Media News / Commentary
- Posted Jun 13, 2013
- Is the NewsHour Worth Saving?
TV critic David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun used recent news of layoffs at the PBS NewsHour as an opportunity to review the current state of the longstanding nightly news broadcast. In a column Tuesday headlined "Is it time to quit being nice about what 'NewsHour' has become?" Zurawik questioned the value of the program. He also critiqued the show's format. NewsHour senior correspondent Gwen Ifill responded by saying: [The NewHour's goal is] "to provide news and information for people who choose to know more than what their home browser page can show them."
- Posted Jun 07, 2013
- Fired Sun-Times Photographers Protest Outside Newspaper
- Chicago Sun-Times photojournalists who were fired last week staged a protest rally – along with some of their family members, former colleagues and other supporters – outside the newspaper’s offices in the River North neighborhood on Thursday. WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the fired photographers chanted “they say cutbacks, we say fight back!” as they walked the picket line with Sun-Times reporters and other staffers.
- Posted Jun 06, 2013
- Wash Post to Phase In a Paid Online Subscription Model
- The Washington Post will phase in a paid online subscription model for Web content starting June 12, charging some readers $9.99 a month for access to more than 20 articles a month on desktop and mobile devices. For $14.99 a month, readers can get a premium package that includes access to all of The Post’s custom apps, which make it easier to see material on gadgets such as iPads and iPhones.
- Posted Jun 03, 2013
- Commentary: Who Needs Reporters?
- With her big announcement last week, Michele Bachmann neither convened a news conference nor waited for some other moment when she was in public, reporters and television cameras nearby. She didn’t even pick a favorably inclined journalist for the kind of one-on-one interview in which politicians have often parceled out their revelations and answered a few tame questions. She went for something less extemporaneous than any of that, packaging the declaration that she wouldn’t seek a fifth Congressional term in a lacquered online video.
- Posted May 23, 2013
- Yahoo Swears It Isn’t Going to Screw Up Tumblr
As the dust begins to settle from one of the most significant acquisitions in web-land since the Facebook/Instagram deal, the warm glow of euphoria created by Yahoo’s $1.1-billion takeover of Tumblr has given way to the harsh reality of blending — or, more importantly, not blending — two vastly different companies and cultures.
- Posted May 13, 2013
- Barbara Walters to Retire Summer 2014
Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to TV journalism. After more than half a century in the industry, the veteran ABC News anchor plans to retire next summer, an ABC spokesperson confirmed to The Times on Sunday night. Walters, 83, is set to make it official Monday morning on “The View.” And the network plans to make good use of her while it can. The legendary TV personality will continue to anchor and report for ABC as well as continue to appear on “The View” and anchor specials throughout the year.
- Newspaper Monopoly That Lost Its Grip
David Carr, New York Times. A year after announcing a plan to reorganize The Times-Picayune of New Orleans into a more digitally focused enterprise that produced a newspaper just three days a week — enraging local residents — its owners have added a new innovation: they will go back to producing a printed product every day. “We are excited about this opportunity to extend our daily reach in print,” an advertising executive at the newspaper said in the announcement. You don’t say.
The Twitter debate about gun control has taken many twists and turns since the Newtown killings, according to a new Pew Research Report. Source: journalism.org
A Pew Research Report shows that, "aside from a scattering of stations around the country devoted to all-news programming, commercial radio news is mostly relegated to top-of-the-hour news headlines produced by an outside network."
About 450 newspapers, or roughly one-third of the nation’s dailies, now have or plan to implement digital pay plans. Source: stateofthemedia.org
This past week, it was reported that American freelance journalist Austin Tice was captured and is being held by the Syrian government--further evidence of just how dangerous the Syrian civil war has become for those who report on it.
Organized chaos. That’s how Lee Zurik of WVUE in New Orleans describes his work days. And no wonder. He anchors two prime time newscasts every night and also serves as the station’s chief investigative reporter. How does he manage to keep producing award-winning work? Source: Newslab.org.
Susannah Cahalan's life was nicely falling into place. She'd landed a great job at a revered newspaper and was pursuing her dream as a journalist. Almost overnight, however, it all came crashing down as she felt her mind slipping away from her.
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