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Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week was dominated by news from Ferguson -- but much of what was really happening went untold by the media. While TV viewers were mostly presented with endless images of tear gas, violence and division, a fuller depiction would have revealed a community challenged by adversity, underrepresentation and institutional failure that responded with remarkable empathy, kindness and trust. At HuffPost, in addition to covering the protests, the failure of those sworn to serve the citizens of Ferguson, and the entrenched role of race, we also tried to shine a light on how the community came together -- cleaning up, handing out food, and raising money. There was a lot more love than looting in Ferguson, more compassion than conflict. How the media covers a crisis matters -- and showing only one side breeds cynicism about what we can become. The brave citizens of Ferguson have risen to the occasion. I hope the media will join them.

Dick Cavett Calls Robin Williams Daily News Cover 'Yellow Journalism'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.15.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Much of the media focus surrounding Robin Williams' death has been on the explicit and often invasive details of the actor's suicide. Williams' long t...

The Media Conundrum of Suicide: Why We Must Cover Them But Why We Can't

Judy Farah | Posted 08.13.2014 | Media
Judy Farah

Most people don't realize that there are nearly twice as many deaths by suicide each year than death by homicide in the United States, but journalists for generations have been told not to cover suicides. And worse yet, several studies have shown the more we cover them, we might encourage copycats.

Let's Stop The War Of Words

Elena Kaufman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Media
Elena Kaufman

Amidst all of this violence, a different kind of violence infiltrates our television screens, radio waves and news feeds. The war of words between both sides rages far beyond the small square footage of Israel and Gaza.

The O.J. Verdict: Nobody Won

Jim Moret | Posted 08.12.2014 | Crime
Jim Moret

It was a sobering moment for the nation. Americans were divided almost exclusively along racial lines over a case that, based on the physical evidence, had nothing at all to do with race.

A Camera in the Court

Josh Lipsky | Posted 08.02.2014 | Media
Josh Lipsky

Unlike Congress or the White House, no cameras are allowed inside the Supreme Court. Every few years C-SPAN dutifully submits a request to the Chief Justice for access and every few years that request is summarily dismissed.

Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

It is extremely challenging to get service members (and others) to get treatment for the symptoms of PTSD with the negative connotations people already heap atop mental illness, let alone with the insinuation that these people are somehow killers in waiting.

Equal! Equal! Read All About it! Why Equal Pay is Better Than Newspaper Headlines

Christina Pesoli | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Christina Pesoli

Whether the press is good or bad, if the officer is male, his gender is never in the headline. But if the officer is female, it is always part of the headline. And if a woman police officer performs both heroically and exactly as trained? Stop the presses!

Chris Christie, Barack Obama and Other Nonsense About 'Liberal Media Bias'

Larry Light | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Larry Light

Even news people who say they are conservative or liberal emerge, when you talk to them, as wishy-washy about their ideological leanings. The truth is that, whether in the media or the public as a whole, not everybody is political.

'Imagine If The Kennedy Shooting Happened Today'

Joan Gage | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Everyone who was older than, say, five, on November 22, 1963 has a story that begins, 'On the day that Kennedy was shot, I...' Those too young to remember it have filed away Kennedy's murder in their minds along with other national tragedies: the assassination of President Lincoln, the Hindenburg disaster, Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Titanic, the San Francisco earthquake.

2 Alternatives to Advertising: Get Published and Get Featured in Media

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

Chances are that you most need to advertise when you have the least amount of business, which also happens to be when you have the least amount of funds available to advertise. Been there, done that? Fortunately there are two alternatives.

The Truth About How Media Covered The 2012 Election

The Washington Post | John Sides | Posted 10.15.2013 | Media

A majority of Americans distrust the media. Scholarly assessments of the media are usually no better. And these sentiments often reach fever pitch d...

Stories About Child Abductions

Tony Loftis | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Tony Loftis

The stories that make the news -- that is to say, the ones that create news and the media covers -- are not the stories of ordinary people faced with all-too-common family abductions. But they should be.

Profiles in Courage of the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

While we keep hearing and reading about a "cycle" of incarceration, homelessness, addiction and hospitalization for the mentally ill, the truth is that most of those with serious mental illness are more likely to blend in to society than to be on its fringes.

Stop Recycling Clichés About the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Not everyone gets better, but the lion's share do not become "revolving-door patients" either. That distinction seems to have been lost in the recent articles on this subject.

While Cameron's Away, an Uprising of Clichés

David Tereshchuk | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Immediately staring me in the face, and noisily preoccupying the heavier-weight end of the media spectrum here, is the backyard political rebellion that currently bedevils Cameron. He's not escaping it by hopping to America, but he's at least avoiding for now any confrontation with it in person.

The Unfortunate Celebration of Jason Collins' Coming Out

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.01.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

For one, the "coming out" dog and pony show that the media puts on now is getting tired. It should not be breaking news in 2013 for anyone to announce their sexuality. I understand how "momentous" and "unprecedented" all of this is, but I do find it exploitative and repetitive as well.

The Printer Is Mightier Than the Gun?

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 06.22.2013 | College
Lindsay Hoffman

The 3-D printing story -- accompanied by its biggest character, Cody Wilson - has received some attention, but is only in its beginning stages. That's likely why it is not the top story of the day.

Five Days on the Triumph Cruise Ship -- or a Lifetime in an Urban Slum?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

Instead of thinking of the predicament of those Americans as an unusual human experience, an aberration, why not use the cruise story to remind ourselves and others that it is all too similar to the living conditions of as much as 15 percent of the world's population?

Wanted: A Few Good Experts on African 'Chaos'

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Lionel Beehner

The world's most prized minds on geopolitics have reduced the world's problems into poppy headline-friendly phrases that launched a thousand think-tank brown bags.

5 Ways to Develop Positive Media Relationships

Dorie Clark | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Dorie Clark

As a former journalist, I'm always amazed at the misconceptions some professionals have about the best way to interact with reporters. Sure, they're after a good story -- but (unless you're running for president) they're not bloodsuckers out to humiliate you or extract state secrets.

Gray Lady Is of Two Minds on Schizophrenia

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 03.04.2013 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

There are many misinformed views that exist to this day about mental illness, even to an extent on the op-ed pages of the New York Times, leading me to wonder, Et tu, Gray Lady?

Publicist Confirms It: Fox News Banned Book Critical Of George W. Bush

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 01.28.2013 | Media

In his much-discussed mea culpa about the reality-denialism of movement conservatism, Bruce Bartlett made a striking claim: He wrote that he was not a...

Sound and Fury Over Nothing

Sue VanDerzee | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Sue VanDerzee

What matters is not which of the two major parties' presidential candidates "won" the debate, but the fact that the American people were the losers. We lost because the largest questions of our times were never addressed, much less answered.

The Meticulous Political Dance of a Manic Media

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 11.26.2012 | Media
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

We are rounding the bend toward the last act in this season's power play of a presidential campaign.