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No Safe Haven: NPR to Cut Workforce 7 Percent

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

This from the lead of a NPR story:
NPR News announced Wednesday that it is canceling two daily radio programs — Day to Day and News and Notes — as part of a broader effort by the company to close a projected budget shortfall of $23 million for its current fiscal year. Overall, NPR will [...]

Big Event, Small Coverage, Is There Another Way?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Playing off my written post about the coverage of the Bill Clinton rally for Hillary at Kennesaw State University on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, I decided to put together a little video. Question: How can big media connect better with fragmented audiences via social media? Can they? Should they? Do they want to?

Want to be in NYTimes? Call for a Public Hanging

Monday, January 14th, 2008

I find myself often getting a little miffed at Clark Hoyt’s Public Editor column for the New York Times. I am again. On Sunday he runs a column that says that of 700 people who wrote to him about the the choice of William Kristol as a columnist only one thought it a good choice. One [...]

Months of Primary Season, Where Was the Journalism?

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Butch Ward, in a Poynter online column, looks at the last 10 months of primary coverage, and based on the storylines below asked: Where was the journalism? The storylines include:

McCain’s campaign is doomed.
Clinton’s nomination is inevitable.
Obama is too effete and inexperienced to win.
Giuliani is running surprisingly strong.
Huckabee has no shot.

He adds:
Watching the cable channels cover Tuesday night’s [...]

Ruby Sinreich: We Need Journalism — and Blogs

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Ruby Sinreich, a well know blogger, is founder of the progressive local politics blog in her hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She understands the limitations of mainstream journalism and thinks blogs can add to what traditional journalism lacks — but she still wants paid journalists to be around. Here are some key quotes from the [...]