Category Archives: social media

When News is Like Magic

What you don’t see can hurt you James Tankard, one of journalism’s key scholars, talks about news reporting as a “magician’s sleight of hand.” Tankard means that we muggles pay attention to the rabbit and the high-top hat, while oblivious … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

Magpies and Maggots While listening to a morning radio program—hosted by a journalist I admire—I heard her talk about how information about all of us has been captured by social media companies that helps target us for advertisers. When she … Continue reading

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LITTLE THEORIES

When we act like muggles In my field—mass communication—you learn that folks have all sorts of theories about how media affect us. But, many assumptions about media fail to pan out in real life, and here are three: Even bad … Continue reading

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When Words Harm

  And Actions Matter  In my profession (writing and researching words, and thinking about their meanings) we argue: words mean. Exactly what they mean and how is worthy of conversation, especially because humans create the meanings we attach to words. … Continue reading

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Framing Thugs and Heroes

Part 1 Next week I travel to the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where I’m honored to talk about how news media captured the essence of a story from my home-state: Oregon. Here’s the story: With no warning, … Continue reading

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Good News, But

Remain vigilant  Sunday—a day punctuated by football games and family dinners—is a poor timing choice for breaking important news, but the US Army Corps of Engineers announced today it “would not approve permits for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline … Continue reading

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Have we lost our moorings?

For weeks our local public radio station had urged us to consider what the American Dream means. I discovered when I spent part of one summer talking with faculty and students in Amman, Jordan—as part of an exchange–the denizens we … Continue reading

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POLITICAL NEWS: Part 2 of 3

Lipstick on a pig? A toad?  (My last blog, Stuck on the Tar Baby, takes a look at what it means in the worlds of journalism and public-relations to frame $2 billion in “free” press coverage in today’s presidential campaign. … Continue reading

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Playing the Woman Card

Don’t look now: media are priming us. Priming in the same sense that you prime a pump by activating the flow of water. When you want to extract water from a well, you first need to “prime the pump” by … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Diet Hoax

First do no harm There’s something creepy if you have to lie to get what you want. So it bothers me when someone gets trapped into doing something she might not do without a nudge. For example, Portland took the … Continue reading

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