With its increased focus on politics, international news, culture and sports, Murdoch's reconceived Journal represents nothing short of a formal declaration of war on that most venerable of journalistic institutions, The New York Times.It will be interesting to see whether the new WSJ will reach a broader audience and change the competition for the paper of record, the NYT.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
He is in town this week as part of UW's all-campus party. It does not say what he will be speaking about, but it might be worth checking out.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This interview with Vince Kiernan, another science communication scholar, speaks to the problem of "Eureka" moment coverage of science. He posits science journals have set up a system in embargoing the latest studies, which in turn encourages journalists to focus on this timely "event" coverage rather than the long-term critical coverage of science.
The interview itself is fewer than 4 minutes. Definitely worth a listen for another perspective on the coverage of science and for more ideas on how to evaluate reporting.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I haven't heard this quote from Kurt Vonnegut before, but I really like it:
“Please put it in a trash can,” riders are reminded. After which Neil Neches, an erudite writer in the transit agency’s marketing and service information department, inserted a semicolon. The rest of the sentence reads, “that’s good news for everyone.”
“When Hemingway killed himself he put a period at the end of his life,” Kurt Vonnegut once said. “Old age is more like a semicolon.”The article is like the who's who of punctuation. Lynne Truss (author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves), Noam Chomsky and New Yorker staffers all comment. People sure got excited about that semi-colon!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
One thing I found particularly interesting is the reporter's comment on how Chelsea's appearances do not garner much attention except in local news coverage. This seems like a valuable approach for a national candidate to connect to people in local communities.
I was not able to attend Chelsea's appearance in Madison this week, but I hear the crowd was much larger than expected. Does this speak to interest in Hillary as a candidate or a "celebrity" factor? Perhaps people are attending to be a part of a significant event in the community.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Time: Sunday, February 24, 2008 2:00 p.m.
Location: A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore
Title of Event: The Story of the Daily Cardinal
Allison Hantschel Sanson will read and discuss "It Doesn't End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal".
It is the story of great American journalists and journalism told through the prism of the University of Wisconsin's 115 year old student newspaper.
This event is free and open to the public.
Find more info here.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
When it comes to protecting the rule of law, words are not enough. We need action.
It's wrong for your government to spy on you. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in calling on Senate Democrats to filibuster revisions to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that would give "retroactive immunity" to the giant telecom companies for their role in aiding George W. Bush's illegal eavesdropping on American citizens.
The Senate is debating this issue right now -- which is why we must act right now. You can find your Senators' phone numbers here or call the Senate Switchboard at 1-(202)-224-3121.
Granting retroactive immunity is wrong. It will let corporate law-breakers off the hook. It will hamstring efforts to learn the truth about Bush's illegal spying program. And it will flip on its head a core principle that has guided our nation since our founding: the belief that no one, no matter how well connected or what office they hold, is above the law.
But in Washington today, the telecom lobbyists have launched a full-court press for retroactive immunity. George Bush and Dick Cheney are doing everything in their power to ensure it passes. And too many Senate Democrats are ready to give the lobbyists and the Bush administration exactly what they want.
Please join me in calling on every Senate Democrat to do everything in their power -- including joining Senator Dodd's efforts to filibuster this legislation -- to stop retroactive immunity and stand up for the rule of law. The Constitution should not be for sale at any price.
Thank you for taking action.
January 24, 2008
This speaks to broader issues of privacy and autonomy from government in the constantly evolving age of digital media and communication technologies. Attention to this particular issue by government leaders like Edwards is crucial, and he is the first of the presidential candidates to do so. I think we need more attention to broader privacy rights in mainstream news outlets and more salience of these issues among the public.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Welcome to the section blog. Think of this as a forum for any thoughts, ideas or questions you have on class material. It can be a supplement for our class discussions and a place to share related materials you find online. I think you will also find it a useful study tool for conversing with your classmates. See you in class!