Thanks to everyone who participated in Gateway Journalism Review’s survey about online comments for news articles. The first question in the survey asked, “Should news organizations ask for comments about online stories?” and 81.8 percent of the respondents said yes. For this question, one respondent wrote: “I don’t know that they should necessarily solicit comments, but I like the option to comment if I so desire. I often find that the comments, particularly on controversial subjects, to be as interesting and illuminating – if not more so – than the original article.”
If Americans have spent any time at all listening to news reports from Washington, one topic that’s been near the top of the story list has been the looming “fiscal cliff.” So what, exactly, does that mean?
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gateway Journalism Review survey of the top stories for 2012. We have divided the survey results into two parts. The first part takes a look at the survey results for the most important international, national and regional/Midwest stories for 2012, in addition to the most important international media and U.S. media stories. The second part of the survey results – which will include the categories of what media coverage totally missed the mark, what international and national stories of 2012 deserved more/better coverage, and what was the most frivolous/overcovered story of 2012 – will be revealed next week.
A pair of incidents involving television personalities – a news anchor in La Crosse, Wis., and a meteorologist in Shreveport, La. – has resulted in two different outcomes involving the use of social media to address critics.
Journalists often use the metaphor of the “revolving door” in stories about a government official going to work for companies they once regulated. But in one recent example in St. Louis, it is the journalist who is walking through the door instead. Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jake Wagman traded in his press credentials in June for a chance to do opposition research for the political clientele of his new firm, Shield Political Research.
Did members of the national media do their due diligence with the Todd Akin story?
It’s no secret that newspaper copy editors work in obscurity. They toil at night, on weekends and over holidays, without even a byline to note their role in delivering the news to the publication’s readers. But as the industry moves toward consolidating copy desks across the country, these unseen journalists are becoming an endangered species.
The Democratic National Committee has had years to prepare for the 2012 convention. On Sept. 5, the well-scripted event was on track to set up the crowd for a rousing speech from President Bill Clinton. However, a voice vote on the party platform created quite a stir – and some outrage – from party faithful.