Category Archives: Chapter 14

How MSNBC/NBC is Covering the Matt Lauer Abuse/Firing Story

Yesterday, I posted an inventory of about 15 major journalism and media figures who have been accused of sexual harassment or abuse over the last year or two.  I’ve spoken with a number of people about this list, and where … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Accusations (and Consequences) of Sexual Misconduct by Media Figures

A brief history of recent accusations and consequences of sexual misconduct by media figures: News Item 1‘Today’ show host Matt Lauer fired after claims of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’ – WaPo https://t.co/luFyYbCezZ — Ralph Hanson (@ralphehanson) November 29, 2017 Consequences to … Continue reading

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Why you need to pay attention to what you write (It can be spelled right and still be wrong)

Over the last few weeks there have been several spectacular copyediting errors in newspapers around the country that probably passed right through a spelling/grammar check but still managed to totally humiliate the publication and the staff members responsible. For example: … Continue reading

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When tragedy strikes: Dealing with breaking news

As I write this, we as a nation are reeling from a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night that left at least 58 people dead and more than 500 people injured. As the story started to break, there were … Continue reading

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MLK’s “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” is still relevant today

Over the last couple of days, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” has been getting lots of mention on Twitter and other social media in reaction to the NFL players and management participating in the #takeaknee protests. … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

What’s the story behind the possible end of Snopes? Yes, it’s a true story. Sadly, it’s a typical new media battle over who will control a web site. Truly hope this ends well. How do reporters (or anyone else) authenticate … Continue reading

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Bringing Julius Caesar Into The 21st Century

There’s been a big fuss over the last week over the New York Public Theater’s version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” As you’ve no doubt heard, the play features a staging in the present day with a Caesar wearing a bright … Continue reading

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What do we talk about when we talk about fake news – Part 3

This is the final day of sequentially posting a paper I’m giving at the Western Social Science Association.  Instead of being in the form of a traditional academic paper, I’m going to post it in HTML with links to many of … Continue reading

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What do we talk about when we talk about fake news? Part 2

Over three days I’m sequentially posting a paper I’m giving at the Western Social Science Association.  Instead of being in the form of a traditional academic paper, I’m going to post it in HTML with links to many of the … Continue reading

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What do we talk about when we talk about fake news? Part 1

Over the next three days I’m going to be sequentially posting a paper I’m giving at the Western Social Science Association.  Instead of being in the form of a traditional academic paper, I’m going to post it in HTML with … Continue reading

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