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Conan O'Brien, Russia and fake news are featured in this week's roundup

If you were to ask the VOA’s editors why they run stories that violate their Charter, they would probably tell you that they don’t have the manpower to cover everything. But these lapses are, in the end, inexcusable. [...] If the VOA’s editors have to choose between running a one-sided story that violates their Charter, or no story at all, then they should run no story at all.

Journalism Aircraft Landscape, by Gabito222

The Voice of America was never intended to do investigative reporting, nor should it.

VOA is probably not a high priority for the new administration, but inevitably it will fall under scrutiny. [...] I was initially skeptical about the alarmist reports concerning VOA's future. But with a president who touts "America First" and a Republican majority in Congress unwilling to defy the White House, I am no longer so sanguine. Anything is possible.

Big Brother, by Thomas Cizauskas

What does the Trump administration's anti-media environment mean for the Voice of America?

The Nerve Center

With Al-Jazeera America's end, what is the state of English-language news networks?

Prensa Europea, by Javier Micora

A new plan for countering propaganda has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, but how necessary is it?

Pyongyang Traffic, by Frühtau

The BBC is planning a radio service to N. Korea, and will have to navigate a landmine to do so.

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