Columbia Journalism Review - March/April 2015
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60 Minutes' Africa 'problem'
The media’s narrative in Africa typically falls into at least one of three narrow categories, according to Columbia Journalism School associate professor Howard French: Immense Catastrophe, White Protagonists, or Wildlife.CBS’ 60 Minutes hit on all three in recent months, prompting Frenc...
The huge FCC fine against a Virginia station is a sign we need to rethink broadcast indecency rules
“The stroking of an erect penis on a broadcast [news] program is shocking.” Count those among the words I didn’t expect to type this week. They appear in a written notice released Monday by the FCC. It informs WDBJ, a Roanoke, VA, television station, that the FCC intends to fine i...
Gazette publisher in Colorado defends controversial marijuana series
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — On Sunday, The Gazette, the daily newspaper here in Colorado’s second-largest city, published the first of a four-day series called “Clearing the Haze,” about the state’s marijuana legalization experiment. So far, based on much of the public reac...
What happens when platforms turn into publishers?
If you’re a publisher, Facebook holds a lot of power. The social media giant is already responsible for directing up to 40 percent of some sites’ traffic, and 75 percent of BuzzFeed’s. Now, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday, Facebook is negotiating with a numbe...