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Don’t blame the media for rumors run wild

This time last week, I was sitting in the newsroom trying to make sense out of the news of the state trooper slaying in northeast Pennsylvania. Or maybe I should say lack of news. The online world was full of … Continue reading

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Emmy-winning Jason Plotkin: On the other side of the camera

Jason Plotkin accepts his mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Gettysburg 150 videos. Check out this YDR.com story about this accomplishment.

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Selling papers a form of bias?

My recent posts about journalistic bias provoked a fair amount of response, including several who commented that media is biased in favor of selling papers — or more likely these days, moving the needle that tracks online readers. I think … Continue reading

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Bias in the eye of the beholder

Discussion of the coverage of Ferguson provoked a number of comments on my Facebook page  regarding media bias, and while I have to agree there is “bias” in reporting, it’s usually not the kind people mean when they use the … Continue reading

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The challenge of Ferguson

  A recent Rasmussen survey on Ferguson and its coverage poses a real challenge for those of us in the “mainstream” media. According to the survey earlier this month, a majority of those surveyed think the media would have been … Continue reading

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Should Foley video be shown?

It’s a discussion no one really wants to have, about a video no one really wants to watch. But of course we had to talk about the graphic murder — I hesitate to dignify such barbarity with the word execution … Continue reading

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If the media is a mirror, then what does it reflect?

I have always believed that if readers could be flies on the newsroom wall, most would come away with a higher opinion of journalism. They would see we talk about ethics, fairness and the best way to alert and inform … Continue reading

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Still for sale

Post by Jason Plotkin It was a great start. So far this week, the photojournalists from the York Daily Record and Hanover Evening Sun have sold six images from the gallery show with 100% of the proceeds going to Olivia’s … Continue reading

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Journalists: Be humble, be learners, work hard. You don’t have to be an expert at the beginning

When your newsroom wins a prestigious Keystone Press Award, like the John V. Bull Award for freedom of information work, you’re asked to say a few words at the annual awards banquet, attended by several hundred journalists from across the … Continue reading

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Using a childhood loss to help others

Post by Jason Plotkin She was face down on the floor. My grandmother had fallen out of bed in the middle of the night. This had been happening so often at the time that she and I would even joke … Continue reading

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