Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about the phone hacking scandal involving the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The News of the World.
Reporters for the paper are accused of hacking into the cell phones of a murdered teenager, the families of British soldiers killed in action, politicians, and celebrities. The 168-year old paper was shut down after the practice was revealed.
Murdoch has refused to take any blame for the scandal, so apparently the adage "The Buck Stops Here" does not apply in his media empire.
Macomb, IL – The panelists criticize the use of aggregation by organizations such as The Huffington Post.
Aggregation is when a news outlet rewrites another organization's story, providing little if any attribution. A writer for Advertising Age recently took The Huffington Post to task over "over-aggregating" one of his stories.
Macomb, IL – The panelists talk about an FCC report that suggests news outlets could make money from on-line ad tracking.
A story in the Washington DC weekly The Hill said the agency found huge challenges to the future of local news. The FCC said "behavioral advertising" - ie, targeted ads - could play a key role in making hometown journalism profitable.
The panelists recognize the tracking of consumer habits and preferences is happening and will continue. But they don't like it.