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As Halloween Grows, Origin is Murky

SpiderIt’s unclear why Halloween has become such a huge and growing holiday. It continues to expand commercially as well as in participation worldwide. Around my neighborhood, it seems to officially have begun about October 1 when decorations began appearing. The …

Rural Areas Not Covered by Local News

Newspaper foldedMany Americans who live in rural areas feel the local news doesn’t cover their area well. It makes sense since many rural newspapers are being bought by larger regional newspapers, or are going out of business. Media generally need as …

Subsidizing Speech to Help the News Media

NewsjpgThe idea of government providing tax incentives to help support the news media was raised recently in The Atlantic. It’s not a far fetched idea. Government has subsidized a number of businesses to encourage their growth and if they …

Seasonal Media Stories Always Needed

NewsjpgThere is a seasonality to many media stories. From our perspective as public relations professionals, it’s highly beneficial to be aware of those stories the news media have to do every season. This time of year, like clockwork, the media …

State of the News Media Business

Pew Research Center produces an annual report on the state of the news media. This year, as in years past, the news media business remains challenged. Though much of the economy continues to grow, employment in this industry does not. …

Behind the Univision Layoffs

Strife Among Univision Brass Precedes CutsShouting

Univision is still the nation’s largest Spanish-language media outlet, but its audience has dropped sharply in recent year and competitors are nipping at its heels. This week its new CEO announced it is laying …

BuzzFeed Site Shows Journalism Heft

BuzzFeed Spotlights its Commitment to Reporting

NewsjpgA development in the ever-changing world of journalism: BuzzFeed has set up a separate site for its news stories. According to TechCrunch, the organization wants to make it clearer that it does in-depth …

Censorship in School Newspapers

bannedSome Teen Journalists Encounter Censorship

Sensitive subjects — from investigations into personnel matters to relationships — are provoking anger and censorship for some school newspapers, according to the New York Times.  Its story notes that a 1988 Supreme Court …

Facebook Brings News Powerhouses Aboard

Facebook Pays for News Content

newsiconABC, Anderson Cooper, Shepard Smith, Jorge Ramos and more: News powerhouses are coming aboard Facebook’s Watch, its section of proprietary video content. As TechCrunch points out, what’s especially notable is that the social media giant …

Journalism Schools: Are They Needed?

Debating the value of journalism training

Journalism schools: Are they needed? Or at least, are they needed anymore?  Columbia Journalism ReviewCap explores these questions by presenting three points of view — yes, no, and depends on the cost. Here at …