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Sara Catania

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How To Fix American Journalism, Part II

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2009 | 1:43 PM

Goodbye Newspapers, Hello News

What will American journalism look like in five years? Next year?


Behold two very different models already up and running. One, an inside-the-Beltway, nationally oriented, for-profit operation. The other, a hyper-local, West Coast non-profit funded mainly through philanthropy.

Both are paperless operations, publishing exclusively...

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What's Wrong With This Picture, Part II

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 4:13 PM

Still No U.S.-based Journalists of Color Speaking at Future of Journalism Confab

I took some flak today from organizers at a journalism conference in New York City who told me that my blog post yesterday on the absence of people of color among the contingent of U.S. journalists at...

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What's Wrong With This Picture? No U.S. Journalists of Color Speak at Conference on Future of Media

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 4:15 PM

Sometime after lunch on day one of a Columbia University confab on the future of watchdog journalism, I came to an unsettling realization: every U.S. panelist was white and over 40. Nearly all were male.

Could this be part of the problem?

When I put the question to Charles...

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How To Fix American Journalism

(23) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 11:46 AM

If American journalism is to save itself, it must look to non-profits and universities for funding and support, forging partnerships hinged on hard-hitting investigations and led by a new crop of reporters trained to gather and not simply comment on the news.

That was the message conveyed by media...

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Exploiting Kids on YouTube is Not Okay

(17) Comments | Posted February 13, 2009 | 2:34 PM

There's a video clip called "David after Dentist" making the YouTube rounds that features a young boy, probably six or seven years old, in the throes of anesthetic confusion following an oral medical procedure.

It was recommended to me by several different people who found it uproariously funny, and...

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Hey President Obama, Spare Any Change?

(17) Comments | Posted January 1, 2009 | 9:45 PM

Experienced, Independent Journalist Seeks Audacious Opportunity to Earn Living Wage.

Attention Barack Obama: journalism needs your help.

In 2008 more than 15,500 journalists were laid off or bought out (or, considering the corporate greed driving much of the cuts, laid out and forcibly bought off), a 700 percent increase...

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House-- Not

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 12:06 PM

Comedy's Obama Problem

It's been more than a week now since our historic presidential election, and comedians are suffering a serious case of Republican withdrawal. No wonder, given the feeding frenzy in the run-up to the election, when the Republicans served up Sarah Palin to previously flagging lampooners at

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Barack Obama is Not My President

(4) Comments | Posted November 7, 2008 | 2:28 PM

Barack Obama is not my president. Yes, I voted for him, and I'm as taken with his eloquence, determination and historic-ness as anyone. But it is too late in my life for me to claim him as my own.

We do not choose the presidents who are truly ours, who...

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