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News as entertainment: the wonderful world of U.S. television

“BREAKING: Officer on Ferguson crowd control relieved of duty” screams across the bottom of the screen, blocky white letters on a bright CNN-red strap. A day later, the same story is still running as breaking, with a new twist: “LIVE: Cop suspended over hate-filled rant”.

(If you’ve been living under a rock and need some context on this story, click here.) 

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U.S. Print Media Vs. Social: Loyalty To Tradition

When back in Russia, I struggle to remember when had bought a paper - on a newsprint - in a news stand last time: like everywhere in Europe, computers and smartphones have become a main carrier for news, substituting traditional formats.

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Media Start-ups: Breaking Free From the (Dark?) Forces of Big Media

Media Start-ups: Breaking Free From the (Dark?) Forces of Big Media

In my previous post, I wrote about how traditional news media in the U.S. are worried.  The Internet has shattered the old business model.  Many are now turning to digital and mobile devices for information.

Take a look at this: Data from the Pew Research Center show 50% of Americans now turn to the Internet as a source of news – a big jump from 13% in 2001. TV as a news source is declining from 74% in 2001 to 69% in 2013, and an even more dramatic decrease for newspapers from 45% to 28% in the same period.

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Postkard from Amerika: UPSTART STARTUPS IN MEDIA SHAKEUP

Welcome to the brave new media world, where lumbering giants are being humbled by nimbler johnnies-come-lately. A world where senior editors of venerable newspapers have the deer-in-the-headlights look while those of new media outlets have a precocious twinkle in their eyes. After visiting several flagship newspapers around the United States, it is clear that the business model that the print media relied on for decades does not work anymore. Circulations are falling as the younger generation mostly consumes news online. This in turn has led to a steep fall in advertising dollars.

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Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

Next Top Model: Shaking Up Traditional Media

 I grew up at a time when traditional media was king in the Philippines.  It was shortly after the People Power revolution in 1986, the nonviolent uprising that overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a period when critical media outlets were shutdown. 

After the revolt, Filipinos were ravenous for real news and information.  Newspapers came back in force, but TV was the dominant medium for the masses.  At 6:30pm, every household would be tuned in to the nation’s top-rating newscast.  People were riveted.  Philippine media were fearless once again. 

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Dan Rather: U.S. reporting on the conflict is Israel-centric

 

It’s kind of strange to see up close someone who has been a familiar television face for me for decades. So, when Dan Rather looked me straight in the eye, I had to look around to see if everybody else was as starstruck as I was. I think they were.

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Free Speech Protection

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I know my rights! That is usually the first phrase that comes from the Journalists in my country gripped by the law even if he or she falls foul.

Usually they refer to the 1992 constitution’s provision for freedom and independence of the media: All persons shall have the right to- (a) freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media;

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