated that journalists routinely have to deal with comments about their race. They indicated there has been progress in diversifying their newsrooms and organizations but that there remain several impediments to full integration.