Views of the News: Does Twitter need a woman's touch?

Oct 8, 2013

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It won't be too long of a wait for Wall Street traders who want a piece of Twitter.  Last week the social media company filed the final paperwork to for an initial public offering.  Among the details discovered in those applications -- the board of directors, key investors and company executives are almost entirely white males.  That's got many in the media world asking where are the women?

Claire Cain Miller, New York Times: “Curtain is rising on a tech premiere with (as usual) a mostly male cast

Seth Fiegerman, Mashable: “Twitter CEO responds to criticism that company lacks female execs

Matthew Lynley & Matthew Zeitlin, Buzzfeed: “12 women who would make excellent nominees to Twitter’s all-male board of directors

Week Two: Shutdown coverage continues

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We're well into week two of the partial government shutdown.  Some furloughed federal employees have been called back to work, but little else has changed.  Well, except maybe the tone in coverage from the national media.

Kelly McBride, Poynter: “Don't call it an impasse, stalemate, or standoff

Dan Froomkin, Al Jazeera America: “Shutdown coverage fails America

Greg Mitchell, The Nation: “Media coverage of shutdown threat: A journalistic ‘disgrace’

Peter Hart, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting: “Showdown: Media SHOULD play the blame game

Louis Jacobson, Politfact: “Bipartisan misuse of the word ‘bipartisan’

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “Savannah Guthrie: Americans are ‘disgusted’ by shutdown antics

Brian Powell, Media Matters: “Fox fights imaginary media bias with actual media bias

Richard Prince, Maynard Institute: “AP, NPR curb use of “Obamacare” term

Editor fired for reporting mob link?

Bill Marimow was fired Monday from his job as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  It was just hours after published an item tying former Gov. Ed Rendell -- a close friend of the paper's ownership -- to organized crime, leaving many to wonder if it was coincidence or retribution.

Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Daily News: “Bill Marimow out as editor of the Inquirer

Sam Wood, “A story of Pa. casinos, corruption and the greatest mobster you’ve never hear of

Jim Romenesko, “Bill Marimow out as Philadelphia Inquirer Editor

Hamilton Nolan, Gawker: “Philly Inquirer editor fired same day as paper ties its owner to the mob

All hands on Fox News Deck

Fox News Channel has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art set.  Shepard Smith takes viewers on a tour and explains how his team will use technology to break news faster than the competition.

Brett Logiurato, Business Insider: “Here’s a look at Fox News’ insane-looking, futuristic new studio

TC Sottek, The Verge: “Fox News debuts bizarre, giant tablets in its outrageous new newsroom

Armchair quarterbacking 'League of Denial'

After months of promotion, the Frontline's "League of Denial" aired on most PBS stations on Tuesday, October 8.  The two-hour documentary examines the National Football League's reaction to evidence of traumatic brain injuries sustained by players. 

Frontline: "League of Denial"

Will Brinson, CBS: "Frontline PBS doc 'League of Denial' examines NFL concussion problem"

David Hinkley, New York Daily News: "‘Frontline: League of Denial’: TV Review

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times: “Collisions of football helmets and money

Brian Lowry, Variety: “TV Review: ‘League of Denial: The NFL’s conscussion crisis; ‘Schooled: The price of college sports’

Stats show grim future for news

A new study from the Pew Research Center reveals Generation X and Millennials are consuming significantly less news on a daily basis than the Silent generation and Baby Boomers.  Is it too late to turn them into daily readers, viewers and users of news contente?

Andy Kohut, Pew Research Center: “Pew Research surveys of audience habits suggests perilous future for news

Kathyrn Zickuhr, Pew Internet: “Who’s not online and why

Calling it quits on Clinton projects

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Remember those projects the networks had in the works on Hillary Clinton? Well, both CNN Films and NBC have pulled the plug.

Daniel Goldblatt, Variety: “NBC and CNN Films drop Hillary Clinton Projects

Meg James, LA Times, “NBC halts Hillary Clinton miniseries; CNN scraps report on her

Hollie McKay, Fox News: “CNN, NBC pull the plug on Hillary Clinton projects: Did the RNC trump Hollywood?