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What will come of Facebook’s potential new partnership with news organizations?

Facebook may be forming a new type of partnership with news organizations soon. While nothing is official yet, many people are concerned about the effect that this partnership could have on news content.

This partnership would allow news organizations to post their stories directly onto Facebook, differing from the current system that forces readers to follow a link to access news content.

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This new partnership could bring in a great deal of revenue for news organizations.

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Rolling Stone’s ‘mistrust’ in source reflects every journalist’s fears

Posted by Jenny Krane

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Yesterday, police investigating the alleged gang rape on University of Virginia’s campus suspended their investigation after finding no evidence to support the accuser’s claim. Jackie, the victim of the alleged rape, was aided in telling her story by an in-depth piece by Rolling Stone.
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What does the future hold for college journalism programs?

Posted by Stephanie Gaub

The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus.  SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.

According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.

Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.

With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?

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Should Fox News have posted that ISIS video?

Posted by Taylor Eisenhauer

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Fox News has been receiving a lot of flack recently after posting the full 22-minute video of a Jordanian pilot being burned alive by ISIS. According to The Guardian, Fox was the only U.S. media outlet to do so. ISIS supporters then shared Fox’s link on Twitter, directing followers to the video.

John Moody, a Fox News executive editor, told TVNewser, “It’s not a question of how horrible the video is…The question is whether people have a right to see it and understand that there are actually people–although I have a difficult time calling them people–that would do this.” Moody then went on to explain that there was a very clear warning of graphic violence in the video, and the viewer has to make a conscious decision to click the link. Continue reading

Why Digital is Going Print & Magazines are Here to Stay

By Leah Waltersporter-28

There’s no denying the value of digital media; the possibilities are virtually endless, it’s immediate, and interactive content is a crowd-pleaser. Over the last decade, magazines have been racing to keep up with web and social media demands and today these are integral to a magazine’s brand.

But print media is not dead. If anything, it’s making a comeback. Between October 2013 and September 2014,  the industry saw  a total of 862 magazine launches. Sure, they’re not all going to survive,  but it’s promising that so many people are dedicating creative energy and resources to print. It’s also notable that the first half of the year saw more launches than closures. Slowly print is regaining ground.

The real thrill is that so many digital entities are successfully making the foray into print. Last year’s big success story was Meredith’s “Allrecipes” title, which ventured into print after the publisher acquired the well-established recipe website. After just 10 months in print, its circulation grew to 900,000.


Meredith CEO Steve Lacy called the move “reverse engineering.” And it’s working for other titles too. Of Media Industry Newsletter’s “30 Hottest Launches of the Year”, five titles originated on the web. “One“, “Politico“, “Pando Quarterly”, “Porter”, and “The Pitchfork Review” all made a splash.

Brand recognition has afforded these digital titles the opportunity to revert to print, which is a method the publishing industry hasn’t seen before. To be fair, there is reason for skepticism: Net-a-Porter, for example, is already a thriving e-commerce company, so what more can print offer it?

Sure there’s advertising revenue, but these trendsetting publishing professionals could be on to something more. In the debut issue of “One”, the editors refer to modern times as a post-digital era. It sounds like a post-apocalyptic fiction, but there’s some merit to the idea. We’ve become so bombarded by digital media that it’s hard to escape. Anymore, it’s tough to separate reputable stories from vacuous content. The internet is a wormhole of information. Print on the other hand is authoritative.

Or maybe consumers are simply longing for the tactile experience–I for one love the weight and feeling of a magazine. In any case, digital-to-print is trending right now and it will be exciting to see if that holds true in the near future.

Serial Podcasts: A New Medium for Journalists?

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

As people drive around in morning rush hour traffic, they are probably twisting the car radio’s knob.  One man is trying to listen to music; a woman is struggling to find a traffic update.  Radio consists of both entertainment and news.  Is it possible to blend the two?   Considering a new podcast called “Serial” attempts to blend journalism and storytelling, it seems to be a possibility.

Sarah Koenig, a reporter and a creator of the podcast, made “Serial” as an attempt to re-investigate the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee.  Adnan Syed, Lee’s boyfriend, was convicted of killing her and was handed a life sentence in prison.

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The Satirical Journalism of Editorial Cartoons

By: Sarah LeBlanc

If you’re wondering what the print version of a news satire program like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report is, look no further than the editorial cartoon.

Unfortunately, the often overlooked editorial cartoon received some unwelcome attention last month for a racially suggestive remark coming from a portrayal of the White House’s somewhat comical Pokémon-fanatic intruder on September 30.

Screenshot of Jerry Holbert's cartoon in the Boston Herald taken from the Washington Post's website.

Screenshot of Jerry Holbert’s cartoon in the Boston Herald taken from the Washington Post’s website.

The October 1 cartoon that ran in the Boston Herald exaggerated the progress of the intruder and placed him in President Barack Obama’s bathtub. However, the real controversy was caused by the intruder’s comment to the president: “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”

In case this remark didn’t instantly set off any alarm bells, the problem with this comment isn’t the closeness of the intruder. It’s the historical and racial suggestion in the word “watermelon.” Continue reading