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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 On television Tereshchuk has been a correspondent and anchor, making American and British network documentaries shot in many countries around the world. He has also been a multimedia adviser to corporations, international agencies and the United Nations.

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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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One Armed Man Is a Triumph in Its Medium, If Overlooked

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 9:37 AM

We came from all over the world to this three-sided, multimedia party known as the South By South West festivals, celebrating film, music and internet culture. But death cast a pall over its later days.

The first fatalities to occur in SXSW's 27-year history -- two dead plus 23 people...

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SXSW Highlights Nation's (In)security -- and Families' Too

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:30 AM

Dateline: Austin, TX -- The bird gets a bum rap. As the always effervescent South By Southwest multimedia festivals explode here every year at this time, the thousands of visiting movie, web and music buffs will often complain about Austin's ubiquitous blackbird.

They regard this humble bird (who itself can't...

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True Capturing of the Beatles, 50 years on

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:35 AM

The tsunami is upon us. With February marking fifty years since the original miracle happened, the media's own backward-looking Beatlemania is now flooding unstoppably through every platform.

2014-02-13-beatles50th.jpgAnd inescapably it's just beginning. February 7th 1964 was indeed when The Beatles first landed...

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Leak-stopping -- or Leaker-saving?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:07 PM

This has been -- officially at least -- one of those quiet weeks for political reporters. The U.S. Congress comes back to work (silly word, I know) on Monday, January 27.

But members of both House and Senate are in this quiet time having to think hard -- though not...

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Even With Mandela's Death -- Sloppy Telling of His Life

(5) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 4:10 PM

The very first reporting of Nelson Mandela's death sparked a sharp flash of disappointment with journalism in me, as well as great sadness over losing the man himself -- even if that loss had been long expected.

The disappointing journalism was all the worse for coming from my own home-town...

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Pre-Thanksgiving Stories -- Local Homeless Purges Across Nation

(14) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM

It's a long-standing media tradition, and not just among the BHLM ("bleeding-heart-liberal-media") to mark Thanksgiving by paying some attention -- be it sincere or merely dutiful -- to those citizens who clearly don't have a lot to be thankful for.

The media will often at this time of year label...

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Walls Can Talk: Readers Get Stories of New York Murals

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:41 PM

According to media lore, thanks principally to the vintage series The Naked City on ABC television, "there are eight million stories" in New York.

But one of the great untold stories of this metropolis is the high-quality art on its walls. Not just hanging on them, but literally on them;...

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Birmingham Church Bombing: The Memorial's Unreported Sidebar

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 9:44 PM

Half-century commemorations of major civil rights events are now studding the calendar of our nation's media -- inevitably, since 1963 was such a fateful year.

Last month the media rightly celebrated the March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's resonant "I Have A Dream" speech -- a broad...

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Al Jazeera Goes Ahead -- But in Reverse

(16) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 8:17 AM

Cable TV news got its biggest enlivening jolt since the invention of CNN, enthusiasts are arguing, when the new channel Al Jazeera America (AJAM) was finally launched this week.

This newest service to emerge from the deep pockets of the Qatari royal family was also supposed to deliver a strong,...

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WATCH: For Next Big Media Debate -- Home-grown Terror

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Immeasurable cascades of commentary are still coursing through the airwaves and cyberspace about the trial of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin -- a legal process that in its end last week achieved the very opposite of settling matters.

So much has been written and said -- much of it...

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WATCH: Mystical Publishing Miracle -- Gibran's Enduring Legacy

(6) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 3:29 PM

A global publishing phenomenon has long fascinated me. Ranking number three among the world's best-selling poets -- after Shakespeare and Lao Tsu -- is Kahlil Gibran.

The most famous and most-quoted work -- certainly in the English-speaking world -- from this avowedly mystical writer and artist is The Prophet, and...

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Media Move On -- But Mali's Misery Remains

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 2:38 PM

The emergency that recently drew the world's eyes to Mali, that largely arid and desperately poor country stretching from the Sahara Desert southward to the Niger River, has now left its prime position in the West's news media, but enormous humanitarian challenges remain.

Radical Islamist forces that professed loyalty to...

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Watch: Ulster in Media Spotlight Again -- Now Peace Not Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 4:37 PM

Looking ahead, even by just a few days, can be a media opportunity to look back substantially and usefully.

It was no surprise to see this week that the New York Times prefigured next Tuesday's summit meeting of the G8 countries' top leaders. It's the United Kingdom's turn to host...

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While Cameron's Away, an Uprising of Clichés

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 10:22 AM

It's not personal, or indeed political. But just as David Cameron, my country-of-origin's current prime minister, has crossed the Atlantic and come to my adopted hometown of New York, I have bolted in the opposite direction, over to the UK.

It's in fact just a coincidence. But it has...

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New and Old Media's Shifting Roles After Bombing

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 12:15 AM

The terrorist attack brought out some of the worst, but also much of the best in American journalism. That was true of 9/11/2001. I wish it were true of 4/15/2013 as well.

But sad to say, among all the other aching distress caused by the Boston bombing, its coverage in...

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South by Southwest: More Than Money-making

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 9:20 AM

"South By," to use that rather flat, familial nickname habitués have given their annual festival here, South by Southwest, contrived to be in itself a somewhat flat event this year.

I'm thinking of the Interactive (with all things geeky being considered) and the film parts of the festival, and not...

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Story that Repeats a Billion Times Worldwide

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:07 PM

THE MAN HAS earned two big pictures on The New York Times' front page ... the lead-story position on the BBC's World Service, persistently ... not to mention endless acres of tabloid coverage in print, on TV and online.

Such is the fate of the once-gloried Olympian Oscar Pistorius, the...

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Watch: BBC Far Behind PBS in Celebrating Parks at 100

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 6:02 PM

From London, BBC World Service Radio is promoting, world-wide of course, a forthcoming special devoted to a quintessential bit of American history.

It's the story of Rosa Parks, the now-famous anti-segregationist who at the early point of 1955 boosted the Civil Rights movement toward being a major national force...

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Rosa Parks Centennial -- Untold Story Clouds Legacy

(6) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 8:45 PM

I get to tell a little-known story on TV this weekend.

Just ahead of the centenary of Rosa Parks' birth, when she will be feted throughout the nation as "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement," I report for PBS on a terrible injustice being done to her memory.

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