Archive for June, 2009

Time for Immigration Reform Is Now

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Editor’s Note: This editorial was produced in association with New America Media, a national association of ethnic media, and was published by ethnic media across the country this week to bring attention to the urgency of immigration reform.

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Gagging on the 360 News Super-Dose of Michael Jackson Eulogizing/Proselytizing?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If so, check out Hannah Levine’s latest.

Meanwhile, I’m about to gag, though I do wonder how all those psychic mediums missed this one. I wonder if AC 360 plans to interview any.

[So, I’m emailing some for a response]

We All Gonna’ Die And Most Departures Won’t Make the Evening News But RIP Michael Jackson

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Mom called me around 9 a.m. September 11, 2001, to tell me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

“Turn on the television,” she said.

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Best Headline And Story of the Governor Mark Sanford Farce

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

“Sanford Admits Affair, State Paid for Argentina Trips” – From the Charleston City Paper

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Thoughts About “That” Mess in Albany?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I wrote the original text for this post  (well below the picture) a few hours before I watched the Tuesday 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. news; I’m not sure what was specifically bothering me then regarding the news coverage, probably that it was inadequate. Now, I guess I would have liked to have seen reporters getting in the faces of politicians and asking serious questions or asking serious follow-up questions to the lame responses from the few pols who wanted their faces in the evening and late evening news.

Viewers have been getting the typical unchallenged, wishy-washy responses, i.e. sound bites, allowed by TV reporters in the field. Most sound bites are awful.

I think now, on reflection, I wanted to see reporters assailing the pols the way it is done with perp walks.


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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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NAM Calls on Ethnic Media to Take A Stand on Immigration Reform

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

From New America Media Executive Director Sandy Close:

For the first time, New America Media is asking ethnic media across the country with whom we work to take a collective editorial stand on an issue that directly impacts the lives of millions of our audiences: Immigration reform.

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A WORD Update

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I’ve been experimenting with a variety of strategies regarding media devices and so-called social networking media like blogging, youtube, facebook, myspace, UWIRE, twitter, Current TV, et. al., so that, one, my classroom instruction, and two, my professional interests/goals, can try to keep up with the burgeoning technological advances in communication, i.e., the dissemination of news and news-like information.

I’ve been doing this as D:F/M gurus seem committed to D:F/M being as far behind innovation and creativity as an academic department can be during these robust times. I also have been experimenting with new forms of news-narrative-storytelling, such as in my feature writing class for the last few semesters (though the course should be named in-depth reporting or something even more imaginative).

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