A few years into my journalism career, I became friends with a fellow reporter. When you're young in the business, small town newsrooms are makeshift college campuses, everyone living on next to nothing paychecks, far from home, pooling their resources for cheap beer and pizza at whomever's apartment has enough chairs.
This diet of junk news warps our perception of the world, the things we thing are important, and, as of late, the people we vote for. So long as media depend upon advertising, this is not going to change.
Once upon a time, network news programs placed important issues of the day under the microscopes of Walter Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, and Harry R...
Linda Langton, my agent, sent me this book, knowing full well I'd be hooked by a well-written, nail-biting, true-crime story. It's scheduled to...
There are plenty of high-minded reasons to follow campaign news. It informs us about the issues. It educates us about the candidates. It makes our choices meaningful. It makes us a polity, not puppets. But does that describe the campaign news you're consuming?
Trump has set a terrible and frightening machine in motion now. The key to electoral success is, like Shock Jocks, to get the nation's attention. Amuse. Entertain. Say crazy things. The crazier the better.
This short video called "Cold War On Ice" is part of our web series ThisPlanet.TV. It includes a few clips from Yamal's newscasts illustrating the Russian viewpoint on the situation in the Arctic.
In the nine long months after political reporter Eli Stokols left Fox 31 Denver, it looked like the local TV station's surprising reputation as a go-t...
Al Jazeera America had the ambition, if not the nerve, to think they could ask viewers to start a new viewing routine, precisely at a time when millions of established viewers were abandoning television, and younger consumers were defining themselves as having never paid a cable bill.
TV news is losing one of its coolest people. Linda Ellerbee, who has worked some of the more remote and interesting corners of the business for the last half century, is packing it in with a final edition of her Nick News for kids on Nickelodeon.
Kevin Newman believes nothing scares men more than vulnerability. "They haven't had a vocabulary that's safe," the veteran journalist says. "It's al...
I couldn't watch much more at that point because laziness is the Morning Joe style though they act as if they're sharp. They don't really press anyone hard, which is cowardly and shameful. Are they really afraid guests will refuse to come back on the show if they ask probing questions?
As the AP news alert flashed across computer screens in the newsroom, the horror of what was unfolding overseas hit everyone. I could hear audible shock, gasps and disbelief from seasoned news veterans who usually think we've seen it all; yet, this was an unfathomable event.
When preparing for the interview, create a list of the most important points that you would like to make. These will be the points that you should try and get across first. If you have an idea of the story angle, find a way to make your message relate to the topic being discussed.
And does it really matter in the end? History -- particularly autobiography, where a lot of history comes from -- is often described by scholars as nothing more than distorted facts that are filtered through frail human memory to give meaning to the past. So maybe there is no "truth."
If you watched the GOP debate this past week that netted 24 million viewers for Fox News, or even read about it, you probably know who the real winner was: not any of the candidates on the stage but one of the moderators, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.