Category Archives: newspapers

San Jose Mercury News: Credibility suffers when content and advertising clash

Did you read the news story about the sexual harassment charges flying at one of America’s most prominent college campuses? The writers and editors of the San Jose Mercury News knew a great deal about the story. They did an excellent … Continue reading

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Donald Trump bungles facts, history on General John Pershing, Pigs, and Muslims

Did GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump confuse fiction for fact when he recounted a story last week for an audience at a South Carolina campaign stop? The fable involves former WWI General John J. Pershing’s service in the Philippines in the early … Continue reading

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For journalists: A more dangerous world

Kill the messenger It’s the figurative “Kill the messenger” tactic- Try to discredit journalists because the truths they report expose deceit, fraud, illegal or immoral activity by those who are doing the condemning. “Killing the messenger” should not be confused … Continue reading

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Harold Knabe: When a good man goes

When a good man goes, not everyone knows. So let me tell you about Harold Knabe. He was a good man. Knabe died last Saturday in a North Kansas City hospital. He was 75-years-old and unknown to the latest generation … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Manti Te’o hoax raises serious journalistic questions

It’s the dangerous side of sloppy journalism and poor independent fact checking.  Often, the size of the news organization has no bearing on who gets facts right, or in this case, gets it wrong. And some news organizations wonder why … Continue reading

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The Sandy Hook massacre: Do journalists need to interview children?

As journalists we are frequently taught to ask questions first and decide later what to use.  It’s good advice I share with my students. In today’s Internet fueled news world though the Sandy Hook massacre should give journalists something on … Continue reading

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Corn leaves in the wind (and other drought effects)

I’ve never seen it before. Across Lincoln, foot-long dried corn leaves are flying in from miles away, blown by the wind, scattered across city lawns and parks.  The browned corn leaves that seemingly have a life and journey of their … Continue reading

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CNN, Fox News credibility in question after Supreme Court ruling

It’s what CNN and Fox News didn’t do about yesterday’s inaccurate reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that will likely impact their credibility. More for CNN. Less for Fox News. Got it first…Got it wrong In the race to … Continue reading

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Post script: Premature reports of Joe Paterno’s death raise questions about some news organizations

More revelations today about news organizations that failed to independently confirm unsubstantiated reports last night that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died. Paterno has since died, but at the time he was still alive. Saturday night, Penn … Continue reading

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Premature reports of Joe Paterno’s death raise questions about some news organizations

It’s a sin in the journalism profession to fail to independently confirm rumors as fact before reporting them. Usually, you confirm the facts from more than one source.  That’s a basic Journalism 101 rule. Unfortunately, it happens too often, especially … Continue reading

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