Pintak

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It’s not about you; it’s about the story. That’s what we tell journalism students. The tragic death of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon reminds us that even in the video selfie culture of TV news, accurate reporting matters."

Bob’s death after a lifetime covering conflict comes against the backdrop of the embarrassing spectacle of a major network television anchor caught making up war stories.

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, is an expert on media and journalism in the Middle East. He was on today's edition of WBUR's Here and Now discussing the current state of journalism in Pakistan, where reporters are frequently targets for violence. As Dr. Pintak points out, the danger still doesn't deter many journalists from their mission to independently report on the state of their country, and pass those journalism values on to Pakistani students.

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, responds to the recent This American Life controversy surrounding their story on Apple's manufacturing practices in China. This commentary appeared today in the Columbia Journalism Review.

With Egypt racked by internal turmoil, as the country's transitional military council appears determined to hold on to power, many in the West worry about the future of democracy there. Middle East expert Dr. Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, is currently visiting Indonesia. He covered that country's 1998 revolution and he reflects on the lessons Indonesia holds for Egypt today.