Shop Talk

Shop Talk – January 29
11:03 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Concerns About Doctored Photos

The panelists discuss recent concerns about a doctored photo posted to US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Flickr site.

A piece by the Radio Television Digital News Association reported that Pelosi gathered 57 of the 61 Democratic women now in Congress for a photo on the Capitol steps. By the time the image appeared on the Flickr site, the missing women had been included through the use of Photoshop.

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Shop Talk – January 22
11:28 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Publishing the Names of Gun Owners

The panelists discuss a newspaper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders.

The information is considered public record – the same as marriages, births, real estate transactions, etc. But The Journal News of Westchester County, NY, did not print the gun permit data until after the school shootings in Newtown, CT. The timing of the decision angered those who believe it cast gun permit holders in a negative light and violated their privacy.

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Shop Talk – January 15
2:38 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Getting to Know Your Reporters

The panelists discuss whether the audience deserves to know more about reporters – and how much information might be too much.

The New York Times covered the issue in a piece by Margaret Sullivan. She wrote, “Journalists can let readers get to know their backgrounds, their personalities and how they do their jobs.”  She also quoted the author David Weinberger, who said, “Transparency is the new objectivity.”

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Shop Talk – January 8
2:05 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Newspaper to Focus on Broadcasting

The panelists talk about plans by the Tribune Company to sell its newspapers – including the Chicago Tribune – and focus on its cable television network.

The report from Reuters said the company’s Board of Directors includes many former TV executives, who are expected to soon begin the process of selling most, if not all, of the Tribune-owned newspapers as the company emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Shop Talk – December 18
11:39 am
Tue December 18, 2012

TV Stations Localizing Packaged Material

The panelists discuss a Washington Post article about how local TV stations across the country end up broadcasting the identical story.

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Shop Talk – December 11
2:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Using Drones to Cover News

The panelists discuss whether media organizations should start using drones in their reporting, especially of breaking news.

Vince Duffy, Chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association, writes about drones in a recent column. He pointed out it is much cheaper to buy a drone than pay for a helicopter and pilot. The tool is already being used by some news organizations.

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Shop Talk – December 4
10:23 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Recording Police in Public

The panelists discuss a US Supreme Court ruling on whether people can record Illinois police officers performing their duties in public.

The AP reports the high court went along with a lower court ruling that found the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who make audio recordings of law enforcement officers.

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Shop Talk – November 27
11:20 am
Tue November 27, 2012

A Profitable(!) New Model for Journalism

The panelists talk about the future of journalism, focusing on one particular start up that has enjoyed some success.

An article in Columbia Journalism Review labels This Land Press as “…perhaps the best for-profit local journalism startup in the country…” The article said This Land is on pace to turn a profit by next spring, just a couple years after it started.

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Shop Talk – November 20
11:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Journalists vs Spin Doctors

The panelists talk about the challenges journalists face when so many public relations specialists are working to put their own spin on events.

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Shop Talk – November 13
3:11 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Post Election News Coverage

The panelists discuss news coverage of the results of the 2012 presidential election.

Much of the discussion centers around Republican consultant and Fox commentator Karl Rove’s insistence on election night that Fox was jumping the gun by declaring President Barack Obama had won Ohio and thus earned enough electoral votes to be re-elected.

The panelists credit Fox for sticking with its projections – which proved to be correct. Ultimately reporting won out over partisan spin.

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