Stewart inherits Cronkite’s mantle. Say wha?

July 26, 2009

Time Magazine polls lists Jon Stewart as nation’s top newscaster. The poll apparently came as an afterthought that wondered aloud who is the most trusted man in America after the death of Walter Cronkite.

Shocking as it might seem, Jon Stewart probably IS the best newscaster on TV.

Here’s what you get in a 30-minute show: 10 minutes of headlines; 10 minutes of features/skits; and 10-minutes of interview with a newsmaker.

Sure, he makes the points with humor, and he’s quick to call his schtick “fake news,” but there is a lot of TRUTH amongst the jokery.

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More on the death of newspapers

April 13, 2009

Perhaps a stiff jail term might be appropriate for those caught purloining the news from the internet. At least that’s one suggestion from newspaper editor Phil Bronstein that he explains to fake news maven Stephen Colbert.

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Newspapers on the radio

March 26, 2009

It’s a good question – on the lips of many media observers. What would the media landscape be like in your city without a major newspaper serving the citizens?

Ironically, National Public Radio was among the first to explore this issue in two pieces filed for the public radio network.

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Internet advertising will not be successful

March 25, 2009

Internet advertising is a failing model, says a blogger on TeleCrunch.

I found out about this posting by reading the Facebook status update for old friend Richard Beene, president of the Bakersfield Californian. Facebook does have its serious uses.

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China shuts down YouTube

March 24, 2009

When the Chinese government considered letting the internet flow behind the Bamboo Curtain a number of years ago, it was reported that China’s government leaders wanted to meet with the “Chairman of the Internet” to discuss the digital intrusion.

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It’s a matter of record…

March 20, 2009

Newspapers often pride themselves as prodiving the “record” of news, critical events and information. So, how does a print publication of record fare in a modern environment where print seems to be becoming a vanishing breed?

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The Rocky calls it quits

March 2, 2009

Here’s an interesting  and poignant video that documents the death watch for the Rocky Mountain News, the feisty tabloid that served metropolitan Denver and Colorado for 150 years… until last week. The paper stopped its presses last week after its owner, the Scripps Company, failed to find a buyer for the property. But the closure of a publishing house is more than stopping presses, shuttering buildings and switching off computers — at its heart is an action that affects the people who make up its workforce and provide the vitality of the operation. It’s a sign of changing and evolving times that newspapers are referred to as “products” and “properties” — a nomenclature that seems to extract the human factor that provides their essence.

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The death of paper?

February 27, 2009

Two products are vying for the attention of America’s readers of books.

kindle2

Kindle 2 -- nytimes.com

Amazon’s Kindle 2 and Sony’s PRS700 Reader are small, book-sized devices that feature the ability to upload an entire book, or a number of books for that matter, and permit the reader to have a more personal experience with text than that they would get by reqasding a book on a computer screen or laptop.

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Interviewing skills…

February 27, 2009

Inside the Actor’s Studio, the periodic television show, is often predictable, with host James Lipton almost fawning over his guests, tossing them softball questions and heaping much flattery upon them. However, there is one segment near the end of each show that often provides more insights into the guest than the most of the show preceding it.

And, it is from the segment that I think we all can take a lesson on how to become a more effective interviewer. The goal of an interview is to draw out a subject and have them reveal new and interesting things about themselves.

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Personality profile critique & tips

February 26, 2009

Last week’s exercise in writing a personality profile about a classmate was a first real venture into writing a news piece on deadline. I have read all the stories and will return them Thursday. Based on this reading, I will offer some generalizations. However, there ae the beginning of several compelling stories in what you wrote.

Here are some tips and suggestions.

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