media en People bit by the media bug everywhere <p>Journalism is considered to be one of the most influential, glamorous and attractive professions in Pakistan.</p><p>The same craze to work for media seems to be in the U.S. too.</p><p>It’s usual to see young people from different professions blindly jumping into journalism in Pakistan, but it’s really amazing to find the same craze for my beloved profession in the U.S. too.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Moiz Karim 18123 at People bit by the media bug everywhere Pakistan acutely needs public media for quality journalism <p>During <a href="">my 25-day stay in Michigan</a>, I found public media working for a mission, which is progress of the society, not money and power.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am a Pakistani journalist and currently work at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, under the journalist exchange program by the International Center for Journalists.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The people of Michigan and people of my home country face some common problems, especially issues related to health, broken roads, bankruptcy, crime and others. But I never saw public media reporters and editors take sides on these issues. Nor did I see them blame all the problems on the government.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From what I saw, public media teaches their society about their responsibilities and duties towards resolving the issues.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:38:40 +0000 Moiz Karim 18122 at Pakistan acutely needs public media for quality journalism From the newsroom in Pakistan, to the newsroom in the US <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moiz</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Karim</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a journalist from Pakistan.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-598421f9-8661-a2f0-089d-bf03f837899a">I work for Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as Radio Pakistan, as an editor in Islamabad. </span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:08:26 +0000 Moiz Karim 17932 at From the newsroom in Pakistan, to the newsroom in the US Ohio paper considers layoffs, closing facility <p>TOLEDO, Ohio - <a href="">The Blade</a> newspaper in Toledo says it's considering shutting down its printing and mailing facilities and laying off about 130 workers.</p><p>Block Communications Inc. notified city officials in a letter released Friday that it plans to begin the job cuts in August.</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 17:33:00 +0000 The Associated Press 17818 at Ohio paper considers layoffs, closing facility Does this post make me look fat? <div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>Facebook has decided I have a weight problem – a big weight problem.</p><p>It's been&nbsp;helpfully suggesting diet pills, plus-sized swimsuits with tummy-control panels, and affirming articles about body image as I apparently struggle with the motivation to battle my obesity.</p><p><b>The thing is I'm petite, not plus</b></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 14:25:37 +0000 Tamar Charney 17774 at Does this post make me look fat? All the cuts to news gathering should scare us <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Newspapers, even big-city newspapers, are in a sorry state these days.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Thanks largely to the Internet, their circulation and advertising revenue has been in free fall, with the result that they have far less staff than they once did.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There are also fewer papers than there used to be.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Washtenaw County, outside of Ann Arbor, is home to a collection of fascinating and picturesque little towns like Manchester, Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea. Each had its own thriving weekly newspaper: T</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">he Saline Reporter, Dexter Leader, and Chelsea Standard.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Years ago I did some consulting for the local company that owned those papers and learned that no matter how physically close these places might be, the good people of Chelsea did not want Dexter news in their paper, and vice-versa.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Times are different now.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:47:25 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16996 at All the cuts to news gathering should scare us Local magazine shows stories of hope in neglected neighborhoods <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6e01e79f-c993-e333-ebfb-801a463a4567"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A magazine in Detroit is looking to get a new perspective on the Motor City</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><a href="">Model D</a> is a digital magazine that’s been covering Detroit culture, development, and lack thereof since 2005. Now the small-staffed magazine is starting a new project:&nbsp;starting a summer-long series based in Osborn, a community in northwest Detroit.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">From </span><a href="" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Model D’s Claire Nelson</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">:</span></span></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“What happens when we hang out in a Detroit neighborhood for a period of 90 days? Who will we meet? What will we learn? Can we eat enough at Capers Steakhouse to get some sort of discount?”</span></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">(Capers is an eastside joint known for selling its steaks by the ounce.)</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:29:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13465 at Local magazine shows stories of hope in neglected neighborhoods Commentary: The trouble with mainstream media <p>A while ago, a student came to see me after she had badly bombed a midterm. Her goal in life is to be an on-air TV personality. Though she is a senior, it was clear that she didn’t really know how to study or take notes, and read only when forced to.</p><p>This was a course in the history of journalism, and one of her major mistakes was claiming that the African-American press tried in the 1930’s to turn people against slavery.</p><p>Slavery had then been abolished for 70 years. I asked if she knew that the Civil War had led to the end of slavery. She did not, and asked me when the Civil War was.</p><p>I said that if I told her, she would forget, and that she needed to look it up and then report back. She thought that was reasonable, and then paused. “What countries were involved in the Civil War? I mean, I know America was one of them,” she said.</p><p>Now, that was a bit of an extreme case -- but not as much as you might think. I am not telling you this to attack how history is taught in the public schools.&nbsp; I’m thinking about the media.</p><p>As pretty much everybody knows, traditional mainstream media -- the daily newspaper and the half-hour TV broadcast, are in trouble.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:30:44 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10196 at Commentary: The trouble with mainstream media Politicians learn their lines <p>Bob Kolt is using a wildly popular video clip to teach future politicians the importance of knowing their lines. It’s an excerpt from the 2007 Miss Teen USA competition. In the video, Miss South Carolina is asked why she thinks 1/5 of Americans can’t find the United States on a map.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 9609 at Politicians learn their lines Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the "messaging war" <p>Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the media battle.&nbsp; That&#39;s according to <a href="">research</a> by the Pew Trust.<br /> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:46:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7974 at Critics of the Affordable Care Act are winning the "messaging war" How the media portrays class <p>From the Bradys to the Cosbys, most of us can probably name several television families... some middle class, some working class and some decidedly upper class. But, how do media portrayals of these families affect our ideas about class... and ourselves? We asked Susan Douglas, <a href="">author </a>and <a href="">professor of Communication Studies</a> at the University of Michigan, just that question.</p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 13:45:55 +0000 Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 5117 at How the media portrays class Booth papers, form new company, cut home delivery <p>According to a <a href="">press release</a> by Booth Newspapers Publisher Dan Gaydou, Booth Newspapers and will now operate as one consolidated company, MLive Media Group.</p><p>Distribution and administrative operations will move to Advance Central Services Michigan, a newly formed subsidiary company.</p><p>The restructuring will most likely mean job cuts as the organization increases its focus on digital content.</p><p>From the announcement on</p><blockquote><p>Many of our newspaper employees will have a place in the MLive Media Group and will still work in your local community at the MLive Media Group office. Many others will have a place at Advance Central Services Michigan. While we believe these changes will create growth opportunities for our current employees, the reality is they will also lead to reductions in our work force. We will provide as much notice and consideration to our employees as possible. We&rsquo;ll strive throughout this process to treat all our employees with the professionalism and respect they deserve.</p></blockquote><p>Gaydou says MLive Media Group will open new offices and hire people to produce content for its online products and its newspapers. Employees affected by the layoffs will be able to apply for those jobs.</p><p>Home delivery will be reduced to three days a week for the following newspapers, with daily content available in an online format.</p><ul><li>The Grand Rapids Press</li><li>The Kalamazoo Gazette</li><li>The Muskegon Chronicle</li><li>The Jackson Citizen Patriot</li></ul><p>Other Booth newspapers including the Flint Journal, Saginaw News, Bay City Times, and will also move under the MLive Media Group name but delivery changes at those papers are not expected.</p><p><em>John Klein Wilson - Michigan Radio newsroom</em> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 21:11:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 4818 at Booth papers, form new company, cut home delivery PBS's Jim Lehrer brings us back to his "bus crier" days <p>Jim Lehrer is best known for hosting the nightly news program <i>PBS NewsHour.</i></p><p>Lehrer has been with PBS since the early 1970s and helped develop the news program with Robert MacNeil in 1975.</p><p>But the man is also known as a <em><strong>bus enthusiast</strong></em>. Who knew?</p><p>He recently showed off his &quot;bus crier&quot; skills from his days as a ticket agent in the 1950s to ABC News:</p><p><img border="0" height="0" src="*xJmx*PTEzMTYxOTc4NTAxMjgmcHQ9MTMxNjE5ODk4NzU1MSZwPSZkPSZnPTImbz*yZjU3MWIzOGVhY2E*MzYwYjY4ZWZhZGY4/NTkxM2VhZSZvZj*w.gif" style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" width="0" /><object allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" data="" height="221" id="kaltura_player_1316197849" name="kaltura_player_1316197849" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="392"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="flashVars" value="autoPlay=false&amp;screensLayer.startScreenOverId=startScreen&amp;screensLayer.startScreenId=startScreen" /><a href="">video </a><a href="">platform</a><a href="">video</a><a href=""> </a><a href="">management</a><a href="">video</a><a href=""> </a><a href="">solutions</a><a href="">video</a><a href=""> player</a></object></p><p>Good thing he&#39;s not a &quot;news crier.&quot; Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:52:24 +0000 Mark Brush 4186 at Top 10 categories for time spent online <p>My colleague Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody passed along this study from the Nielsen Company:</p><p><a href="">State of the Media: The Social Media Report (Q3 2011)</a></p><p>So how are we spending our time online? (hint: you &quot;like&quot; it). From the report:</p><blockquote><p><em>Americans spend more time on Facebook than they do any other U.S. website.</em></p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the top ten:</p><ol><li>22.5 percent of our online time is spent on social networks and blogs</li><li>9.8 percent online games</li><li>7.6 percent e-mail</li><li>4.5 percent &quot;portals&quot;</li><li>4.4 percent videos/movies</li><li>4.0 percent search</li><li>3.3 percent instant messaging</li><li>3.2 percent software manufacturing</li><li>2.9 percent classifieds/auctions</li><li>2.6 percent on current events and global news</li></ol><p>Nielsen reports that Tumblr is an emerging social network nearly tripling its unique U.S. audience over the last year.</p><p>Does the <a href="">Tumblr</a> design look somewhat familiar to you? Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:03:04 +0000 Mark Brush 4123 at Top 10 categories for time spent online In the digital age, social media is changing the way the media gathers information <p>You&rsquo;ve probably seen news outlets asking for your opinion, or asking you to share your story with them. More and more, media outlets are asking YOU for your personal stories to help them tell the news. Michigan Radio&rsquo;s <a href="">Changing Gears</a> project has <a href="">recently started trying it out</a> with the <a href="">Public Insight Network</a>. It&rsquo;s all about using social media to reach out to you. The goal is to tell a more compelling news story because it includes examples and real-life experiences.</p><p></p><p>To find out more about this trend in information-gathering and whether or not it&#39;s a good thing for a news-consumer, we caught up with Cliff Lampe, an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:50:07 +0000 Christina Shockley 3609 at In the digital age, social media is changing the way the media gathers information Out Of The Mouths Of Hosts, Oft Times, Come Flubs I have sympathy for anyone who says something stupid into a microphone — any politician, pundit or nervous best man who makes an inane wedding toast.<p>Been there. Done that.<p>Mark Halperin, <em>Time </em>magazine's senior political analyst and a frequent commenter on MSNBC, was suspended by the cable network this week for using a locker-room profanity to critique President Obama's latest press conference. The hosts of the <em>Morning Joe</em> program assured Mr. Halperin that a seven-second delay switch would delete any coarse assessment that he wanted to make.<p>It didn't. Sat, 02 Jul 2011 19:19:50 +0000 Scott Simon 3135 at Founder of Automobile Magazine Dies <p>The founder and original editor of Automobile Magazine has died. The magazine says the man who was once called &quot;the dean of automotive journalism&quot; died in Ann Arbor, Michigan after complications from bladder cancer surgery.</p><p>This from <a href="">Automobile Magazine</a> Deputy Editor Joe DeMatio:</p><blockquote><p>Davis founded Ann Arbor-based <em>Automobile Magazine</em> with Rupert Murdoch&rsquo;s backing in 1985 after leaving his second stint in the editor&rsquo;s chair at Car and Driver, which he moved from New York City to Ann Arbor in 1977.</p><p>Davis, who had already refashioned <em>Car and Driver</em> into one of the most literate and entertaining special-interest magazines in America, imagined <em>Automobile Magazine</em> as a celebration of the automotive good life with the rallying cry &ldquo;No Boring Cars,&rdquo; but the slogan could just as easily have been applied to everything else in his life:</p><p>No boring stories.</p><p>No boring meetings.</p><p>No boring road trips.</p><p>No boring wardrobes.</p><p>No boring friends.</p><p>No boring employees.</p><p>No boring food.</p><p>No boring parties.</p><p>When he was stuck with boring bosses, he suffered them most reluctantly, and in fact it was his disgust with the management team at CBS, which bought <em>Car and Driver</em> from Ziff-Davis Publishing in the mid-1980s, that propelled him to quit what he had considered the best job in the world, editor-in-chief of <em>Car and Driver</em>.</p></blockquote><p>DeMatio writes that &quot;Davis is survived by his wife, Jeannie, a.k.a. J.L.K., a.k.a. &#39;the woman who changed my life,&#39; his sons Matthew (himself a well-known automotive journalist) and David III, his daughter, Peg, and his stepdaughter Eleanor, and stepsons Vincent and Tony Kuhn.&quot; Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:48:25 +0000 Mark Brush 1811 at Founder of Automobile Magazine Dies Saving Newspapers <p>It&rsquo;s hardly a secret that newspapers aren&rsquo;t doing very well these days. Over the decades, they&rsquo;ve been gradually replaced as the nation&rsquo;s universal mass medium by television.</p><p>Newspaper&rsquo;s biggest economic blow came, however, with the flight of advertising revenue to the Internet. This, combined with an ever-more busy public bombarded by more and more media choices, has badly wounded what was once a thriving industry. And, left us in danger of being dangerously uninformed as well. Ann Arbor, for example, no longer has a daily newspaper at all.</p><p>The problem is perhaps most acute in Detroit, where, twenty-five years ago, the Detroit News and Free Press sold a combined total of one point three million newspapers every day.</p><p>That number has declined ever since. Audited figures show that as of last September, they were down to a combined circulation of less than four hundred thousand, a number that has dropped further since then.</p><p>To save money two years ago, Detroit&rsquo;s newspapers embarked on an experiment in which they would deliver the papers only three days a week, and asked consumers to read them online or go to the store and buy it the rest of the week. This really hasn&rsquo;t worked. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:57:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1637 at Saving Newspapers lays off 14 employees <p><strong>Update March 14th, 10:14 a.m.</strong></p><p>Tony Dearing is;s chief content officer. He <a href="">posted a comment</a> over the weekend on about the layoffs. Here&#39;s what he wrote:</p><blockquote><p>While personnel issues are an internal matter and we don&#39;t discuss them publicly, I can confirm that we reorganized our newsroom this week to put our focus more squarely on local news coverage. As a new organization, we have tried a lot of things. Now that we are well into our second year, the community has told us very resoundingly that what it wants most from us is hard news coverage, particularly in the areas of government, education, police, courts, health, the environment, University of Michigan sports, and business. These areas of coverage account for all but a tiny percentage of our readership and revenue. Meanwhile, we also have put a lot of effort toward other things -- including lifestyle topics like Passions and Pursuits, The Deuce, Homes and some areas of Entertainment coverage -- that our community has shown much less interest in, and we are scaling back in those areas.<br /><br />We have made tremendous progress since we launched, and we continue to be very happy with the growth we&#39;re seeing in audience and revenue. But from the beginning, we said that we would be shaped by what the community wants, and the community wants us to focus more sharply on local news reporting. We have repositioned ourselves to throw our energy and resources into our local news coverage and that is how we will operate moving forward as we continue to grow.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:14:48 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1621 at lays off 14 employees NPR CEO Vivian Schiller out <p><strong>Update 10:53 a.m.</strong></p><p>The second hour of the <a href="">Diane Rehm Show</a> will focus on what the departure of NPR&#39;s CEO Vivian Schiller will mean for the network, and federal funding for public broadcasting.</p><p>The program starts at 11 a.m. on <a href="">Michigan Radio</a>.</p><p><strong>10:29 a.m.</strong></p><p>This news came from the <a href="">NPR&#39;s news blog</a> this morning:</p><blockquote><p>NPR President and CEO <a href="" target="_blank">Vivian Schiller</a> has resigned, NPR just announced.</p><p>This follows <a href="" target="_blank">yesterday&#39;s news</a> that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotaped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization (they were working with political activist James O&#39;Keefe on a &quot;sting.&quot;)</p></blockquote><p><a href="">NPR&#39;s Board of Directors</a> is responsible for the governance of NPR. Chairman Dave Edwards released a statement to staff and member stations. In the statement, Edwards said Schiller resigned:</p><blockquote class="edTag"><p>It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.</p><p>The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.</p></blockquote><p>But NPR&#39;s media reporter, David Folkenflik, says that&#39;s not the case. This from <a href=";f=1001&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=NPR-PR">NPR news</a>:</p><blockquote><p>NPR&#39;s David Folkenflik talks with Renee Montagne about the latest developments, saying CEO Vivian Schiller was ousted in the wake of the controversy over News Analyst Juan Williams&#39; firing last year and gaffes by an NPR fundraiser that came to light Tuesday in a secret video.</p></blockquote><p>Folkenflik said the latest development, the secret filming of a top NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about conservatives, was the last straw for NPR&#39;s Board.</p><p><a href="">You can hear the interview with Folkenflik here</a>. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:53:57 +0000 Mark Brush 1561 at NPR CEO Vivian Schiller out