News Media

The Fairness Doctrine

Submitted by ub on Sat, 03/18/2023 - 08:34

Once upon a time in The United States of America, the media broadcasts on the air belonged to the American public.

Then Congress became concerned that the monopoly audience control of the three main networks, NBC, ABC, and CBS, could misuse their broadcast licenses to set a biased public agenda. The Fairness Doctrine mandated broadcast networks devote time to contrasting views on issues of public importance.

Should the FCC’s Fairness Doctrine be Reinstated?

Dangerous Media

Submitted by ub on Sat, 03/11/2023 - 10:14

I have been working in media since my teenage years. At college radio stations, talk radio, NewsRadio, and multilingual television.

Unhappy Birthday?
ub Sat, 03/04/2023 - 09:14

Keith Rupert Murdoch is an Australian-born American investor and media proprietor. Born: 11 March 1931, in Melbourne.

One week from today, the 91year old will turn 92 years old, as his long list of dubious deeds slowly catches up to him in the courts. But there are steps the average consumer can push back. Read on to learn how.

Essential Journalism

Submitted by ub on Sun, 02/26/2023 - 09:30

As totalitarian regimes attempt to spread their tentacles, officials don't respond positively to local journalists' interview requests. 

Reporters' queries about their alleged illegal activities or questionable actions keep rising, whether they're taking bribes, making unilateral decisions concerning restrictive laws, or about the local zoning and backroom plotting. These so-called public servants appear more interested in achieving total control and lining their pockets with developer money rather than responding to their local constituents' concerns.

Want to Be A Star?

Submitted by ub on Wed, 01/25/2023 - 14:03

Do you want to be a journalist, a news star, or a famous celebrity? I've had different students who have said at least one of these.

As you can imagine, it is about reaching the highest ambitions of journalism, producing excellent content and hyperlocal in approach and relevant to the community served.

Some become your reporters become disappointed because they wrongfully think it is an easy job that does not require hard work, difficult decisions, and personal sacrifices.

ub Tue, 01/24/2023 - 10:42

Beware of colorful journalism that could be hazardous to our overall public health reports. A word to the wise is sufficient.

News Media 2023

Submitted by ub on Sun, 01/15/2023 - 22:53

Published reports are predicting newspapers will stop daily print production this year due to rising print costs and weakening of distribution networks. We may also see a further spate of venerable titles switching to an online-only model.

TV and broadcasters will be at the forefront of news layoffs as audiences are hit by fatigue and competition from streamers. More media will talk openly about a time when linear transmissions might be diminished. There will be a partial switch as an ad-based model increases the pressure further on advertising revenue.

Hyper-Local News

Submitted by ub on Sat, 01/14/2023 - 20:12

Back in September of last year, The North Shore Leader broke t story when few others were covering Santos, about his “inexplicable rise” in reported net worth, from essentially nothing in 2020 to as much as $11 million two years later.

RIP Barbara Walters

Submitted by ub on Fri, 12/30/2022 - 23:22

Barbara Walters shattered the TV News Glass ceiling for female journalists, Barbara Walters, who began on ‘TODAY,’ dies at age 93.

Barbara Jill Walters was an American broadcast journalist and television personality. Known for her interviewing ability and popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as a host of numerous television programs, including Today, The View, 20/20, and the ABC Evening News

My favorite was her one-on-one with Castro