Monthly Archives: July 2009

A pseudo-event

One of the simplest (and sadly most effective) ways to manage the news is to set up an event that has no real news value but gets covered anyway. It’s called a pseudo-event. You watched one on your television screen … Continue reading

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This is all well and good…if…

…the Republican Party is serious about a moderate candidate for the 2012 presidential election. Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty fits that moderate label, but the current state of the GOP makes him appear out of touch with the party’s base. However, … Continue reading

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One of the most dangerous places in the world to practice journalism is…

…the country I visited last week. Another Mexican news journalist has been killed, and he is believed to be the seventh journalist slain in 2009 while doing his or her job. I post this on my blog not as an … Continue reading

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Reporting (legally) from Zimbabwe

As I watched the 10:00 p.m. EDT BBC world news report yesterday, I wondered why the network chose to lead with a feature report about Zimbabwe. This story suggests the answer — for the first time in almost a decade, … Continue reading

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A host of media publications…

…goes on the block. Each of these publications plays an important role in helping media insiders, journalists, educators and others understand what is happening in the broadly defined communications world. To see that many be slapped with “For Sale” signs … Continue reading

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159 million Americans should…

…get a flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The organization believes that college students (and all young adults) should be among those who are at the front of the line when it comes to a … Continue reading

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I need a good-sized U.S. map

A former student came by today to say “goodbye” as he heads to Marquette, Michigan, where he begins a television news job on Aug. 1. Including Brad Soroka, I can now count my former Point Park students in news markets … Continue reading

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