Thursday, July 27, 2006

Big changes at GMA

Read about it in this Washington Post report.

Afghanistan? You mean there's a war there, too?

Indeed there is. And according to a report in the American Journalism Review, most news organizations are ignoring it.

Monday, July 24, 2006

An analysis of coverage of the latest Middle East crisis

Needless to say, according to one critic, the coverage has plenty of holes. Read more here.

More women on the anchor desk

Read the report from the Washington Post here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Brian Williams and video blogging

Another good use of so-called new technologies by the anchor of the NBC Nightly News program. Read more here.

Should Bush's "s-word" have aired?

According to Reuters, network television executives' fear of the FCC ensured the "bleep" was used.

Additional details about how other news agencies handled the question is addressed in this article from USA Today.

Monday, July 17, 2006

The latest "war" in the Middle East

A few general opinions I have formed about the media coverage of the latest Middle East violence. In no particular order...

1. The initial absence of reporting FROM the Middle East. The number of correspondents/anchors who have made it to that part of the world has increased in recent days, but the closure of international news operations was once again evident on Wednesday and Thursday when coverage was almost exclusively from the United States.

2. There remains a heavy reliance upon "official" sources. This means that the public relations battle is in high gear. I was particularly struck by one interview that involved an ambassador from one Middle East country. He (and I'm choosing not to name him) almost willfully chose to ignore the questions that were asked of him and instead focused his responses on what Israel (where he was not from) was either doing wrong or not doing at all.

3. Fires, bombs, air raids and destruction are telling too much of the story. The pictures are certainly what television executives and news managers like to see, but are those pictures doing a credible job of explaining what is happening on either side of the Israeli-Lebanese border?

4. The value of perspective. I miss Peter Jennings at times such as these. In my opinion, he was the best at sorting out who was who and what was what.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Monday, July 10, 2006

Breaking news!!!

Or is it? The Cincinnati Enquirer asks broadcast journalists and the public to consider when the "breaking news" label ought to be applied.

The New York Times...

...gets ripped when it does its job, and ripped when it doesn't. This time, a competitor and selected journalism deans say the paper (and its editor) did the right thing when it reported about the government's monitoring of financial transactions.