Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bringing Accuracy and Context
to Animal Journalism

Articles by James McWilliams

Rated:  C

Article Review:

" US Agriculture Officials Call For Independent Review Amid Scandal Over Nebraska Meat Research Facility"

International Business Times  -  Jan 23, 2015

International Business Times Stuck on Old Animal Rights Stereotype

By ,  January 26, 2015  //  3 Comments

Terminology matters. The descriptions that reporters use to characterize various perspectives on an issue can carry connotations that reiterate stereotypes and reinforce misconceptions. This axiom is especially true when it comes to animal issues and the media. A glaring...  [View more]

Rated:  A

Article Review:

"U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit"

New York Times  -  Jan 21, 2015

New York Times’ House of Animal Horrors Stuns Readers

By ,  January 22, 2015  //  11 Comments

The brilliance of Michael Moss’s much-discussed Times article, “U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer In Quest For Profit,” speaks for itself. It’s a masterpiece of rigorous reporting that culminated in a story of animal abuse told from the...  [View more]

Rated:  A

Article Review:

"Voiceless calls for welfare assurance scheme for Australian dairy production"

ABC Rural  -  Jan 22, 2015

Voiceless Gets A Voice In The Australian Media

By ,  January 21, 2015  //  4 Comments

Animal advocates have long lamented the popular perception that milk and eggs are, relative to meat, harmless manifestations of the animal-industrial complex. While Gary Francione has frequently noted that there’s possibly more suffering in a glass of milk than a...  [View more]

Rated:  B

Article Review:

"What Does "Cage-Free" Even Mean?"

Mother Jones  -  Jan 14, 2015

Is Mother Jones Holding Undercover Petaluma Egg Video to Higher Standard of Proof?

By ,  January 16, 2015  //  4 Comments

The commentary surrounding Direct Action Everywhere’s (DxE) undercover video footage of Petaluma Farms continues. The latest article of note came yesterday from Mother Jones’s Tom Philpott. Philpott’s piece is a strong one. It does a good job...  [View more]

Rated:  B

Article Review:

"Here's What Starbucks' Sweeping New Animal Welfare Standards Really Mean"

The Village Voice  -  Jan 12, 2015

Village Voice Gives Voice To Voiceless

By ,  January 13, 2015  //  3 Comments

Kudos to Village Voice writer Sara Ventiera for a thorough update on Starbucks’ plans to implement a new set of animal welfare standards. Ventiera notes that while the company has earned its share of flack in recent years, its animal welfare move could assuage...  [View more]

Rated:  C

Article Review:

"All The News That's Fit To Eat"

Civil Eats  -  Jan 09, 2015

Civil Eats Further Scrambles An Already Rotten Egg Story

By ,  January 12, 2015  //  0 Comments

Here’s how the media hierarchy often works: a global authority (say the New York Times) covers a story, the story hits the media radar, and smaller outlets pick it up, paraphrase it, and run it on their own sites. As a rumor churns through a mill, so goes a story...  [View more]

Rated:  D

Article Review:

"Animal Rights Group’s Video of Hens Raises Questions, but Not Just for Farms"

New York Times  -  Jan 09, 2015

New York Times Chickens Out on Brutal Video

By ,  January 10, 2015  //  26 Comments

Early last week the animal activist group Direct Action Everywhere released a harrowing video based on an undercover investigation of Petaluma Farms, a Northern California operation that supplies eggs to Whole Foods and Organic Valley. In it, hundreds of chickens are shown...  [View more]
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