Tag Archives: Reporting

All the Fake News Fit to Print

Fake news is now a regular occurrence. A news story that’s just too good to be true rockets around the internet. Just a sampling from the last couple of months: Catholic Pope Francis declares that all religions are true North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un murdered his uncle by feeding him to a pack of […]

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Are Journalists Becoming Obsolete?

Another top name in journalism has departed. Say good-bye to David Pogue, a brand-name technology columnist for the New York Times, who will now be working for Yahoo. As a content marketer. Pogue joins a long list of top-of-the-heap journalists bailing on newspapers and magazines to join the growing ranks of journalists working inside corporations. From […]

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Dear Mr. Bezos: Don’t Listen to the Journalists

An open letter by Washington Post columnist by Gene Weingarten called “Open Letter to Jeff Bezos” is grabbing a lot of attention on industry blogs and in social media circles in the wake of the Post‘s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. It’s worth a read simply because it is an excellent illustration of just […]

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Technology Can’t Replace Journalism

Fast Company recently published a story about a Vice reporter uses Google Glass to report on demonstrations in the Middle East and the United States. The article was a glowing tribute to the benefits of using innovative technology to enhance journalism. There’s was just one problem. As near as I can tell the “journalism” that […]

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Has Journalism Become Elitist?

The answer, unfortunately, might be yes. At one point, only a couple of decades ago, newsrooms were filled with reporters culled from the ranks of blue-collar and working class families. When I started in journalism, newsroom were gritty places. Profanity was not only common, but as permanent as the water stains on the ceiling tiles. […]

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Consider the Source

We have a humorous saying at the office: “It must be true.  I read it on the Internet.” The reason this saying is so damn amusing is because, well, the Internet lies a lot. And the problem is that lots of people believe what they read – without checking the source.  This is the result […]

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The Sorry State of Political Journalism

Not even NPR is immune anymore. This morning, WBUR, a NPR affiliate radio station in Boston, broadcast a story about the results of a poll about U.S. Senator Scott Brown and his likely Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren. The story reported that the two candidates were neck-and-neck.  But the content of the piece centered on two […]

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Paywalls, Journalism & the Boston Globe

  When I was a newspaper reporter, my peers and I referred to ourselves as “Inked-Stained Wretches.”  It was our way of celebrating the broadsheet.  The printed product that we all wrote for. From an early age, I wanted to be a newspaperman.  I was the editor-in-chief of my high school newspaper; news editor and […]

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Newspapers Should Replace Reporting with Journalism

Reporting isn’t journalism. This is a distinction that few people understand, including many in the news business.  And an inability to distinguish between the two is one reason why newspapers and other traditional media outlets continue to lose paying customers to the Web. We no longer need traditional media and professional reporters to inform us […]

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Social Media’s Staggering Influence on Journalists

Some amazing statistics released in 2010 on how social media drives content decisions for the traditional press and influences the way reporters and editors research and write news. These stats are from Cision/GSPM media survey: 89 percent of journalists source stories from blogs 65 percent of journalists use Facebook and LinkedIn for research 61 percent […]

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