Posts tagged ‘Journalism’


Want News From Tehran? Go To Boston

“I read it every day,” says Robin Wright, author of “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “It offers a variety of views and analyses of Iran and it’s extremely timely. It’s not the same garbage from others who don’t know what they are talking about.”

Tehran Bureau was started by Iranian-born Kelly Golnoush Niknejad, a lawyer with two master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, after she became frustrated with the “simplistic and dumbed-down” reporting about her native Iran.

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Awkward! TV Newswoman Gives Her Male Co-Anchor The Bad News

Newswoman Belinda Heggen of Adelaide Australia’s Ten News at Five, delivers a very low blow to her male co-anchor, Mark Aiston.

Very funny moment in TV blooper news (or was it a blooper?).

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US Reporter Was Sexually Attacked In Egypt During Tahrir Square Celebration

CBS News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Lara Logan, was subjected to “a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” while covering the Egyptian protests, according to a statement released by CBS News today.

The CBS statement said “on the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a ’60 Minutes’ story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration.

Complete article via World Scene Today


Memo To CNN’s Anderson Cooper


How SEO Makes You Stoopid

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published this week: “Chelsy Davy & Prince Harry: So Happy Together?”

The two-sentence article was just a vehicle for a slide show of photographs of the couple and included no actual news. But “Chelsy Davy” was one of the top searches on Google that day, and soon after the article was published it became one of the first links that popped up in Google’s search results.

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HuffPo’s Achilles’ Heel


Search engine optimization won’t work forever.

Are you wondering, “will AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post be successful?” I bet you are, as that’s been a common search engine query since the announcement earlier this week that AOL will buy the Huffington Post. Other ways you might phrase the question include, “AOL Huffington Post will work?” or “AOL and Arianna good idea?” But some people can’t spell, so it’s likely that a few are searching for things like, “AOL do I need dial-up to read HyffPo now?” or “Ariana Hiffington evil genius or just evil?” Well, any way you search for it, you’re in luck, because you’ve arrived at the best page on the Web to tell you all you need to know about AOL acquiring the Huffington Post—or should I say, AOL acquiring HuffPo. Or, that is to say, AOL buying HuffPo. (HuffPo being the short name for Arianna Huffington’s site, the Huffington Post, which has just been bought by AOL.)

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Tunisia, Egypt: Reporter Relies On Twitter

Knight Digital Media Center

Events in Egypt have been unfolding too fast for traditional narrative-style reporting to keep up. This is where skilled use of social media as a curation tool can help journalists keep up with events—and keep interested audiences in the loop round the clock.

In an interview with Ethan Zuckerman of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin explained how he’s been using Twitter to curate many streams of information about the protests in Tunisia and Egypt.

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Anderson Cooper Flees From Egypt

It is with a heavy heart that I now have three posts about CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Wanna-be news man can’t handle a protest situation, much less an actual war zone.

I guess this is to be expected when your mommy is Gloria Vanderbilt and your great-great-great-granddaddy is Cornelius Vanderbilt. How pathetic was Anderson while in Egypt? Read the post here.

Click image for full-size. Dude can’t even tweet.


Amanpour Gets Mubarak Interview… While Anderson Cooper Hides In “Undisclosed Location”

I really thought I’d never have another post about CNN’s wannabe news-stud, but this is just pathetic. You got beat up, dude. Get over it. You’re wussifying your entire network.

Meanwhile, over at the CNBC Ranch, Chris Matthews, carrying his torch for the departed Keith Olbermann, is devoting hours of national airtime to whining about lunatic Glen Beck.

You guys are the raison d’être for my links to something halfway valuable. That the bunch of you are the dominant voices on America’s airwaves is the strongest argument against mixing free markets with democratic systems.

BTW, our brave Anderson’s response to getting hit is in this post here.


Tom Brokaw Discusses Olbermann Exit

“Where it got sticky is when our commentators were anchoring political coverage. Those are, in some ways, incompatible roles. We worked our way through that,” long-time NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw told the Chicago Tribune, in his first comments about the departure from MSNBC of hyper-partisan Keith Olbermann.

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