Category Archives: Legacy Media

At NPR with the iPadJournos

Several students from my iPadJournos project were invited to the 25th anniversary celebration of Richmond’s NPR station WCVE on Thursday evening and had the chance to meet NPR’s Audie Cornish, one of the hosts of All Things Considered. Cornish gave … Continue reading

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#NBCfail and the Olympics

Around the world, the London Olympics were celebrated as a successful sporting event, from the opening to the closing ceremony. In the U.S., however, delayed television broadcasting of major Olympic events by NBC triggered a massive backlash on social media. … Continue reading

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Microsoft and NBC split ways

Once a pioneering joint venture in the early days of the Web, Microsoft and NBC have announced this week that they will end their cooperation in MSNBC. Microsoft will sell its 50 percent share in MSNBC to NBC, which was … Continue reading

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Warren Buffett takes over the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is taking over the newspaper business from Media General, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and 62 other newspapers in the Southeast. In addition to the $142 million takeover, Berkshire Hathaway is also granting Media General a $400 million … Continue reading

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Social media discussion in Germany

On a recent trip to Germany, I was invited to run a day-long seminar on social media at the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung,” one of Germany’s large regional daily newspapers. Together with Michael Fibison from Yahoo! and Ryan Nobles from Richmond’s … Continue reading

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To tweet or not to tweet?

Social media platforms are great tools for journalists to reach their audiences instantaneously from the scene of breaking news. But social media can also put news scoops at risk for the traditional platforms of a news organization. The editor-in-chief of … Continue reading

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Social media as sources for newspapers

The New York Times and the Washington Post have increasingly used social media platforms like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter as sources for their news reporting. My VCU colleague Tim Bajkiewicz will present the results of our study “Facebook, MySpace and … Continue reading

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Citing blogs without proper attribution

My latest journal publication, which just appeared in the summer issue of the Newspaper Research Journal, tracks the source relationship between traditional news media and blogs. In the study, my co-author Bruce Garrison from the University of Miami’s School of … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera Forum in Washington

Who would have thought that Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network, would receive such bipartisan praise from Congressional leaders in Washington? At the network’s inaugural U.S. Forum at the Newseum,  House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator John McCain stressed … Continue reading

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Breaking news on social media

It took a while until CNN and other traditional news media were ready to report the death of Osama bin Laden. While the news was already widely discussed on social media networks like Twitter, news organizations were still verifying the … Continue reading

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