Category Archives: Chapter 14

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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If your mother says she loves you, check it out…

Updated 1/18/13 I was sitting in the dental chair yesterday afternoon, waiting for the dentist to come fix my chipped tooth when I came across a tweet pointing me to the Deadspin story about Manti Te’O’s fake/made up/fraudulent (choose your … Continue reading

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Would You Run This Photo?

The Washington Post ran this photo on the front page of its sports section this morning of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III injuring his knee during Sunday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. A long-time friend of mine (and … Continue reading

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When do you run a disturbing photo?

This photo (and cover headlines) from the New York Post earlier this week have been attracting an enormous amount of attention.  Post freelancer R. Umar Abbasi took the photo of Ki Suk Han, who was pushed in front of the … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Do journalists ever leave a great story unreported? Ted Koppel knew about the story the movie Argo is based on as it happened and didn’t report it because he didn’t want the people involved to be killed. (Hollywood Reporter) How … Continue reading

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When Fox Accidentally Aired a Suicide on Live TV

During the day, Fox News has been known to show live car chases for as long as an hour at a time.  The coverage typically is fed to the cable news giant by an affiliate’s news or traffic helecopter. Today, … Continue reading

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