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Coverage of the Fight for Fair Wages

By Kelsea Graham

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April 14 was Equal Pay Day: A day symbolic of how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average man did the year before. Today, a day later, workers are rallying across the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15. The fight for fair wages seems to be creating controversy on its trending hashtag on Twitter. The result? Thorough coverage by a myriad of both local and national publications. Continue reading


Aftermath of Robin Thicke’s copyright infringement

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The song Blurred Lines continues to cause controversy since its status as a “hit” in 2013. This time, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. sued Marvin Gaye’s family as a preemptive strike for copyright infringement. Thicke, Williams, and T.I.’s hit seems a bit familiar to Gaye’s 1977 hit, Got to Give It Up. And of course Gaye’s family counter-sued.

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Rupert Murdoch and The New York Post on the Decline?

Posted by Abbey Barrow

With news of the upcoming News Corporation split into a separate publication company, once again the media spotlight turns to the infamous Rupert Murdoch and his newspaper holdings, including The New York Post. Columnist Michael Wolff of The Guardian recently published his take on the future of the Post, and it’s not positive. Wolff stated that The New York Post will not outlive Rupert Murdoch, and in fact, is seriously on the decline.

But Wolff wasn’t exactly lamenting the passing of this long-standing news staple. Although most historical yellow journalism gossip rags have long faded away, Wolff says The New York Post is one of the only  “bully-boy newspapers” remaining where “lawless” and “unrepentant” journalism still have an outlet. Continue reading

The Media Gender Gap

Posted by Abbey Barrow 

The Women’s Media Center released its 2013 report on the status of women in the U.S. media, highlighting the ever-present gender gap in the American communications industries.


The full report details the presence (or lack thereof) of women in such diverse fields as newspapers, television, radio, social media, sports journalism, literature, and video games. But no matter the specific industry, the WMC concludes that a great disparity still exits between men and women working in the media.

Despite a diverse U.S. population, which is 51 percent female, the WMC’s report found that the old boy’s club is still very much at play, especially among the nation’s newspapers and print publications. The report cites that “By a nearly 3 to 1 margin, male front-page bylines at top newspapers outnumbered female bylines in coverage of the 2012 presidential election. Men were also far more likely to be quoted than women in newspapers, television and public radio.” Continue reading

Viral Media on Social Media

Posted by Sarah Sager

Promoting stories on social media is the norm in journalism. Everyone does it: blogs, online publications and even traditional media outlets. However, when your audience shares your content on their Twitter accounts or as their Facebook statuses, that’s when you know you have engaged them. It shows that someone out there is listening and is reacting to your content (good, bad or otherwise).

NewsWhip, a website that tracks how fast stories spread on social networks, compiled a list of the top 25 viral news sources on Twitter and Facebook, respectively. The overall winners were the BBC, The Huffington Post and the Guardian (Note: sites with paywalls were not included). These three made the list for two main reasons:

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WikiLeaks exposes Embassy

Posted by Abby Wolner

WikilLeaks has done it again.

The online confessional has released the many sins of the US embassy in the form of 250,000 cables.  Unlike the last major leak, which exposed US soldiers to possible harm, the new batch of information prompts new ethical questions.

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Are European journalists better at adapting than we are?

Everyone knows America was built on brain-power and originality. Today, increasing workloads produced by the social revolution keep aspiring U.S. journalists on top of their own ever-changing game. But Europe isn’t far behind. A PR agency recently polled over three hundred journalists from France, Germany, Spain, and the UK working in different forms of media. Less than half of them said they were producing at least 60 percent of original content for their Web sites. But 67 percent of them attributed most of their knowledge of digital skill to learning it themselves. guardian_logo

And if Europe is experiencing the downward slump in overall media decline that we are, they certain aren’t showing it. Only 21 percent of those journalists reported decreased quality in their work due to job changes, and 84 percent are happy with the job they have. How many US journalists can say that?


UK newspapers are also nowhere near our dwindling numbers. The Guardian and The Telegraph are just as up to date with other magazine’s websites. Currently, The Guardian offers free upgrades to a three night luxe visit to Paris, a healthy eating club, and a mobile giveaway by Orange phone.

How do you feel about Europe one-upping the U.S. in media? Do you think it will happen or is it already happening? Why do you think they appear so far ahead of us in statistics?