Category Archives: Chapter 14

When journalists are shot and killed while on the air

As you can’t help but know by now, yesterday morning two Virginia television journalists were killed when a former employee of the television station showed up at their live broadcast and shot them.  The gunman then fled the scene, eventually … Continue reading

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Star Trek and Ethics

I gave my introduction to media ethics lecture in JMC 100 this morning and made mention of the movie Star Trek 2 – The Wrath of Kahn. Here’s a link to my blog post about how ethics are portrayed in … Continue reading

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NFL & Sponsor Trouble – Part 2

Another day, another look at the National Football League’s violence against women and children crisis: Minnesota Vikings initially reinstate Peterson, then ban him from all team activities According to the Washington Post, the Vikings have banned Adrian Peterson from participating … Continue reading

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When the sponsors get involved, you know the NFL is in trouble

If you’ve been paying any attention to sports news for the last couple of weeks, you know that the NFL has a crisis on its hands.  A crisis of star players who have been caught committing a range of violent … Continue reading

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A Motorcycle Ride to the United 93 Memorial on a Rainy Summer Day

This has nothing to do with the media. It’s a brief story about a ride I took on my motorcycle to the United 93 Memorial on a rainy June day back in 2004. It was written shortly after I had … Continue reading

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What happens when people get offended by pop culture stars?

In March of 2003, Natalie Maines of the popular country band The Dixie Chicks told a British concert audience: ““Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re … Continue reading

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Lesson of the Day: Don’t Photoshop details out of news photos

A photographer for the Charleston (WV) Gazette learned a difficult lesson that really shouldn’t have to be learned: Don’t Photoshop details out of a news photo.  Just don’t. I got a note from a former student of mine who is … Continue reading

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A Motorcycle Ride to the United 93 Memorial on a Rainy Summer Day

This has nothing to do with the media. It’s a brief story about a ride I took on my motorcycle to the United 93 Memorial on a rainy June day back in 2004. It was written shortly after I had … Continue reading

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What a Media World Mess – News Misfires & Successes Covering Boston

Last week was not the best of weeks for the news media, both legacy and social.  There was a lot of good reporting going on, but there were also a number of high profile screw ups that happened on the … Continue reading

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How Did/Should Television Cover Kevin Ware’s Horrific Injury?

In 1999, my eldest son and I went to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Milwaukee Brewers in a Fourth of July game.  I have no idea now who won, but I do remember seeing catcher Jason Kendall suffer a … Continue reading

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