Why writing for free is unethical

FREE-lancing: the ethics and economics of paying writers In 2013, the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication sponsored a panel to discuss the “ethics and economics” of unpaid freelancing. Is it OK, the panel asked, for editors to ask journalists to give them stories in exchange for “exposure”? Is there ever a time […]

KKK domestic terrorist given sanctuary as Catholic priest

Church says convicted domestic terrorist priest has “no obligation under Church law” to pay U.S. court judgements to racial hate crime victims By Nate Thayer December 10, 2017 (This is the 2nd in a four-part series on the Catholic Church giving sanctuary to a convicted Ku Klux Klan domestic terrorist now serving as a priest in the […]

How the Chinese recruit American journalists as spies

By Nate Thayer How China Recruits Americans to Spy July 1, 2017   On Sept. 20, 2014, agents of the Shanghai State Security Bureau of the Ministry of State Security first contacted me in a bid to recruit me as a spy, requesting I pass US state secrets to them in exchange for cash payments, […]

Freelancers’ Vital Role in International Reporting: Thoughts on the Post 9/11 World

With the rise of media conglomerates, foreign news has been shoved aside.   By Nate Thayer (Published in Nieman Reports in December 2001, shortly after the terrorist attack in New York City and the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history) At an annual gathering of the International […]

Take Two: Ambassador Dennis Rodman returns to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

25 Years of Slam Dunk Diplomacy: Dennis Rodman & U.S.-North Korean basketball diplomacy Rodman trip comes after decades of basketball diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea as a central tool in avoiding nuclear war  by Nate Thayer March 4, 2013 (A version of this story was first published in NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/03/slam-dunk-diplomacy/)   NBA bad […]

Why Journalists Dating Spies can be Challenging…

From the ex-Girlfriend Diaries…. By Nate Thayer June 9, 2017 This renewed brouhaha over government spies leaking classified U.S. documents to reporters reminded me (a journalist) of my ill-fated romance with a spy for the National Security Agency or NSA, otherwise known as No Such Agency, because it’s very existence is a secret even though […]

Musings on the Excellent Name Astrid, Matt Dillon, Hollywood, & Serial Killers

A conversation with a Hollywood heart throb’s assistant Random musings on Swedish names, Pol Pot, Hollywood, and serial killers By Nate Thayer April 26, 2017 This week I was invited to attend a gala event by a Hollywood movie star. It was important and fun, to boot. But the communications swirling around before, during, and […]

“Refugee is a lovely word, easy to say. But the reality is like being buried alive”

  By Nate Thayer   April 26, 2017 “The word refugee is a beautiful word. It sounds lovely and it’s easy to say. But the reality of it is like being buried alive”—Dara Than: friend; father; human being; political refugee   Dara Than died recently. He was a good man.   I knew Dara Than […]

The Evolution of a Violent White Supremacist

The California Grand Dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan is facing a long stretch in prison after his 4th stabbing arrest By Nate Thayer April 19, 2017 William Ernest Hagen, 56, of Orange, California, the state Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, has had […]