Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Views of the News, Oct. 28, 2009

The newspaper business continues to skid ... Hulu and Pandora turn to a subscription-based business model ... and, "the death of privacy." Panelists: Lee Wilkins, Charles Davis, Marty Steffens.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Views of the News, Oct. 21, 2009

The media's handling of the "Balloon Boy" hoax ... the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets "punked" by The Yes Men ... and, the New York Times' staff contracts even further. Panelists: Mike McKean, Charles Davis, Rod Gelatt.

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Balloon Boy

Jonathan Storm, The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Mr. & Mrs. Balloon Boy did it because we will watch" "Balloon Boy Parody: I'm In a Box!" (caution: adult language in video)

Eric Deggens, The St. Petersburg Times: "The balloon boy reality: Media is vulnerable to hoaxes"

The Yes Men hoax

Jacques Servin a.k.a. "Andy Bichlbaum", The Yes Men: "Will the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand Up?"

Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones: "The Yes Men Punk the Chamber" (Sheppard says she knew in advance the news conference was a hoax)

Anne C. Mulkern and Alex Kaplun, the New York Times: "Fake Reporters Part of Climate Pranksters' 'Theater'"

Dana Milbank, The Washington Post: "The news is broken"

More layoffs coming at NYT

Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times: "New York Times Moves to Trim 100 in Newsroom"

Advice from Missouri Honor Medalist Rod Gelatt

Alex Altman, Time Magazine: "Q&A: Author Malcolm Gladwell" (Gladwell says young journalists should get a degree in something other than journalism)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Views of the News, Oct. 14, 2009

Controversial "muzzling" as the White House takes aim at Fox News ... California cracks down on paparazzi ... and St. Louis University cancels a David Horowitz appearance. Panelists: Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins, Charles Davis.

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Obama vs. Fox News Channel

Brian Stelter, The New York Times: "Fox's Volley With Obama Intensifying"

Michael Scherer, Time Magazine: "Calling 'Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press"

John Nichols, The Nation: "Whiner-in-Chief"

Arnold vs. the paparrazi

Dionne Searcey, The Wall Street Journal Law Blog: "Will California's New Anti-Paparazzi Law Unleash a Torrent of Law Suits?"

Website of The Paparazzi Reform Initiative, backers of the new law

SLU vs. David Horowitz

Kavita Kumar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "St. Louis U. cancels speech by activist David Horowitz"

John K. Wilson, Students for Academic Freedom: "Repression at St. Louis University"

Blogger Retraction

Larry Dignan, ZDNet Government: "Retraction: Yahoo and Iran"

Robert X. Cringely, The Industry Standard: "The ZDnet/Iran affair: Who's the Yahoo now?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Views of the News, Oct. 7, 2009

Fallout from the David Letterman extortion plot and sex scandal ... the FTC's insistence on disclosure among bloggers who are paid endorsers ... and, mid-Missouri media coverage of a high school student's suicide. Panelists: Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins, Charles Davis.

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David Letterman sex scandal

Bill Carter and Brian Stelter, New York Times: "Letterman Apologizes on the Air to His Wife"

Howard Kurtz, Washington Post: "Letterman's Sorry State"

Barack Obama: celebrity-in-chief?

Jennifer Loven and Julie Pace, Associated Press: "Analysis: Chicago's loss is a blow to Obama, too"

Blogger disclosure act

Tim Arango, New York Times: "Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure"

Denver news site out of business

Joseph Tartakoff, "A News Startup Fails to Get Traction in Denver"

Seattle PostGlobe: a similar startup by former employees of Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Struggling financially, but still producing news.


New York's Gotham Gazette

Ethics of covering teen suicide

T.J. Greaney, Columbia Daily Tribune: "A Young Life Lost: Suicide apparent in death of teen"

Daniel Paulling and Melissa Schupmann, Columbia Missourian: "Rock Bridge senior Stuart Eiken remembered by friends, teammates, students"