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Commentary: First Genocide, Now Vericide

Now that the term “genocide” has been established as a “crime against humanity” and is a matter for the courts, it is time for the introduction of another word, but, this time, for use by journalists who report and otherwise comment upon what countries and their leaders say about genocide and lesser matters: Vericide. Historians should also start using it. Just as “genocide” is “the deliberate killing of a very large number of people from a particular … Read entire article »

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Commentary: Flags for Burning

When journalists report on the “spontaneous” flag-burning demonstrations, around the world, there is one fact that is never covered or reported:  How and where do the protestors get the flags they burn? Do all the countries that have flag-burning mobs also have shops that sell “Flags for Burning”? Is there an international company that has salesmen traveling the world selling flags of all countries?  And, to whom do they sell–governments or individuals?  And, which country’s flags do … Read entire article »

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Is the reporting of “straight” news dead?

Is the reporting of “straight” news dead?  Do people want the “facts” (the traditional 5Ws and H) and then make up their own minds? Or, do the people want someone to give them an opinion?  And, “It had better be the opinion I want to hear.” For some time, the Fox News Channel has been faulted for not really being a “news” channel–even by those who watch it faithfully. These people want to have their views confirmed. The subject will be the topic of a program cosponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, on Wednesday, April 27. Watch this site for details. Meanwhile, it might be worth noting that Media Matters is taking on Fox on this subject, more or less. Media Matters labels itself a “media … Read entire article »

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A manifesto for the simple scribe – 25 commandments

Former Guardian science editor, letters editor, arts editor and literary editor Tim Radford has condensed his journalistic experience into a handy set of rules for aspiring hacks. It applies to journalists (and would-be journalists) everywhere–and to the new phenomenon, the “citizen journalist.”  Radford is a freelance journalist. He worked for The Guardian for 32 years, becoming – among other things – letters editor, arts editor, literary editor and science editor. He won the Association of British Science … Read entire article »

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Michael Days speaks at 2010 SPJ awards banquet

Michael Days, executive VP and editor of the Philadelphia Daily News was the keynote speaker duirng 46th annual Excellence in Journalism awards program by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists July 15, 2010. The event was held in the Philadelphia Inquirer building, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Since joining the paper 25 years ago he has served as managing editor, deputy managing editor, and was named editor in 2005. Under his leadership the paper has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize … Read entire article »

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Hochman speaks at 2009 SPJ awards banquet

Stan Hochman, columnist and beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, was the keynote speaker during the 45th annual Excellence in Journalism awards banquet on June 18, at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The SPJ awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 49 categories, covering print, radio, television, newspapers, photography and online. journalism in the Philadelphia area and adjacent metropolitan areas in 2008. Hochman has been part of Philadelphia’s journalistic landscape for 50 years. He joined the Daily News … Read entire article »

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Bill Marimow delivers keynote speech at SPJ Awards banquet

Bill Marimow, Pulitzer prize winner and editor and executive vice president of The Philadelphia Inquirer, was the keynote speaker during the 43rd annual Excellence Journalism awards banquet on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia. The SPJ awards recognized the best in professional journalism in 49 categories, covering print, radio, television, newspapers, photography and online. journalism in the Philadelphia area and adjacent metropolitan areas in 2006 Marimow has more than three decades of reporting background … Read entire article »

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