Category Archives: Media

Critique The Critics

Critique the critics: Columbia Journalism Review thinks critically about the role of criticism.

“Do we need professional critics?” it asks. “There is something useful they can do: Show people what’s missing in their culture.”

 

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Non-Daily Dailies

Non-daily dailies: We are on the brink of seeing major cutbacks in newspaper daily delivery and daily printing, writes Ken Doctor.

“The big question now on many corporate tables is whether the right number of days to kill is five or six,” he writes.

 

Sex Abuse Against Freelancers Unnoticed

Sex abuse against freelancers unnoticed: Though sex abuse in newsrooms was a major story, writes Steven Potter, misconduct against freelance journalists got little attention.

Women are especially vulnerable, he writes. They have little recourse against abusers and remain unprotected.

 

Imagining Journalism’s Audience

Imagining journalism’s audience: The digital age did not sharpen newsroom perceptions of their target audiences, writes James G. Robinson.

“The central irony of the newsroom is that while many journalists’ decisions are made with readers in mind, the audiences for their work often remain unfocused, imagined abstractions, built on long-held assumptions, newsroom folklore and imperfect inference,” he writes, based on a Tow Center for Digital Journalism report.

 

Audience Engagement

Audience engagement: Chip Scanlan writes about the power of talking to people in person, “a step that might once have seemed banal, but now seems almost radical.”

“There’s no substitute, as any experienced journalist knows, for face-to-face encounters,” he writes. “Though phone or email interviews may sometimes be efficient or necessary…., only in person can an interviewer observe the nuances of body language, details of environment and give reassuring nods and smiles that create trust and intimacy.”