from Jack Shafer:

Twitter panic in the newsroom

July 10, 2014

 A person holds a magnifying glass over a computer screen displaying Twitter logos

With the exception of a well-drafted libel suit, nothing fills the underwear of the modern newsroom editor with liquid panic faster than social media, especially Twitter. Having invested millions of dollars and countless man-hours to erecting sturdy news standards based on fairness and impartiality, they fear that one 140-character message by an editorial employee will ravage the entire edifice.

from The Human Impact:

Careless social media use can endanger journalist sources – NPR’s Andy Carvin

November 12, 2012

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from The Observatory:

Muller’s media circus

August 6, 2012

UC Berkeley physicist Richard Muller was all over the media last week talking about his “total turnaround” from global-warming skeptic to adherent of the longstanding scientific consensus that the planet is heating up.

from The Observatory:

The bright-young-things hypothesis

August 2, 2012

The downward spiral of Jonah Lehrer’s career over the last month has shocked his peers and instilled in them a visceral need to understand. Following the revelations of self-plagiarism, outright fabrication, and lying to cover his tracks, we were bewildered. How could such a seemingly talented journalist, and only 31 years old, have thrown it all away?

from Jack Shafer:

When editors bury that which cannot die

July 11, 2012

When Tom Waits sang, "You can't unring a bell," on the album One From the Heart, he was saying that even if we shove all of life's mistakes and embarrassments down the memory hole, they still ding-a-ling-ding-ding from the beyond.

from Entrepreneurial:

NPR looks at crowdfunded athletes

May 9, 2012

The big business of sports may have a new challenger. Endorsement deals, giant salaries, big name sponsorships -- this is what we’ve come to expect when we watch our favorite teams compete at their huge stadiums broadcast on major television networks. But what about the lesser-known, lesser-viewed sports? And the athletes who don’t have broad appeal and access to these sorts of lucrative deals? How do they support their athletic hopes?

from Breakingviews:

NPR needs new funding model

March 10, 2011

By Jeffrey Goldfarb and James Ledbetter, Breakingviews columnists

Impolitic remarks and political pressure have landed U.S. public radio in trouble. Vivian Schiller, the chief executive of National Public Radio, resigned over comments by an underling. Meanwhile, House Republicans passed a budget eliminating federal cash for the vehicle that helps fund the broadcaster. The government should support the arts, especially relatively inexpensive and popular ones like NPR. All things considered, though, it may be time for a new approach.

from MediaFile:

Looking beyond Schiller’s signoff from NPR

March 9, 2011

Here we go again. In February, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a budget that would eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That event tells you everything you need to know about the resignation this morning of NPR president and chief executive office Vivian Schiller. Yes, her underling Robert Schiller (no relation) embarrassed the organization by making some politically inexpedient remarks about the Tea Party, Republicans,and some more arcane issues, all captured on tape by conservative activists.

from Tales from the Trail:

Salmon ‘chanted evening?

January 26, 2011

SALMONThe one word that leaped out of President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress wasn't "optimism," "business," "teachers," "economy" or "budget."

from Tales from the Trail:

Healthcare reconciliation: easier said than explained

March 1, 2010

The process intricacies that go into lawmaking can stump the hardiest of congressional watchers.