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Ebola PR, Global News and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 11.11.2014 | 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.

Using One Frame of Film to Review the Whole Movie

Dave Helfert | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Dave Helfert

News is what's happening right now, or just happened, or is about to happen. Anything that occurred before today's news cycle is history. This feeds a national attention deficit that leads us to careen from crisis to crisis like a drunk in a Ferrari.

Christina Wilkie

Newtown Pleads For Privacy Ahead Of Sandy Hook Anniversary

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the one-year anniversary approaches for the murders of 26 students and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., m...

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

Climate Deniers, Meet Joe Camel

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you -- and if they did, no one would listen.

VOA Is 'Not a Mouthpiece of the White House,' Director Says (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Nicholas Kralev

"The Voice of America is not a propaganda organization and is not a mouthpiece of the White House or anybody else" -- in fact, its reporters don't e...

Video: Could the "Fast Food" News Creation Approach Work for Video? We Don't Think So

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
Andy Plesser

Creating quality, enduring online video news content doesn't need to be expensive, but it has to be done with skill and credibility.

Health Sucks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could manage our weight and our health with at least as great and reliable a ROI as we can get by managing our money. We could eliminate 80 percent of our lifetime risk of chronic disease. The grim landscape of modern epidemiology is not for want of knowing -- it's for want of doing.

Unreliable Sources: How the Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Elliott Negin

When it comes to climate, identifiable contrarian groups share the same goals as their corporate underwriters: sow doubt about the reality or seriousness of global warming, stifle government efforts to curb carbon emissions, and hinder the growth of renewable energy technologies.

Learning the News One Mistake at a Time

David Westin | Posted 06.27.2013 | Media
David Westin

If there's one thing we can be sure about in the reporting from Boston last week, it's this: We all have a bigger job than ever before in sorting through the torrent of conflicting reports and finding the truth.

We're All Journalists Now

Janet Ritz | Posted 06.22.2013 | Media
Janet Ritz

In the Internet age, we're all journalists. Everyone who posts on social media should consider that, if what they posted is incorrect, exposing, sensational, prejudicial or otherwise inappropriate, it may change the perception of those who see it in unforeseen ways.

10 Things I Will Try to Remember About That Week in Boston

Gary Nelson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Gary Nelson

Dedication, bravery and a willingness to help total strangers is the real story in Boston. Even though we are capable of causing great harm to others, we are also capable of extraordinary acts of goodness. We need to be reminded of that daily.

Fear Shuts Down Boston

David Ropeik | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Our responses may not make intellectual sense tomorrow, or whenever this calms down (hopefully with no or minimal additional violence), when we can look back at things in the cool calm of rational hindsight, but they make emotional sense now. Because we are afraid.

News Is Bad for You? Here Are 9 Reasons Why That Idea Is Flat Wrong

Danny Rubin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Media
Danny Rubin

I don't know who Rolf Dobelli is, but I completely disagree with his recent column in The Guardian, a British newspaper. Dobelli believes "news is bad for you" and argues that the day's headlines rot your brain.

Jackie Robinson and the Press

Christopher Lamb | Posted 06.10.2013 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

There is no greater story in sports than Robinson breaking baseball's color line on April 15, 1947. Yet there was little sense of that history that day in the sports pages of daily newspapers, even in New York City.

Pew Takes Overly Pessimistic Shot at the News Industry

Paul Raeburn | Posted 05.22.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Pew worries that newsmakers are more adept at putting their message out without reliance on "any filter by the traditional media." I'm not sure the "filter" of the traditional media is a good thing. Or if it is, the burden is on Pew to show how and why.