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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.

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SXSW Post-Script: Technology and Warm-Blooded Humanity, Integrated

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 2:59 PM

2016-03-23-1458758752-6173504-MrRobotFerris.jpgThe South By South West Festival of 2016 finally finished this week. In the end it seemed, more sprawlingly than ever, to take over the city of Austin for even longer than I previously remember - and I've now been an attendee...

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At South By South West (Film), Emotional Wreckage in High-Finance Setting

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 4:07 PM

Dateline -- Austin, Texas: It came. And it went. In flash, it seemed.

"SXSW Interactive", or the digital tech part of that annual multimedia extravaganza called the South by South West festivals is now over -- and it was on steroids this year, opening with the first-ever appearance by a...

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WATCH: Amid Oscars' Glitter, a Film Grim with Wrenching Reality

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 3:39 PM

Though never exactly a yoooge attention-getter, the Best Foreign Language category in this weekend's Oscar shindig contains as often some very powerful cinema among its five nominees.

And if the runes cast before us by earlier rounds of the awards season are any guide, one film is close to being...

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A Giant Leap in 2016? Africa Is Narrowing its Techno-Gap

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 5:55 PM

2015-12-31-1451605497-1252105-AfricabroadbandITinternettechnology1.jpgThough for many of us the year ahead may look pretty dismal, 2016 promises one great breakthrough - a major step toward ending Africa's particular and hobbling form of the great Digital Divide.

Poor connectivity has bedeviled much of the continent's internet...

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Annual Festivity -- My 'Best Corrections and Apologies,' 2015

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2015 | 11:33 PM

2015-12-28-1451268353-5534557-1914571_10154574506313569_911908536001710509_n.jpg MY YEAR-END SCHADENFREUDE-FEST has rolled around again, all too soon.

It's been a pretty good year for some arresting media corrections and apologies.

And some telling non-apologies.

In London The Times has been getting its international and religious history...

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Untold Story of Mid-East Refugees -- Guess Where?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 12:26 PM

So, hysterical xenophobia courses through the U.S. media about Muslim people seeking refuge -- stoked by "unhinged" demagoguery -- and lunatic ideas get discussed including an outright ban against incomers on the basis of their religion.

Meanwhile, right now in the real world, winter is overtaking the region at...

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How Natural are Media's 'Natural Disasters'?

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 12:36 PM

2015-11-23-1448307992-3338468-Disasterheadlines.jpgAs America approaches the holiday season, its mass media often get on a seasonal kick of reporting the fate, in that somewhat sanctimonious phrase, of "those less fortunate than ourselves" at home and abroad.

A classic case is the well-intentioned New...

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Tom Wolfe: Still Bringing Us the Real Marshall McLuhan

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 10:15 PM

The November issue of Vanity Fair carries an in-depth and mostly laudatory portrait of that legendary giant of an American writer, Tom Wolfe.

It's an 11,500-word piece by Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, Flash Boys and other impressively crafted investigative works. The article, How Tom Wolfe Became...

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Tight Audience-Targeting to Raise Kidney Awareness

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 10:00 PM

It's sad and dispiriting that a vital message is currently failing to fully get through -- the message that healthy people can really easily help other, very sick people.

The healthy ones walk around with (almost universally) two kidneys, and they only need one. Donating a kidney while you're still...

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Confronting Cancer in a Cookbook

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Just about every communicator has to make a choice -- "am I talking to a broad mass audience, or a specialized sector?" Some of us make it as an overall career choice -- others as a tactical option when particular issues provoke us into highlighting them.

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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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