Articles by Mark Hunter
The Rise of the Fouille-Merdes: Why
Investigative Journalism in France is No Longer a Contradiction in
Terms (Columbia Journalism Review), was part of a Sigma Delta Chi award-winning
package for “research on journalism” in 1996
– a primer for the revolution in French media-government
relations in the 1990s. A follow-up for the CJR, Judicial
analyzed the backlash from the French state in the late
1990s. It is worth noting that CJR's support for my work in
France, initiated by Mike Hoyt in 1995, has resulted in the only
ongoing chronicle of the modern French muckraking movement. It
continues here with an article first published in the July-August CJR, “When Mondes Collide”,
about the moral ambiguities of France's leading
more on the
National Front, click on Goodbye,
Toujours Provence – Hello, Jean-Marie Le Pen (in Salon), which
lays out in plain English the FN's
regional strategy as it was first applied in the 1998 -- and will
surely be applied in the next regional elections, coming up
fast. You can also read about the FN's media
networks in the CJR.
One of the most terrifying moments in recent European history came just
before the Kosovo War, when the FN set out to build a neo-fascist
alliance spanning Eastern Europe and the Balkans, in preparation for
the expansion of the European Union. If you think that
stopping the formation of such a "red-brown" axis was one of the
reasons the U.S. bombed Serbia, this story will support your
hypothesis. I broke it in the Prague-based magazine Transitions
Unleashed: Jean-Marie Le Pen Moves East") and Le
Monde Diplomatique ("Les
réseaux européens du Front national"); the latter article
footnotes. My thanks to editors Mark Schapiro and Serge
Halimi for their great work with me on this project, and to the Fund
for Investigative Journalism for a grant that helped get me started.
HPJ recommends that
anyone who spends serious time on searches install at least two
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will use). It's also got a small footprint, which makes your
system run faster. Netscape 7+, while heavier, is likewise
fast, and functions better with many secure sites. Both are
equipped with better "save" utilities than Internet Explorer.
Get them at www.opera.com
This site was originally designed with
Microsoft FrontPage, a decent
program -- but not much better, we've discovered, than the Composer
included with Mozilla, or the WYSIWYG HTML
editor included with Star Office. The latter is free for
educators or students and cheap for everyone else. Get it at Sun's
software download page.
If you use search engines, if you want to be on search engines,
bookmark this killer site.
I don't know if they'd approve HPJ, but this
site sure taught me some basics of page design by showing me what not
to do. Thanks, guys.
http://www.ipswitch.com/downloads/index.html This site is maintained with WS_FTP LE
by Ipswitch, the freeware (for educators like me or home users) version
of their professional FTP client. The freeware is excellent
software, with droll sound effects built in that alert you to
successful or blown connections.
are a lot of great shareware
and freeware sites, and this is one of the best. I browse it whenever I
need a particular tool.
French and Foreign Online Media
www.rfi.fr Want a
break from the BBC? Worldwide French
radio news in 20 languages.
favorite mag about journalism.
The thinking person's mag of the
French Left. A terrific links page for worldwide alternate
site providing alternative news and directory.
Homepage of the world's largest and greatest organization of
investigative reporters. Mark Lee Hunter is a member.
Danish Institute for Computer-Assisted
Reporting has taken the lead in networking Europe's investigative
reporters, and they are a brilliant educational group.
Hunter may be my brother, but he's also
a world-famous player, teacher, and innovator on the
harmonica. His solo work is mind-blowing. You can hear our work
together at www.broadjam.com.
Before you buy any gear, read what people who
own it already think.
best place in France to find used gear at a
reasonable price. "Zikinf" is argot for "music information".
Reverend Guitars makes set-neck and bolt-on
instruments of professional quality at a working man's price. I
use them exclusively in my live shows.
and traffic reports that'll keep you from getting lost over here.
A city guide for Parisians -- in French and
A metamotor for online communities. Articles
newsletters, interviews, top ten online communities.
: In-depth information on the evolution of cyberspace.
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keywords, links to websites, add your own community.
A great starting portal for Linux -- news, links
to distributions, solid counsel.
excellent portal for open source.
information on the internet industry.
Industry news, excellent search engine.
Hot topics on the internet drawn from different
newspapers, search engine for specific topics.
industry news and analysis (I found them particularly excellent on B2B
Solid news site about you-know-where.
of the first, still one of the best.
because they were wrong about the
New Economy and stock options doesn't mean they don't get some things
www.internetlawjournal.com Plenty of solid information, FAQs,
www.juriscom.net Excellent content on Internet
law in France (and
in French). Its coverage of the Yahoo! c. Licra case was simply