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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... 

Commentary: A psychonaut’s adventures in videoland

<i>Commentary</i>: A psychonaut's adventures in videoland
Amanda Nieto, Arts Editor Journalists are driven by curiosity. Their job is centered on asking questions, finding answers and relaying their findings to an audience. Hamilton Morris, a 24-year-old writer and filmmaker, is one such curious seeker who has taken his work to other-worldly dimensions through his quest to bring firsthand accounts on psychedelic drugs. In his series for Vice.com titled “Hamilton’s... 

News is more than celebrity

News is more than celebrity
Editorial Cartoon by Jason D. Cox At the University of La Verne, especially in the departments that are immersed into current events, many professors open each class session with the question, “Did you hear anything interesting happen in the news?” We are used to the silent response from our classmates as we look around the classroom, avoiding eye contact with the professor. Either that, or the... 

Dead celebrities kill media credibility

Steve Jobs drove a Mercedes without any license plates and was never ticketed for it. Steve Jobs was a supposed deadbeat dad. Steve Jobs died at such an early age of 56. Steve Jobs. Amy Winehouse. Michael Jackson. Heath Ledger. Anna Nicole Smith. These, among many more, are the names that reigned your television sets 24 hours, eight days a week. While across the nation, police brutally assault protesters... 
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