The Arc of the Ebola Crisis

The specter of contracting Ebola is a dystopian nightmare. Whether fear of the virus justified the media’s panic-fueling coverage is another matter. Here are some incontrovertible facts: Ebola is a frightening, often deadly scourge. It is highly contagious, but only when the infected person is showing unmistakable signs of the virus: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and […]

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Newsroom Deck Chairs

By Paul Bernish This forum has devoted (perhaps to a fault) lots of words about the slow-motion decline of daily print newspapers. For good reason: for more than 200 years, daily newspapers were the primary source of information, opinion and perspective for successive generations of readers. Even with the advent of radio, movie news, and […]

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Newspaper Nightmares

By Paul Bernish Stop the presses! It’s not a good time to be in the newspaper business. This is surely not news; the impending death of daily newspaper journalism has been talked and written about for years. But as recent events demonstrate, print versions of news providers are definitely on life support. The question now […]

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Short Sighted Shorthand

By Paul Bernish If there is one aspect of journalism that drives me to distraction, it is shorthand euphemisms in news stories. Examples? “Voter fraud,” is a phrase often employed in accounts of legislation to change state election laws, as in changes are “needed” to prevent voter fraud. You’ll find this catch-phrase in regular use […]

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In Social Media, Quality Tops Numbers

By Paul Bernish A new Gallup poll of business has revealed the not-so-startling finding that when it comes to online marketing, how many “followers” or fans you have is not nearly as critical to success as the quality and relevance to your brand of those who do follow you. Well, duh! It’s fair to say […]

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