Do You Know What’s on Your TV News?
There’s a battle brewing over whether the government should regulate the use of video news releases—prepackaged segments often produced for commercial clients—that look like news reports and sometimes appear on local TV newscasts. This PEJ backgrounder examines the dispute between television industry representatives and their critics.
Bad News from the College Campus
According to the Student Press Law Center, large numbers of college papers are being stolen from racks and newsstands at an alarming rate this semester. In most cases, the perpetrators seem intent in quashing stories about controversial or unpopular subjects. And one advocate for student journalists thinks it’s time for college administrators to crack down on the problem.
The Vanishing Embedded Reporter in Iraq
After the media complained about lack of access to previous conflicts, hundreds of embedded journalists lived, traveled and reported right alongside US troops at the outset of the Iraq war. Now, three years later, there are barely two dozen embeds left.
A Harvard Panel Tackles the News Blues
The media landscape has changed dramatically since Harvard’s Shorenstein Center was established 20 years ago. And when journalists and dignitaries assembled there on Oct. 13-14 to evaluate the current role of journalism in our democracy, there was good news and bad. The bad was that new technologies have created credibility concerns and economic problems for mainstream journalists. The good news may be the emergence of the citizen journalist.
The American Journalist
A new book surveying more than 1,000 journalists finds their politics have drifted a bit to the right since the 1990s, but they still remain more liberal than the general US population. With a majority of the public accusing news outlets of political bias, these numbers aren’t likely to silence that noisy debate.
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?
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.
Al Jazeera’s Global Gamble
Officials of Al Jazeera International discuss their plans for launching the English-language version of the controversial Arab news channel. Why the long delays? Is the network anti-American? That, plus, a chronology of the rocky relationship between Al Jazeera and the US government.
The Tribune Co. Controversy
Members of the Chandler family are pushing the Tribune Company to sell off some of its media assets. Tribune is pushing back. PEJ looks at the dispute.
Remembering James Carey
James Carey, a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, passed away May 23 at age 71. Journalist, educator, scholar, Carey may have been the most influential thinker about journalism since Walter Lippmann. Learn more about this extraordinary thinker.