The ways people communicate change over time. And our laws, including the First Amendment, adapt to those changes. But it isn’t clear that recent changes and trends are adapting to our needs for truthful and reliable information, and for outlets of dissent, reform, and renewal, within today’s electronic communications environment. When the Bill of Rights was … [Read more...] about Media laws failing challenge of online misinformation and hate
We’ve talked about this ad nauseam: How did our once-upon-a-time era of “Walter Cronkite credibility” give way to current polarization perpetuated by rancorous social media? And where is our government in overseeing mass and social media? Why isn’t it fixing this? What ever happened to the Fairness Doctrine? Couldn’t that be our guide in dealing with these platforms? … [Read more...] about Are investigative reporting and news literacy the new Fairness Doctrine?
Facebook’s Oversight Board decided on May 5 retain the suspension of former President Donald Trump from its social media platforms, which includes Instagram. Facebook, along with Twitter and other social media outlets suspended Trump’s accounts after the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, DC, based on their own assessments of the role his tweets played in inciting the … [Read more...] about The paradox of Citizens United, the First Amendment and efforts to regulate social media
After a hiatus, longtime journalist Tom Strini has returned to the blogging world, but it’s not the world that he left. Social media and advertising have changed how bloggers engage their audience. These tools can help pull in readers, but good writing is what builds regular readership. Strini knows that he’s a good writer, and now he’s using social media to develop … [Read more...] about Veteran journalist uses blogging to connect during pandemic
Journalism educators face growing demands as they prepare students for a 21st century media industry. Teaching future journalists no longer means just teaching journalistic values and skills such as writing, editing, and ethics. Producing entry-level journalists means helping students develop social media and audience engagement skills, web/multimedia skills, teamwork, and the … [Read more...] about Helping students prepare for future: How journalism educators innovate