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News reports of Toronto mayor’s alleged crack cocaine use sparks journalism ethics debate

Explosive news reports alleging the mayor of Canada's largest city was videotaped smoking crack cocaine with drug dealers have ignited an intense debate over the corroboration of sources' claims and checkbook journalism in the digital media age. Read more »


News needs to engage millenials or risks losing them: professor speaks of new book in live panel

Journalists need to find ways to make the news engaging for millenials — the generation born in the 1980s and the 1990s — or risk "living in a world where people are not informed," Prof. Paula Poindexter told a panel on HuffPost Live on Friday, Sept. 21.

"We need to re-think journalism," said Poindexter, author of "Millenials, News and Social Media: Is News Engagement a Thing of the Past?" Read more »


Journalism schools should emphasize coding and practical teaching, experts say in NiemanLab series

The Nieman Journalism Lab has kicked off the new school year in the United States with a series of thought-provoking articles by academics and professionals on how journalism schools can improve their mission of molding future journalists, advice that included learning by doing and embracing coding. Read more »


Millenial generation calls news media garbage, boring, and one-sided, says academic's book

A University of Texas at Austin journalism professor has exposed a challenge for the media industry with the recent publication of her book detailing how millenials — people born in the 1980s and 1990s — consider the news to be repetitive, boring, lies, one-sided, propaganda, and garbage. Read more »


Vanity Fair’s profile of Obama re-opens debate on giving sources the right to approve quotes

The debate over whether journalists should be allowing political figures to approve quotes before they appear in print or online gained strength last week with the news that author Michael Lewis gave the White House quote approval before he embarked on a profile of President Barack Obama for Vanity Fair. Read more »


University to close journalism program amidst calls to improve journalism education in the U.S.

Emory University has announced it will be shutting down its journalism program in two years, a decision that contrasts sharply with recent calls for universities to improve journalism education by embracing the digital era, a necessary condition for keeping citizens informed and American democracy healthy. Read more »


Journal Register bankruptcy sparks debate about "digital first" strategy

The recent filing for bankruptcy by the Journal Register Company (JRC) has sparked a heated discussion about the company's tactics and whether John Paton's "digital first" strategy was truly attracting enough advertising revenue to sustain a newspaper company as it embraced the digital era. Read more »


End of daily circulation is only way to keep New Orleans’ newspaper profitable, says executive

Just two weeks before The New Orleans Times-Picayune will trim its print schedule back to three days a week, making the Big Easy the biggest U.S. city without a daily newspaper, one of the newspaper's executives has acknowledged that declining advertising revenues was a factor in shifting their focus online. Read more »



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