Category: Tobe Berkovitz

Loss of CBS affiliation slices $110M from Indy station’s value

August 26th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

How much value did the CBS network affiliation bring to WISH-TV Channel 8? About $110 million, if you believe the parent company’s calculation…

Expert quote:

“The question is whether there’s a model to find. I wouldn’t want to be a stockholder in a broadcaster without any affiliation.”

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Out of State Super PACs Spending Millions on MA Governor’s Race

August 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

As the state of Massachusetts comes closer to the election of the next governor, Super PACs are ramping up their spending on the governor’s race…

Expert quote:

“These Super PACs certainly have the potential to have an effect on campaigns. They have the ability, through advertising, to drive how media and people look at candidates and issues. The problem with Super PACs is sometimes they go to far and end up having their advertisements backfire and hurt the candidates that they are supporting.”

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Brooklyn offers urban cool in Democratic convention bid

August 21st, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Brooklyn, at long last out of the shadow of Manhattan, has become its own urban brand, emanating youthful energy, gritty cool and liberal politics, a combination backers hope will make it the edgy choice to host the 2016 Democratic convention…

Expert quote:

“Brooklyn is really the heart of cool, has tons of cachet and would really fire up some Democrats. But I’m not sure Brooklyn has much allure if you’re a suburban voter from outside Cincinnati.”

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Beheading coverage varies widely from graphic to subdued

August 21st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The execution of a freelance journalist James Foley at the knife-wielding hands of an Islamic militant became a case study of media restraint vs. media excess…

Expert quote:

“I think you have to inform the public of the brutality of the act and to soft-pedal it, that is doing an injustice.”

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Self-funding a necessity for some campaigns

August 17th, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Thinking of running for statewide office? Better check your bank account first…

Expert quote:

“The voters don’t care if you’re wealthy and self-funded.”

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Race takes center stage

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

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., at the hands of a police officer who has not yet been named — apparently for his own safety — is just the latest racially charged incident roiling political waters…

Expert quote:

“The whole ‘impeach Obama’ thing is a huge red herring that has been ramped up by the Democrats for their own reasons, to try to position the Republicans as even crazier right-wingers than previously.”

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Chabot: Gail Huff takes on social media ‘instant’ news

August 8th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Former Boston media maven Gail Huff — wife of New Hampshire U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown — had some harsh words for what she deems loosey-goosey journalism, and her claim is backed by at least one local mass communication professor…

Expert quote:

“A lot of digital media don’t have traditional standards and all bets are off. Without a doubt her media perspective has changed, but with that said, the standard for coverage in digital social media is ‘Run with it.’ ”

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Politicians’ involvement in Market Basket fight may backfire, analysts say

July 23rd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Lowell Sun, Newsmakers, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

While the Market Basket saga could be described as a “family food fight” within a private business, any elected officials in Massachusetts or New Hampshire who choose not to get involved could wind up with pie in their faces, several political analysts interviewed by the Sun said Wednesday…

Expert quote:

“It’s basically a family food fight that’s been going on for a long time, but what’s different about this is, and the reason politicians are now weighing in, isn’t because they want to get in the middle of a struggle between the company’s upper management, but because it’s such a big news story. It’s a chance for politicians, especially for people in a district that has a headquarters or store, to speak out, and for state politicians, who need to get their name out there to get involved.”

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Obama Slammed for Burger Stop, Fundraisers During Crises

July 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Newsmax, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

President Barack Obama has come under fire for stopping for a cheeseburger and fries in the middle of the dual Ukrainian and Palestinian crises…

Expert quote:

“I don’t think anybody begrudges the president some time off and some vacation time. It’s just, when you’ve got bodies strewn all over a field, and our borders being overrun, it doesn’t play well.”

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Multiple crises dog ‘No Drama’ Obama

July 21st, 2014 in 2014, College of Communication, Newsmakers, The Hill, Tobe Berkovitz 0 comments

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Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

The crises in Ukraine and Gaza have created new problems for a White House that has sought to project President Obama as above politics…

Expert quote:

“You have to wonder, is he reading any of his reviews?”

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