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Brain-Dead Woman Dies After Giving Birth

A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, a day after giving birth. –Matthew Barakat –Brain-Dead Woman Dies After Giving Birth (AP|MyWay) Because there isn’t any controversy that drove the coverage of the Torres story, it received less coverage than the Terry Schaivo story.

The Blogs of War

For now, the Pentagon officially tolerates this free-form online journalism and in-house peanut gallery, even as the brass takes cautious steps to control it. A new policy instituted this spring requires all military bloggers inside Iraq to register with their units. It directs commanders to conduct quarterly reviews to make sure bloggers aren’t giving out casualty information or violating operational security or privacy rules. Commanding officers shut down a blog…

Interviewing

Most interviews are not the kind of confrontations that we’ve come to associate with journalism due to the ambush-camera techniques of some TV broadcasts. The vast, vast majority are all about something simple: You want to learn more about a subject or person, or both, and the person you’re interviewing wants to help. Also remember that the interview is about the other person, not you. He or she may ask…

American Journalist shot dead in Basra, Iraq

An American journalist and author was found dead after being shot three times in the chest in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, a U.S. embassy official said on Wednesday. Steven Vincent’s death came four days after an opinion piece he wrote criticizing the rise of Shi’ite Islamist fundamentalism in Basra was published in The New York Times. –American Journalist shot dead in Basra, Iraq (Wired|Reuters) Vincent was an art critic…

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Bloggers Champion Missing Woman

The group was frustrated that the disappearance of Latoyia Figueroa, 24, who is five months pregnant, did not get national press, though her case is similar to other widely covered disappearances like those of Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson. The bloggers argue that Holloway and Peterson, who are both white and good-looking, are more attractive to national broadcast media than someone like Figueroa, who is African-American and from a less…