By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN
There's no shortage of media stories on our radar this week as we near the end of the year. To see the latest pieces our host Brian Stelter is working on, be sure to check back here on the RS blog throughout the week for updates. In the meantime, here are some other headlines that caught our eye this week- join the conversation and tell us what you're reading in the comments section. And be sure to tune in for an all new edition of 'Reliable Sources' this Sunday on CNN at 11am EST!
Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life In a five-part series published this week, New York Times investigative reporter Andrea Elliott and photographer Ruth Fremson paint a grim portrait of New York's homeless population through the eyes of 11-year-old Dasani. With supplemental videos, graphics and haunting still images, Elliott takes us on a vivid journey through the decrepit halls of Brooklyn's Auburn Family Residence/homeless shelter. The series features extensive sourcing notes and background compiled from Elliott's reporting, which journalists and critics among media circles are praising as a Pulitzer-worthy longform piece of investigative journalism. While New York City's sobering poverty statistics leave many readers coming away from the piece feeling angry or helpless, it's Elliot's poignant writing style and narrative skill that pulls this compelling piece together.
'Conrad Black defends Rob Ford interview' Folks in Canada and around the globe are all too familiar with this year's saga of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, but it's a Canadian media mogul who's now facing scrutiny over his interview with the mayor conducted this week. On Monday, Canadian newspaper publisher Conrad Black conducted an interview with Ford in which the mayor made statements implying that a Toronto Star reporter was a pedophile. That reporter has since served Ford with a libel notice, but Black is also taking heat for his interview style/ not challenging the mayor on his statements. In a CBCNews interview this week, Black defended his interview, saying, "I put relevant questions to the mayor and he answered them... It's not for me to vouch for the truthfulness of his answers. I don't engage in a debating style on these things."
'A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns' As we near the one-year anniversary of the tragic Newtown/ Sandy Hook elementary school shootings, the Pew Research Center is out with new statistics that suggest attitudes toward guns haven't shifted drastically in the past year. Surveys taken shortly after the December 2012 shooting showed that respondents viewed the Sandy Hook shooting differently compared with the 2012 Colorado movie theater and January 2011 Tuscon/Gabby Giffords shooting. Public support for tighter background checks was also at a high in the immediate months after Newtown. With the defeat of the Senate bill on background checks and numerous gun control studies showing wavering public opinion on gun control this year, it appears that political and economic factors no doubt still play a role in shaping attitudes on this divisive topic.
By Becky Perlow, CNN
From TMI mirror selfies to basically any Kim Kardashian selfie, cell phone cameras and social media have officially blurred the rules of what's appropriate to share... and what's not. But for one woman in New York, it might have been a case of simply taking a selfie at the wrong time. The New York Post published a picture of the young, blonde woman on the cover of its Monday edition, taking a selfie with a man attempting to commit suicide in the background. Perhaps, however, she didn't notice the suicidal man and was only taking a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge in the background. What do you think?
Bloomberg LP, known for its business-savvy reporting, has tripled its revenues in the 12 years since Michael Bloomberg traded his plushy corporate corner office for the city of New York's mayoral podium, according to Fortune. But while "Bloomberg is on track for record revenues of $8.3 billion in 2013 and profits of about $2.7 billion," the company is battling PR nightmares, including its most recent scandal of censoring its own journalists in China. Check out CNN Money's preview of the story after the jump.
The publication known for inside-the-beltway news is breaking ground in a new city outside of the nation's capital. Politico's parent company recently purchased Capital New York, a small New York-based website, and Politico founder and CEO Jim VandeHei is gearing up for the company's expansion. "When you look at City Hall, when you look at Albany, when you look at media, even when you look at finance, I think there are huge pockets of this city that are under-covered or that could be covered exponentially better," VandeHei told Bloomberg News.
For more on Politico's new venture, tune in later this month for Brian Stelter's interview with VandeHei, and watch for Stelter's debut show this Sunday at 11am ET.
By Becky Perlow, CNN
Welcoming back Eric Deggans to the guest host chair, the Reliable Sources team has a great show planned for you this week. We'll be discussing the PR nightmare that MSNBC is battling with Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin, BuzzFeed's recent hire of an international women's rights reporter, and race-themed films, to name a few. In the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week... what caught yours?
Here on 'Reliable Sources,' we're big fans of the Channel 4 News Teams, so when we heard that the original Anchorman was swinging by the 'Conan' set, we had to tune in. But to our surprise, he didn't spout sexist comments or whip out his jazz flute to serenade the audience. Instead, he broadcast his support for his "dear, dear, dear friend, Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto." Spoiler Alert: Burgundy has a sexy voice, so prepare yourself.
Native advertising, a system where an advertisement is seen within the context of a story, works out well for the company paying for the prime placement. Unfortunately for the news organization, trading page space for payment has become a somewhat controversial topic in the journalism industry, generating a discussion about the ethics involved. BuzzFeed and The Atlantic have recently come under fire for their uses of native advertising, and Politico's Mike Allen is the latest to receive criticism for the questionable use of the marketing scheme. Some fans of Allen, however, applaud his ability to weave advertisements into the folds of his stories, to the point where the two are indistinguishable from one another.
In the social media generation, we can sometimes take for granted the fact that we live in the era of YouTube - the most it takes to call up a video of the Iranian hostage crisis or Hurricane Katrina is a few taps of the keyboard and the click of a mouse. For those of an older generation, though, there's something poetic about popping in a VHS tape to re-live moments of history. One Philadelphia woman took it to the extreme, taping 35 years of "network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83 of lung disease." Can you guess how many tapes she collected over the years?
For more media news, tune in Sunday at 11am ET.
By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN
We've got a busy show planned this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, joins us once again as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host. With the devastating Philippines typhoon aftermath, continued fallout after the 60 Minutes/Benghazi apology, plus Obamacare woes here at home, we'll take a look at how these stories (and more) have competed for media attention this week. In the meantime, here are some other items that caught our show team's eye- sign off in the comments and tell us what you're reading this week!
Russian President Vladimir Putin is known for being unpredictable. And in a Washington Post piece this week, Max Fisher writes that South Korean journalists aren't too pleased amid his latest trip to the country. Referencing articles in several South Korean media outlets, he notes that Putin's tardiness to events & last-minute schedule changes have been carefully documented by some journalists, some even calling Putin's actions 'insulting.' Beyond this, Fisher posits that even these minor acts could have larger impacts on Russian, Mideast and Western foreign policy relations.
Justin Chambers, meteorologist for Colorado Springs Fox affiliate KXRM, knows what it's like to have his software crash at the last minute. So on Wednesday morning, after he tweeted a photo of his blank/non-functional weather monitor, he put his improvisational skills to use once again. Using everything from dancing and iPads to pantomiming weather patterns, Chambers proved once again that when it comes to the weather, no technical glitch can prevent him from bringing viewers the forecast.
Fox News reporter Jana Winter is the latest journalist facing legal repercussions for refusing to identify her sources on a story she wrote about Aurora, CO movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes in 2012. The upcoming New York Court of Appeals decision on whether Winter will be forced to testify & identify her sources on that story (or face jail) could have far-reaching consequences for journalists nationwide. This week's Business Insider piece highlights differences in New York/Colorado's shield laws (meant to protect journalists from being compelled to testify), but notes that with laws differing by state, Winter's case could set important precedent for other reporters & their confidential sources.
For more media news, tune in Sunday at 11am ET.
By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN
'Reliable Sources' is glad to welcome back NPR tv critic Eric Deggans as our guest host this week. We've got a busy show planned for Sunday, but in the meantime, check out these other media stories that caught our eye this week:
'Your Late Fees Are Waived: Blockbuster Closes' It's the end of an era for Blockbuster, which announced this week that it would be closing all remaining U.S. stores. And it didn't take long for movie renters of the 1980/90's to start cracking jokes on Twitter about not having to pay late fees in the wake of the announcement. "Yes! All the Blockbuster Video Stores are closing! That means they'll never get back that VHS tape of Vampire In Brooklyn. I won!" added actor and comedian Paul Scheer. Not to be outdone, 'he New York Times reported the news with a reference to the 1979 hit from the Buggles with the headline, "Internet Kills the Video Store."
'Stephen Glass' California bar admission to be decided in court' Disgraced reporter Stephen Glass became infamous across media circles in the late 1990's after it was revealed that he had plagiarized dozens of articles, complete with fake sources and websites, while working at The New Republic. Since then, he 's received his law degree from Georgetown University and passed California's state bar exam- now, he's back in the spotlight as the state's Supreme Court weighs whether or not to grant Glass the credentials to practice law in the state. The issue raises significant ethics questions for legal/media analysts, some who argue that Glass has proven his law capabilities while others point to his journalistic transgressions as a permanent stain on his record.
'Wait for it- Norway's Slow TV Revolution' Want to watch people knitting on tv? Norway has you covered. This week, Grantland blogger Tess Lynch highlights Norway's 'Slow TV' genre, which included 'National Knitting Evening' last week via NRK, the country's public tv company. And if you think people aren't interested, you'd be wrong, as more than 1 million viewers tuned in for this particular 4 hour slow tv viewing session. In an ever fast-paced media world that places a premium on disseminating news quickly, it appears Norway is taking the opposite approach – and it's starting to resonate with consumers.
'Matt Lauer, Al Roker have live prostate exams on 'TODAY" Viewers tuning into NBC's Today Show on Thursday got up close and personal with the show's male co-hosts this morning. In an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer/preventative screenings, both Matt Lauer and Al Roker underwent prostate exams live on the show. The procedures took a mere 35 seconds and afterwards, doctors weighed in on the prognosis and follow up for each anchor.
By Becky Perlow, CNN
NPR's David Folkenflik returns to Reliable Sources this week as our guest host. Folkenflik and Team Reliable have some great topics planned for the show, but in the meantime here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:
Jumping on the bandwagon with Slate and the Kansas City Star, the Bay Area newspaper has decided to strike the term "Redskins" from its vocabulary. According to a statement by Managing Editor Audrey Cooper, "Not everyone has to be personally offended by a word to make it a slur." Even President Obama has weighed in on the debate, saying "I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things."
Pete Souza literally has a front row seat to history - as the Chief Official White House photographer for Barack Obama, he's witnessed the President rise from United States Senator to Democratic Nominee and ultimately to the President of the United States. On Wednesday, though, he had a different kind of first row seat: watching the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series.
Critics have long since promised the death of print journalism, and while we pray that isn't true, at least Buzzfeed found a creative way to soften the blow. With the aid of a glue gun and some scissors, you can now use your old newspapers and magazines to make dresses, wedding bouquets and even hair bows. Who knew?
Worried about missing your mother's birthday or that morning meeting with your boss? This map might just put things in perspective for you. Created by Brad Lyon (who holds a doctoral degree in mathematics), the interactive map shows the viewer births and deaths around the world in actual time. Creepy as it sounds, the map actually has some uses - namely, to understand how the world's population is growing toward nine million by 2042.
Join us this Sunday at 11am EDT when John Avlon, executive editor of The Daily Beast, returns as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host! We'll look at how the press covered the technological malfunctions accompanying the Obamacare website rollout recently, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:
"Netflix hits milestone and raises its sights" With Emmy nominations for several of its original series, Netflix has proven itself a contender alongside conventional tv outlets like AMC, HBO & Showtime. This past Monday, Netflix reached another milestone, surpassing 40 million subscribers worldwide. Though the company's stock has also surged recently, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings struck a cautiously optimistic tone saying, "“We have done well, but we have a long way to go to match HBO’s 114 million global member count or their well-deserved Emmy Award leadership.”
"The role of news on Facebook" Nearly one in three U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook- that's coming from a new Pew Research Center study released this week. Researchers noted, however, that news consumption via Facebook was "common, but incidental," as the survey revealed that the above statistic applied to adults who were on Facebook for other reasons to begin with. While results found that younger viewers were more engaged with news via Facebook as a whole, several respondents across demographics noted that Facebook expanded the range of stories they might not actively seek out individually.
"Chinese newspaper boldly demands release of detained reporter on its front page" The state-run New Express Chinese tabloid printed a front-page appeal on Wednesday asking officials to release reporter Chen Yongzhou. According to the Huffington Post, Yongzhou was detained by police after writing several articles which criticized a state-owned construction company. In an online blog post, Chinese officials stated, "New Express journalist Chen is suspected of the crime of damaging business reputation, and so on October 19 was detained by police according to the law."
By CNN's Elizabeth Cherneff
We've got a great show planned this Sunday when David Folkenflik of NPR News returns to the ‘Reliable Sources’ guest chair. We’ll discuss xxx, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:
'Pew: Young people 'graze' for news, old people stick to tv and print' In its recent report on trends that are shaping digital news, a Pew Research Study found that nearly 3 in 4 Americans ages 18-29 now cite the Internet as their main source of news (over both tv and radio). Among adults older than age 64, television and newspapers remained at the top of the list of preferred news sources. While the findings illustrate perceptible shifts in news consumption by demographic, the study did reveal that older and younger viewers follow weather news more closely than other categories.
'New name for iconic International Herald Tribune' As part of the New York Times Company's renaming strategy, the renowned 'International Herald Tribune' newspaper officially became the 'International New York Times' this week. USA Today's Rem Rieder notes that the IHT commemorated its final edition with a 24-page supplement with prominent articles and photos featured throughout the years. The latest rebranding also represents the NYT Company's broader approach to expand its global readership.
Read this: here's a new rare interview with Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson Mental Floss Magazine readers got a rare treat when editor Jake Rossen nabbed a recent exclusive interview with Calvin and Hobbes comic creator Bill Watterson. The legendary cartoonist discussed the pressure to create spinoffs & sequels from his content, as well as his decision not to partake in licensing deals for his beloved comic strip characters . When asked about the enduring nature of Calvin and Hobbes, Watterson said, "You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic."
By Sara Fischer, CNN
We've got a packed show this week on Reliable Sources with guest host Frank Sesno, Director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. As a former CNN Washington bureau chief, Sesno will bring a unique perspective to this week’s media headlines. We’ll discuss the continuing media coverage of the government shutdown, political fact-checking and more, but in the meantime; here are some other stories that caught our attention this week.
Liu Hu, Chinese Journalist, Arrested In Crackdown A Chinese reporter was arrested on Friday and accused of defamation after reporting about corruption by the Chinese Government. This is the latest in a string of arrests in China for journalists speaking out against the government. The crackdown of speech on news websites and online blogs is seen by many as an attempt by the Chinese government to silence criticism against the ruling Communist Party.
Fox host apologizes for reporting fake news Whoops! Fox News host Anna Kooiman accidentally reported a satirical story about President Obama offering to finance a museum of Muslim culture. The story was posted on the satirical website National Report in response to the Republican National Committee volunteering to pay to keep the World War II memorial open. Kooiman later tweeted out an apology.
Iran’s foreign minister in hospital with stress after newspaper misquote Iran’s foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on his Facebook that criticisms of Iran’s outreach to the US have become so intense that they are causing him back pain and spasms. The main cause of the stress he said came from a headline of Kayhan which Zarif says misquoted him.
By Sara Fischer, CNN
The first-ever live-streamed music award show is coming to your computer this November. YouTube will be live-streaming the show featuring household names such as Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Eminem, as well as up and coming artists who have risen to fame via online videos. The winners of the awards from the show will be selected by a popular vote by YouTube globally.
NBC's Meredith Viera has landed a one hour exclusive interview with Elizabeth Smart this Friday night at 10 ET. Despite her year-long contract with ABC, Smart has not spoken about the incident. NBC says that the interview will air twice on Friday, as well as the following Monday, and that it will not be part of a larger series. Smart was held in captivity for nine months after she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002.
In a move that's sure to have news producers across the world writhing with laughter, the Middle Eastern network has declared that using the "f-word" is no longer appropriate language for employees. But as any producer will tell you - under the crush of breaking news, curse words bounce off the control room walls faster than an Olympic ping pong match. Good luck to our AJAM friends - and let us know how it goes.