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Dirty Campaigning

Dirty Campaigning

 

Dirty Campaigning

Is it OK for advertising and political campaigns do anything that’s possible? Or, should there be barriers? A visit to the Texas-based advertising agency Harris Media shows how far agencies and political parties are willing to go.

Vincent Harris founded the agency in 2008. Bloomberg News crowned Harris as “the man who invented the Republican Internet.”

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How journalists work during the hurricanes

How journalists work during the hurricanes

This week our team visited the Miami Herald. The newspaper’s journalists were at the forefront during Hurricane Irma.

During the hurricane, many staff worked long hours to cover the events and help residents understand what was happening and how to prepare.

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Will News Literacy Help Tackle Fake News in the United States?

 

Fake news is more of a disgusting issue than an interesting one, and almost everyone we meet in the United States talks about it. In order to tackle and spot the fabricated news, some academicians have recently added a new “news literacy” module to journalism curriculum.

The issue of fake news became unprecedentedly widespread after the U.S. presidential elections and, especially, when President Donald Trump began accusing mainstream media of spreading fake news about his campaign and his presidency.

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A hurricane reporter shares his best advice: Remember baby wipes and four other tips

A hurricane reporter shares his best advice: Remember baby wipes and four other tips

 

News on weather and extreme weather conditions interest people more than ever, and the Miami Herald notices. Even stories on the popularity of weather news attracts online readers. I will come back to this later.

Man made Star Island in Miami Beach. Irma left behind piles of fallen palm tree leaves. 

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Should we really be reporting everything Trump tweets?

Should we really be reporting everything Trump tweets?

Every morning, a bleary-eyed Washington Post reporter drags his or herself out of bed bright and early, makes some coffee and is dutifully seated in front of the computer by 6 a.m. With the watchful eye of a sentinel, the reporter waits for President Trump to tweet and with the speed of lightening will type up an article that will be posted online immediately.

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Disconnect between news, editorial teams unhealthy

U.S. newspapers are impressively “hanging on” despite a sustained onslaught by online media. All the top brands are no doubt feeling the pinch.

Print newspapers have lost nearly 52 per cent of their daily sales volumes, while online channels have registered an exponential growth in reach, almost three-fold in the last six years. But as the news media struggles to weather the storm created by changes in consumer behavior, not to mention sustained attacks by President Donald Trump, some pertinent issues have come up that require urgent deliberations by industry stakeholders.

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Continued U.N.'s Sanctions Keep Provoking North Korea to Test Missiles

 

North Korea's nuclear provocations are said to be an undeniably potential threat to the United States and its allies – particularly South Korea and Japan. The United Nations has so far failed to stop the isolated nation's missile tests by placing harsh economic sanctions for more than a decade.

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Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

We arrived in New York City on the eve of the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. On that Tuesday morning 16 years ago, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda attacked the United States.

We visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, which was opened in memory of the events that killed 2,977 people. The museum was built at the site of the World Trade Center Twin Towers, which were destroyed in the attacks.

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9/11 and the politics of memory

9/11 and the politics of memory

A couple of days ago, I was standing in a crowded subway carriage in downtown New York with a couple of other WPI fellows, when a man standing on the corner by the doors, caught our attention. He looked around age 20 and wore loose-fitting military fatigues and dreadlocks draped in a large turban. In one hand, he held a firecracker. In the other hand, he had a cell phone that he appeared to be using to film other passengers. His bizarre behavior made us increasingly uneasy.

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Tinder, Nato and the Baltic Sea — Trust me, this unexpected combination makes sense

Tinder, Nato and the Baltic Sea — Trust me, this unexpected combination makes sense

The ongoing verbal dispute between North Korea and the United States is obviously something the media and President Trump have paid a lot of attention to. In the meantime, what is going on with the Baltic Sea? Silly question? Well, let’s take a closer look.

Nine countries have shorelines along the Baltic Sea,and of which only Russia, Finland and Sweden are not members of the military alliance NATO.

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