Journalists and presidents have sparred for far longer than many of us have been alive, but for a few old-timers who still remember the Nixon administration, it was hard not to take a trip down memory lane to see how the things have changed in the category of ‘shocking’ at presidential news conferences. Read more →
If you want election results next Wednesday morning, you apparently won’t find them in the newspapers of one of the biggest chains in the country, and that’s just the way Gannett wants it. Read more →
Western Wisconsin’s Hudson Star-Observer says it will no longer publish hate letters, “letters that threaten or that incite crimes including violence against anyone and for any reason. Period.” Read more →
There’s a growing trend — particularly among smaller newspapers — that’s doing nothing to improve the political climate. The newspapers are charging to have a letter to the editor printed in the local paper and posted online. Read more →
Having listened to NPR coverage of Hurricane Michael this morning, it just wasn’t registering. “The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says ‘thousands of trees are down,’ causing widespread damage and blocked roads,” but I couldn’t figure out what the reporter was trying to convey. “Dozens of houses on the narrow strip Read more →
Fox News is still providing online coverage of the rallies, but Politico claims the White House is concerned that the president is losing an important megaphone.
KTTC, the Rochester TV station, has some explaining to do if it wants to restore the credibility it lost when a news anchor wore a Make America Great Again hat during a live shot at President Trump’s appearance in Rochester.
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Members of the journalism community probably won’t take Christine Blasey Ford’s clear invitation to examine how they report on the survivors of sexual assault. Read more →
Alan Abel once created The Society for Indecency to Naked Animal, which believed that a nude horse is a rude horse and animals should be clothed. There are worse ways to be remembered. Read more →
During the ‘Walleye War’ of the 1980s, after federal courts upheld the right of Ojibwe people to spearfish off reservation land at night during spawning, WOJB helped with the overt racism that threatened violence.
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Brianna Wu, best known for calling attention to misogyny in the gaming industry — and being crucified for it — has a new campaign. She’s running for Congress and today she’s calling out the misogyny of the media, specifically the Boston Globe. Read more →
In this space a few weeks ago, we made mention of the connection that people have with the talent on local TV, even though we may not know them personally. They’re often a bigger part of our days than we realize.
Slowly, NPR is shedding its snooty image of old aristocrats and allowing more voices on the air — regular, varied voices — that would have never made it to air a couple of decades ago, not without a carton of heaters first.
It’s a good thing. They come with unimaginable expertise and intelligence. Read more →
You have to really want to be a journalist to end up in journalism. And if you want to cover the federal courts of the low-tech United States, you have to be a track star. Read more →
The Boston Globe asked news media around the country to editorialize today in support of a free press. A few hundred papers took the Globe up on the challenge. A lot of others didn’t.
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