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Broadcast News Icon Sandy Socolow (1928-2015)

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 04.03.2015 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

The legendary CBS News producer Sanford "Sandy" Socolow has died. He worked at CBS News for 32 years, during its truly golden years, four of them as Walter Cronkite's executive producer. He was a rare combination of outstanding journalist and wonderful person, beloved by all those who knew him.

60 Years in Journalism and Counting: What I've Learned So Far

Irv Chapman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

We have come a long way from "current events" class. And few colleges require courses in history, or how the government and the economy work -- or are supposed to work -- or the role of evidence in law or in science. What I learned preparing for 60 years in journalism, and then practicing it, doesn't seem to be taught much any more.

Cesar Chavez's Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When Chavez left his job as a community organizer in San Jose in 1962 and moved to rural Delano to try, once again, to bring a union to California's lettuce and grape fields, even his closest friends figured he was delusional.

60 Years Ago, Edward R. Murrow Took Down Joseph McCarthy

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Media

Sixty years ago, Edward R. Murrow performed one of the most famous acts of journalistic evisceration in American television history. On March 9th, ...

The Kennedy Assassination and the Death of Television Journalism

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 12.14.2013 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Pierpoint was one of the last of the generation called "Murrow's Boys." These were the first generation of print journalists, most from the wire services like AP and UPI, who were recruited into the then-new medium of television.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Famed Journalist Daniel Schorr Teaches Lasting Life Lessons

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 10.31.2013 | Media
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Thirty-three years ago, Dan hired me as a 23-year-old straight out of journalism school -- surely the latest in a long-line of short-lived assistants. These were the first few days of the fledgling Cable News Network (CNN), June of 1980. Unlike his first attempts, Dan and I clicked.

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney, Al Jazeera America and the Future of News

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Brent Budowsky

To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...

Oliver Stone in Tokyo: 'We Need Edward R. Murrow'

Nancy Snow | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Nancy Snow

Looking quite exhausted but exhilarated by the over-capacity crowd of several hundred, Stone made sure we knew who was his hero: Edward Snowden and anyone else who risks personal life and security for a greater good. Here is an excerpt of my exchange with Oliver Stone.

Foreclosure's Harvest of Shame

Joel Sucher | Posted 08.14.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

Confronting bullies no matter what size, shape or corporate configuration should be the sworn moral duty of every citizen.

That's Entertainment... or Is It News? Or Does It Even Matter?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 08.05.2013 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

We have long been sliding toward this merging of exciting entertainment as opposed to boring news and journalism and soon we will not be able to tell the difference, or even care that there is one.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Good Night, and Good Luck's David Strathairn

Dan Persons | Posted 12.26.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Released at a time when America's faith in journalism was undergoing serious turmoil, George Clooney's drama Good Night, and Good Luck was a stirring reminder of the importance of the institution.

Dan Rather In His Own Voice

Tom Alderman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

We seem to iconize certain newsies which is maybe why we have two new biographies in audio and print about veteran television newsfolk: Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather.

24 Hour News Killed Journalism

Jeff Sorensen | Posted 10.20.2012 | Detroit
Jeff Sorensen

Serious journalism doesn't get the viewers anymore. Loud music over a waving U.S. flag and flickering lights bring in the audiences. Journalism is now clipped to a sentence that scrolls at the bottom of the screen.

My Medicare Milestone

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Joe Peyronnin

Today I crossed a major milestone: I now qualify for Medicare. Yes, I am a Baby Boomer, and I am proud of it!

Kin: A Conversation With Rodney Crowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


2012 Edward R. Murrow Award Winners Announced

Posted 06.12.2012 | Media

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) announced the winners of the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Awards on Tuesday. All the broadcast netwo...

U.S. Diplomat Peter Van Buren Speaks About American Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Brown

"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."

Ike and Tail Gunner Joe

Tom Alderman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books
Tom Alderman

Several people report they cannot forgive Eisenhower's moral and political failure to speak out and repudiate McCarthy. That is not how it went down with Ike, according to Jim Newton's excellent new biography, Eisenhower: The White House Years.

What Is Reality on Reality TV?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.26.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Indeed, all these shows had their forebears in the days of radio. But, for the sake of argument, let's leave our family-tree tracing to the early days of TV. There are really only four models for most reality shows, four shows from which all others spring.

C-SPAN Is America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brent Budowsky

While our politics have become a shouting match of pander and slander, name-calling and talking points, celebrity media and instant misanalysis, C-SPAN shines as an exemplar of what a free press in a free nation should be.

WATCH: Franks Sinatra Take Us On A House Tour

Posted 02.15.2012 | Los Angeles

"Frank Sinatra is, well ... Frank Sinatra," said Edward R. Murrow on his show 1956. He was introducing a rare "Person to Person" segment wherein the s...

CBS Exploits Murrow Legacy In Revived Person to Person

Nancy Snow | Posted 04.08.2012 | Media
Nancy Snow

In his time Murrow never favored Person to Person, not only because he seemed bored with the format but also because it was referred to as "Murrow Lite."

Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net

Dan Morgan | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics
Dan Morgan

In an ideal world, families, churches, and volunteer organizations -- exemplifying the idea that we Americans take care of our own without relying on government -- would be the safety net. But this isn't an ideal world.

CBS Announces Revival Of Famous News Series

Posted 12.16.2011 | Media

CBS News announced on Thursday that the network will revive its famous "Person to Person" series with "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose, and "60 Mi...

Hollywood Occupying Hope

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.14.2012 | Home
Brent Budowsky

Find me a few stars of stage, screen and song with the principle and courage that Frank Sinatra showed when he stood up for his brother Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1950's and you can change the world and help end this cold season of hardship and discontent.