(Personal aside: There is also a category at the PRWeek awards for “Best Use of Broadcast,” “honoring VNRs [Video News Releases] in terms of their creativity, cost-effectiveness and overall impact.” It is a travesty that Karen Ryan Group Communications did not take this category last year for its work in 2004. Why the snub? What in the world did the winner — Zeno Group, on behalf of the National Association of Music Education — have on Ryan’s “In Washington, I’m Karen Ryan reporting” series on behalf of the Health and Human Services Department? If the Spinnies are the Oscars of the PR world, then Karen Ryan’s work is surely the “Saving Private Ryan” of PR.)
Behind the News
11:40 AM - March 9, 2006
Flack Defrocks Press, Anoints … Blogs?
Articles in the New York Times and the New York Observer reveal: the MSM no longer has a monopoly on reprinting press releases from PR people … because there are blogs now.
It doesn’t add up - A science writer questions the conventional wisdom of US-born STEM workers
#Realtalk: Dear reader - For small sites, loyalty might be a better path to pageviews
Falling for internet hoaxes - Some people who share satire don’t realize they’re missing the punchline
Digital First plans layoffs (Updated) - High-level executives and high-profile digital projects targeted
‘Nobody’s that lucky’—except in Florida’s lottery? - Palm Beach Post ferrets out lottery fraud, prompts tightening of “meager” safeguards
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
The future of the social network is apps—lots and lots of apps
A linguistics analysis suggests that Nick Szabo, a well known name in cryptography circles, is the mysterious father of the digital currency
“I urge you to go to your reporters and engage in serious self-examination”
How war has made the world safer and richer
Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.