We live in an era where information is becoming more and more available. That is a great thing -- most of the time. It can be very powerful and libera...
In our hyper-connected world, people have grown accustomed to getting answers immediately. My generation has grown up with the mindset that if you have a question, just ask Google. We tend to take the wealth of information online for granted. At least, I used to.
The world is always going to need journalists. How could we live in a world and not know what's going on?
One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.
On day one, Comcast will control nearly 50 percent of the truly high-speed Internet market, and it will be the only broadband provider that can deliver Internet and pay-TV services to nearly four out of every 10 U.S. homes.
In the newspaper era, regardless of how many people liked/disliked an article, the reporter or writer would still put out the best quality content that they could.
I never really understood what it was like to work in such a busy, important setting, at least not up until about a month ago.
As both a writer and human being, I refuse to stay quiet and allow this malignant lie to flow through the ears and lips of the American population. Because the truth of the matter is that journalism is not dying. It's just changing.
A federal media shield bill is moving to the Senate floor and neither political party is happy. Conservative hawks are calling it another White House distraction from a failed foreign policy. Free speech advocates decry the government licensing of journalists.
These days, true journalism, the fourth estate of any functioning republic, consists primarily in breaking the codes of secrecy surrounding our governments' actions. And these sources of so-called "truth" cannot always be fully trusted either.
I'm going to put forth an argument in favor of what I call journalism for action, which is when the press not only reports the news story but tells their readers what they can do about it.
Arts journalists keep those of us who run arts organizations honest. They question us when they believe our offerings are too timid, too easy, too glib.
Journalist Daniel Kumermann and I talked about the fall of Communism, how his unfamiliarity with a fax machine nearly wrecked the Velvet Revolution, his criticisms of Vaclav Klaus, and why the world should listen to Donald Rumsfeld and prepare for unknown unknowns.
That phrase -- "traffic whore" -- tells you everything you need to know about why some journalists have an aversion to chasing traffic. They fear it creates an incentive to do the wrong things.
I hear it all the time, from doctors, teachers, lawyers, hairdressers, accountants, you name it: "I don't follow the news. It's too depressing." While I understand the sentiment, I find its consequences far more depressing than even the gloomiest of newscasts.
A look at one nugget of Kansas history suggests that we should regard national media analyses of Russia's claims in regard to Crimea and Ukraine with a great degree of skepticism.