Archive for February, 2011

Huffington’s Plunder – Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

This column about the sale to AOL should not be ignored.

The sale … is emblematic of this new paradigm of American journalism. The Huffington Post, as Stephen Colbert pointed out when he stole the entire content of The Huffington Post and rechristened it, The Colbuffington Re-post, produces little itself. The highly successful site, like most Internet sites, is largely pirated from other sources, especially traditional news organizations, or is the product of unpaid writers who are rechristened “citizen journalists.”

Full read here.

Gov. Cuomo speech drowned out with City Councilman Charles Barron-led yells of ‘Tax the rich!’ — NY Daily News

Monday, February 21st, 2011

ALBANY – Gov. Cuomo’s speech on Sunday night to the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators was interrupted with chants of “Tax the rich!” led by City Councilman Charles Barron. — Glenn Blain, NY Daily News

Barron is a baron. Word! Makes one think of Bill Thompson’s “Term Limits” in the 2009 Mayoral Election. Thompson could have won if voters hadn’t been convinced by the mainstream news media that Bloomberg was strutting on the path to victor. Thompson lost by 4 percent.

Full story here.

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter – New York Times

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Blogs were once the outlet of choice for people who wanted to express themselves online. But with the rise of sites like Facebook and Twitter, they are losing their allure for many people – particularly the younger generation. — Verne G. Kopytof, NYT, February 21.

Blogging’s soaring popularity reminded me of the mass appeal of  Citizen Band Radio when it was hot. Everyone had a handle. T.B. Knight was my moniker. After a while the sizzle faded. The amateurs had had enough. And the airwave returned  to the highway cops and the truckers who were using it before its mass appeal.  QMfE, “The same thing’s going to happen to blogging,” I told my students.


Radical Changes in Journalism – the Profession …

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

... and the Business — Demand Radical Changes in Journalism Curriculum.

This begs the question: Is D:F/M up to the challenge?


Mrs. Anne Smith @ United Kingdom Loves the WORD

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

This phishing could not be ignored:

Date: Sat Feb 19 11:22:49 EST 2011
RE: FWD: hello []


AOL Buys Huffington Post: Can You Spell B-A-C-K-P-A-Y?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

By Way of NWU President Larry Goldbetter <> Newsletter



Friday, February 11th, 2011

A great evening, February 8, The Emerging Skills of Tomorrow’s Journalist. Very informative. Cutting edge. The kind of wisdom regarding the direction of journalism that my Colleagues have chosen to ignore, especially in light of their effort to introduce a journalism/media curriculum so lame that I’m embarrass for them. They aren’t.

More to follow about the event and the direction of journalism.

More Gearing Up for the Semester

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Journalism Handbook for Students:

Journalism students enrolled in courses taught by Professor Gregg Morris are regarded as members of a community of scholars. Scholars push forward the boundaries of knowledge; respectable student journalists serve their public and their communities by seeking and reporting the facts as accurately as possible. Good journalists and scholars share a commitment to the same principle: integrity in their work. A doctor’s ethos is, “do no harm.” For journalism students, it’s “tell the truth.”

The handbook I’m using in class this semester is based on the handbook developed by NYU Professor Adam L. Penenberg who makes it available to other instructors via Open Access License. It has been abridged for students writing for the WORD.


There Goes the Neighborhood

Monday, February 7th, 2011

AOL agrees to buy The Huffington Post for $315 million; Arianna Huffington to be media group prez – NY Daily News Headline.


The WORD Gearing Up for the Spring Semester

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Section 2, Basic Reporting