Posts Tagged ‘journalism’


The Sad State of Election Coverage

Post-election research demonstrates the mainstream media presented the presidential campaign through a negative lens. It is little wonder that people get weary of politics and that voter turnout in 2012 was lower than expected. News coverage was certainly not portrayed as a celebration of democracy in action.

Originally posted: December 2, 2012

CNN Tries to Stop the Bleeding

The rearranging of deck chairs is under way at CNN as the flailing and formerly prestigious news organization tries to reverse its ongoing ratings slide into irrelevance.

Originally posted: June 23, 2012

NBC’s ‘Co-Host’ Role for Sarah Palin Not Appropriate: Prof. Jeff McCall ’76

NBC‘s announcement that former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin will serve as “co-host” of the Today Show tomorrow morning is analyzed by the Christian Science Monitor. “Jeff McCall, a professor of media studies at DePauw University in Indiana, (says) NBC is making a big mistake by inviting Sarah Palin on […]

Originally posted: April 2, 2012

A Blackout at the Supreme Court

by Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. Originally published in the Indianapolis Star. – The Supreme Court has again rejected pleas from the media to provide television coverage of its proceedings. The court will soon hear arguments about the nation’s health-care overhaul, but cameras will not be allowed in the […]

Originally posted: March 24, 2012

“Everybody Has a Megaphone” in Today’s Media Environment: Prof. Mark Tatge

“News organizations haven’t been immune to bending the truth,” notes a story on CNN‘s website. “Until the early 20th century, newspapers were often partisan organs promoting parties or causes, and they weren’t above ginning up controversy to boost circulation … Nowadays, the line between entertainment and news gets ever thinner, says DePauw University journalism professor […]

Originally posted: March 21, 2012

Citizens Aren’t In the Know for Self-Government

by Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University and author of Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences. – American patriot James Madison helped frame our Constitution in a way that would empower the citizenry with a flow of information from a free press. He well knew the importance of an […]

Originally posted: March 3, 2012

You Get the News You Pay For

It is no secret that journalism is facing a crisis. Daily newspapers, TV stations and magazines have been slashing staff after being savaged by the worse advertising downturn since the Great Depression. However, one news outfit is expanding — AOL Patch. In the past year, AOL reportedly has dumped more than $100 million into expanding […]

Originally posted: October 13, 2011

Fox News Formula Works, Opines Prof. Jeff McCall

When Fox News Channel signed on in October 1996, few figured what a force it would become in just 15 years. When Fox News debuted, cable news was dominated by the firmly established CNN. MSNBC also was an upstart cable news channel then, but it had the resources of NBC behind it. The broadcast networks, […]

Originally posted: October 1, 2011

Boston Globe Story on New Sarah Palin Book Quotes Prof. Bob Steele ’69

“Bob Steele, a professor of journalism ethics at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., hasn’t read The Rogue but says books of the genre are ‘quasi-journalistic and should have high standards,’ ” writes Bella English in the Boston Globe. “Confidential sources, he says, should be used ‘very thoughtfully, very carefully and, ideally, rarely.’ ” The story […]

Originally posted: September 27, 2011

Prof. Mark Tatge Discusses WikiLeaks Case with Christian Science Monitor

Greencastle, Ind. — “Thursday’s news that WikiLeaks’ entire cache of 250,000 unredacted, classified U.S. government documents has been unintentionally released directly onto the Internet has elicited groans and guffaws from both media and security analysts,” begins a Christian Science Monitor report. “The ability to communicate freely may be yet another casualty of such incidents, says […]

Originally posted: September 2, 2011

Knox College Student Engages World Via Journalism Internship

  From Chicago to Toronto to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a journalism internship this summer engaged a Knox College student in both real and virtual connections worldwide. Stephen Danilovich, a Knox sophomore and graduate of Gordon Technical High School in Chicago, worked as an intern at Rudaw, an English-language newspaper in Erbil, the capital […]

Originally posted: August 11, 2011

Networks Open Checkbooks

(published in the July 23, 2011 edition of the Indianapolis Star) Greencastle, Ind. – American broadcast television networks have taken delight in reporting about the unprofessional journalistic practices of the British tabloid newspaper, News of the World. The actions of that “newspaper” are, indeed, egregious. But while the network anchors harrumph about the poor standards […]

Originally posted: July 23, 2011

Washington Post Reviews “Provocative and Hard-Hitting” Book by James B. Stewart ’73

Greencastle, Ind. — “In his provocative and hard-hitting new book, James B. Stewart warns of the risks from an epidemic of perjury that has ‘infected nearly every aspect of society,’ ” begins a Washington Post review of Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America — From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff. Sissela Bok writes, […]

Originally posted: May 29, 2011

TV Must Weigh “Competing Principles” When Covering Police Situations Live

Greencastle, Ind. — When it comes to television coverage of live tactical events, “There are several competing principles,” Robert M. Steele, Phyllis W. Nicholas Director of DePauw University’s Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the University’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism Ethics, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “To report as fully as possible, to act […]

Originally posted: December 12, 2010

Censored!

October 3, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Eleven DePauw University students and six faculty members made contributions to the new book, Censored 2011: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2009-10. Produced by Project Censored, the book compiles “the major new stories that were ignored or under-reported by a mainstream press too busy covering the latest junk […]

Originally posted: October 3, 2010