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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Obituaries, Repurposed

By Paul Bernish The leak of an internal New York Times report on what the media company needed to do to stay fully competitive was a revelation, to say the least.  What it mostly revealed was that old habits really do die hard. Take, for example, the Times‘ fabled obituaries, which for generations have been […]

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Is Vox the New Voice of Journalism?

By Paul Bernish (UPDATE) — A little over a month after writing this initial review of Vox.com, I’ve re-visited the site.  The headlines are all intentional grabbers (“The whole Story of GM’s Faulty Ignition Switches”), but the articles themselves are really rehashes of previous reports both on Vox iteself and other media.  There’s also a […]

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