Category: College of Communication

Media Analyst John Carroll’s Top Five Ads of 2014

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, NPR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

Here & Now media analyst John Carroll, a professor of mass communications at Boston University, shares a few of his favorite ad campaigns, which encompass both television and web advertising…

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A Social Media President?

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers, PBS 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

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Sony Sends News Outlets a Stern but Toothless Warning

December 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

On behalf of Sony Pictures Entertainment, high-powered attorney David Boies sent a letter to a number of news outlets Sunday demanding that the organizations refrain from publishing stories based on material hackers recently stole from the company and that they destroy any of the pilfered data in their possession…

Expert quote:

“To lean on journalists when Sony created this problem for themselves is pretty ham-handed. Sony’s only hurting itself with these threats. It’s not a winning strategy, and there’s no end game for them.”

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Ad hominem: Apple’s advertising is always going to get attacked

December 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

The holiday season is upon us so you know what that means. It’s time to complain about Apple’s holiday ad…

Expert quote:

“One problem now is that Apple is the establishment. They need to find a new voice.”

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‘Confirmation bias’ has long history of helping whites demonize blacks

December 12th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Does “confirmation bias” influence the way whites think about police shootings of young men of color?…

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Rolling Stone Rape Story Backlash: What The Magazine’s Missteps Mean For Journalists

December 9th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, International Business Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Rolling Stone’s high-profile story about a rape at the University of Virginia sparked a fierce debate about campus sexual assault since its publication on Nov. 19, but the magazine’s recent acknowledgement that its account was false could have significant consequences for journalism in the United States, with some media leaders expressing concern that the backlash from the now-discredited story could possibly impact future reporting on sensitive subject matter…

Expert quote:

“Other publications are going to look at the brickbats that Rolling Stone is facing and say we have to be twice as careful. Journalists might really now be asking their sources for a lot of documentation and, with a lot of these cases, it’s usually just a he said, she said. I think that’s going to make editors leery about doing these kinds of stories.”

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Week In Review: Police Body Cameras, Ride Sharing, Gambling

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, John Carroll, Newsmakers, WBUR 0 comments

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John Carroll, College of Communication

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Rolling Stone slammed over gang-rape apology: ‘A minor mea culpa’

December 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Media observers slammed Rolling Stone’s apology on Friday for publishing a cover story last month on the brutal gang rape of a woman by seven University of Virginia fraternity pledges that turned out not to be true, with Boston University assistant professor Tobe Berkovitz calling it “a minor mea culpa.”

Expert quote:

“They’ve hardly apologized. Almost all the entire press is appalled by this, and Rolling Stone is just floating along, saying: ‘Whoops, sorry. We shall go forth.’ This was just gross negligence that a publication the size of Rolling Stone would publish such a powerful piece that had so many inherent flaws in it,”

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Boston Globe Launches New Stand-Alone Business Section

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, NPR, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

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Google Glass To Get New Life With Intel Chip [Report]

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

Last week, the Blogosphere had essentially written the epitaph for Google Glass, but a new report indicates that Google is just getting started with the device…

Expert quote:

“I found that it was not very useful for very much, and it tended to disturb people around me that I have this thing.”

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