Tag Archives: Journalism

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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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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Make it clear to your audience: In this tragic story NBC doesn’t, CNN does

It’s a journalism basic Make the story understandable to your audience. 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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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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XL pipeline- Getting the facts straight

Every big controversy seems to generate its own information fog.  Facts may be  incomplete or missing altogether. Reporting can get fuzzy. The debate over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is no different. Rhetoric abounds. Facts may be iffy. The question … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene spins TV reporters into “ridiculous” mode

The only thing more predictable than hurricane season may be the questionable, even ridiculous antics of some television journalists assigned to cover the storms. No need to question the newsworthiness of reporting on Hurricane Irene. It disrupted tens of millions … Continue reading

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Misleading LJWorld.com ad still appearing

Lawrence, Kan. – At first, I thought it was a promotion for an investigative story by an intrepid reporter working for 6News Lawrence, a sibling of the Lawrence Journal World newspaper’s LJWorld.com website. The photo, on the front page of … Continue reading

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Pogo: We have seen the enemy, and he is us…

I’m proud of the new media training we provide students in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Speaking of which: Tom Petner stirred my juices with his lead on TV Spy’s ShopTalk today. Tom … Continue reading

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