More prime-age men and women kill themselves than are killed by another. Homicide is sensational news. Suicide is mundane reality. … Read the post suicide and homicide: fear yourself more than you fear crime
Unsuccessful local news businesses have succeeded in getting free content and indemnifications from unpaid bloggers. … Read the post exploiting bloggers isn't enough to make local news business attractive
For many stories, traditional news organizations have been news aggregrators adding little value to press releases. … Read the post press-release media aggregators
Sensational news has always been a seller for mass media. … Read the post moving beyond "man bites dog" news
Today, a public service advertisement presents a laptop/netbook as the icon for “be informed.” Next year, the retail price of today’s high-end smartphones is likely to drop under $100. Then the icon for “be informed” should become an image of a smartphone.
The Newseum, a $450 million dollar monument to news industry leadership, currently features an Elvis exhibit: “Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story.” In the business crisis facing the news industry today, something has to be done to raise revenue and support quality journalism. Maybe Elvises (a good investigative journalist could find a lot of them) … Continue reading the Newseum tries Elvis
Sacred to Commonweal was this net design’d To pierce the heart and humanize the mind. But if a hitless Blog, the Blogger’s curse, Shows us our Thoughts and Reasons lose their force Unwilling we must change the nobler scene, And in our turn present you Celeb-queens; Quit Poets, and set Journalists to work, Show gaudy … Continue reading new media?
Jack: “There will never be another like Walter Concrete. He was the most trusted man in America.” Jill: “How do you know he was the most trusted man in America?” Jack: “Somebody said so on television.” Jill: “…and that’s the way it is.”
The rise of interactive media has directed attention to differences in communicative style. “News is a conversation” and “conversational marketing” have become rallying slogans for new-media news reporting and advertising initiatives. Conversation uses words and grammatical constructs in characteristically different ways and frequencies than does traditional news reporting and public relations releases. Experts in corpus … Continue reading traditional news: an academic style
While having some dental work done last week, I had a TV screen stuck in front of me. It was showing Nostradamus: 2012, from Armageddon Week on the History Channel. In this intellectual investigative report, a solemn, authoritative male voice objectively narrates what some scholars believe and what other scholars believe. Particular scholars appear as … Continue reading learning from history: Armageddon Week on the History Channel