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The Ends and The Means

Friday, November 09, 2007

New Delhi based magazine Tehelka recently published an investigative piece which sheds light on one of the most violent times in Indian history, the 2002 Gujarat riots. But Tehelka used ethically questionable tactics to get their scoop. Do the ends of this story justify the means? We asked ...

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Your Brain on Commercials

Friday, November 02, 2007

Deep inside Brooke’s mind, there’s a serious aversion to raw chicken. At least that’s what we discovered when the co-founders of the EmSense Corporation stopped by the OTM offices to test her moment-by-moment physical responses to a couple of commercials.

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News Programming

Friday, October 26, 2007

Isn’t it about time your nightly news was delivered by an avatar? No that's not already the case! But it could be in the future. Thanks to a new project called News At Seven. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee explains.

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Profiles in Courage

Friday, October 12, 2007

Magazines are dying by their own hand, says columnist Ron Rosenbaum, done in by the celebrity profile and all that it entails. But despair not, glossy-paged salvation lies in a simple solution – the write-around.

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Giving Pause

Friday, October 12, 2007

We all use filler words like um or uh but it’s rare that we hear them in movies, news broadcasts or … uh … this show. Author Michael Erard explains that verbal blunders and hesitations reveal more than we think.

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Direct To Consumer

Friday, October 05, 2007

All advertising is created to get your attention, to speak to you. But one ad in particular, a billboard living for the moment in Las Vegas, can actually carry on a conversation. Bob talks back.

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Not So Innocent

Friday, October 05, 2007

How often can America lose its innocence? Again and again, as we feign shock over events that shouldn’t, if history is a guide, be all that surprising. Johns Hopkins professor Richard Halpern parses the “innocence industry” through the paintings of one of its major manufacturers, Norman ...

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Win, Place or Show

Friday, October 05, 2007

The presidential campaign took another step forward this week as candidates announced their success at out-fundraising each other. But how helpful are these early reports in gauging presidential potential? Political analyst Mark Halperin explains why, in campaign coverage, the horserace is never far away.

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Natural Selection

Friday, September 21, 2007

If you were one of the 227,000 paying subscribers to TimesSelect … well, you are no more. Paying, that is. Sometime early Wednesday morning you received an e-mail stating that the pay wall would be dismantled, effective immediately. Vivian Schiller, senior vice president of nytimes.com, explains why.

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Spot Remover

Friday, September 21, 2007

While many media outlets hope that web advertising will provide a much-needed new revenue source, web users have already found a way to nullify ads' value - by making them invisible. C-Net's Declan McCullagh explains that new ad-blocking plug-ins raise serious problems for websites and maybe ...

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Family Feud

Friday, August 03, 2007

Media mogul Sumner Redstone and his daughter Shari are embroiled in a nasty, public feud over the future of National Amusements Inc., parent company of Viacom, CBS, BET, MTV, and the list goes on. Silicon Alley Insider Managing Editor Peter ...

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News Hole

Friday, January 19, 2007

For several years now, there’s been nothing but bad news for the newspaper business. But Marketplace correspondent Dan Grech reports that 2006 was the year that journalists finally saw the writing on the wall.

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Media Reformer: A Postcard From Memphis

Friday, January 19, 2007

Last weekend in Memphis, the organization Free Press hosted the National Conference for Media Reform. Throughout the weekend, the civil rights movement was frequently invoked. OTM producer Megan Ryan made the trip, and returned with this postcard.

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Albanian Media

Friday, December 01, 2006

Since the fall of Communism in Albania, its press has flourished. But that doesn’t mean the country’s media are truly independent. Megan Williams reports from Albania on one news show that’s bucking the trend of government control.

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Whose Tube

Friday, October 13, 2006

Last weekend's $1.6 billion deal between Google and YouTube left some people scratching their heads over the enormity of the price-tag. New media consultant Rishad Tobaccowala tells Bob why the online video site is worth that much., despite the giant obsticles Google will face in making YouTube a money-maker.

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The Piper Wants to Get Paid

Friday, October 13, 2006

For people who spend a lot of time online, "network neutrality" is one of the most important issues pending in Washington. But the question of whether to create a "premium lane" on the information superhighway also has a lot of bearing on TV, too. This Wednesday, Rick Karr will examine ...

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Foley Artistry

Friday, October 06, 2006

Lawyers aren’t the only ones whose livelihoods are helped along by public scandals. There are also crisis management firms, who trade on their ability to work the media and influence public perceptions. Richard Levick runs one such firm, and has been called in to finesse such P.R. nightmares as the ...

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What's the scoop, HAL.

Friday, August 25, 2006

And we thought our jobs were safe. New technology has always made easier some of the more menial tasks of the journalist, especially those of market and wire reporters? But at Thomson Financial in New York, machines are now journalists, too. Bob speaks with Director of Content Development Andrew Meagher ...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert emceed the White House Correspondent Dinner, giving a 20 minute irony-drenched jab at the president (who happened to be sitting next to him). Bob gives his take on Colbert sticking it to both the president and the press corps.

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Italian Satire Gets the Boot

Friday, April 28, 2006

Barely a week into his new job, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi is already under pressure to rewrite the media ownership laws that allowed outgoing P.M. Silvio Berlusconi to build a media empire. Berlusconi kept a tight leash on the media, and often fired journalists, commentators, and even satirists not ...

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