Be sure to also visit Rich Cameron’s “Online Elsewhere,” available from the main menu.
U.S. Media Polarization and the 2020 Election: A Nation Divided
Deep partisan divisions exist in the news sources Americans trust, distrust and rely on. Democrats express more trust of most news sources asked about; Republicans express more distrust. [ Read full article ]
If you value local journalism, here's an opportunity for you to help
The Daily Herald, which covers the suburbs of Chicago, kicked off its 2020 Report for the Suburbs Campaign, a yearlong fund drive coordinated with the nonprofit Report for America. The paper hired three new reporters that will focus on news in the local communities beginning this summer. [ Read full article ]
What journalism jobs are going to grow?
Most journalism jobs today require critical thinking and excellent writing, plus strong social media skills. That’s obvious. But what about the jobs of tomorrow? [ Read full article ]
Predictions for Journalism 2020
Each year, NeimanLab asks some of the smartest people in journalism and digital media what they think is coming in the next 12 months. Here’s what they had to say. [ Read full article ]
In late September, news broke that Kurt Volker, the United States’ special envoy for Ukraine, had resigned amid the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. The story was a story in itself: It was broken by a university student newspaper, just one of several major scoops and examples of fascinating media work done by young people in 2019.
Advice for using mobile journalism techniques in sports reporting
Make the most of your smartphone when interviewing players, telling their stories and reporting from the heart of the action [ Read full article ]
A guide to Slack for journalism students (and lecturers)
Slack is a professional chat app used widely in the media industry to organise projects. It has a number of advantages over other options for communicating between colleagues, whether that’s chat apps such as WhatsApp, or traditional email. [ Read full article ]
Man accused of smacking reporter’s rear on live TV is charged
Alex Bozarjian, 23, a reporter for WSAV-TV in Savannah, was laughing and smiling as she updated viewers on the latest of the 2019 Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run on Dec. 7, when a man ran by and smacked her on the behind. “To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” she wrote. “No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!” Police charged the man with misdemeanor sexual battery. Bozarjian has the full support of her employer who said no one should have to tolerate this type of behavior. [ Read full article ]
College students don’t have enough money to eat. Their classmates are feeding them
Although not "journalism news," this is about students who rely on their college's food bank when they're hungry. This has been the subject of several JACC colleges' news articles this semester.
Podcast: When facts can’t help
(Columbia School of Journalism, December 6, 2019)
Democracy is reliant on facts, but fact-checking no longer seem to dispel misleading information. As a prelude to next week’s Disinfo 2020: Prepping the Press conference, Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, discusses disinformation and the failings of the fact-checking industry with Emily Bell, the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia, and media literacy expert Whitney Phillips, an assistant professor at Syracuse University.
FAQ: How can journalism lecturers keep up with a fast-changing industry?
(Online Journalism Blog, December 7, 2019)
Trends in journalism are always evolving, so how can educators keep up? Here's a few tips for topics such as the rise in popularity of podcasting, importance of data skills, etc. "That means teaching students how to choose what skills to learn; it means helping them to find the best sources to do so; it means giving them the skills to adapt to new forms of storytelling, and continue to do so as genres emerge and develop." - see full article
Wall-to-wall impeachment coverage is not changing any minds. Here’s how journalists can reach the undecided.
(Washington Post, December 5, 2019)
The diplomats have been inspiring, the legal scholars knowledgeable, the politicians predictable. After endless on-air analysis and written reporting, pundit panels and emergency podcasts, not much has changed. If anything, weeks into the House of Representatives’ public impeachment hearings, Americans’ positions seem to have hardened on whether President Trump should be impeached and removed from office. - see full article
Fighting the misinformation pandemic: Here’s help teaching students to distinguish real news from what’s fake
(Washington Post, November 19, 2019)
If you don’t know what the News Literacy Project is and does, it’s time you do.
Founded over a decade ago by Alan Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the News Literacy Project aims to do something that schools everywhere should be doing: teaching students how to distinguish what’s real and fake in the age of digital communication — and at a time when the president of the United States routinely denounces real news as “fake,” and Americans will be voting on a new president in 2020. - see full article