Nothing can replace the need for continued investment in traditional objective, independent news sources, but subjective and contributed content can be complementary elements that help educate and provide insights to the public.
A lot of the core institutions of public oversight are being eroded today, the checks and balances going out of whack. This, right now, is the point at which we must either stand up for a strong news media or admit openly that we do not actually care about it as much as we pretend to.
For the first time the true story about the courageous investigative journalist, Gary Webb, is being told in movie theaters across the country where people can draw their own conclusions unhindered by the noise and static of establishment naysayers in the corporate media.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.
The tragedy is that people no longer know how to distinguish solid reporting from speculation, from regurgitation or, frankly, from just plain drivel.
Kay, my acid-toned and perpetually vexed marketing guru, claimed this week that her daughter Lily was better at book marketing than I am. Which was a bold claim, considering Lily is two weeks old.
Everyone is a broadcaster today. Yet our social media accounts don't come with ethics training. We are not required to check sources or accuracy before we spread a fire hose of misinformation through Twitter, Facebook or any other format.
Hu's impressive career boosted an increase in Chinese women working in business journalism. After years when business journalism was dominated by men, with the field even called "the forbidden city," the number of female business reporters is rising.
Neshaminy High School officials have been locked for a year now in an uproariously abhorrent battle royale of their own making with the school's student newspaper. Why? Because staffers decided they would no longer print the name of the school's mascot.
Parker "drink bleach" Molloy has returned to The Advocate's online edition, following a one-month suspension over alarmingly abusive online behavior.
It's easy for a journalist to tweet snide remarks about PR people, but our symbiotic relationship should not be overlooked.
An anonymous rant with racist overtones run in East Carolina University's student newspaper has triggered controversy, outside media coverage, a free speech debate, a campus-wide racial inequality panel and even death threats directed at the paper's editor-in-chief.
Being in the publishing industry, I'm often asked how I got started. The media industry is notoriously competitive with many job seekers and few jobs. The hours are long and unusual and the pay, huh, what pay? We're talking about publishing here.
Chevron got a little help from its friends in the corporate media last week. The resulting echo chamber is a startling reminder that, like the big banks, Chevron is considered by many to be too big to fail.
The reporters become less journalists and more movie makers as they try and create a geopolitical drama, in which they have already decided who are the villains and who are the victims.
My general philosophy is to do some real good in the short run, while learning how to scale that up in the long run -- to the entire planet in maybe 20 years. I'm also very committed to helping people from the bottom up, to give people a break that rarely get one, and to help give a voice to the voiceless.