a year ago, the Village Voice series "AIDS: The Agony of Africa" is an incredible, award-winning, multi-part series. Superb reporting, tight writing, wrenching emotions, factual gold mine, this series is a model for good journalism--and a klaxon-call warning about the wretched state of a continent.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Dec 1, 2000 -
That dude that's been doing the Gore vs. Bush graphics for CNN has outdone himself.
It looks like Gore is actually trying to bite Bush's head... Egads!
posted by Niccola Six
on Nov 29, 2000 -
Is this annoying to anyone else?
I usually get most of my news from either ABCnews.com or CNN.com, then this morning I noticed that every time I load ABCnews, an annoying ad banner pops up for AT&T over the browser toolbar. I know that big sites have used popups before (usually as announcements or something else), but an ad popup on such a major site seems like an even further blurring of that line between media and advertising. I guess I'm switching news sources.
posted by almostcool
on Nov 28, 2000 -
We the Public Press..
In order to form a more perfect newsmedia, establish reader distrust, avoid few legalities, provide for the common deafndumb, promote the grocery store impulse buy kiosks, and secure the Blessings of Boldfaced Lying to ourselves and our Readership, do completely avoid and ignore this annoying Code of Ethics...
posted by ZachsMind
on Nov 19, 2000 -
Reporter Road Rage
Fox News Channel anchor ran over another reporter with his car at the Florida State Capitol. Anything to cover the "Battle for the White House"...
posted by owillis
on Nov 18, 2000 -
Superfluous and unnecessary.
The :Cue Cat reader
has insinuated itself into the very fabric of the Dallas Morning News
, promising links to "expanded content" and "special promotions" by using this $50 future garage sale item. Is there a real need for bar code scanners in the average household? Or is :Cue Cat merely artificially creating a need for their services?
posted by ethmar
on Oct 3, 2000 -
Three good pieces from the Sunday Times: New York as viewed through foreign tourist guidebooks
(big surprise, the French books are the ones that spend the most time pointing out American inferiority). Jerry Nachman
on journalists' overwhelmingly one-sided ideology and their rapidly-decreasing ability to hide it. And Michael Lewis
on how TiVo and Replay are going to destroy television as we know it, eek! (And don't miss the videos
showing how they blew up the TVs and Kellogg's boxes to get the photographs that accompany the article.)
I don't think the Nachman link will live beyond 11 pm Eastern on Sunday; I couldn't find a longer-lasting link to it. I guess opinion pieces aren't important to the Times.
posted by aaron
on Aug 12, 2000 -
John Stossel Reprimanded but not Fired by ABC
- It is not exactly new information
that Stossel has a habit of distorting facts and misleading the public. However, in this case he apparently thought he could get away with fabricating two complete sets of lab results related to food safety. Willingly disseminating false health information strikes me as a serious breach of journalistic ethics. In any case, ABC thinks a slap on the wrist will suffice, and tonight Stossel is expected to make an on-air apology. Will he admit he lied or blame an intern?
posted by johnb
on Aug 11, 2000 -
In the public interest or irresponsible journalism?
One of our infamous tabloid newspapers published the names, locations and pictures of convicted paedophiles yesterday, the police have condemned what they did, the paper claims it is in the public interest and that the police don't do enough to protect us.....[more inside]
posted by Markb
on Jul 24, 2000 -
The Blogging Revolution @ webreview.com
Oy. No wonder no one respects web journalism. I could barely get past the first sentence. 1992? Funny, but the first visual browsers weren't released until 1993 and homepages didn't spring up like daisies till 94/95.
posted by gsh
on Jul 7, 2000 -
Stupid new marketing word of the day: "Advertorial" (spotted on this NY Times page
). Here's a screenshot
- what exactly are they trying to say? Do their advertisements now contain editorial copy that should help shoppers make a more informed decision, or are they just trying to fool us into thinking these advertisements have more credibility because they are "editorialized"? (disclaimer: I hate marketing BS)
posted by mathowie
on May 31, 2000 -
the age weblog
[via wetlog, of course]
it's pretty obvious she's reading MeFi [and memepool] -- but not linking to them.
posted by palegirl
on May 25, 2000 -
Crackpots brought to you by 'balance"
is a piece over at the Boston Globe on the state of the media today. It focuses on the media's handling of the whole Elian G. business, but it also takes a different angle on the more general matter of being journalistically 'fair' . . . which I thought interesting too in the light of growth of online fora and web logs (and perhaps also ask-an-expert sites?) which are coming to be considered as legitimate news resources.
posted by mrpalomar
on Apr 27, 2000 -
Wired No More
The assimilation of Wired.com into the Lycos empire is complete. And www.wirednews.com also goes to the Lycos music front page. How long before it gets shifted to a Tripod member page?
posted by holgate
on Apr 25, 2000 -
The Corporatization of Weblogs Has Begun, it is decreed
The current Editor & Publisher
introduces blogging to its newspaper-editor audience and points out two blogs actually written by newspaper columnists. I do indeed agree that Weblogging is a viable new medium of expression for dead-tree media, and agree even more strongly that special-interest journalistic blogs are in desperate need. (I'm planning one myself, and wouldn't it be great to read dueling blogs on the same topic from rival newspapers?) I just worry that the column will have an illocutionary effect
, i.e., it will cause something to happen just by uttering words, rather like "I now pronounce you married." In this case the words I worry about are "The corporatization of Weblogs has begun." I can hear Rushkoff griping about the good old days already. And I'd gripe along with him.
posted by joeclark
on Mar 8, 2000 -
helps high schools put their newspapers (and classrooms and other information) online -- but i wonder if putting articles like this one
, which tell personal information about students, online is a good idea. following that logic, i guess it's good that it's difficult to search high wired or find a list
of all the high school newspapers that it hosts. if you poke around a bit, you can
find many papers and it's good for a laugh
posted by palegirl
on Feb 2, 2000 -
The San Francisco Examiner is up for sale?
I didn't even know this. I'm surprised no dotcoms have swooped in to buy the dead trees media. Apparently, they need a buyer very soon, or the paper will merge with the SF Chronicle. Will SF become yet another one-newspaper city? Sad...
posted by mathowie
on Jan 29, 2000 -
Recently, MTV had a special on 'hackers'
(scroll down to last weeks show), but apparently the people they contacted for background info didn't give them an interesting enough story. So the guys made one up
. The guy behind it all says he was just trying to make MTV's journalists look bad, but that's restating the obvious. Of course MTV is clueless and goes to any length to create a story. The worst part is that MTV isn't alone in this, every news outlet does this. The nightly news looks the way it does for the same reasons, it's all about entertainment.
posted by mathowie
on Oct 18, 1999 -
The LA Times is working on a new look.
My first impression is 'huh?' I know they contracted out Frog Design
, which usually does good work, but have these guys ever tested this on anyone? It's over 700 pixels wide, the custom tabs on the left take up half the screen space, leaving little for articles (and taking all the focus away from the news). Why would you go to a Newspaper site, but for news? I hope this is an early beta, because it needs work.
posted by mathowie
on Sep 22, 1999 -