Winter 2018 Issue
The president’s phantom threats
Trump so far has failed to follow through on his promised press assault. Could it still come?
The burnout year
It’s been an exhausting news cycle, for readers as well as those of us in the business
Contracts of silence
How the non-disclosure agreement became a tool for powerful people to stymie journalists from informing the public
The cost of reporting while female
The work of a journalist is to be accessible, discerning, and persistent.
For a woman, this also makes her a target.
Billionaires gone wild
The American media landscape, like the rest of the country, is being reshaped by the whims of the ultra-rich
When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.
The killing of Gauri Lankesh
What the assassination of a Bangalore journalist says about media complacency in the face of Hindu nationalism’s violent rise in India
Race remains a no-go topic for much of the media—which will have serious consequences for the press
When Trump goes global
The world’s authoritarians are watching the attacks on the press in the US—transforming the role of journalism and of reality itself
At the beginning of last year, the US Press Freedom Tracker started cataloguing every violation of press freedom that took place on American soil, be it through violence, arrest, denial of access, or other threats. This is a selection of those incidents from 2017.