Category Archives: press criticism

The Center for Public Integrity

(St Louis) The traditional model of paying reporters by selling subscriptions and advertisements is broken. John W. Henry paid $70 million for the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, less than the $110 million he pays Justin Pedroia … Continue reading

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Jan Schaffer on the death and rebirth of journalism

(near Tarrytown, NY) If you want to know the latest development in journalism that relate to civic engagement and democracy, Jan Schaffer from the J-Lab is the person to ask. Here (shared with her permission) is her PowerPoint presentation entitled … Continue reading

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how to reach a large scale with high-quality messages

(Washington, DC) This post–cross-posted on the Democracy Fund blog—is the third in a series about CIRCLE’s  evaluations of the Fund’s initiatives to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. These posts discuss issues of general interest that emerged from … Continue reading

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supporting a beleaguered news industry

This is the second in a series of blog posts about CIRCLE’s evaluations of initiatives funded by the Democracy Fund to inform and engage voters during the 2012 election. It is cross-posted from the Democracy Fund blog. Two Democracy Fund grantees–the … Continue reading

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how the new media ecosystem favors government

(Chicago) Media outlets have proliferated. Once, only press barons could publish news and opinions, but today, anyone can blog or post a video. A high proportion of the new content is critical and editorially independent–in the sense that no one … Continue reading

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professors and practitioners pontificate on political parody and persuasion

I am at a University of Pennsylvania conference entitled “P6: Professors And Practitioners Pontificate on Political Parody And Persuasion.” The focus is really on parody. An example is Steven Colbert’s real creation of a PAC and a Super PAC during … Continue reading

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the youth vote in the media

I think the press has been doing a good job covering the youth vote. That is by no means guaranteed. In 2004, youth turnout rose, but the dominant storyline held that youth voting had declined. The narrow reason for this … Continue reading

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would we be better off without any horse-race polls?

A “horse-race” poll is one that asks people whether they plan to vote and, if so, for whom. These surveys are appearing at the rate of half a dozen per day right now. I don’t think the tide can be … Continue reading

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the cost of neglecting journalism

Last year, reporters from the LA Times, including Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives, won the Pulitzer Prize for uncovering a staggering scandal in the small city of Bell, which is within Los Angeles County. The LA Times learned from public … Continue reading

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a media reform primer

(This post is intended to complement previous “primers” on government reform, community economic development and relational community organizing. In each case, the underlying values are deliberation, collaboration, equality, and inclusion.) In a community of any size, people cannot directly deliberate, … Continue reading

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