Category: College of Communication

US security contractors recount Benghazi attack

November 16th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Mitchell Zuckoff, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Mitchell Zuckoff, College of Communication

Mitchell Zuckoff is no novice when it comes to telling war stories — two of the Boston University journalism professor’s previous books recounted tales from World War II. But when he was approached about narrating the events of Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, Zuckoff knew he faced a serious challenge…

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Obama: Just like us or un-presidential?

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

He may be the commander in chief and leader of the free world, but that doesn’t mean President Obama hasn’t had his share of un-presidential moments…

Expert quote:

“He’s lucky that more people don’t accuse him of denigrating the office. Obama fancies himself president but also a pop star and the pop star bit gets him into trouble.”

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Election was awash in cash, but effect is unclear

November 13th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Communication, Fred Bayles, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Fred Bayles, College of Communication

This fall’s state election set at least two Massachusetts political spending records: the most outside money dropped on a governor’s race — $16.9 million on the general election alone — and the most cash poured into ballot campaigns, at $28 million…

Expert quote:

“Visceral is too strong a word. But this is personal.”

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Media Ethicists Urge Fox News To Suspend “Unethical” Huckabee

November 12th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

Veteran journalists and news ethicists are calling on Fox News to suspend Mike Huckabee’s contract amid growing evidence that he is planning to run for president in 2016…

Expert quote:

“It’s interesting to watch Huckabee try to find a loophole that would enable him to activate a campaign while holding on to his Fox gig. The idea that he thinks he could get away with using a political non-profit to masquerade as a campaign without ‘crossing the threshold’ at Fox strikes me as not only unethical, but dishonest and merits investigation. To me, the simple test of this political non-profit will be, ‘if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ….’”

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What happened to Apple’s once-great ads?

November 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Edward Boches, Newsmakers, San Jose Mercury News 0 comments

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Edward Boches, College of Communication

It may be time for Apple to “think different” about its advertising…

Expert quote:

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

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Apple and Facebook Put the Biological Clock on Ice

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, Caryl Rivers, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Women eNews 0 comments

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Co-written by Caryl Rivers, College of Communication

Are Facebook’s and Apple’s new policies good for women? The two companies made headlines recently by announcing that they would pay for “egg freezing” for female employees. The procedure will allow women to preserve the viability of their eggs if they wanted to halt their “biological clock” and delay childbearing…

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Heading Into Election Night, Coakley Still Leads Baker In Governor’s Race (On Twitter)

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Jacob Groshek, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Jacob Groshek, College of Communication

Since the gubernatorial debate between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker on Oct. 21, a number of polls and media outlets have reported that Baker has gained an advantage in the campaign and some project him as very likely to win. While the outcome will be decided later tonight by tallying actual votes, the race on Twitter thus far has been won by Coakley, which provides a real world experiment for Twitter’s predictive capacity in offline events like elections…

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Do national parks need Wi-Fi to stay relevant?

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

If a teenager takes a selfie in a national park and no one sees it, did it really happen? Yellowstone National Park is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife, but that may not be enough to carry it — and other parks — through the next century…

Expert quote:

“It was quite fascinating to see a naturally-occurring experiment about what happens when you take away technology from kids. They wanted to be in touch with their friends and exchange Snapchat photos — not of the beautiful scenery but themselves.”

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How do you frighten political strongmen? Teach journalism

November 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, The Conversation US, Tom Fiedler 0 comments

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By Tom Fiedler, College of Communication

A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine stood talking before an attentive group in a hotel conference room when the doors burst open and six stern-faced government agents strode in and demanded he halt the proceeding…

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Yellowstone park considers bumping up bandwidth

November 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College of Communication, James Katz, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Katz, College of Communication

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology…

Expert quote:

“It was quite fascinating to see a naturally-occurring experiment about what happens when you take away technology from kids. They wanted to be in touch with their friends and exchange Snapchat photos – not of the beautiful scenery but themselves.”

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