Tagged: Media

Google blinks at publishers

December 2nd, 2009 in Media 0 comments

Google logoGoogle has agreed, as a concession to publishers of paid content news, to let them limit the number of free articles accessed through the Internet search engine.  Journalism Department Chairman Lou Ureneck calls it a positive development for the media indusry, and ultimately for consumers.

“The free traffic in articles that news organizations have put significant money into developing is unsustainable in the long term. This moves the Internet and media closer to a consumer-paid model.”

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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A President's "Bully Pulpit"

July 24th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

presidential-sealPresident Obama has been hammering away his healthcare-reform message with the media — Lehrer, Couric, Vieira, “Nightline,” Washington Post, bloggers, prime-time press conference, etc.  Is there a danger of overusing the presidential “bully pulpit?”  College of Communication Professor John Carroll, a long-time media analyst, can talk about the dangers of media overexposure.

Contact John Carroll, 617-353-3493, carroll7@bu.edu

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How the media is covering Iran

June 23rd, 2009 in Media 0 comments

With authorities expelling journalists and limiting access to demonstrations, “user-generated” content — text via Facebook or Twitter and cell-phone video posted to YouTube — have become the staple of news coverage of post-election Iran.  College of Communication journalism Professor Anne Donohue, who covered the 1979 Iranian revolution (and soon was evacuated with the Shah), can offer perspective on media coverage of then and now.

Contact Anne Donohue, 617-353-3418, adonohue@bu.edu

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Newspapers in Troubled State

June 3rd, 2009 in Media 0 comments

Newspapers are in a quandry.  Print advertising revenues are dropping but Web ads can’t make up the difference, and the industry is reluctant to ask for a bailout from the government it covers.  In the latest move, the Sunday Times of London reportedly plans to launch a standalone Website and is considering charging readers for it.  College of Communication Dean Tom Fiedler, a Pulitizer-winning former executive editor of the Miami Herald, can discuss the state of the industry.

Contact Tom Fiedler, 617-353-3488, tfiedler@bu.edu

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Easing antitrust policy for newspapers smart move

March 19th, 2009 in Media 0 comments

College of Communication Professor Lou Ureneck, chairman of the Journalism Department and former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, says the Justice Department’s willingness to consider easing antitrust policy for newspapers would be good for the struggling industry.

“This is a positive and reasonable government response to the newspaper crisis.  Newspapers are the chief source of journalism in the U.S., and the country has an interest in seeing them survive.  This intiative doesn’t solve root problems, but it may offer some help at a time when it is sorely needed.”

Contact Lou Ureneck, 617-353-4095, lureneck@bu.edu

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