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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