Monthly Archives: October 2011

How long is too long?

Jill Abramson, the current executive editor of  The New York Times, told C-Span that some of the stories she sees in paper could be shortened. Brian Lamb asked her what one thing she’d change at the paper, and she cited a lack of discipline in some articles.

I feel like I am a hypocrite on this matter. I hate having word limits on articles that I write. Often, when I finish writing an article that was supposed to be capped at 500 words, I’m up somewhere in the high 700’s. On the other hand, when I get to an article on The New York Times website and I see that there are an additional four pages that I have to read of the same article, I groan. And will probably not read beyond the first page.


Madame Wall Street

Lisa Simeone, the host of an NPR syndicated of a “World of Opera” show was fired for her participation in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Yahoo News reported that she was fired after being exposed as the spokeswoman for “October 2011” which is group apart of the movement.

There are a few perplexing parts to this story. First, Simeone was a freelancer for NPR, she wasn’t getting paid. Even if she was, is she not allowed to have a life outside of work? Secondly, and more importantly, she was not doing a news show, she discussed different operas. I highly doubt her experiences at the protest could cloud her opinions of Opera.

This is part of the statement that Simeone released in an email to the Baltimore Sun:

” I’m not an NPR employee. I’m a freelancer. NPR doesn’t pay me. I’m also not a news reporter. I don’t cover politics. I’ve never brought a whiff of my political activities into the work I’ve done for NPR World of Opera.  What is NPR afraid I’ll do — insert a seditious comment into a synopsis of Madame Butterfly?”

Hacking is Old News to News International

An article in the New York Times said that News International knew about the phone hacking back in 2008. This news comes on the heals of another article, also from the Times, that reports investors will get the chance to vote on boardmembers, including the Murdochs. The claims are that Murdoc knew about this type of behavior and may have even encouraged it.

This report, I found from Russia Today, points the finger straight at Murdoch for the hackings.

I think Murdoch’s form of “journalism” is very close to the type of the National Enquirer. He’s more about the gossip. He uses underhanded methods to get the ‘dirt’. This time, it went too far.

Steve Jobs

Perhaps the biggest news item of the past week has been the passing of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple. The New York Times ran a eulogy for him on the front page and dozens of different stories about his dominate the ABC news website. Of course the Apple website has its own tribute to him with their homepage looking like this:

           Devoted fans changed their Facebook statuses to dedications to him. Thanking him for all he did to revolutionize their lives. In fact, I found out about his death through facebook. (Because of its new layout, I was told that 53 of my friends had recently posted about Steve Jobs) A current google search about him generate about 1,450,000,000 hits.

Steve Jobs and all his creations weren’t too kind to the newspaper industry. His advancements in items such as the tablet have helped the physical newspaper creep closer to extinction.

With all the different ways to celebrate Steve Jobs life, and learn about his death, Twitter was used a lot. In fact, the one thing I am most disappointed in is the use of “# iSad.” Some may think it’s clever, I just think it’s disrespectful. Yes, he helped create an innovate line of products that had similar names, but he was still a human being. #Respect. #Alittletoosoon

Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall St. Protest raises a lot of questions that I cannot even begin to try and answer. The whole issue of why they’re there goes right over my head. I’m not going to try to take a stand on it, because honestly, I don’t get it. What I will discuss however, is the coverage it is receiving.

Protesters involved bring cameras with them to catch all the action going on. Their favorite shots to capture, I’m sure is the behavior of police. On Thursday we discussed in class whether the videos that they were shooting were indeed journalism.

This is the video Professor Selvin showed us:

The general consensus of the class was that this could’ve been considered journalism if you stripped away the music.

Here is a piece from ABC News about the police brutality making protestors more determined to stay.

To me, there is more police brutality in this video and the quotes are clearly on one side. But, this is journalism (?) (By the way, this is coming from someone whose dream is to work for ABC one day) My question is, is adding a song the line that journalists can’t cross?