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The bombing case: “Total Noise”?

By Christopher B. Daly 

Here is a fine piece that features the author Jim Gleick thinking in print about the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and related events. (Full disclosure: I have known Jim since we were in college together, and I admired his books Chaos and The Information; I am not currently in touch with him.)

Gleick’s piece from New York magazine was also noticed by Maureen Dowd in her column today. She added value by actually taking him out for coffee and interviewing him.

Photo montage by New York magazine (including photo by BU student journalism Kenshin Okubo).

Photo montage by New York magazine (including photo by BU student journalism Kenshin Okubo).

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Shameless self-promotion (Journalism history division)

By Christopher B. Daly

Finally, it’s here: the electronic version of my book about the history of U.S. journalism, Covering America.

Just in time for the anniversary of the rollout of the hardback, this prize-winning book is now available in all major formats:



Apple iBook, (This is the format I am checking it out on, and it looks great.)

Google Play,

you name it.

I am very pleased because I know that some folks have been waiting for the e-book. These formats make the book quite a bit cheaper and dramatically lighter! For people who don’t feel drawn to the ~$50 hardcover, here’s your chance to read Covering America. The book won the 2012 Prose Award for Media and Cultural Studies, and it has been selling well and drawing rave reviews (except for one stinker on Amazon — sheesh).

Enjoy it, and write to me about your reactions. You can comment here, or email me:

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Great photos from “the Roof of the World”

By Christopher B. Daly

Thanks to Matthieu Paley, a French photojournalist, we can sit in our warm homes and offices and see these amazing images from what is perhaps the most godforsaken corner of

Wakhan Corridor

Wakhan Corridor

Afghanistan. This is where, basically, if you felt the urge to walk from Afghanistan to China, you would have to go.

Thanks also to the NYTimes‘ valuable Lens blog, which is where the Times features a lot of its best visual journalism in photos, slides, and video.

Here’s the link.

[Two gripes: The Times should make it easier to find this stuff on its homepage.

The Times should stop blocking the copying of these images. (I realize that a lot of the contributors are not Times employees and that many of these projects are sponsored by someone else — such as, in this case, National Geographic. Still, in the long run, I think it’s more valuable to reach out than to keep out.)]

Oddly, the photos are readily available at the NatGeo site. So, thanks very much to NatGeo.

Here are two:






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Tyler Hicks: photos from Timbuktu

By Christopher B. Daly

The intrepid Tyler Hicks, conflict photographer for The New York Times, has made it to Timbuktu, recording the campaign to oust the Islamic militants who briefly held the remote city and the aftermath of the city’s liberation. Hicks (a graduate of the program where I teach at Boston University) has been to all the major hot spots in recent years and has survived a number of threats, including kidnapping. We should all treasure his work:

An ancient manuscript saved from destruction. Photo by Tyler Hicks / NYT

An ancient manuscript saved from destruction.
Photo by Tyler Hicks / NYT



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