Below is the first draft of the reading list for my independent study with Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (in conjunction with a faculty member at the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism) at New York University. The independent reading’s working title is Power, Controversy & Influence: The Media’s Impact on Policy-making
W. Lance Bennett, When the Press Fails
Jeff Jarvis, Public Parts
Mitchell Stephens, A History of the News
Bill Kovach, Tom Rosenstiel, Elements of Journalism
John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, Game Change
Jennifer Petersen, Murder, the Media, and the Politics of Public Feelings: Remembering Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
Thomas E. Patterson, Out of Order: An incisive and boldly original critique of the news media’s domination of America’s political process
There’s already a hashtag, #gamechange. I can’t even contain my excitement. Based on the book written by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Julianne Moore is playing Sarah Palin. Well if it isn’t going to be Tina Fey, I guess she’ll have to do.
Some projects in progress:
- Just confirmed an independent reading next semester on the power/influence of media in policy-making.
- In January, I’m co-editing a case study on the banana commodity chain that will be used in undergraduate/graduate courses. Going to be flexing some educational writing muscles.
- Creating resources and a presentation for faculty on how to manage your public image using social media.
- Brewing up some freelance stories to pitch for the new year.
Yep. This calls for a #bestlife.
Well Mo Rocca, welcome to the j-team. Forreal this time.
Satirist Mo Rocca, who first became known to many viewers as a “correspondent” on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is now a real TV news correspondent. Rocca has been named as a correspondent for CBS News, focusing on “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.”
Our article on the team from five long weeks ago.
Written, none the less, by nwk tumblr’s stellar social media intern. GO READ IT FOR THE BACKGROUND BEFORE THEY MOVED INDOORS.
List includes Tumblr founder, Hilary’s Deputy Chief of Staff and (for some unknown reason) Ryan Seacrest
Last Friday Forbes reported that AOL’s Huffington Post Media Group is launching HuffPost High School, a vertical aimed at the teen set.
The site will be edited by a paid 17-year-old but like much of the Huffington Post, content will be produced for free. In this case by unpaid teenage bloggers.
Running with the strategy, AOL will also solicit unpaid contributions from young teens and high schoolers for Patch, its network of 800 hyperlocal news sites.
“We’ll be expanding our sharing platform to teens,” an AOL spokeswoman explains to Forbes using the company’s social vernacular.
Over at AdAge, Simon Dumenco is none too pleased:
Let’s get real here: AOL is not just another benign outlet for aspiring teen writers; it’s not the school newspaper writ large. It is, thanks to its combo with HuffPo, a massive, highly aggressive, cynically SEO’d page-view machine with a history of dubious ethics — and let’s not forget that AOL, despite all its troubles, still had second-quarter revenue of $542.2 million.
Back in February, AOL property TechCrunch reported that Patch “is churning out one piece of content every 9 seconds.” That’s what this is about, folks: churn. Page views. And getting unpaid children to help AOL shovel content — digital coal — into its page-view oven.
Quite simply, AOL/HuffPo intends to monetize the work of minors earning $0/hour. On Patch and HuffPost High School, it will sell ads against content created by minors — but it will not share advertising revenue with those minors.
Self-respecting advertisers have to ask if they really want to be a part of something like this.
Meanwhile, a $105 million class action lawsuit by former unpaid Huffington Post writers continues. So too a Newspaper Guild call for writers to boycott the publication.
HuffPo has long defended its practice of using unpaid contributors by arguing that consenting adults can share their labor in any way they please. True enough, but what happens when your writers aren’t old enough to legally consent?
Writes Jeff Berkovici:
Should teenagers who can’t legally vote, drink or have sex be allowed to decide for themselves what to publish in a place where it could potentially be read by millions of people? What if a 15-year-old wants to write confessionally about having an abortion, as this adult writer did, or joke about smoking marijuana, as this writer did? And what if that 15-year-old’s parent wants to have that posting deleted? And what if that parent is divorced, and his ex-spouse who shares custody gives her permission?