Thursday, September 27, 2007

A Center for News Literacy

It's coming to one New York college campus. Will others be far behind?

President Bush on the witness stand?

It could happen...and the person who might cause it to happen might surprise you.

They might listen in the car...

...but they sure don't at home. Who are they? Find out here.

For every one who is in a college dorm...

...three are in jail. This stunning statistic, additional details, and the "who" can be found here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Race, identificaton and crime

Often this is a difficult bridge to cross. One California newspaper is considering reviewing its policies.

And the winner is...

...gotta link here to find out :)

A journalism department chair is forced out...

...and the reason why is troubling.

Rather's ultimate goal?

Here's what one person thinks is behind the lawsuit.

Congress is calling for a task force

Skeptical? Perhaps you shouldn't be...the topic appears worthwhile.

I-ran...but I couldn't get away!

Let's put this politely -- the president of Iran had a few critics waiting for him when he spoke yesterday in New York. The summaries come from a variety of sources, including the New York Times... the AP ... Christian Science Monitor ... and the Washington Post.

What journalists in Iraq will be doing...

...if they have any free time.

Fake news...

...and a real fine.

Now this is politics!

Here's the deal -- write a piece that airs some dirty laundry, and lose access to a former president. What choice did the magazine in question make?

When you are involved with the mayor...

...and your bosses don't know about it...well, you can expect something like this.

Is it time to MoveOn?

The simmering controversy about The New York Times and the controversial MoveOn.org ad that it ran is at the heart of this newspaper's commentary.

Friday, September 21, 2007

More on the Dan Rather lawsuit

A variety of perspectives, including...why he thinks the lawsuit is necessary...what the larger issue is...and at least one opinion that suggests Rather is going to lose something more valuable than any amount of money can replace.

When is "having trouble telling the truth" not "lying"?

When the media get into the mix.

Dump objectivity? Replace it with...

...more analysis? That's what one media critic suggests.

Media ownership hearings in Chicago

Needless to say, FCC members received a strident and direct message yesterday -- do something about media consolidation!

Delaware State, 1

The initial reports out of Delaware State University...where another university shooting is being investigated.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A preview of...

...the media ownership hearings taking place in Chicago.

Knock 'em dead, Robin Roberts!

Good luck is extended as she prepares for the next phase in her battle against breast cancer.

A strong endorsement for...

...a federal shield law protecting journalists.

Is one GOP presidential candidate running a campaign that is...

..."done for"? That's what one of his colleagues says. Who is it?

$70 million

That's apparently what Dan Rather thinks his reputation is worth.

My university has a Fulbright Scholar from Iraq

And we're rather proud of her! I think after reading this, you will be, too.

Sometimes an acronym just doesn't work

Consider Fox Business News, which some are dubbing "fibbin." That and more in this story.

The answer: 233 million

The question...is right here.

Is indecency about to be enforced more closely?

It appears the answer is yes...if this bill becomes law.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

So nice to see that our former U.S. Attorney General cares about the First Amendment

John Ashcroft was in Missouri last night...and his appearance demonstrated his apparent contempt for the media. Read on...

Here's the local paper's editorial followed by the news story.
The News-Leader, September 13, 2007
MSU errs in limiting media role
Decision doesn't fit with public affairs mission.

The following transcript of yesterday's speech by former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Missouri State University is brought to you by the father of the Patriot Act:

What? It's blank? There's nothing there?

That's what the public gets — nothing — when a public university allows an important speaker to dictate how the media will — or will not — cover his speech.

That Ashcroft, who now makes a living giving such speeches, wants to control the dissemination of his words, is not surprising, nor is it particularly offensive. That's par for the course in the public speaking circuit. Speakers make a living off of their words, and how they're delivered, and when they get paid by corporations or others to rally the troops at conventions, they want to have complete control of the message.

But public universities, particularly those with a public affairs mission, should have a different standard, particularly when the speaker played such a key role in our nation's recent history.
So when MSU signed a contract with Ashcroft that allowed him to disallow television cameras or even recording devices — a basic tool in any reporter's tool kit these days — the university shirked its role as a key player in the arena of public discourse.

As associate professor Andrew Cline lamented:

"We have a public affairs mission that we are quite proud of and yet we do this?"
Ironically, Ashcroft agreed to no such requirements earlier this year when he spoke at Evangel University and there are apparently no such requirements in place for his speech today at Drury University.

It's great that MSU is bringing in a speaker of Ashcroft's caliber, but in the future, MSU should make it clear that speakers do not have the ability to dictate how or if the media will cover their appearances.

News story:
Ashcroft focuses on Patriot Act
Former attorney general uses speech at MSU to defend the act he helped author.
Linda Leicht
News-Leader

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft's message of balancing protection and privacy hit a high note for Tony Nuber of Springfield last night.

Nuber, 21, and the rest of his military science class attended Ashcroft's speech on "Today and the Future of Homeland Security" at Missouri State University.

Ashcroft spoke at Juanita K. Hammons Hall where there were more empty seats than those filled by students and visitors on the first night of the seventh annual Accounting Education Conference.

While most of the audience appeared to be supporters — based on the standing ovations — at least one person was not. A bright yellow flier that challenged Ashcroft and the Patriot Act was passed around. Resources on the flier included the ACLU and MoveOn.org.

Ashcroft's appearance was sponsored by the Accounting Club, College Republicans and the Young Americans for Freedom.

Ashcroft filled his speech with jokes and gentle jabs, some at himself, but the point of the talk was a defense of the Patriot Act, which he helped author after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
"We learned six years ago (Tuesday) that our system was not equipped to handle" the threat of terrorism, he said.

He described the country's intelligence system before Sept. 11 as set up to respond to attack. "Response itself was inadequate," he said. "We've got to be in the business of prevention."
He admitted that the challenges to freedoms in the Patriot Act have created tensions in the culture, but insisted that surveillance and information collection actually safeguard freedom rather than erode it.

Nuber, who will be activated in the Army next spring, agrees. "In my field, the new focus is on information flow."

Ryan Hogan's Army-green T-shirt sported a simple message: "Got freedom?" Also a military science student, Hogan, 21, of Ozark admitted that not all people see freedom in the same way.
"But I am sworn to uphold the Constitution," said Hogan, who will also be activated in the Army in the spring.

Not everyone got the answers they were hoping to hear from Ashcroft.

Keya Karmakar, a graduate student in accounting, hoped to hear about how security efforts affect legal immigration to the United States.

Karmakar and her husband, Kartik Ghosh, a professor in the physics department at MSU, had to wait five years to get their green cards, despite having met all the legal requirements. The lack of the needed papers meant her husband was unable to travel to professional conferences, she was unable to get a job outside of the campus and they could not travel to visit family in India and Bangladesh to introduce their 3-year-old son.

"As an international student, I hope he will talk about legal immigration," she said before the speech.

Most of the people who made their way to the microphones after the speech didn't get their questions answered either, and neither did the woman who asked Ashcroft why it has been so difficult to find and catch Osama bin Laden.

"I am confounded by it," he admitted. "I thought we would have captured him."

Spying is a real problem in...

...China. That's what senior political leaders say. And here's what they say is causing it.

How do you turn '360' into 60?

The answer actually is quite simple.

The FCC rules...

...and this time the NAB cheers.

Imus update -- no lawsuit

A Rutgers player who had planned to sue him has changed her mind. Here are the details.

Goodbye, CBS...hello, CNN

She's making the move. And no it's not HER. It's someone else.

Television programs are getting worse?

That's what a very important group of critics thinks.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Once again, the power of the citizen journalist...

...is being seen. This time, it comes from today's earthquake in Indonesia.

Back home again in...

...Chicago? Yes, at least for one network reporter.

Isn't this something we already knew?

Those who use the web for news often don't turn to the mainstream media.

The ratings keep dropping

Not even a trip to the Middle East could bring them up.

Blogging and elite...in the same headline!

You decide if the headline is appropriate.

In this corner...

...and in this corner...are aligned powerful people and forces working for and against the XM-Sirius merger.

Now here's something you don't see every day...

...praise for the work journalists do!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

A murder investigation...that needs to be investigated?

That appears to be so in Moscow.

Katie's "mission" in Iraq

She's trying to earn her boots, so to speak. On a serious note, I cannot remember anotehr anchor ever facing the scrutiny that Couric has. On one level, I understand that being a "pioneer" of sorts ensures that media attention would follow her. Moreover, the media saturated environement that exists today also was a guarantee that Couric's every move would be dissected.

But wow, this woman has got to be pretty tough. She's been cut up, down and sideways over the past year.

As promised...the initial reaction to Fred Thompson's decision to run for president

Varied opinions and reports...including from Politico, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Washington Post...and one report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that makes clear that at least here in Pennsylvania Thompson has some catching up to do.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Yup, he's running

The suspense is over. Fred Thompson is running for president. Let's see what the reaction of the media is over the next few days.

He doesn't care what people think about him

Who's he? And should he care?

Shhh! Don't tell anyone...the president is traveling to Iraq

Here's how some news reporters found out about it. And pay attention also to who was also invited on the trip. This report makes clear that many White House correspondents weren't thrilled by the logisitics associated with the trip.

Some positive news for proponents of a la carte programming

But the news about the FCC is not all positive. Read more here.

The Radio Club of America prepares to honor a broadcast legend

You might say "that's the way it is," in summarizing this story.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Blogging local news?

Yup, and you might be surprised who is doing it.

Absolutely hysterical...

...this is not new, but it is extremely funny. Enjoy!

And while everyone is talking about Katie Couric and her anniversary...

...another network anchor and reporter quietly returns to work.

Hillary Clinton has an important engagement...

...and this story suggests it could go a long way in determining whether she has a realistic chance of being the next President of the United States.

Did a (citizen) journalist cross an ethical line?

And if the answer is yes, what are the lessons here?

You call this an anniversary?

The calendar says she's been on the job for a year. And what a tough one it's been.