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A Western journalist who criticizes local authorizes may burn a bridge or two with government sources. A journalist who criticizes local authorities in a nation plagued by corruption may face censorship, prison, emotional threats, physical attacks, or murder. For journalists working in...
Created: Feb. 6, 2013
In 2012, upscale department store Barney's New York announced a holiday partnership with Walt Disney Co. Disney created holiday display windows for the famed store, including one in which a movie shows Minnie Mouse envisioning herself as a Paris runway model. During this short dream sequence,...
Created: Nov. 5, 2012
Women’s Day magazine turned 75 this year. Instead of stirring up nostalgia with a vintage issue, editors decided to celebrate the magazine’s relevancy with readers today. By leveraging tradition with content that is relevant for today’s readers, women’s service magazines like Women’s Day...
Created: Oct. 8, 2012
A reporter's job is to report. That means to tell what really happened, what people did and what they said. If a written report includes a quotation, it's exactly what the individual who is quoted said. Right? Well, not always. There's the matter of context, for example. In the interest...
Created: Sep. 26, 2012
In director François Truffaut’s poetic 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 , our reluctant hero—Oskar Werner as Guy Montag—lives in a sterile, gadget-laden home with his bored, somnambulant wife, Linda (Julie Christie). Wandering their home in a constant state of...
Created: Sep. 21, 2012
If someone asked me to identify Mandy Moore, I might mention her lead role in the movie A Walk to Remember or date myself by offering a pitchy rendition of her hit song “I Wanna Be With You.” After attending the USAID Final Frontiers in Development conference this summer, I would also use...
Created: Sep. 17, 2012
“Whaddaya wanna do tonight?” “I dunno, Angie. What do you wanna do?’’ — Joe Mantell and Ernest Borgnine, in Marty (1955) Forty years ago, movie fans scrutinized TV Guide and newspaper listings for their favorites, often staying up until 2 a.m. for a chance to catch ...
Created: Sep. 13, 2012
In the summer of 1967, doing my best to become an adolescent pop-culture junkie in that media-starved era, I fretted over the fates of my favorite TV shows: Star Trek , The Man from UNCLE , The Wild Wild West , Get Smart , Batman and — yes, I admit it — The Monkees . I would have...
Created: Aug. 13, 2012
AT&T’s recent “It Can Wait” campaign, about the dangers of texting while driving, has brought renewed public attention to the broader issue of text messaging itself. Since the cultural phenomenon of text communication between mobile phones first became popular among young people, just a few...
Created: Jul. 18, 2012
While trying to read a somber op-ed piece about the upcoming election and what Americans like and don't like about capitalism and blah blah blah on the New York Times website this morning, I kept being distracted by flashy moving ad that took up the right side of the page. There were blocks...
Created: Jul. 17, 2012
In June of 2001, Newsweek broke a Hollywood story that proved scandalous even by the film colony's laissez-faire standards: Columbia Pictures was caught in a big, fat lie. David Manning, of the Ridgefield Press —a small weekly newspaper in Connecticut—had for quite some time been an...
Created: Jul. 13, 2012
A news hook, supported by strong quotes, is not enough to carry a hard news story. It needs to be grounded in hard fact – in numbers. Building ratios and percentages into the article is one way to meet this credential. Throw in a colorful bar graph or pie chart and the facts become even more...
Created: Jun. 26, 2012
Headlines, tweets, TV announcements and radio reports drip with sinfully decadent—and often erroneous, even scandalous, perhaps irresponsible—claims: Chocolate makes you skinny. Drink diet soda, have stroke. Red meat kills you. There's diabetes in white rice. Now, this constant...
Created: Apr. 17, 2012
The dilemma facing the creative writer in a late-stage capitalist world: should one succumb to it, incorporate it or starve? This writer walks the fine line and still retains a modicum of dignity, although is aware of the issues therein. I am a copywriter by default, a novelist/creative...
Created: Sep. 30, 2011
The world has experienced yet another act of terrorism and the horror of a mass shooting. On July 22, 2011, Norway faced a terrible tragedy with a bomb blast and a mass shooting in Oslo and Utøya, killing a reported number of 76 people. The media's constant reports allowed viewers and...
Created: Jul. 29, 2011
Throughout the three years of media coverage of the Casey Anthony case, the nation's public became quite familiar with Nancy Grace, a justice-seeking prosecutor publicly convicting whoever she believed to be guilty in criminal trials. For years, she has come under fire for the behavior and...
Created: Jul. 7, 2011
High-profile court cases have received extensive media coverage for many years. The Casey Anthony trial is the most recent case to capture the nation's attention. The story of a young mother accused of killing her toddler daughter resonated with many people who believed the media's...
Created: Jul. 6, 2011
The exiling of journalists has become a political and social trend witnessed across nations around the world as more and more journalists are condemned by their nation's governments. Journalists who participate in reform movements, whether through their publications or in actual...
Created: Jul. 5, 2011
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In the July issue of Newsweek, the magazine publication is preparing to launch a cover portraying an imaginary present-day image of Princess Diana as she reaches the age of 50 with the daughter-in-law she never had the opportunity to meet, Kate Middleton. Of course, many have attacked...
Request Curation Created: Jun. 29, 2011
It was recently revealed that the author of the "A Gay Girl in Damascus" blog was an American man living in Turkey. The blog chronicled the life of a supposedly Syrian-American woman named Amina Abdallah, who allegedly went missing in early June of 2011. Major news outlets covered the...
Created: Jun. 13, 2011
Mainstream media is in an irreversible slide. Multiple factors are contributing to the decline including bad management, increasingly inexperienced journalists, and a lack of credibility. Mainstream reporters mistakenly believe they are producing original and superior content, but...
Created: Apr. 1, 2011

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