Category Archives: press criticism

the Pew climate change survey and the state of science

Facebook18 Twitter0Total18According to Pew’s new survey, only about one third of Americans care “a great deal” about climate change. That might be a matter of values: some citizens may set a higher priority on liberty or growth than on environmental protection, or … Continue reading

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the press loses its leverage

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16(Dayton, OH) Traditionally, politicians have spoken directly to relatively small numbers of people, and the press has reported their speeches to much larger publics. The intermediary role of the press has given it leverage that it can use for good (to enlighten and … Continue reading

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what will Snapchat do to politics?

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7Joanthan Mahler reports that “Snapchat, America’s fastest-growing smartphone app, [has] hired Peter Hamby, a political reporter for CNN, to lead its nascent news division.” Snapchat has more than 1oo million users, including many Americans between the ages of 18 and 31. … Continue reading

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on giving content to Fox News

Facebook17 Twitter0Total17The Fox News website has published four op-eds of mine over the years (“Federal citizenship test: What should a good citizen really know about America?“; “ObamaCare and Millennials: Why lessons of 2014 will last a lifetime“; “What bipartisan budget … Continue reading

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my news habits are getting worse

Facebook16 Twitter0Total16(National Airport) After a day with colleagues at the American Press Institute, I am reflecting on changes in my own habits of news consumption. A decade ago, I used to read almost the whole of the New York Times … Continue reading

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how Millennials get news

Facebook10 Twitter0Total10Here are some tidbits from How Millennials Get News: Inside the habits of America’s first digital generation, released today by the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The sample was 1,046 adults between the … Continue reading

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generational change and the state of the press

Facebook7 Twitter0Total7Reading a daily newspaper is a classic example of a generational habit. Since 2002, members of the “Greatest Generation,” Baby Boomers, and Gen-Xers have all reduced their reading of daily newspapers a bit. But the real reason for declining readership is generational … Continue reading

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journalism students fill the news gap on Miami’s sea level rise

Facebook14 Twitter0Total14Robert Gutsche reports that South Florida news outlets are not covering the rise of sea levels, even though they pose an existential threat to Miami and its environs. Partly as a result of the news silence, “civic and economic … Continue reading

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The Center for Public Integrity

Facebook6 Twitter0Total6(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 … Continue reading

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Jan Schaffer on the death and rebirth of journalism

Facebook5 Twitter0Total5(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 … Continue reading

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