CNN's Arwa Damon joins guest host Frank Sesno with an update on the situation in Syria. Then, Shibley Telhami, Tara Sonenshine and Len Downie join Sesno to debate whether the horrific images of chemical attacks in Syria are affecting public opinion.
CNN Digital’s National Political Reporter Peter Hamby joins Kevin Madden, Christina Bellantoni and guest host Frank Sesno to share his recent findings from a study focused on social media and the 2012 presidential campaign season.
Errol Louis, Josh Rogin, Jackie Kucinich, Al Tompkins and John Avlon on how citizen and professional journalists relied on social media in the immediate aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash of Flight 214.
By Laura Koran, CNN
Reliable Sources is continuing to focus its critical lens on the media coverage of the Boston bombings. Tune in Sunday for that! Until then, here are some of the other stories that caught our attention this week.
Will Obama go for the punchline? Politicians and Hollywood celebrities will be bumping elbows Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The event is usually an opportunity for the president to take a lighter tone, poking fun at his political opponents and folks in the media. But with somber news stories such as the Boston terrorist attack and the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas still dominating the headlines, some are wondering whether the President should skip the comedy routine this year. Striking the proper balance between humor and solemnity could prove a difficult balancing act, as previous presidents have learned.
How news becomes #news: A growing number of people are turning to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook for information in lieu of traditional news sources, perhaps for good reason. When bombs went off near the Boston Marathon finish line last week, the news was on Twitter almost instantly. That case emphasized what many in the news business have already come to accept: that social media sites can be invaluable tools in the collection and dissemination of news. Traditional outlets are taking note, developing strategies to harness the power of social media. In the wake of the Boston bombings, Andrew Springer, senior editor for social media at ABC News and Dean Praetorius, senior editor at The Huffington Post took questions from the blog AllFacebook on how their organizations cultivate a social media presence and use that presence to cover breaking news.
For the inside-the-beltway reader: The release of a new book by New York Times writer Mark Leibovich, which chronicles life in insiders’ DC, is over two months away, but that hasn’t stopped Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei of Politico from speculating about who “should worry most about his book.” The pair (the former of whom was profiled by Leibovich in 2010) started the speculation in an article on Thursday, which has received its own share of criticism from those who say the article is, in itself, a classic example of the Washington self-absorption the book aims to expose.
By Laura Koran, CNN
Topics we’ll be covering this Sunday include a survey on the state of the media and a new biography of media mogul Roger Ailes. In the mean time, here are some other stories Reliable Sources found interesting.
Predicting the future – How will the world look 25 years from now? How will we travel? Work? Consume information? Spend our free time? These are some of the questions that the Los Angeles Times Magazine tried to answer in a special 1988 issue and, believe it or not, some of the forecasts were dead on. The magazine correctly predicted modern e-mail and the use of Botox. Some of their predictions, like robot maids, seem to have missed the mark, but if Harlem Shake videos can take the world by storm, can “futura-rock” really be far behind?
Child labor? – He may look young, but David Muir has been in the news business for over a quarter century. That’s because the ABC World News weekend anchor started his first internship at the tender age of 13. Muir spoke with TV Guide about those early years working at a local television station in his hometown of Syracuse, where his co-workers charted his growth on the wall and made fun of his changing voice.
Twitter turns 7 – It may be hard for some to believe given how ubiquitous Twitter has become in such a short period of time, but the social networking site celebrated its 7th birthday today. Over the past seven years, the social media site has allowed people to send their 140-character-or-less thoughts (the good, the bad and the totally inane) out to the universe. To celebrate the big day, CNN has compiled a list of unforgettable tweets from the site’s better known micro-bloggers.
What are you reading this week?
By Becky Perlow, CNN
We know Sunday is only two days away, but if you're itching for some great news until then, here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team has been reading about:
Insulting a princess: During a recent lecture at the British Museum, English writer Hilary Mantel shared her worries that the Duchess of Cambridge was becoming "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung" and that she "seems to have been selected for her role of princess because she was irreproachable: as painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character." Newspapers across the country instantly jumped to the royal's defense, with Prime Minister David Cameron weighing in as well. But is the criticism of Mantel fair? One Guardian reporter says it's worth taking a deeper look at the "lazy journalism" and "raging hypocrisy." She asks, for instance, "what has any paper done with Kate for the past decade but use her as decorative page filler?"
Why producers pre-tape: Every executive producer will tell you that the live interview is always better, but what about when your reporter passes out? Turns out the live segment makes for funny (or scary) TV, as when Australian weatherman Grant Denyer lost consciousness while reporting live from the cockpit of a stunt plane. Warning: this video is not for the faint of heart.
Nielsen adjusts ratings: With viewers trading in their traditional TV for web-based content, media executives are growing increasingly concerned with the fall of ratings (and ultimately, the fall of advertising sales). Nielsen stepped in to save the day, though, promising to consider people who "have a television set hooked up to the Internet, as 'television households.'" It doesn't seem like the new rule will have much affect right now as only 0.6% of households meet this new requirement, but as more homes incorporate tablet computers and internet streaming on their TVs, there's no doubt the media executives will be sleeping more soundly at night.
The re-invented resume: There's no shame in using every social media tool available to score a new job, but one journalist took it to new heights with the use of Vine, a six-second video sharing tool. Former political director for Fox News Radio, Dawn Siff created a "Vine resume" that promoted some of her best assets, from "idea machine" to "deadline Jedi."
So would you hire someone from a "Vine resume?" And what are you reading this week? Tell us in the comments below.
With great technology comes great responsibility.
Following a police press conference where the inappropriate use of social media following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was cited, Candy Crowley and Howard Kurtz discuss how social media can be used as a force for both good and evil.
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Brian Stelter is the host of "Reliable Sources" and the senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Before he joined CNN in November 2013, Stelter was a media reporter for The New York Times. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller "Top of the Morning."
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