Edward WassermanEdward Wasserman, a veteran South Florida newspaper editor and writer, is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. He was previously Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Before that, Wasserman worked for news organizations in Maryland, Wyoming and New York City, was executive business editor of The Miami Herald and CEO and editor in chief of American Lawyer Media's Miami-based Daily Business Review chain. He was educated at Yale, the University of Paris and the London School of Economics.
Alan Rusbridger, editor of London’s Guardian, faced off with British legislators last week about his newspaper’s publishing secrets about official surveillance that were leaked by the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden.
The news media love anniversaries, and this month’s surge of commemoratives marking the assassination of President Kennedy is just the opening bell for a media observance that will go on for years — the 50th anniversary of the Sixties.
President Obama might as well have had on his Nobel laureate coat and tails back in August. Thats when he weighed in on the revelations from fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden that had ignited a worldwide furor over the vast reach of previously undisclosed U.S. electronic snooping.
Who regulates the Internet? If you answered “nobody” — because the government keeps its hands off — read on.
As the head of a journalism school I have a strong, and obvious, interest in promoting the idea that people who decide to pursue careers as journalists are making a good choice — that it’ll enable them both to serve a valuable social purpose and, no less important, to make a living.
All in all, it’s hard to see how the trial of Private Bradley Manning could have ended any better for the U.S. government.