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TED Weekends celebrates investigative journalists

TED Weekends celebrates investigative journalists

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From Bob Woodward and Charles Bernstein to Upton Sinclair and Nellie Bly, investigative journalists have shaped the course of history by uncovering troubling truths of their times. These watchdogs work to keep governments and companies honest, sometimes putting their own safety at risk. At a time where newspapers face a rocky future, it’s good to []

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis talks citizen journalism

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis talks citizen journalism

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With more and more regular Joes snapping photos in the street, live tweeting breaking news from the ground, and acting as free sources of political, economic and cultural analysis, not everyone is confident about the future of professional journalism. But according to TED speaker Paul Lewis, who shared two dramatic examples of citizen journalism at []

Andrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Andrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

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In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who []

How I named, shamed and jailed: Anas Aremeyaw Anas at TED2013

How I named, shamed and jailed: Anas Aremeyaw Anas at TED2013

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas can’t show you his face, but his name carries enough weight. Famous in Ghana for his investigative journalism, Anas’ stories like “Enemies of the nation,” about corruption at customs in the Port of Tema, have blown the cover on crime all over Africa. He started 14 years ago, when he had just []

Favorites of 2012: The power of a flashbulb

Favorites of 2012: The power of a flashbulb

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. 2012 was the year of radical openness at TED. In that spirit, while our office is closed for winter break, TED’s editorial staffers have selected their favorite talks of the year, giving you a peek into both our process and our personalities. We hope you enjoy.. TED editorial meetings are a flurry of sound. []

How Freedom of Information requests led to a Parliamentary scandal: Read an excerpt from Heather Brooke’s book

How Freedom of Information requests led to a Parliamentary scandal: Read an excerpt from Heather Brooke’s book

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The British Parliament elected in 2005 has an unfortunate nickname  — the “Rotten Parliament.” Journalist Heather Brooke had a lot to do with the uncovering of their rottenness. In 2004, just a few years after the passage of the UK’s Freedom of Information Act, Brooke began requesting documentation on members of Parliament’s expenses, from their []

A freak blog migrates into an institution

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After over two years at freakonomics.com, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner – co-authors of the 3-million-copies "Freakonomics" — last week moved their blog under a bigger and more institutional brand, that of the Opinion section of the New York Times’ website. Levitt spoke at TED2004 offering a preview of a chapter of "Freakonomics" titled "Why []