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Magazine Covers in Black and White

Friday, November 22, 2002

Next time you’re at the newsstand, take a look for a minority cover girl. Chances are, you won’t find one. According to a New York Times study, people of color are substantially underrepresented on most magazine covers. When Halle Berry appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, she was only the ...

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Making the News

Friday, November 01, 2002

A Washington-based Associated Press reporter was recently charged with fabricating sources, quotes, and even organizations. The reporter in question, Christopher Newton, was fired right away. This week in Slate.com, Jack Shafer wrote that maybe Newton’s biggest infraction wasn’t straying from the truth, but sticking to closely to the AP model ...

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Baby Jessica Anniversary

Friday, October 18, 2002

Fifteen years ago this past week, an 18-month-old girl in Texas fell deep into a well in her backyard. When she was freed 58 hours later, baby Jessica McClure was an American household name. On the anniversary of Jessica’s rescue, On the Media’s Mike Pesca looks back, not just on ...

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Viral Marketing

Friday, October 04, 2002

There was a time when 30-second TV spots could really move the dial for consumers. But anyone in advertising today will tell you that the cost of making a TV spot is going up, while the instances of people buying things based on TV spots seems to be going down. ...

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Taking a Look at the NAB

Friday, September 20, 2002

At the recent National Association of Broadcasters annual conference in Seattle, radio broadcasters bemoaned the state of the radio industry in the wake of the deregulatory trends of the last years. OTM's Todd Spencer takes a critical look at the future of radio.

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How non-news media covered 9/11

Friday, September 13, 2002

For news outlets the job this September 11th was straightforward: Cover the anniversary of 9-11 from morning to night trying not to overwhelm the audience with last year's imagery. But what if your beat is sports, or comedy, or something equally trivial in light of September 11th? OTM's Mike Pesca ...

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Media Woes Overblown?

Friday, August 30, 2002

Despite recent, widely publicized changes and turmoil at AOL Time Warner, Vivendi, Bertelsmann, and Adelphia, these are not the dark ages for media companies. So argues business strategist Michael Wolf in a conversation with Bob.

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Business Ethics magazine

Friday, August 16, 2002

Publishing a magazine called Business Ethics is not the most profitable venture amidst the din of recent corporate scandals. So it’s no surprise that founder Marjorie Kelly is converting the glossy into a non-profit. Bob talks to Kelly about the state of business ethics - both the morals and the ...

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Toppling Mega Media CEOs

Friday, August 02, 2002

The recent floundering of the world's media giants has resulted in the ousting of many top executives. Included in the carnage are high profile former executives like Jean-Marie Messier of Vivendi and Bob Pittman of AOL Time Warner. Brooke talks to New Yorker financial columnist James Surowiecki about the future ...

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Corporate Scandal Catch-Up

Friday, July 26, 2002

If you think the spate of recent business scandals seemed to have no warnings, you may be right. Most media were notably remiss in critical coverage of dubious business practices before the government announced investigations. Were the media duped just like everyone else? On the Media Producer-at-Large Mike Pesca examines ...

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Columbia School of Journalism

Friday, July 26, 2002

Students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism have to wait a little longer to find out who is going to be their new dean. Brooke talks to University President Lee Bollinger, who is putting the appointment on hold in order to rethink the M.O. of J-schools.

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Rolodex Journalism

Friday, June 21, 2002

Journalists are only as good as their sources, which is why their potency is often measured by the size of their rolodexes. Why is it then, that so few experts are called upon again and again for quotes in scores of newspaper articles and TV news appearances? Maybe it has ...

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Clear Channel Memo

Saturday, June 08, 2002

Employees at the media giant Clear Channel are being encouraged by their boss to donate money to the company’s political action committee. The request is almost unprecedented among companies in the news business, and for good reason: lobbying and impartial news gathering simply don’t mix. Brooke chats with TV Guide ...

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Hard News After Sept. 11

Saturday, May 25, 2002

“How has journalism changed since Sept. 11?” is an oft-asked question that’s elicited many knee-jerk responses. A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, though, has concluded that, contrary to the expected, there’s less hard news on TV than ever before. Why has the news embraced fluff stories after ...

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Indy Media

Saturday, May 25, 2002

While most media organizations have continued to cut staff, one has experienced huge growth in the past two years. It’s tough to tell, though, since the Independent Media Center doesn’t have a budget or full-time staff. Rather, it relies upon amateur journalists with hand-held cameras and microphones to present a ...

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Big Media Woes

Saturday, May 04, 2002

The giant media mergers of the past few years look like they’re backfiring. Both AOL/Time Warner and Vivendi Universal announced significant financial losses last week, leaving many media analysts to wonder whether controlling so much can ever be profitable. Host Bob Garfield talks to one media analyst, Aaron Pressman.

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Dirty Pulitzers

Saturday, March 30, 2002

On April 8, the Pulitzer committee will announce this year’s awards for investigative journalism. Similar to the controversy surrounding “A Beautiful Mind” at this year’s Oscars, the Pulitzers are at the center of a really good fight. In one corner, the Seattle Times. The other corner, the Wall Street Journal. ...

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Worst Manual Contest

Saturday, March 23, 2002

While many instruction manual writers pen lively prose worthy of guiding even the most erudite in how to set a VCR, others seem content to leave their reading public as confused as possible. Thus the “Worst Manual Contest” began - to showcase these duds. Brooke chats with the contest’s sponsor, ...

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Miranda Journalism

Saturday, March 23, 2002

“All journalism is a lie.” Perhaps an exaggeration, but the journalistic practice of pretending to have the interview subject’s interests in mind - when the story is really the only thing that matters - is as common as it is disingenuous. Bob ponders how candid reporters ought to be.

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Trends

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Reporters have a rule of three: if they can come up with three examples of similar occurrences, they can convince themselves that they’ve discovered a full-blown trend. Spotting and detailing trends is a cottage industry within the media, which means many of those latest crazes are based less in reality ...

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