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David Tereshchuk
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DAVID TERESHCHUK is a print, broadcasting and internet journalist, originally from Britain and now based in New York. He has written widely for international publications, from The New York Times to The Guardian, The Observer and the New Statesman in London. He began his weekly column THE MEDIA BEAT in the Tribune Newspaper Group's AM New York in 2004, before going entirely online in 2006, at www.TheMediaBeat.US
On television Tereshchuk has been a correspondent and anchor, making American and British network documentaries shot in many countries around the world. Currently he is a Contributing Correspondent for PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly". He has also been a multimedia adviser to international aid agencies and the United Nations.

Entries by David Tereshchuk

Pain and Laughs in New York Fringe's 'Metafictional' Drama

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2015 | 11:50 PM

I'm a Scot by origin. So in matters of culture the word "fringe" can mean only one thing. That would be Edinburgh, evoking in part the annual international festival there, but even more its huge and much livelier attendant program of fringe events.

In fact, the attendant has now vastly...

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Africa's 'Good News' Story on Polio, Squelched by its Own Champions

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:50 PM

While the media universe, or at least the American media universe, gets ever more besotted with the Republican Party's bafflement over Donald Trump, and Fox News' showcasing of the party eating itself alive, and with Hillary Clinton's private email server supposedly threatening her securing of the Democratic nomination -- there...

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Story Reversed: Whites Joining, Not Attacking, Black Churches

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 1:00 AM

There is some small comfort, since the horrific murders at Emanuel AME Church -- or perhaps just some grim satisfaction -- to now see South Carolina, albeit with substantial last-ditch resistance, at last remove the Confederate battle-flag from the state's Capitol grounds, and dispatch it to the relic room.

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Al Jazeera: Management Style Echoes Country-of-Origin

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 2:03 PM

2015-05-21-1432235549-7045192-AJAM.jpgThe Al Jazeera TV news organization that began in Qatar missed a great opportunity when it started Al Jazeera America (AJAM), using the cable channel it bought from ex-Vice President Al Gore's Current TV.

It had already parlayed itself from...

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Another PR Disaster for Catholic Church - Dissing the Deaf (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:15 PM

Much about the Catholic Church can be quite monumentally awe-inspiring. It's designed to be, after all.

Often it's in a good way. From the Pope's elevating addresses to vast crowds in St Peters Square - as well as to the Orbe, our wider electronically-watching world - all the way through...

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Elephants as Super-Communicators: New Books on Cracking Their Codes

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 3:53 PM

It's as a media guy that I've gotten really fascinated by elephants. In large part, anyway.

Along with many pachyderm enthusiasts around the world, I've long been in awe of these animals' gigantic majesty, their social cohesion and their well-appreciated smarts -- including, of course, that renowned and enviable...

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Making Multimedia Experts out of Web-Deprived Prisoners

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 4:14 PM

At the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) you can obviously get to REALLY BINGE on movies, and that means real movies, shown on - gratifyingly - the big screen.

You may have been drawn to the festival - as I was originally, close to a decade ago - by...

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Petting Robots and Connecting Citizens at SXSW

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Dateline: Austin, Texas - The annual shindig that is South By Southwest is never unenjoyable for a media-hound. How could it be -- with its abundant, tripartite combination of a Film division, an entire Internet universe (or more officially the 'Interactive' division) and the all-pervasive backdrop of a Music festival?

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New Take on Middle-Class Economics - A 'Non-Nobel' Prize

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Though buffeted in court, at the Federal District level at least, Barack Obama will press on, we know. His immigration reform -- outmaneuvering by executive fiat the die-hardism of GOP majorities in Congress -- will doubtless get delayed but not destroyed.

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Invidious Comparisons: Asymmetric Massacres in France and Nigeria

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 6:06 PM

"A week is a long time in politics," to use words from my old country's late and somewhat unloved Prime Minister Harold Wilson. In the media too, inevitably.

A remarkably packed media week certainly flowed from the massacre at France's Charlie Hebdo magazine and the hostage killings at the...

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Torture: American Horror Story that Won't Go Away

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:12 PM

2014-12-17-SundayTimescartoon.jpgMercifully, there are some media outlets that don't always, with big stories, merely plow on ahead heedlessly to the next big story. These more thoughtful news organizations will moderate their innate devotion to utter novelty, and stay awhile with already familiar news...

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WATCH: Amazing Story of a Church's 2,000-Mile Journey

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 9:06 PM

A really odd thing once happened to my journalism. And then, equally oddly or more so, it happened again.

I never really had anything like a real specialty as a reporter or as a TV producer - "Generalist!" was my...

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Dissecting Polls Data: Yet More 'Plus ça Change'

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:15 AM

One mass media ritual that's a reliably renewable resource is the post-election poring over pollsters' data.2014-11-07-eveningnews_2014.jpg

Who got the results most right ahead of time naturally preoccupies the industry most of all, but so do more arcane, and often really quite useful...

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A Decade of Dissecting the Media

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 10:15 AM

2014-10-30-10shutterstock_150583733copy150x150.jpgIt's very hard to believe. At least for me it is. I have been writing THE MEDIA BEAT for a full ten years.

It began in October 2004, in the midst of that year's U.S. presidential campaign. I was assigned by the...

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Watch: Underreported Story -- Reuniting Families With Remains of Dead Migrants

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 6:43 PM

As a media-grabbing story, the surge of juvenile immigrants from Mexico and Central America, many of them unaccompanied as well as undocumented, seems to have gone off the boil.

It's probably an exaggeration to claim, as NPR was suggesting on air last weekend, that the issue has faded away. (Local...

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Big Media Aids Vital Girls' Schooling in South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 12:42 PM

The world's newest country, South Sudan, still struggles to end the internal conflicts that have marred its early life. This week, for instance, a deadline to reach agreement passed without success in peace talks between the warring factions. But nevertheless the country is still managing to make progress...

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After World's Media Depart, Turkey's Mine Victims Still In Need

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 3:30 PM

The unassuming town of Soma, in Turkey's western Aegean region, was suddenly catapulted into the world's media in May, with a shocking mining disaster.

Fire raged unstoppably through Soma's aging coalmine after an electrical explosion. Rescuers made frantic efforts for four days to save hundreds of miners feared trapped underground....

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Critiques of Benghazi Suspect's Delayed Seizure Display Naïvety

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:53 PM

You would think that media commentators would welcome the Special Forces and FBI's neat -- and casualty-free -- seizure of Ahmed Abu Khatalla off Tripoli's streets and onto a U.S. Navy ship and then a plane bound for an American courtroom. No, you wouldn't think that, not given the wholesale...

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Under-Reported Memories Around Memorial Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Mass media consumers in America might be forgiven for forgetting this, but the purpose of Memorial Day -- obviously enough -- is to remember our troops, past and present, with gratitude for their service. But what are those service-members themselves remembering?

I've been asking this question while in the company...

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Listen: 50 Years On, Mandela's Fateful Words That Media Too Easily Forget

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 10:22 AM

The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.

Nelson Mandela,...

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