Tag Archives: NPR

All the Fake News That’s Fit to Print

Here’s how many people now get their news and information: Google Twitter Facebook In other words, through search and social media. It works one of two ways: People go to a search engine, enter a search term, and then click on a link within the top 10 search results People scroll through their social media […]

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Boston, Social Media & the Press

During the horrific week of the Boston Marathon bombings – where the news seem to fly faster than even Twitter – one thing stuck out like a sore thumb: The mainstream media remains the best place to get accurate news. Despite all the cuts, all the closings and the sorry economic state of the mainstream […]

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Journalism’s Addiction: In Love with Journalists

The practice of journalists interviewing journalists has become a pet peeve of mine. So I was irked recently when listening to NPR’s Morning Edition and the host introduced a story about the Egypt reaching the one-year anniversary of Hosni Mubarak being ousted as president. In order to recap the last year and the turmoil Egypt […]

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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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Balance Continues to Undermine Journalism

Balance in journalism needs to be reassessed.  It damages the fundamental purpose of journalism, which is to provide readers with the truth, and has led to a proliferation of misinformation. The latest example is the increasing numbers of the people who believe President Obama was born in Africa.  A recent poll showed that nearly half […]

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Balance is only good on seesaws.

Why “Balance” Hurts Journalism

Intelligence Squared is a wonderful program on NPR that features Oxford style debating among experts on various topics. This month, the show, hosted by ABC News correspondent John Donovan, featured a debate on whether to repeal “Obamacare.”  Arguing for the repeal was former U.S. Rep. John Shadegg (R-Arizona). As Donovan introduced Shadegg they had this […]

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News Moves Faster Than We Do

Even The Flash has trouble keeping up the news. You can’t keep up with the news anymore. But don’t be alarmed because nobody else can either. Once upon a time news got delivered on your doorstep in a static format.  It was there for you to read – at your leisure – within the next […]

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Why Do We Love Brands?

Because they reflect who we think we are and/or who we aspire to be. Brands – every brand – gives customers some kind of emotional reaction.  That can be good (think Sesame Street) or it can be bad (think BP). Brands have created this emotional connect through marketing, public relations and advertising.  They still do.  […]

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Journalists Should Stop Interviewing Journalists

Journalists interviewing each other as part of news coverage and analysis has become an epidemic.  It is particularly egregious on TV and on the radio, but print and online publications share the blame as well. It is a terrible practice and undermines journalism.  Contrary to what many journalists believe, they are not the experts in […]

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Why I Canceled My Newspaper Subsciption

I made the break a month ago.  After more than 25 years of having the Boston Globe delivered to my door (there have been many doors), I canceled my subscription on July 31. Let me be clear.  I no longer buy the print edition, but I still read the Globe daily: Online and on my […]

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