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Trust This Review

Friday, March 05, 2004

Jayson Blair is once again the topic-of-the-week among media ethics types. But this time, there is far less agreement about how to deal with the former reporter, fabricator, and plagiarizer for the New York Times. Should media organizations refuse to review his new memoir so as not to give the ...

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Joystick Nation

Friday, December 19, 2003

Video games, for the most part, are still associated with their roots in the corner arcade, and written off by many as a time-drain to be grown out of. Slowly but surely, however, they are winning an increasingly dominant share of the entertainment industry. Last year alone, the video games ...

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Hollywood is Calling

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Have you ever dreamed about chatting on the phone with Tom Cruise? Or maybe you've fantasized about a call from Catherine Zeta Jones? Well, you may have to get over those dreams. But thanks to a new website, you may now get a ring from some lesser known stars. On ...

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Newsprint Pulpit

Saturday, December 13, 2003

If you've been reading the major U.S. or U.K. newspapers over the past few weeks, you might have noticed a full-page ad denouncing the Nobel Committee's selection for this year's prize in medicine. The ads are the work of one Dr. Raymond Damadian, who is incensed after being passed over ...

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Right On Campus

Friday, December 05, 2003

At universities nationwide, some students are fighting back against what they see as a liberal hegemony on their campus media. They're doing it with the help of the Leadership Institute, a Virginia-based think-tank that has trained tens of thousands of students to be conservative political operators. It's the new alternative ...

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A Progressive Voice

Friday, December 05, 2003

The much-discussed and oft-dismissed liberal radio network may soon be coming to a city near you. Central Air Network and its parent company Progress Media are reportedly poised to purchase stations in major markets around the country, and are talking with lefty celebrities Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo about possible ...

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Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me!

Friday, December 05, 2003

When a drug-addled, 350-pound Cincinnati man died at the hands of police who were trying to subdue him last week, many newspaper readers found themselves in discussions about the checkered history of the Cincinnati police. But at least one reader was curious about something else: why the victim's girth figured ...

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A Clearer Channel

Friday, October 17, 2003

As media consolidation has become a bigger media story, the name "Clear Channel" has increasingly come to represent the perceived evils of corporate media domination. And so the media behemoth has spearheaded a P.R. campaign to clean up its image. MediaWeek Senior Editor Katy Bachman is one industry observer who ...

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Did You Hear?

Friday, October 10, 2003

In the city where celebrity and politics collide in a dazzling extravaganza of 24-7 gossip, all the gossipers are gossiping about one of their own. Last week, former Washington Post gossip columnist Lloyd Grove was transplanted to The New York Daily News, where his Lowdown column has already generated its ...

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No Liberal Limbaughs

Friday, August 29, 2003

On New Year’s Day, the New York Times reported that Democrats felt outflanked by media pundits on the right. There’s no shortage of conservative firebreathers on radio and TV, but where are their liberal counterparts? Why no Rush Limbaugh of the left? Bob speaks with Alan Colmes, the designated liberal ...

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Journalism Ethics Hotline

Friday, August 15, 2003

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 ...

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We Journalism

Friday, July 25, 2003

For some time, much has been made about the murky line separating fact from fiction on the Internet. But when it comes to online journalism, might the boundary between the reporter and his or her audience also be breaking down? Journalist/Blogger Dan Gillmor thinks so. He talks with Brooke about ...

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Israelis vs. Beeb

Friday, July 04, 2003

The Israeli government has long charged the BBC with having a pro-Palestinian bias, but this week Israel took the accusations one step further, and cut its formal ties with the network. The final straw, as Danny Seaman of the Israeli Government Press Office tells Brooke, was the BBC's re-broadcast of ...

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Troubled Marriage, Ugly TiVOrce

Friday, June 13, 2003

The advent of TiVO-type personal-video-recorders have made possible the age-old dream of watching TV without the ads. What will the new technology mean for the symbiosis of TV programmers and the advertisers who subsidize them? Most industry insiders might still be in denial about the future, but not OTM's Bob ...

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Dean Lemann's Plans

Friday, May 02, 2003

Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism is soon to announce its new Dean. New Yorker Washington correspondent Nicholas Lemann is the man picked for the post, this coming on the heels of a statement from Columbia president Lee Bollinger on the future of journalism education. Bob talks to Lemann about ...

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Four Star General (Motors)

Friday, April 18, 2003

How do you sell an enormously oversized vehicle with awful gas mileage and a price tag of 50 thousand dollars? You appeal to people's most basic fears and desires. That's according to Clotaire Rapaille, a medical anthropologist and SUV marketing consultant, who chats with Bob about GM's new advertising campaign ...

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Rolodex Journalism

Friday, March 14, 2003

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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Whither the Tweedy?

Friday, March 07, 2003

The recent firing of a high-profile editor at Random House confirmed for many people the triumph of corporate philistines in the book industry over the defenders of literary values. Bob for one was ready to join the funeral procession…until he started poking around in New York's publishing world.

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Reporting from the Battlefield

Friday, February 14, 2003

Twenty years ago, war reporters were able to move across battle lines with relative ease. And with a relative safety, thanks to the shared desire by both sides to have their stories told. But the murder of Daniel Pearl showed that the shield of journalistic objectivity is no longer adequate ...

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Bummer Beat

Friday, January 10, 2003

The public watches in horror as reporters are dispatched in battalions in pursuit of the bereaved. The public is transfixed by the images, but uneasy, wondering 'Should we be eavesdropping on another's sorrow?' Covering tragedy is never a pleasant job and the reporters that do it are often chastised for ...

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