July 7, 2001

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Saturday, July 07, 2001


This week On the Media looks into the dangers and challenges facing reporters in the Middle East, a new service in journalism: an ethics hotline, and a sound effect which you've probably heard, but the name of which you've probably never known.

Reporters Under Fire in the Middle East

There are some stories that journalists can't seem to report without bringing down an avalanche of criticism. Certainly, coverage of gun control and abortion inspires heated debate, but nothing like the rage that invariably follows stories about Israel. From Jerusalem, reporter Rick Davis investigates the challenges faced by reporters in ...



Brooke and Bob respond to listener mail.


Discussion: Reporting on Israel

On The Media asks Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Center of International Studies and Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of the Jewish Week, to respond to Rick Davis' report on covering the Middle East.


Bill O’Reilly

Bill O'Reilly hosts the number one rated show on prime time cable. The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox News, has been beating Larry King in the ratings, even though the pugnacious Fox News Network reaches far fewer homes. O’Reilly's book, also called "The O’Reilly Factor" has been a New York Times ...


Journalism Ethics Hotline

Loyola University in Chicago is now offering a new service: the Ethics Advice Line. With a simple telephone call, a journalist struggling with an ethical dilemma can be helped in a hurry. But how would a journalist even know this service exists? On the Media offers our humble contribution to ...



You’ve heard him in dozens of movies, but you can’t quite place his name. That’s because he’s not an actor, he’s a sound effect, and among sound editors he’s legendary. On The Media’s David Serchuk reports.


Corporate Anthems

Corporate anthems, like national anthems, are created to instill pride and loyalty in listeners, but corporate anthems are geared towards company staff, not citizens, and the objects of pride are not nations, but soft drinks and spark plugs. On the Media’s Rex Doane reports.


OTM Anthem

Bob and Brooke lead the On The Media chorus in the inaugural recital of the OTM Anthem, written and composed by On The Media’s Mike Pesca.


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