Media News / Commentary
- Posted Dec 10, 2013
- Campus Newspapers Reach for New Strategies
Nancy Vogt, pewresearch.org. Many of the nation’s estimated 1,600 college newspapers are now experimenting with editorial and business innovations in the face of some of the same economic hardships that have hit the rest of the newspaper industry. There is little hard data on the student newspaper field compared to that of the widely-studied commercial side, but these publications also struggle with issues ranging from the balance between print and digital to diminishing advertising revenue.
- Posted Dec 02, 2013
- Turning to Public to Back Investigative Journalism
Leslie Kaufman, New York Times. If you suspect your local town government is corrupt, would you pay a journalist to investigate? Uncoverage, a website that will be announced on Monday, will test whether the public cares enough about investigative journalism to pay for it. The site, to be at Uncoverage.com, will allow journalists and nonprofits to seek crowdsourced funding for both articles and topics like, for example, the Syrian war. Money for general topics will be split up among projects by the site’s editors.
- Posted Nov 29, 2013
- Peter Kaplan, Editor of New York Observer, Dies at 59
Edmund Lee, Bloomberg. Peter W. Kaplan, the former New York Observer editor who cast a sardonic lens on Manhattan’s ruling class while still evincing a romantic’s view of the city, has died. He was 59. Kaplan’s wry and quixotic take on New York was ever-present in the pages of the Observer, the salmon-colored broadsheet for which he was best known. As its longest-serving editor, from the 1990s and into the next decade, he crafted its clever tone, an intelligent and muckraking style that became irritatingly familiar to Manhattan’s elite -- whom he saw as both his subject and reader.
- Posted Nov 19, 2013
- ‘Money Honey’ Maria Bartiromo Leaves CNBC for Fox
Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast. Financial television luminary Maria Bartiromo, who in her two decades at CNBC established herself as “The Money Honey,” a sexist nickname she shrewdly trademarked, is jumping to the rival Fox Business Network as well as the Fox News Channel. The Drudge Report first posted the news on Monday as the 46-year-old Bartiromo was anchoring Closing Bell, CNBC’s late-afternoon stock market program. CNBC officially acknowledged the loss in a statement.
- Posted Nov 06, 2013
- CBS News Defends Its ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report
Bill Carter, New York Times. CBS News, under fire from critics who dispute details in a “60 Minutes” report on the Benghazi attacks last year that was broadcast on Oct. 27, aggressively defended the report’s accuracy on Tuesday and the account of its main interview subject. At the same time, the correspondent on the report, Lara Logan, said the broadcast erred by failing to acknowledge that a book written by the interview subject was being published by a subsidiary of CBS.
- Posted Nov 04, 2013
- NBC News Criticized for ‘Checkbook Journalism’
Paul Farhi, The Washington Post. In a second episode of apparent “checkbook journalism” in a week, NBC News has locked up exclusive interviews and amateur footage of an aerial accident with a six-figure fee to a group of sky divers who survived the collision of their two small planes. NBC’s news division has agreed to compensate the nine sky divers and two pilots who were involved in the accident for an appearance on Tuesday’s “Today” show, a story on “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams” and a one-hour “Dateline NBC” special.
In the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction.
On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
A new Pew Research Center study on TV news consumption habits at home finds that while broadcast news is watched by bigger audiences, viewers tend to be more engaged with the 24/7 world of cable news.
A recent roundtable, hosted by the Pew Research Center and the Knight Foundation, brought together key practitioners, funders and experts in the growing nonprofit news sector.
Wall Street Journal tech columnist Farhad Manjoo, who is addicted to Twitter, says an IPO will pressure the instant messaging site to change -- and not for the better.
The stunning sale of The Washington Post to Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos says something important about the economics of the Post itself, the continuing struggles of the newspaper industry and the market value of some of America’s great metro dailies.