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Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charte...

On Water Problems and Media Coverage: Is the Media Spread too Thin?

Jason Fuller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Media
Jason Fuller

This is a perfect example of local media being spread too thin; while everyone was focused on West Virginia's water crisis, a smaller-yet-still-important water crisis was almost completely ignored.

Civility Does Still Matter

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

None of us needed a poll to tell us why civility is important, but it is comforting to be reminded that we, the people, really do place a high value on it and want our politicians to embrace civility.

Why Donald Trump's Decision to Skip the Next Debate Is Actually Serious Business (Opinion)

Jason Fuller | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jason Fuller

Donald Trump just fired himself from the next Republican debate. At a press event earlier this evening, Trump announced that he "most likely" will no...

Circus Politics: Will Our Freedoms Survive Another Presidential Election?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?

Winners and Losers in Our New Media Moment

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.15.2015 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

Election 2016 is already an eye-popping spectacle. No wonder, then, that television news, profiting so from the expanding election season, would anoint it as a new kind of 24/7 entertainment event.

Is Bully Journalism Here to Stay?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

This is the new normal of bully journalism. Goad, incite, confront and, hopefully, spark a fight. Bully journalism has nothing to do with facts. It's about the ratings. Confrontation sells, for the same reason that a fight in the high school hallway draws a crowd.

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not A Migrant Or Refugee Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Jeff Biggers

A far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift.

What I Want Every News Article to Include

Mardra Sikora | Posted 08.10.2015 | Media
Mardra Sikora

Instead of carrying around the burden of the world's evils and difficulties, I wonder if it is possible to use the news to empower people to make changes and help in areas that are most important to them.

Jon Stewart: What He Did for Love

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Okay, he had an agenda. But it was an agenda that made many media pundits a little nervous. I mean, here are some excerpts from the speech he gave to an adoring crowd that day.

Dump the Trump

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Geoffrey R. Stone

Presidential elections are not reality TV. This is self-governance. And just as money is now making a mockery of American democracy, the news media's obsession with ratings is now making a mockery of American politics.

San Diego Newspaper Lays Off 1/3 Of Staff After Sale

AP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego's dominant newspaper on Tuesday announced the layoffs of nearly a third of its 600 employees after it was acquired last w...

I Haven't Been This Despairing of Humanity Since About an Hour Ago

James Napoli | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

Before I knew it, the news was on again and I was gulping down scandal and man's inhumanity to man like they were energy drinks that would get me through a week of long-haul trucking.

This Is Why Americans Hate Washington

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When you hear the common refrain about Americans hating Washington, they aren't talking about the city in general. Rather, they are referencing the politicians, lobbyists, campaign staffers, and the black-and-white, us-versus-them partisanship of U.S. politics.

My One and Only Ever Top Ten List

David Sable | Posted 03.27.2015 | Business
David Sable

Depending on your level of cynicism, I imagine you can argue that a list like the way couples annoy each other can help your relationship, that one on cheap food shopping, or what you will miss from SkyMall increase our intellectual capacity. Or not.

Ebola PR, Global News and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Too often, news media and social media chatter turn to fear mongering instead of dispassionate reporting of facts. Ebola offered "red meat" for sensational journalists, talk show hosts and social media opinion leaders.

Trust in Media Returns to an All-Time Low -- Is Anyone Surprised?

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 12.21.2014 | Media
Allison Kilkenny

A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent.

All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Traveling

Pam Grout | Posted 09.09.2014 | Travel
Pam Grout

I was raised in a small town in Kansas where I learned to read, write and politely answer stranger's number one question, "Where's Toto?" But my real education didn't begin until I left the borders of my own country.

The Abdication of the Press, and the Harm it Does American Democracy

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

With a press that regards itself as having fulfilled its responsibilities when it treats the truth and the lie evenhandedly, is it any wonder that we are in an era where the lie so often defeats the truth?

The Media and John McCain: How Someone Always Wrong Is Always on TV

Jon Soltz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Media
Jon Soltz

The number of times that Sen. McCain hasn't just been wrong, but deadly wrong, on matters of our security is nearly impossible to count. Maybe the DC fishbowl has convinced itself that McCain has been prescient. Well, I'm here to give them a quick education, because many of us who have served in the these conflicts are less convinced.

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 09.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Eulogy for a Fledgling Who Took Flight

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 08.09.2014 | Media
Jeremiah Horrigan

I don't particularly remember saying goodbye to Tim. Once he'd pried Moynihan out of the editor's corner office, he had no reason to linger. Our lives would go on, we'd never share another word, let alone an adventure.

Sunshine Week Has Come and Gone - Let's Have Real Sunshine in Government Spending

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Now, I am a huge proponent of transparency and accountability. But I think the organizers and funders of Sunshine Week are missing the biggest issue facing citizens with respect to transparency: where government funds are spent and what results are being achieved.

What Association "Power and Influence" Really Means in Washington

David K. Rehr | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
David K. Rehr

I am not advocating that senior leaders of organizations take an oath of poverty. Instead, expenditures on CEO trappings are "opportunity costs" -- money that could be used for other purposes, including building your congressional reputation or industry image.

No Way to Make a Career

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media
Lowell Peterson

Welcome to the world of freelance employment. Welcome to the world of work without unions, without collective bargaining, without any industry-wide standards of employment or compensation or benefits.