San Diego Media Justice Society

Monday, April 14, 2014

He Walked Into A Segregated Library. He Wanted To Be An Astronaut. Missi...

American Hero, Ron McNair, Challenger Crew 1986

Under threat of arrest, drone attack, or prison, these Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalists prevail.

The Snowden Files

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras (Credit: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold

Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.


Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.

Mike Connelly, editor, The Buffalo News (Chair)
Traci Bauer, vice president/digital, Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY
Philip Bennett, Eugene C. Patterson Professor and director, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University
Richard Berke, executive editor, POLITICO, Arlington, VA
Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty, The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, FL
Sherrie Marshall, vice president and executive editor, The Telegraph, Macon, GA
Susan Snyder, reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode

Published on Apr 6, 2014
Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and tragedy. Watch new episodes Sundays at 10PM ET/PT, only on SHOWTIME.

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It's the biggest story of our time. Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most respected journalists explore the issues of climate change and bring you intimate accounts of triumph and tragedy. YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY takes you directly to the heart of the matter in this awe-inspiring and cinematic documentary series event from Executive Producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

VOSD plea for donations

Last week was tough for the journalism world. Layoffs all over the place – from New Jersey to Los Angeles. News about revenue to the news industry tanking.

The fact is, advertisers are not going to display ads next to news stories in the future – at least not like they used to. Even as the economy recovers and tech companies explode, newspapers continue to collapse.

San Diego is not immune. The U-T recently laid off more employees like Padres writer Bill Center, who now works for the team he once covered. Doug Manchester is rumored to be selling the paper, though his business partner insists they want to buy more.

In this mess, this “scruffy insurgency” as the New York Times once called Voice of San Diego, continues to advance.

We can only do this if people decide it’s worth paying for.

Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, chip in, if you feel that this service, this education service, this auditing service, this public service merits your support.

We are not here to transfer information from one person to another. We’re here to help you understand your community so you can make it better. We’re here to warn you of problems so you can help solve them.

Join our scruffy insurgency by becoming a member of Voice of San Diego today. If you're already a member, please consider donating again.


Scott Lewis

CEO, Voice of San Diego

Friday, February 28, 2014

City Hall to Purge Emails Older Than a Year

Voice of San Diego reported that, temporary Mayor, Todd Gloria, plans to destroy public records by eliminating all City of San Diego email records older than one year old, under claims that their storage is too expensive and not financed in the current City budget.

City Hall to Purge Emails Older Than a Year

Update: Californians Aware, the government transparency advocacy group led by Terry Francke, may sue to stop the destruction of old emails. Francke sent a letter to city leaders today. Here’s an excerpt:

This policy contravenes existing law. Emails clearly fall within the definition of a public record. Government Code §6252(e). Further, city records are required to be retained for a minimum of two years. Government Code §34090 et seq. Destruction of public records may also be punishable criminally.

Therefore, we request that you immediately direct all city officials and staff to cancel the wholesale destruction of public records announced in your memorandum and that the City rescind or revise this and any other policy authorizing the wholesale destruction of city emails older than one year.

Due to the time-sensitive nature of this issue, we request that you respond confirming agreement to, at the very least, suspend this practice until we have had time to seek judicial intervention if necessary. However, if you do not respond confirming that there will be no purge of any public records by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, we will have no choice but to seek a injunction and writ of mandate ordering the City to cease the destruction of these public records in violation of the Government Code.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Media Roots - "Breaks the Set" with this Russian TV report.

Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is the eighth largest Native American reservation in the U.S. and is home to the Oglala Sioux, one of the seven subtribes of the Lakota people. With gorgeous rolling hills and untamed wilderness, it’s no wonder why the land is held so sacred.
Yet, as beautiful as it is, Pine Ridge has been deemed one of capitalism’s ‘sacrifice zones,’ because the area has paid dearly for centuries of capitalist expansion and Western commercialization of natural resources.
Pine Ridge Reservation is the second poorest community in America, and its state of helplessness has led to mind boggling statistics that are more in line with third world countries than the richest nation on earth – there’s an unemployment and alcoholism rate of around eighty percent, an annual per capita income of four thousand dollars, eight times the rate of diabetes than the national average and three times the rate of infant mortality.
Much of the despair among the indigenous population of North America could be attributed to having never recovered from the West’s utter evisceration of their culture, forced destruction of their people and mass genocide against their ancestors. It also doesn’t help that there is nothing for miles outside of the reservation, limiting job opportunities for Pine Ridge residents.
However, despite the multitude of problems facing a community that depends on federal funding to survive, many Sioux members have taken it upon themselves to empower the Lakota nation to a secure a brighter future. It was a honor to spend several days at Pine Ridge, and I left greatly humbled and inspired by the people I met.

Breaking the Set dedicated two episodes to shed light on the neglected plight of America’s indigenous population to cover the failure by the federal government to provide adequate social services, uphold centuries old treaties, and to allow the sovereignty of Native American communities to prosper.
Breaking the Set sits down with Oglala Lakota Nation Tribal Council to discuss the current state of the reservation and the optimism the elders have about the future. Yvonne “Tiny” DeCory, an BEAR program advocate and youth activist, discusses her efforts to fight the growing suicide epidemic at Pine Ridge.
Pine Ridge Reservation Part II: From Broken Treaties To Future
Breaking the Set talks to Treaty Council Elder, Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand, about the mentality of the West and the basic principles in which the Lakota people live by. Henry Red Cloud, 5th generation descendant of Chief Red Cloud, discusses renewable energy and its future on the reservation, as well as prophecies that need to be applied to the modern world in which we live.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Why they hate the USA

If I killed your family, what would you do? How long will you hold a grudge? Do you understand the concept of BLOWBACK? You can't kill people without a trial, without any charges. Drone technology is becoming cheap and ubiquitous, when every country has drones, we will see the consequences. You can't do terrorism then complain when they get drones and take out your leaders, too.