Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Press Think by Jay Rosen

I attended a program today sponsored by the Columbia Jou4rnalism School. Jay Rosen was a panelist. Very insightful. For lovers of the First Amendment, he said that bloggers expand the number of individuals participating in the benefits of the First Amendment.


Takeover - Return of the Imperial Presidency

All about "information suppression, warrantless wiretapping, torture memos, treaty violations, detention, rendition, a compliant Supreme Court and a supine Congress"

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

“Covering Power” panel moderated by Dean Nicholas Lemann

This evening, panelists at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism discussed "Covering Power." Panelists were Elisabeth Bumiller ’79, New York Times, Suzanne Malveaux ’91, CNN, and Mark Silva ’76, Chicago Tribune.

These working journalists exemplified that charm and good looks help a lot in addition to good writing and quick thinking. You don't get to cover the White House by being a bomb-thrower. They described it as professionalism and asking reportorial-style questions. It's the meta message that counts, not the particular kinds of things they say.

Friday, October 5, 2007

intellectual property and search

UC Berkeley lecture on intellectual property and "search":

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Vanishing Book Review

Here's what the Columbia Journalism School said:

Five leading figures in the world of books came together on Sept. 19 for a panel in the Lecture Hall to discuss "The Decline of the Book Review," a topic also explored in the September issue of Columbia Journalism Review. Panelists debated why American newspapers are cutting back their book coverage. To listen:

Ron Suskind lecture

Here's what the announcement to Columbia Journalism School alums said:

Suskind '83 Delivers Annual Poliak Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind '83, author of several books, including "The Price of Loyalty," and "The One Percent Doctrine," implored journalism students to remain committed to truth and disclosure despite resistance from the administration and the public, saying “Each of you has to be an avatar, a champion and a guardian of truth.” To listen:

I've had "The One Percent Doctrine" sitting on the night table beside the bed waiting for me to read it. I bought it at Costco, but here's the Amazon link:

Here's the link for "The Price of Loyalty":