PublicationsOctober 5, 2006

The American Newsroom

A newly released book based on four decades of surveys of US journalists finds a profession that is steadily growing grayer, but lagging behind when it comes to integrating women and minorities into the newsroom. This demographic stagnation may well be a reflection of a mainstream media beset by a series of economic woes.

PublicationsOctober 4, 2006

The Big Buzz over the Woodward Book

With the pundits characterizing “State of Denial” as his harshest critique of the Bush administration, Bob Woodward’s new tome has constituted a major media event in the waning weeks of the 2006 mid-term elections. But it’s not clear whose reputation–Bush’s or Woodward’s–will be more affected by the public’s reaction to the book.

PublicationsOctober 3, 2006

Fox News Turns 10 on Top But With Growing Pains

It’s been a decade since Fox News launched as a cable challenger to CNN–following on the heels of MSNBC–and it has since become a dominant ratings force. But 2006 has not been a great year for Fox, with viewership trailing 2005 figures. The news channel is negotiating new contracts, but in a tougher economic market than it hoped.

PublicationsOctober 2, 2006

Bloggers Hit the Campaign Trail at What Cost?

Many of those in the blogosphere see themselves as watchdogs arrayed against an insular political establishment dominated by consultants, interests groups, and the mainstream media. But with bloggers taking an increasingly active role in some of the key 2006 political races, are they sacrificing that independence to become part of the system they decry?

PublicationsSeptember 29, 2006

Can “Newspaper Next” Help Revive Print Media?

Earlier this year, a research team led by a Harvard professor unveiled a strategy to help reverse the revenue and circulation ills of the newspaper industry and encourage it to reinvent itself. Some publications have reported early success in adopting the plan that asks readers: “What do you hire a newspaper to do for you?”

PublicationsSeptember 27, 2006

The Fall and Rise of Nightline?

Nightline’s bounce back in the ratings has been well chronicled lately in the media. ABC’s late-night newsmagazine’s audience is up by 9% since last summer when Ted Koppel anchored the show. Yet that number is only part of the story.. Over a longer period, the show may have restored its ratings mojo, but it is not soaring to new heights.

PublicationsSeptember 27, 2006

Extra! Extra! J-School Grads Finding Jobs!

Despite all the problems plaguing the newspaper industry, a new survey reveals that 2005 was the best year since 1999 for college grads with a print journalism degree to land jobs in their field. Thanks to the economic health of local papers and the old media’s transition to cyberspace, a degree in journalism is still a pretty good ticket to a first paycheck.

PublicationsSeptember 26, 2006

Clinton v. Wallace is an Online Smash

The political world was abuzz after Bill Clinton defended his record on terrorism by attacking his inquisitor –Fox Newsman Chris Wallace. The media were eager for the story the next day, and in a classic example of seeing is believing, the confrontation proved even bigger box office on one of the Internet’s hottest video sharing sites.

PublicationsSeptember 25, 2006

The Harvard Professor and The New Yorker

In what could become a high-stakes legal battle, a world renowned professor claims he was defamed in an Aug. 28 New Yorker story about the skirmish over assigning credit for a major mathematics breakthrough. While the magazine stands by its story, the professor is threatening litigation if he doesn’t get an apology and retraction.

PublicationsSeptember 21, 2006

It’s High Noon at the LA Times

The Tribune Co. board met on Sept. 21 amid open revolt over its stewardship of the Los Angeles Times. With the newsroom already reduced by about 20%, prominent LA citizens as well as the paper’s editor have voiced opposition to any further corporate-mandated cutbacks. Meanwhile, potential buyers are eagerly circling.