Color me skeptical about the latest poll purporting to show that journalists aren’t doing a good enough job of explaining how journalism works. Read more →
Mainstream news media outlets aren’t very good at covering communities of color and issues of race and class and there’s a pretty obvious reason why not: they’re mostly white. Read more →
This will come as bad news to about half the country (according to polls), but the movement to save a free press just got reinforcements.
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If you pay close attention to NPR’s Morning Edition, you’ve probably noticed a shift in the journalism. Gone — mostly — are deep dives from reporters. In are interviews with ‘newsmakers’, and it’s causing waves with NPR listeners, as NPR’s ombudsman, Elizabeth Jensen, wrote last month when she said listeners are finding it unsatisfying.
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There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about Hal Newman’s announcement that he intends to run for mayor of Rochester.
Except that there is apparently no such person as Hal O. Newman. Hal O. Newman. Get it? Read more →
Journalists at newspapers are fighting a losing battle against the hedge fund that owns their papers because their point is being proven. It takes a strong local newspaper to effect change and shine a light on community evil. Read more →
Attribution has saved area news organizations in the defamation case that Ryan Larson has brought against them after he was incorrectly and unfairly accused of being the man who killed Cold Spring police officer Thomas Decker in 2012. Read more →
Ken Doctor, of Nieman Lab, reveals that Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund that owns dozens of newspapers in the country, had a 17-percent operating margin in 2017, well above most newspaper companies. The Pioneer Press cleared $10 million in profit, a 13-percent operating margin after the company slashed the workforce to about 60 people. Read more →
Everyone has an opinion on ‘the media’ today because the pampered TV anchors and insular political reporters have once again made it easy to narrowly define the term, with their ridiculous annual decision to party with the people they’re supposed to be covering. Not shown nor considered are all the journalists in the world who were busy doing their jobs and may not even own tuxedos and evening gowns. Read more →
Sometimes we have to look a little harder than we should have to in order to find the humanity in the intersection of politicians and the media. Read more →
Many people in the media get a fair amount of feedback from the audience that’s fair game. Women in media, particularly women in TV news, are treated horribly by — wait for it — men. What are you thinking, fellas? Read more →
Drew Cloud has been occasionally quoted as one of the leading ‘experts’ on student loans.
Today, it has been revealed he’s fake. There’s no such person.
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Every morning, we get an email from the digital bosses at the World Headquarters of NewsCut. It’s the daily page view and “engagement time” for everything that appears on the MPR News website. I don’t pretend to know what most of it means other than it feels better to be at the top of the list from Chartbeat than not on it at all. Read more →
We may be in the final days of seeing anyone spend 40 years in the newspaper business at one paper, or any paper at all.
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There’s more than the Wetterlings’ reputation and the reputation of journalists at stake with what comes next; there’s also the willingness of victims and others to assist investigators in the future. Read more →