The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named the 2012 winners of their science journalism award
. The winning text, radio and TV segments -- which cover subjects ranging from bat ecology to nuclear power post-Fukushima -- are all free access. [more inside]
Working With Studs
is a radio documentary about Studs Terkel. You will like it. Good production and tech notes, courtesy of Transom.org
To The Best Of Our Knowledge
is one of the most wide-ranging and literate public radio shows in the US, a two-hour "radio salon" featuring leisurely exploration of weekly themes like No Smoking
, Identity Crisis
, and The Mind, Music, and Math
. Host Jim Fleming
approaches these big ideas through the works of authors - journalists of all stripes, memoirists, poets, fiction writers, essayists. Five years' worth of shows
are available on audio archives; you can also search the impressive list of authors by name
, or subscribe to the podcast
. [more inside]
Anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory: George Seldes
was inspiration to Mae Brussell
,whose first computer was donated by conservative Frank Zappa.
continues the tradition of investigative muckraker in his weekly program on the great WFMU.
Key to the for the record material:Paul Manning.
annotated program descriptions here
Dave's 500th show
State of the Media Report 2004
, which seeks to improve news coverage in a more neutral fashion than those who cry bias from the left and right. The group offers advice for average citizens
The report focuses mainly on US media and identifies eight trends.
The content analyses finds that newspapers
have more lifestyle news than in the past, but less government and foreign affairs, even with wars abroad. More front page articles about issues, less on crime and disasters. Network news
was heavy on foreign affairs, government, accidents, disaster, crime and health care. The cable networks
had a lot of politics and Iraq stuff, but also a lot more celebrity/entertainment/lifestyle stuff than the big four. Local TV news
treats crime as topic A.
audience is aging, and total pages are declining, but some, like The Economist and the New Yorker, have found success in niches. Internet journalism
is "still largely material from old media rather than something original." And it's still text-y. But it is clearly the future of journalism.
But don't pronounce the dinosaurs dead yet. Radio once ruled, and in a way it still does: 94 percent still tune in to radio news
at least once a week.
a couple of days ago. Listen to an old interview with Stuart McLean on
CBC Radio RealAudio
noon EST from Toronto, 1pm from Winnipeg, 2pm from Calgary or 3pm
from Vancouver. Gzowski and McLean are the voice of the Canadian spirit.