CBC Editor in Chief Tony Burman argues that one solution to overcoming the prominence of sensational and celebrity-based journalism is for journalists and news organizations to take a more aggressive stance in their reporting.
What journalists don't know about the past jeopardizes their ability to put the present in context. And if voters don't fully understand the present, what kind of decisions will we make about the future?
The New York Times is the story after running a front-page article in which anonymous sources allege some top advisers to John McCain became 'convinced' during his 2000 presidential campaign that the candidate’s relationship with a much younger female lobbyist 'had become romantic.' Do they 'have it?'
Most reporters think that the average reader is totally in the dark about the rules of the journalism game. After the Washington Post fired one of its bloggers last week, readers would be justified in concluding that they know more about the rules than the journalists do.
Everybody likes a good story, the kind with a beginning, a middle, and a satisfying end. To be satisfying, the end need not be happy. But it has to mean something. Not that every story needs a moral, as such. But it should have a coherent theme, so that it isn’t just a hodge-podge of unrelated incidents.
Once I was a news producer. Now I am a news consumer. It’s been a tough transition. Being a reporter is a cross between of being in the Mafia and being a human racehorse: once a member of the Media Tribe, it’s hard to disaffiliate—and once the speed and thrill of news gathering is in your DNA, the advent of any major news event jangles your neurons like the clang of a racetrack starting bell.
In the frenzy to reinvent journalism, a couple of fundamental realities about the production and consumption of news seem to be getting lost amid all the commotion of our blogging, tweeting, linking-in, facebooking, and more recently, going mobile. The first is that mainstream media, particularly the institution formerly known as print, supplies virtually all the reportorial journalism of civic decision-making. The other is that local TV – and its visual story telling – remains the most popular way to consume news and information.
Queen of Queens was the big news in New York on the last day of March. It had to be the big news because it was the headline, in big, black, four-and-a-half-inch-high letters, of the lead story in New York's Daily News.
Like many periodicals, The New York Review of Books covered last month’s Tea Party Convention in Nashville. Considering that what the computer nerds would call NYRB’s default political position is decidedly left of center, some readers might have been surprised at the result.
Journalists love polls. And how could they not? Polls contain information. Objective, mathematical, precise information, presented with scientific certainty. No opinion. No fuzziness. Just the facts, ma'am.
Timing may not be as vital in journalism as it is in comedy, but prominent pundits David Broder and Joe Klein might have been at least a tad embarrassed by the concurrence of their recent columns on Sarah Palin and the latest poll about her.
You talkin' to us, Mr. President? Sure sounded that way: "The more that TV pundits reduce serious debates to silly arguments, big issues into sound bites, our citizens turn away", he said toward the end of his State of the Union speech.
Nobody ever said it was easy, being in this news biz. One blankety-blank thing happens right after another, or worse, now that there's this 24-hour-a-day cable/talk radio/blog domination-the next thing happens even before the first thing has stopped happening. They're yelling at you from the right side, scoffing at you from the left, lying to you from both sides, and, well hell you know how it is...a fella (and we're talking here about fellas of both genders) can get confused.
One the morning of Election Day, David Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s campaign last year, was on NBC’s Today show to plug his new book, The Audacity to Win. But first, co-host Meredith Vieira had to ask him about that day’s elections
Way back when I was still young and green enough to be thrilled to be in possession of an honest-to-God press pass, an old-timer passed on a piece of wisdom. “Having a press pass,” he said, “has kept me out of a lot of places I coulda gotten into if I hadn’t had a press pass.”
Are we all forgetting something? Or, more precisely, ignoring something? Well, not entirely, at least not any more. Not since Maureen Dowd’s column in Sunday’s New York Times declared that one reason for the current political tumult
There are a lot of skills involved in being a good journalist, but here’s one that often gets left off the list: self-knowledge. What kind of journalist are you? What methods are your strengths? What are you not so good at?
I spent my Saturday in the capital of “The Hoosier State,” Indianapolis Ind. While Indianapolis is a beautiful city worth a visit on its own merits, this was a working trip to lead a panel called “When the Story Hits Home” at SPJ’s national convention. The question we were trying to answer? Can lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) journalists cover issues like marriage.