Thursday, August 31, 2006

Today at 4 hours?

It could happen sometime in the future. The story and comments from NBC executives are found here.

Possible movement in case of kidnapped Chicago Tribune reporter

Read details here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

There's less Katie...

...and CBS is not happy about it. The digitally altered details are here.

Plamegate leaker identified?

According to this article, he has been.

New criticisms of Kenneth Tomlinson

Read the details here, which is a report from the New York Times.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

This (bleep) language can (bleep) you in trouble with the FCC

The details from Broadcasting and Cable.

New Orleans TV market

Interesting story from AdWeek

Plagiarism charge leads to a reporter firing

It's something I hammer away at in my classes -- plagiarism will get you kicked out of my classes...and fired in the real world. Read more about the most recent plagiarism issue, this one in Utah.

Meanwhile, in another part of the world...

...another journalist shows another danger of working overseas -- being charged as a spy. Read more here.

A reminder of how dangerous being a foreign correspondent can be

The recent abduction (and release) of two FOX News journalists brings to the mind of Howard Kurtz the perils of reporting from the world's hot spots. Read his column here.

Monday, August 28, 2006

JonBenet -- photos are copyrighted?

Interesting more below.

Story Behind the Picture: Who Owns JonBenet Photos?
The arrest of a suspect prompts a debate over copyright protection of photos involved in high profile stories.
By Al Tompkins
Contributors: Kenny Irby, Jeremy Gilbert

The photograph of a smiling JonBenet Ramsey in a pink sweater has become the iconic image for one of the most publicized murder cases in history. Now that photograph, along with other still and video images of the slain six year-old beauty queen, is at the center of a critical journalistic debate over the use of copyrighted work.

Thousands of news organizations around the world have used the images for nearly a decade, and the director of a California-based photo agency, Zuma Press Inc. (see Q&A below), insists that much of that usage violates the copyrights held by photographers represented by Zuma.

The photos began re-appearing following the Aug. 16 arrest in Bangkok of John Mark Karr, who told authorities he was involved in her death. The front page of the Aug. 17 edition of Poynter's St. Petersburg Times, for example, carried a tightly-cropped version of the photograph with a credit line of McClatchy Newspapers. The Times used a slightly larger version of the same photo on Page One Aug. 18, this time without a credit line. Other news organizations used that and other photos of JonBenet in various configurations, some with credit lines and some without. (read more)

FOX journalists freed

Great news, indeed. Read more here.

China sentences NYT researcher

Read more here.

Let us not forget that China is hoping that its international image will be enhanced by hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics. This is not a good way to go about that.

Katie Couric -- the opinions have been formed

At least, the public's opinion of her might be formed. Read more here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

FOX News journalists kidnapped...where's the coverage?

Criticism is being handed out to various mainstream news organizations for their perceived (by some) incomplete coverage of the kidnapping of two FOX News journalists. Read more here.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A 60-minute CBS Evening News?

Don't count on it. Read more here.

But you can watch it live on the Internet. Those details can be accessed here.

Revealing sources

I was struck yesterday by the odd questions that sports journalists were posing -- should the San Francisco Chronicle reporters called to testify before the gand jury investigating the BALCO-steroids-Barry Bonds case reveal their source or sources?

The (predictable) answer was "no", which, in my opinion, is the correct (and only) one. But I was left to wonder why journalists would ask other journalists what they would do. In other words, did anyone expect a different answer?

Here's a news story about the reporters who are being ordered to testify.

Local TV news and Internet news

Based on one report, a sizable percentage of people want both.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

How Safe Are We?

CBS News will attempt to answer that question next month, when it airs a special program to coincide with the five-year anniversary of 9-11. Read more here, the report from

After a few days at Cub Scout camp...'s time to get back to work. We begin with a report about Disney's decision to expand its Internet program offerings. Read the report, courtesy of Broadcasting and Cable, here.