On Hardball’s pregame right now, a crowd of people—most of them, apparently, Hofstra students; almost all of them, judging from their cheers and jeers, Obama supporters—is gathered behind Chris Matthews as he chats with the Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman and The New York Times’s Jeff Zeleny. Behind Matthews’s head, a large sign, its black background and its orange and white lettering standing out among the sea of Obamian Red and Blue, is being propped up by an unknown advocate. The sign advertises Ed in ‘08, an attempt to make education reform a key issue in the presidential campaign. I’ve written about their efforts before, on Campaign Desk, and must sadly acknowledge that, however worthy their cause, and however noble their efforts toward achieving it, that cause has now been completely trumped by the economy. Chalk yet another loss up to the crisis.
07:03 PM - October 15, 2008
Quixotic Signage of the Day: Ed in ‘08
‘See you on the other side’ - Meet Jessica Lum, a terminally ill 25-year-old who chose to spend what little time she had practicing journalism
#Realtalk: This is the best moment to be in journalism - The old stuff isn’t coming back, but that’s okay
Streams of consciousness - Millennials expect a steady diet of quick-hit, social-media-mediated bits and bytes. What does that mean for journalism?
Sticking with the truth - How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism
An ink-stained stretch - Can Aaron Kushner save the Orange County Register—and the newspaper industry?
Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch
One journalist took matters into his own hands when a fellow audience member wouldn’t stop using her smartphone during a theater performance
The shift from Facebook to more creative social networks
Handwritten on a shirt board
“The internet was one of the greatest disasters to befall mankind”
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.