Category: Journalism

Five Things To Know About the New WTBU

WTBU Radio broadcast live from its new studio at 11 a.m., October 4, 2017, some 18 months after a fire destroyed the former studio in March 2016. This event marked a new chapter in the station’s rich history. WTBU was among the first college radio stations in the country to start webcasting and has also… Read More

‘This Isn’t Just a Black Story. This Is an American Story.’

Carlos Javier Ortiz, director, cinematographer, and documentary photographer, recently spoke with Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) students and Pulitzer fellows Lauryn Claassen and Madeline Bishop as part of a joint project with the College of Communication highlighting gun violence in the United States. “We need to look at how the narrative is dictated,”… Read More

Real-Life Wrongful Conviction Inspires Dick Lehr’s YA Novel

Dick Lehr’s fans know him as an award-winning investigative journalist who has penned best-selling books about real-life seedy criminal enterprises, murderous teens, and criminal cops. Lehr’s new book, out today, is a bold departure. Written for a young adult audience, Trell (Candlewick, 2017) is the fictional story of a 14-year-old who teams up with a… Read More

COM Faculty Analyze How Fake News Influences Real News

“Faculty and students have been agonizing recently about the emergence of fake news—false information packaged to deceive the public into thinking it was produced by professionals with respect for truth,” notes Thomas Fiedler (COM’71), dean of the College of Communication, in his spring 2017 COMtalk column. Another interested consumer of news—Barack Obama—described the new media… Read More

The Search for Truth in the Age of Social Media

It’s what the chattering classes have been chattering about since election day—the wave of fake news that rolled through America’s political discourse in the 2016 presidential campaign via social media, swamping voters with false reports ranging from the pope endorsing Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton helping run a child sex ring at a Washington pizzeria…. Read More

Can You Tell Real News from Fake News, Propaganda, Lies?

More than one media outlet in China fell for a recent New Yorker satire that depicted President Trump, in his bathrobe, ordering aides to wrap White House phones in pry-proof tinfoil. Michelle Amazeen can testify that discerning fact from fiction isn’t just a foreign problem—as a College of Communication assistant professor, she says, she has… Read More

Power of Narrative Conference: Telling True Stories in Turbulent Times

Journalist Sonia Nazario never used to get involved in her stories. She saw her role as that of an observer, presenting impartial narratives to readers without intervening in her subjects’ lives. She wrote about schoolchildren so hungry they passed out on the playground, and followed the children of addicts into crack dens, all the while maintaining the… Read More

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