Category: Media » Media Crisis

Stay tuned for news

15 Aug 15:18 | Media

Changes are coming to NewsLab. I can’t tell you anything now–sorry to sound so coy–but I wanted to give loyal readers a heads-up that an announcement will be coming right after Labor Day. For now, I can assure you that NewsLab’s content isn’t going away. After spending the last 20 years building this resource for [...]read more »

Tips for MMJs

17 Jul 2017 | Media

If you’re working as an MMJ in your first job and think you won’t do it in your second, think again, says Heidi Wigdahl. She’s been in the business seven years, starting in market 153 at KTTZ in Rochester, Minnesota, and she’s still shooting her own stories in her third job at KARE-TV in Minneapolis. [...]read more »

TV news seeks to bolster trust

11 Jul 2017 | Media

We all know what’s happened to trust in the news media.  It sank to a new low in 2016, according to Gallup, with just 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in what they see in the news media. What’s to be done? First of all, don’t panic. This [...]read more »

Remember the audience

13 Jun 2017 | Media

When you produce a story, are you thinking of how people are going to consume it? Mick Côté, digital news editor at The Canadian Press, says that in most newsrooms the answer is typically, “No.” And that’s a shame. “We’re so drawn to our own stuff we forget to take a step back and ask, ‘Is [...]read more »

Storytelling now — and back then

23 May 2017 | Media

Sometimes I think the process of journalism has changed so much since I started it’s almost unrecognizable. (Scroll down for some early career memories.) But then I consider how much hasn’t changed. Good writing is still good writing, and will be forever. It’s still a craft you can learn, you can always get better at [...]read more »

New Study Reveals Why People Pay For News And What It Means For Future Of Journalism

4 May 2017 | Entertainment

Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults pay for news, with roughly half of those subscribing to a newspaper, according to a study conducted by the Media Insight Project. read more »

Fake News And Filters Aren't Fooling Internet Users

4 May 2017 | U.S. News

Despite what some politicians argue, fake news and biased search algorithms aren't swaying public opinion, finds a Michigan State University more »

In 'Post Truth' Era, Leaders Must Defend Objective, Independent Media

4 May 2017 | World

In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations more »

Tips on using drones for news

2 May 2017 | Media

with Deb Halpern Wenger Drones have already proved their worth in national and international news coverage, adding fresh perspective to reports on natural disasters and environmental issues. Now, drones are being used more widely by local news organizations, and DJI‘s Jon Resnick says it’s a no-brainer to get in the game. “[Drones] let us tell stories more effectively, [...]read more »

Using .GIFs for news

24 Apr 2017 | Media

You can’t help but notice when short video loops or animations pop up in your social media channels. They’re designed to draw your attention, and they do. It’s time to get over yourself and get on board with Harry Styles — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 23, 2017 GIFs (images in graphics interchange format) have been [...]read more »

The Survival Of Journalism Fraught With Danger And Being Squeezed From All Directions

11 Apr 2017 | World

Well researched journalism is more important than ever. Around the world there are squeezes on press freedom from all directions, and with the rise of what has been dubbed "fake-news", it is a time for thorough journalism, says Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship more »

Amid Rise Of 'Fake News' Authorities "Should Ensure Truthful Info Reaches Public"

13 Mar 2017 | World

Noting growing prevalence of “fake news” and propaganda in both legacy and social media, key human rights experts have called on State actors to ensure that they disseminate reliable and trustworthy information, including about matters of public interest, such as the economy, public health, security and the more »

“Fake news” and how to stop it

7 Mar 2017 | Media

By Dylan M. McLemore, University of Central Arkansas, @voiceofD After the dust from our toxic post-election discourse settled, the talk of traditional and social media turned to “fake news” – a term that has taken on new meaning in recent years, and new prominence in the 2016 presidential race. In this iteration, fake news doesn’t refer [...]read more »

Podcasting tips from a pro

2 Mar 2017 | Media

If it seems to you like podcasting is making a comeback, hold it right there. It never went away, according to Michael O’Connell, host of the It’s All Journalism podcast and author of the forthcoming book Turn up the Volume: A Down and Dirty Guide to Launching a Podcast. “Thousands of podcasts were out there, [...]read more »

NPC Protests White House Blackballing Of News Organizations

27 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Leaders of the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute have expressed shock about the White House press secretary's decision to keep several news organizations which have written critical stories about President Trump out of one of his more »

Not your enemy

22 Feb 2017 | Media

Attacks on the news media are nothing new, especially from American presidents. Even that vocal defender of a free press, Thomas Jefferson, had it up to here on occasion with newspapers and “the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them.” Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list” included more than 50 print and [...]read more »

Not your enemy

22 Feb 2017 | Media

Attacks on the news media are nothing new, especially from American presidents. Even that vocal defender of a free press, Thomas Jefferson, had it up to here on occasion with newspapers and “the malignity, the vulgarity, and mendacious spirit of those who write for them.” Richard Nixon’s famous “enemies list” included more than 50 print and [...]read more »

Communications Expert Explains How Science Should Respond To Fake News

20 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

The rise of fake news has dominated the world of politics since the last U.S. election cycle. But fake news is not at all new in the world of science, notes University of Wisconsin-Madison Life Sciences Communication Professor Dominique Brossard. read more »

How newsrooms stay on top of the news

2 Feb 2017 | Media

Running a newsroom is both a sprint and a marathon. You have to move fast as things change, sometimes minute to minute, while also planning for the long term. How do you manage? Some of the most popular tools in newsrooms are free and open source, like Twitter and Google Docs. Whatsapp has proved useful [...]read more »

Reporting tactic: Soliciting leaks

25 Jan 2017 | Media

Less than a week into the Trump administration, multiple government agencies have told their employees not to speak to the news media or release information to the public. Journalists have responded by spreading the word that it’s easy to reach them, securely and confidentially. Many news organizations use SecureDrop, which describes itself as “an open-source [...]read more »

One Journalist Killed Every Four Days In 2016

18 Jan 2017 | World

More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to UNESCO, which is tasked with defending press more »

SEO for journalists

5 Jan 2017 | Media

I’m a reporter. What do I care about SEO? The answer should be “plenty,” if you care whether anyone sees that story you worked so hard on once it’s posted online. Here’s why: The digital audience is made up of seekers and scanners. People seeking information about a particular topic will search for it online. [...]read more »

How the Wall Street Journal boosts social sharing

14 Nov 2016 | Media

Every news organization wants its stories shared as widely as possible. Managers encourage reporters to share their work using their own social media profiles, while the social media desk (if there is one) posts to the newsroom’s main Twitter feed, Facebook page, and other outlets. But, if we’re honest, it can often be a bit [...]read more »

Reading lists

18 Oct 2016 | Media

Sometimes it just takes a little nudge. I’ve had a couple of reading lists on this site for years, and it’s been a long time since I updated them. So I’m grateful to the reader who pointed out that a lot of links were out of date and motivated me to fix them! I’ve just updated [...]read more »

TV storytelling one on one

15 Sep 2016 | Media

Who comes to mind when you hear the words “TV news” and “storytelling?” For me, it’s a short list. The late Charles Kuralt and his On The Road stories for CBS News. Steve Hartman, who revived the On the Road franchise for CBS. Bob Dotson of NBC News and his American Stories. And Boyd Huppert [...]read more »

What’s changed since the Roanoke TV murders?

26 Aug 2016 | Media

It’s been a year since that awful morning at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. A year since a promising young reporter, Alison Parker, and a well-liked photographer, Adam Ward, were shot to death during a live report by a former employee of the station. The murders caused soul-searching in some TV newsrooms about the security of [...]read more »

Partisan Media Can Influence Viewers To Reject Facts: Study

11 Aug 2016 | Entertainment

A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political more »

Truth 'Is In Danger' As New Techniques Used To Stop Journalists Covering The news

11 Jul 2016 | SciTech

The truth is being suppressed across the world using a variety of methods, according to a special report in the 250th issue of Index on Censorship more »

Ethical editing

16 Jun 2016 | Media

It was only eight seconds. Eight seconds of silence between a question and answer. But it didn’t actually happen that way. And now, the decision to insert an 8-second pause in a documentary about a controversial subject has become a controversy of its own. The director of the documentary film Under the Gun says she made a “creative decision” [...]read more »

Local TV news viewership declines again

15 Jun 2016 | Media

The latest report from the Pew Research Center on the state of local television news is anything but upbeat. According to Nielsen data, the local news audience shrank again in 2015 in all key time slots–morning, evening and late. Late news took the biggest hit, down 5% from the year before. And the long-term trend isn’t pretty. Since [...]read more »

More stations air more local news, but who’s producing it?

2 Jun 2016 | Media

There’s more local TV news on the air than ever, and more is on the way. That’s the headline from the latest RTDNA research conducted by Bob Papper. The median amount of news aired on weekdays, 5.5 hours, broke the old record by half an hour. More than a third of stations surveyed said they [...]read more »

Morley Safer: One of the greats

20 May 2016 | Media

He was a courageous reporter, a gifted writer, and a man who loved to laugh. Morley Safer spent more than 50 years at CBS News and is best known for his work at 60 Minutes, which aired a fitting tribute to him last week. He died just days later. He was 84. It’s hard to sum up [...]read more »

Texts Generated By Robot Reporters Found More Credible Than Those By Real Journalists

4 May 2016 | Entertainment

An experimental study has found that readers rate texts generated by algorithms more credible than texts written by real more »

Former Fox News Commentator Pleads Guilty to Fraud

1 May 2016 | U.S. News

Wayne Shelby Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, a former Fox News commentator who has falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has pleaded guilty to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms more »

What makes people trust the news?

22 Apr 2016 | Media

You already know that Americans have little confidence in what they see, hear or read in the news media. Last year, according to Gallup, trust in media set a new low with just 7% saying they have a great deal of confidence in the news. What’s to be done? A new study offers some clues. The Media Insight Project asked [...]read more »

Justice Department Opposes L.A. Times Publisher Acquiring Competing Newspapers

22 Mar 2016 | U.S. News

The Department of Justice has filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block the acquisition by Tribune Publishing Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, of Freedom Communications Inc., publisher of the Register in Orange County, California, and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside County, California. read more »

National Press Club Concerned By Attacks On Journalists Covering Presidential Campaign

14 Mar 2016 | Media

The National Press Club has raised concerns about the increasing attacks and threats against journalists covering the United States presidential campaign, particularly after multiple unsettling reports from Donald Trump events. read more »

How to find an expert in a hurry

9 Mar 2016 | Media

When you’re on deadline and you need an expert on a particular subject, where do you turn? Google is great, but it’s massive. Type in “stock market expert” and you’ll get 34 million results in seconds, with the top links offering advice on how you can become an expert. Not quite what you were looking for, [...]read more »

Story first: Digital strategy in a multiplatform world

1 Mar 2016 | Media

My hometown newspaper, The Washington Post, has been rocketing up the comScore rankings of top digital media companies. Last August, it wasn’t even in the top 50. Two months later, the Post ranked 36th, beating the New York Times (37th) for the first time ever.  How much of that improvement is due to different paywall strategies is for others to debate. [...]read more »

How to search social media by location

24 Feb 2016 | Media

How do you locate sources and original content during a breaking news event? Every newsroom turns to social media, but some are more efficient than others at finding what they’re looking for. In these newsrooms, lots of journalists know how to search for information quickly by specific location. If you’re not one of them, it’s time [...]read more »

The Genius of annotation

11 Feb 2016 | Media

Have you ever had more to say about a story than you could fit in? Of course, you have. Even on the “bottomless” Web, reporters have to leave things out. But what if you could make additional information or background easily available to readers and what if they could do the same, not in a [...]read more »

Over 100 Journalists Killed In 2015

31 Dec 2015 | World

A total of 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons in 2015, according to the round-up published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which is in a position to say that 67 of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while more »

NewsLab’s top 5 in 2015

29 Dec 2015 | Media

Looking back at the year gone by always gives me some insight into what’s most important to you, NewsLab’s readers, and you never let me down. You care deeply about doing good work and about the future of the news business. No surprise, then, that most of the top five posts in 2015 offered tips you [...]read more »

Using social media for daily reporting

26 Oct 2015 | Media

For journalists, there’s no getting away from social media. Just about every newsroom expects reporters to be on Twitter and Facebook, at a minimum. But how are they using these platforms? Most reporters tell me they post breaking news and links to their stories on a regular basis, but that’s about it. For them, social media is [...]read more »

The writing wisdom of Yogi Berra

23 Sep 2015 | Media

As a baseball fan, I’m saddened by the death of Yogi Berra. He was one of the greatest catchers of all time. Even if you didn’t much like the Yankees or Mets (count me in that number), you had to appreciate Yogi’s career as a player and coach. But what I really loved about Yogi was his [...]read more »

TV news goes all-iPhone

18 Sep 2015 | Media

You knew it had to happen, right? A local TV news station has gone “100% iPhone.” The station in question is based in Switzerland. Over the summer, Léman Bleu outfitted each of its reporters with an iPhone 6 kit to shoot their stories and to use for live shots. News director Laurent Keller says Léman Bleu actually isn’t the [...]read more »

Live shots and security

26 Aug 2015 | Media

The murder of two TV journalists by a former reporter at their station has shocked us all. They were shot to death in the middle of a live report or the morning show at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Viewers heard reporter Alison Parker scream. Photographer Adam Ward managed to capture an image of the shooter, who was quickly [...]read more »

Live shots and security

26 Aug 2015 | Media

The murder of two TV journalists by a former reporter at their station has shocked us all. They were shot to death in the middle of a live report or the morning show at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Viewers heard reporter Alison Parker scream. Photographer Adam Ward managed to capture an image of the shooter, who was quickly [...]read more »

Computer Security Tools For Journalists Lacking In A Post-Snowden World

22 Jul 2015 | Entertainment

The Edward Snowden disclosures raised new questions about how effectively news organizations can protect anonymous sources and sensitive information in an era of constant data collection and tracking, say more »

NBC’s Brian Williams decision: Not good enough

19 Jun 2015 | Media

It was an ego trip. That’s the explanation Brian Williams offered in a Today Show interview the morning after NBC News officially demoted him from Nightly News anchor and allowed him to return to the network after a four-month suspension. “I told stories that were not true,” he said.  “I own this.” Precisely what he’s owning up [...]read more »