J-notes and such

Some passing notes gathered from the journalism, advertising and PR landscape-

  1. The New York Times reports that four of its journalists were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats and crossed into Tunisia.
  2. Best news organization to monitor Japan’s earthquake, tsunami, nuke plant triaster:  Kyodo News Agency
  3. 10,000 Words The Best Infographics For Understanding The Crisis In Japan
  4. The Detroit News apologizes for suggesting reviewer change wording of Chrysler review.
  5. By several measures, the state of the American news media improved in 2010. That’s the assessment from the annual report State of the News Media 2011 by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Thumbnail of the report:

  • Most sectors of the media industry saw revenue begin to recover.
  • With some notable exceptions, cutbacks in newsrooms eased.
  • While still more talk than action, some experiments with new revenue models began to show signs of blossoming.
  • Among the major sectors, only newspapers suffered continued revenue declines last year — an unmistakable sign that the structural economic problems facing newspapers are more severe than those of other media.  Newspaper newsrooms are 30% smaller than in 2000.
  • A more fundamental challenge to journalism became clearer in the last year. The biggest issue ahead may not be lack of audience or even lack of new revenue experiments. It may be that in the digital realm the news industry is no longer in control of its own destiny.

{} The Guardian newspaper reports: Der Spiegel has published three photographs showing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan posing with the corpses of their alleged victims. The photos were taken by a U.S. unit that called itself a “kill team”; twelve of the men are being charged in relation to the murders of three Afghan civilians.
{} Newsweek’s take on What’s Killing NPR

{} PRNewser Study: PR Gets Higher Marks Than Advertising for Social Media Use

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About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm an associate professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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