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Is it time to consider new standards for news?

Investigate. Verify. Publish. Journalism used to seem so much simpler. As a graduate student at the University of Missouri in the mid-1970s, I memorized the somewhat lofty language of the Hutchins Commission, which in 1947 urged American journalists to “provide a … Continue reading

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Can the Red scares of the ’50s mount a comeback?

Nothing in politics should surprise me anymore.  This, after all, is a country in which, polls suggest, millions of Americans still believe our president was born in another country and practices the Muslim faith. That said, I was nonetheless surprised … Continue reading

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NYTimes skirts — or crosses — boundary of staging a story

News organizations frequently “humanize” the news to draw readers, listeners and viewers.  They tell the story of one person to serve as a microcosm of a bigger issue, giving a “face” to an abstract idea. At other times, news media … Continue reading

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‘Occupy’s’ crystal clear message: Quit ripping us off

In just the last week, the Occupy Wall Street movement, shortened in some places to simply “Occupy,” has swept across this country, staging protests in 45 states. Writes London’s Guardian newspaper, “From Seattle and Los Angeles on the west coast to … Continue reading

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Why newspapers still matter

Like many of you, I suspect, I spend an inordinate amount of time scrolling the news online. These days, as I wait to have a cataract removed from my right eye, the computer comes in particularly handy: I can bump … Continue reading

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Reflections on the religion of Twitter: Part II

Oh boy.  So now that I’m going to be interviewed tomorrow for a blogpost I wrote about Twitter — a post I initially figured might be read by my golden retriever Murphy and three friends –I guess I’d better actually … Continue reading

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USA Today considers paying bonuses for pandering?

As Bob Dylan once wrote, you don’t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.  And you don’t need a PhD in communication science to know readers will click a lot more often on your average … Continue reading

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