The Twin Cities online arts and creativity magazine The Line announced today it’s shutting down today. Read more →
A solid requirement for being a science reporter on television is a belief in some basic science.
Mish Michaels, a former Boston TV weatherperson (she referred to herself as the ‘station scientist’), has lost her job with the PBS affiliate in the city because she doesn’t believe in vaccinations, the Boston Globe reports. Read more →
At a time when the media’s credibility is at a rock-bottom status, the industry should be increasing, not eliminating, its watchdogs.
He was the voice of the Gophers for generations. Read more →
We are living in a new age of discourse in the United States. Disruption is in; dialogue is out.
This is presenting an increasing challenge to blogs and websites that still allow comments in the belief that individual perspectives add value. Many sites, as has been documented here many times, have simply given up in the recognition that in the age of disruption, it is a lost cause. Read more →
When we heard NPR’s segment the other morning about why the network didn’t refer to Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary Clinton, denying him a popular vote victory, a ‘lie’ we figured that NPR’s ombudsman would surely hear about it. She did. And she’s issued her ruling. Read more →
For old radio people, there’s plenty to be wistful about in the Alexandria Echo Press’ story today about Dennis Anhalt, the retiring news director at KXRA Radio. Read more →
The latest volley over whether journalist should say Donald Trump is lying comes after he indicated this week that he would have won the popular vote for president had it not been for voter fraud. There’s no evidence that’s the case, nor is it the first time the president has repeated the falsehood nor been told it’s a falsehood. Read more →
There was, apparently, some anger within NPR when two of its journalists — David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna — were killed when their Humvee was hit by heavy weapons fire while they were covering the war in Afghanistan last June.
Why were they in harm’s way? Could their deaths have been avoided.
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Of all of the ludicrous, misplaced, and, frankly, chilling criticisms and intimidation of the free press in recent days, none rises to the level of absurdity as the criticism leveled against the Minnesota media overnight for showing images of Gov. Mark Dayton’s collapse during his State of the State address. Read more →
The students who run the school’s newspaper and news website at St. Louis Park High School are making a stand for their right to data they say they need to tell the story of a November incident in which a senior boy allegedly pulled a hijab off another student. Read more →
There isn’t a lot new in Pew Research’s survey today about where people got their news about the election and campaign. Trump supporters mostly used FoxNews and Clinton supporters didn’t.
But there are a few interesting nuggets, including the fact that digital publishers weren’t much of a source. That includes operations such as Breitbart or BuzzFeed.
So the sun hasn’t set quite yet on traditional news ‘brands.’ Read more →
A moment of silence, please, for the loss of a little bit of “community” in the communities of Madison Lake, Eagle Lake, St. Clair and Pemberton. The local newspaper has shut down after 112 years. Read more →
Clare Hollingworth has died at 105, and there’s a fair chance you have no idea who she is. But it’s a pretty neat thing to have in your obit that you’re the one who told the world that World War II had started. Read more →
The Fargo Forum got plenty of pushback earlier this month when it reported the death of a man in a Fargo house fire. Nickolas Pulicicchio, 38, died in a fire November 30. “Puliciccio was sentenced to 60 days in jail in 2014 for stealing $60,000 in coins from a UPS shipping center in Fargo. The Read more →