Sam Thielman, Columbia Journalism Review

Sam Thielman

Columbia Journalism Review

New York, NY, United States

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Recent:
  • Columbia Journalism Review
Past:
  • The Guardian
  • NBC News
  • The Daily Beast
  • VICE
  • AdWeek

Recent articles by Sam:

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter: Ethnic media and the pandemic

For many ethnic media outlets in New York City, contacts and sources within the hospital system necessary to covering the COVID-19 pandemic were already known to them in their communities. In my new report for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, I reinterviewed local journalists in New York City who had spoken to me for […] → Read More

‘This is beyond the Great Depression’: will comic books survive coronavirus?

As Marvel cuts staff and publishers stop selling new titles, artists, shop owners and writers worry for the future of an industry worth billions → Read More

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter: Is the media the mirror or the antidote?

Amid this pandemic, publishers face a daunting task in a drastically altered world. Revenue has dropped sharply as small businesses, having closed or lost customers to shelter-in-place rules, pull their advertising. The work of journalism itself has shifted, as reporters lose face-to-face contact with their editors and their sources. And misinformation about the virus, its […] → Read More

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter

For most journalists, producing accurate, reliable reporting in the public interest is a daily job requirement, and one that is no more paramount than in times of crisis. Yet producing accurate reporting often demands that journalists rely on sources who may not be authorized to speak to the press. Working with such sources presents a […] → Read More

The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter

Welcome to the weekly Tow Center COVID-19 newsletter, tracking news of the virus through research and analysis. Our in-house analysis for the week comes from Tow’s research director Pete Brown, who studied posts to Facebook of stories by the two largest cable news networks, Fox News and CNN, about the novel coronavirus. Among the 20 […] → Read More

Comforting reading for troubled times

We sit marooned on our couches, or with our backs to our bedroom doors as the kids on the other side demand to know whether we’ve been to New Zealand, or propped at whatever angle will expose us to the greatest possible natural light without making out laptop screens unreadable. And we worry. The novel […] → Read More

What TV stations’ public files tell us about Mike Bloomberg

For weeks it has been nearly impossible for viewers in the Minneapolis area to watch a single episode of Family Feud without seeing an ad for Michael Bloomberg. It is one of many programs with a larger-than-average share of black viewers on which Bloomberg has bought advertising through his unprecedented television marketing campaign. The mountain […] → Read More

The harassment of Felicia Sonmez, and the ‘fake news’ chorus

A brief word about Felicia Sonmez’s tweet about Kobe Bryant, about which a great deal has been written already: At 3:50pm on Sunday, Sonmez tweeted out a link to a 2016 Daily Beast story about Bryant’s rape case, his semi-confession, and the gruesome forensic evidence of the act itself. Shortly after, Sonmez began to receive […] → Read More

Journalism still has power. But not the way you’d hope.

Pete Hegseth, the Fox News personality, Iraq War veteran, and one-time guard at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, often receives compliments for his commentary on Fox and Friends, the popular morning show Hegseth frequently guest-hosts, from President Trump. Hegseth was briefly considered by Trump to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead he has used […] → Read More

Sandman to Hark! A Vagrant: the best comics of the decade

Old names and ambitious first-timers produced great graphic novels on everything from teen friendship and time travel to horrifying murder mysteries → Read More

Villains

Steve Brodner illustrates some of the worst offenders in the disinformation world → Read More

Drawing criticism

The fury cartoonists inspire is as old as the form. In 1871, William “Boss” Tweed, the political master of New York’s Tammany Hall, is said to have groused about caricatures of him drawn by Thomas Nast, often called the father of the American cartoon. “Can’t you stop those pictures?” Tweed complained. “I don’t care what […] → Read More

Goodbye, Alan Moore: the king of comics bows out

The pioneer of serious superheroes – who is retiring – has transformed the genre over 40 years of rebellious invention → Read More

Raphael Satter on brilliant spies, terrible spies, and “medium” spies

Raphael Satter’s beat at the Associated Press covers straightforward crime reporting and high-tech espionage, with a special fondness for people who are bad at their jobs. His most recent scoop, shared with colleague Isabel Debre, chronicled Facebook’s purge of “coordinated inauthentic activity” on accounts run by an Israeli company called the Archimedes Group, “a Tel […] → Read More

Raphael Satter on brilliant spies, terrible spies, and “medium” spies

Raphael Satter’s beat at the Associated Press covers straightforward crime reporting and high-tech espionage, with a special fondness for people who are bad at their jobs. His most recent scoop, shared with colleague Isabel Debre, chronicled Facebook’s purge of “coordinated inauthentic activity” on accounts run by an Israeli company called the Archimedes Group, “a Tel […] → Read More

'John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum' is cotton candy entertainment that has to be seen to be believed

The third installment in the "John Wick" franchise has great fight scenes, terrible dialogue and Keanu Reeves. What else do you need? → Read More

The fascist next door: how to cover hate

At UNC Charlotte in North Carolina on Tuesday, April 30, a 22-year-old man allegedly shot six people in his anthropology class with a handgun, wounding four and killing two. Three days earlier, on the last day of Passover, in Poway, California, a 19-year-old man walked into a synagogue with what police described as an “AR-type […] → Read More

All our righteous scumbags

The First Amendment, like a great party, seems to attract the least reputable people. If the roster of those who have tested its limits the most enthusiastically were a guest list, it might look like this: Larry Flynt, who published a mock-up of a Campari ad in Hustler featuring a fake interview with Jerry Falwell […] → Read More

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You’ve Napped Through the Last Decade

The Facebook chief rolled out his pivot to privacy—as if his company hasn’t been caught lying about protecting customer data over and over and over again. → Read More

Despite backlash, Jason Leopold stands by his story

Jason Leopold has a long list of national security scoops to his name. He covered the brutal mistreatment of detainees at the Guantanamo military prison. He won a court victory securing the public release of emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server. With a team, he reported on Donald Trump’s attempt to build a tower in […] → Read More