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Campus Times Podcast, Ep. 4: Charlie Neff

  TMZ News Desk Producer and University of La Verne graduate Charlie Neff stopped by our studio to chat about news gathering ethics, her journey to the entertainment business and Justin Bieber.  Read More →

Foolish news overshadows real issues

Foolish news overshadows real issues
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff and Des Delgadillo What began as a slow news day quickly became an internet free for all a few weeks ago, after some llamas got loose and a dress left people baffled. But as much as the headlines proclaimed the “Alpacalypse” or “What color is this dress?” the real takeaway from the most recent media frenzy sees too much focus on the absurd and too little... 

Williams deserved suspension

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, has been suspended for six months without pay due to his fabrication of his personal experience during the Iraq War. Williams admitted to fabricating a story in which he said he was in a helicopter that was hit in 2003 while reporting on the Iraq War. However, he was actually in a separate helicopter one hour later and a war veteran revealed... 

FCC regulations threaten liberty

The Federal Communications Commission closed a study on how newsrooms operate after journalists and lawmakers protested saying the FCC was violating First Amendment rights. This was a failed trial run for the Multi Market Study of Critical Information Needs, or CIN, which the FCC planned to conduct every three years for Congress. The study included a survey that asked newsrooms how stories are selected... 

Get it right the first time

In times of terror, such as last week when the Boston Marathon bombings erupted into random attacks of violence by two unidentified suspects, citizens drew conclusions from past events to assume the cultural background of criminals and the reason for their attacks. When it was confirmed that the bombings were in fact a terror attack, the automatic reaction from some Americans was to assume that Muslims... 

Commentary: Media outlets: Stop objectifying women

<i>Commentary</i>: Media outlets: Stop objectifying women
Mariela Patron, News Editor Compared to past decades, women are now reaching new levels professionally as well as being further acknowledged for their capabilities and accomplishments. By becoming important figures in industries generally led by men, the impact women are making in America is undeniable. However, media outlets have been limiting the way women are represented intellectually by focusing... 

Fine journalism should be free

Set the scene: you are sitting at your computer, browsing the Los Angeles Times website and soaking in the various articles when suddenly a box appears asking if you want to have an online membership. Damn, that’s right you hit the allotted limit of articles for that month, which now means you either pay the subscription fee or scrounge around at another news site. In an article on Feb. 24 it was... 

Bill threatens food safety

Less than three weeks apart, Iowa and Utah governors signed a bill, named by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, the “Ag-Gag” bill, that stops undercover animal abuse investigations. Recent undercover investigations of animal abuse on factory farms have relied on video footage provided by activists and reporters who have taken undercover jobs on these farms. This bill makes it a crime for... 

Online journalism ethics addressed

Online journalism ethics addressed
Elizabeth Zwerling, associate professor of journalism, offered a lecture on “Ethics (and the Lack of Ethics) in Electronic Media” Monday in the President Dining Room. Various faculty members participated in discussion of the topic. Many ethical problems were brought up, for which there are no easy solutions. Still Zwerling said journalists must embrace the new communications modes. / photo by Debora... 

Let us do our job

A reporter for The Economist was temporarily handcuffed outside a room where Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was giving a victory speech. Natasha Loder had been assigned to cover the speech in Novi, Mich., but she and several other reporters had been corralled into a nearby room to watch the speech on television. When Loder realized that the video feed she and the other reporters were watching... 
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