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The future of news

first_imgThe future of news? There might not be one.Or if there is, newsgathering might require taking steps that go against the grain of newsroom ethics and tradition, with armies of untrained citizen journalists, for instance, or government funding that sets up a conflict of interest.The question of the future of American news — and by extension the fate of the First Amendment — was the overriding concern this week (Nov. 2) for a panel of experts at the Harvard Kennedy School. The co-sponsors were the Institute of Politics and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.It was an impressive gathering. Two of the five panelists have won Pulitzer Prizes; two others are or were Harvard fellows; and one oversees a Pulitzer-winning newsroom. Three represented the traditional print world, one television news, and the other dot-com journalism.The hour-long event at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum acknowledged both the despair and the hope that journalists feel over the present state of the American news business, rocked by economic turmoil and the rise of the Internet.Moderator Tom Fiedler, a onetime Shorenstein Fellow (2007) and Visiting Edward R. Murrow Lecturer at Harvard (2008), opened with a lament: “It is difficult not to feel like we’ve come here to sit in mourning for something that we’ve loved for many years.”In the last week alone, he said, came a wave of grim announcements: Forbes is cutting a quarter of its staff; The New York Times by year’s end will ax nearly a 10th of its newsroom staff; The Wall Street Journal is eliminating its story-rich Boston bureau; and Time Inc. announced 540 layoffs. In addition, Gourmet magazine folded.Meanwhile, Business Week was recently sold off “like some broken-down horse,” said Fiedler, now dean of the College of Communication at Boston University.But toward the end of session, panelist Alex Jones held his arms out to stop the freight train of bad news, declaring that online journalism “can be extraordinarily powerful,” and is capable of “breathtaking” news stories.Jones, like Fiedler, is a Pulitzer Prize winner. He is the Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy, director of the Shorenstein Center, the former host of “Media Matters” on PBS, and author of the recent “Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy” (Oxford, 2009).Earlier in the session, Jones added darker thoughts, fearing that in the face of economic uncertainty, “the resources for covering that news — the ability, the will — to cover that news is eroding.” Also at play in uneasy times, he said, are the core standards of American journalism, including objectivity, a code of ethics, and the will to support the First Amendment, the “public mission” of newspapers.It was not so long in the nation’s past that freedom of speech was wrested into the arena of the press, and now it is threatened again, said Jones. “You could go to jail for opposing World War I, and people did.”Meanwhile, newspapers create most of the “cumulative reporting” that underlies American journalism, said Jones, and if they disappear it will create “a terrible vacuum” of information that drives the national conversation.That vacuum is not widespread yet, but American news operations are shrinking. Fiedler quoted a recent calculation by the Poynter Institute saying that American news operations in the last two years have cut $1.6 billion in newsgathering they would have spent in better times.Panelist Marty Baron, editor of the distinguished but beleaguered Boston Globe, acknowledged that economic trouble has shrunk both his news staff and his budget by 30 percent. But at the same time, he said, “we retain our sense of mission.”Sacrifices were required, said Baron, including pulling back on foreign coverage and national news bureaus.Television news operations have undergone similar retrenchment, said panelist Robin Sproul, a former Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard who is now vice president and Washington bureau chief for ABC News. “We go through a process too of making choices.”ABC now has fewer operations overseas and pools resources with other networks to gather video, she said. In turn, ABC has invested more heavily in its Web site, and has focused its news operations “in areas we think we can make a difference,” said Sproul, including medicine, health, law, and justice.Traditional news operations are pulling back, but citizen journalists are making themselves increasingly heard and seen. That is a sign, perhaps, that the future of journalism will be a “hybrid world” that mixes professional and amateur news providers, said Jeff Howe, a panelist and authority on social media.A Nieman Fellow this year, Howe is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, where in 2006 he and an editor coined the term “crowdsourcing.” That is when formerly professional tasks — taking stock news photos, for instance — are outsourced to the public, the “crowd.” It’s a new problem-solving and production model that has found its way into the news business.Not long ago, said Howe, the only citizen journalists admitted into the news game were sports enthusiasts. Now reader-generated news is part of the formal structure of the Gannett Co. and other media operations.Will citizen journalists ever replace their traditional counterparts? “No,” said Howe, bluntly, since they lack “a deep network of sources,” editing staff, legal services, and the fine points of reporting know-how, such as filing information requests under the Freedom of Information Act.But “some successes” are possible, he said, and there are signs of “a great process of professionalization going on.”Sproul acknowledged that the future of the news “is an inclusive one,” with media organizations acting as final “curators” of reportage.Baron said citizen journalists will never replace in-depth newsgathering, but they can be useful in supplementing the act of reporting. They might supply “one photo, one fact, one opinion,” he said, but “journalism is more than that.”After Jones rounded off the panel with a note of hope, Baron added a note of defiance.Yes, newspapers in particular need a new business model to right themselves, to survive, and to prosper again, he said. But public financing of journalism, a staple of media punditry these days, is not a viable option.National Public Radio and similar outlets do good work, said Baron, but it is “highly derivative” and often dependent on deep-digging newspaper journalists.“True adventurous, original investigative reporting” that holds government accountable is “the rare exception” in publicly supported media operations, he said, with perhaps the PBS series “Frontline” the sole exception.One reason is that when public news operations challenge the legitimacy and the honesty of government with their reporting, “they put their own resources at risk every time,” Baron said, “and that’s the definition of a conflict of interest.”He declared himself “as concerned as anyone … over the future of journalism, but I hope the answer is not to turn to the government for help.”last_img read more

Europa League: Man United Fail To Overcome Sevilla’s Challenge

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Most Disturbing Movie Dystopias14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Best Cars Of All Time United then escaped a penalty call thanks to VAR when the ball struck Fernandez on the elbow in the area. There was to be no escaping the inevitable, though, as Sevilla took the lead for the first time on the night moments later. United switched off momentarily at the back, allowing Jesus Navas to cross from the right, with Lindelof and Wan-Bissaka both failing to mark De Jong, and the substitute prodded in from close-range. read also:LEAKED: Man Utd, Arsenal to open fixtures of 2020-21 season Solskjaer threw in Ighalo in the closing stages to help salvage the game, but the Nigerian forward could not add to his two goals in the tournament as Sevilla’s defence was equal to all the Premier League side launched at them. United end a long and tortuous campaign trophyless while the La Liga side progress to the Europa League final with the aim of claiming their sixth title. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Sevilla, the most decorated club in Europa League/UEFA Cup history with a record five titles, advanced to the final of the 2020 Europa League following the 2-1 defeat of Manchester United on Sunday. A come-from-behind win sees the La Liga side progress at the expense of a Red Devils side that was the bookmaker’s favourite on the night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the bench, electing to prosecute the game with a front three of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, and Marcus Rashford. The latter two played crucial roles in helping the Red Devils take the lead after just nine minutes. Carlos lunged in on Rashford after the English striker received a delightful reverse pass from Martial in the box, allowing Fernandes to open the scoring from the spot. However, Sevilla responded well, showed their quality on the ball, and crafted an equaliser, with Suso converting from Reguilon’s cross at the back post. One-all it was at the break with all to play for after the interval. United started the second half the better of the two sides, creating chances for fun, but Sevilla’s goalkeeper Bounou kept the Spanish team in the game with saves from Greenwood, Pogba, and Martial at different times.Advertisementlast_img read more

Green Machine aiming to exact revenge in Mexico

first_imgTHE last time the two sides met, Mexico crushed Guyana 32 – 3.However, this time around the ‘Green Machine’ will be ready to exact revenge when they meet on July 1 in Mexico City.Mexico and Guyana are holders of Rugby Americas North’s (RAN) 15s North and South Zone titles respectively, and as such, will collide for the overall title for the second time in as many years.Guyana on Saturday last scored an impressive 24 – 17 win over Trinidad and Tobago in a match in which the Guyanese demonstrated their well-rounded game of Rugby that made them the best playing nation in the region.“We’re going to take a week off and then head back into preparation mode” said the team’s Head Coach, Kenneth Grant-Stuart.Grant-Stuart highlighted the usual plight of the team – financial support – and stated that in order for them to properly prepare and be at a competitive level, they will need “lots of money.”“We need assistance for this team to ready” the ‘Green Machine’ Coach said, while adding “we want this team to be ready because in Mexico it’s going to be tough.”Meanwhile, Captain Ryan Gonsalves while lauding his team’s performance against Trinidad and Tobago, pointed out that they will have to be more than ready for the Mexicans this time around or else a similar fate as the last time awaits them.Gonsalves said his side’s fitness is not 100% and “Mexico is high altitude and we need to do a lot of endurance; as much as we can or else we will suffer just as we did last year. So after this week’s break, we will come together again and put things in place for Mexico.”The latest World Ranking shows Mexico at 50; four places above Guyana, but for the Green Machine players, a victory in Mexico will be retribution.last_img read more

Defense, subs lead Clippers past Memphis

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The performance was a reversal from the previous night when the Clippers lost 107-97 at Atlanta — an effort coach Doc Rivers called “awful.” Rivers credited Griffin and Jordan with stopping the Memphis frontline, particularly Zach Randolph, who was returning from missing two games after ingrown toenail surgery.“I thought those two guys fought hard down low,” said Rivers, who recorded his 600th win. “I just thought their leadership defensively was why we won the game.”Kosta Koufos led Memphis with 17 points.The Clippers shot 13 for 20 in the fourth quarter as Paul and Griffin sat on the bench, leaving the game to the backups.“The Clippers played real well defensively,” Koufos said. “They established themselves early in the second half. They hit some tough shots.” The Clippers trailed 42-40 at the break before outscoring Memphis 61-39 in the second half while shooting 56 percent. Los Angeles’ reserves ended the night outscoring their Memphis counterparts 50-31.“That team has a lot of good players,” Randolph said. “They have a lot of good bench players that could be starting.”As is the case when the two get together, it was chippy from the start. After meeting in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs the last two years, a rivalry has developed.In third, Jerryd Bayless shoved Griffin for a flagrant 1. Randolph started mouthing with anyone in a Clippers uniform. And the lobbying for calls from both teams led official Danny Crawford to warn the coaches he had heard enough.In the meantime, the Clippers turned up the defense, enabling them to click off a 21-7 run to open the quarter for a double-digit lead.“I thought the way we responded was good,” Griffin said. “There are challenges mentally and physically, and I think that was a mental challenge for us. We were mentally tough in that situation.”The rally helped the Clipper outscore Memphis 24-11 in the frame and carry a 64-53 lead into the final quarter.Los Angeles connected on 10 of its first 14 shots in the fourth, continuing to build the lead to as many as 24.Several Clippers players said the frustration from games like the one at Atlanta is they believe in their ability to play good defense.“It would be one thing if we knew were weren’t capable of it, and we didn’t have the bodies and the people to execute it, but we do,” Paul said. “We have myself, young, athletic guys that know what we’re capable of. I may not be athletic, but I am young.”center_img MEMPHIS, Tenn. >> The Clippers tightened their defense waiting for the offense to come around.The result was a second-half burst with a strong push from the reserves to lead Los Angeles to a 101-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.“I looked up at one point, and we were shooting like 28 percent,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “Our defense was keeping us there, then we finally took the game over when we started hitting shots. That’s a good lesson for us.”Reserves Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford scored 15 points each to lead the Clippers. Chris Paul also had 15 points and eight assists as Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak. Griffin added 14 points and nine rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 14 boards.last_img read more

Former Predators captain Greg Johnson dies at 48

first_imgAfter signing a one-year deal to return to the Red Wings, Johnson retired before the 2006-07 season when a preseason physical revealed abnormal EKG results.Johnson enjoyed his best season in the Predators’ inaugural campaign, finishing second on the team with 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists). Selected by the Flyers with the 33rd pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, the center toiled in the minors for several years before making his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 1993-94 campaign. After three-plus seasons there, he joined the Penguins for a couple of seasons before going to the Blackhawks for one year.The Predators grabbed Johnson with the 23rd pick in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft, and he served as the team’s alternate captain for three seasons before becoming team captain for his final three years in the league before his retirement in 2006. Related News Johnson remained a fan favorite in Nashville years after his retirement.Predators alumni Greg Johnson and Tomas Vokoun signing autographs during Day 1 of the NHL Centennial Fan Arena’s stop in Nashville. #NHL100 pic.twitter.com/eBZTjdpASx— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 11, 2017In 785 career games, Johnson scored 369 points (145 assists, 224 points).Johnson’s younger brother, Ryan, played 15 seasons in the NHL and is now an executive with the Canucks. Hurricanes match Canadiens’ offer sheet to Sebastian Aho NHL players A.J. Greer, Sonny Milano arrested on assault charges, report says Greg Johnson, who played with four teams in 12 NHL seasons and served six years as a Predators captain, died Monday at age 48.The Chronicle-Journal in Ontario, near Johnson’s hometown of Thunder Bay, was first to report the news. No cause of death was given. NHL free agency news: Sabres sign Marcus Johansson to 2-year deallast_img read more

Battling Harps score twice but lose again to Galway

first_imgFinn Harps miserable run continued at Eamon Decay Park as Ollie Horgan’s side went down 3-2 to Galway United.Harps found themselves 2-0 down after just ten minutes when Enda Curran and Vinnie Faherty found the net for the Tribesmen.It was always going to be an uphill battle for Harps but in fairness they stuck to their task.Galway however, went further ahead in the second half when Colm Horgan made it 3-0 for the home side. But goals from Ruairi Keaitng in the 58th minute and Adam Hanlon in the 75th minute had Harps dreaming of a dream comeback and possibly a share of the points.That vital levelling goal never game however and Harps were doomed to their ninth defeat on the trot.Battling Harps score twice but lose again to Galway was last modified: October 1st, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more