What could be more urgent today than protecting the free flow of information in a country increasingly dominated by unaccountable institutions and corrupt politics?
If we're the generation that loses our republic, the epitaph should read: "American Republic, Killed by the Internet and Cable TV." Our political debates reflect little interest in facts and nuanced discussion -- soundbites reign supreme.
During the New Orleans Times Picayune shrinking print debate, I visited with a newsprint connoisseur today. My mother-in-law, a lifelong New Orleans resident.
I've long looked to The New Yorker as the gold standard for meticulous, thoroughly vetted, contextual journalism. So it came as a surprise last week when the magazine published an item on "The Cost of College" without clearly identifying the writer as the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
Where have all the advertisers gone? In New Orleans, as elsewhere, classified advertising has moved online. That onetime cash cow ain't givin milk no more. But another dominant advertising segment has suffered a different fate.
The shift to online media in the past two decades comes with two important realities: (1) online revenue increases are smaller than print media decreases; and (2) mainstream media are being challenged by crowdsourcing behavior.
Republicans in the New York state government are attempting to pass a law that would ban anonymous comments online. Even if they actually passed the act, once it arrived in a federal court it would be tossed out in a "New York minute" (as they say).
One D.C. newspaper has seen its circulation rise a whopping 200 percent since 2003. Street Sense is sold on the street by homeless people seeking to educate Washington's workforce about the issues associated with homelessness.
The Berkshire Hathaway offer to buy the Media General newspaper chain should offer the industry a shot of long-term optimism. Buffett expects a profitable future for newspapers during the next couple of decades.
I can think of a couple reasons why Mitt Romney chose to take questions from local TV reporters and KOA radio hosts yesterday, while blowing off "print" journalists in Denver. But if Team Romney expected softballs, they got it wrong.
Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?
It's become an annual must read to take the pulse of where they are, but this year's edition of "Arab Media Outlook 2011-2015" (AMO) goes further to s...
After almost 40 years of denials by Woodward and Bernstein, it was revealed this week that Bernstein had interviewed a Watergate grand juror in 1972. I have known about this for a long time, as I'm the editor who gave them the assignment.
It was a surreal chapter in the Leveson inquiry. In a break from barrister Robert Jay's forensic inquiry, questions were temporarily suspended and Rupert Murdoch was allowed to wax lyrical on the future of newspapers and the media.
When I was growing up in the New York area, people would buy the afternoon newspaper for stock prices, sports scores, and updates. Now even New York City is without an afternoon paper.
Let's face it, newspaper publishers still haven't quite understood how to maximize and leverage the digital world, and thus increase their advertising revenue.