media critic http://wfpl.org en Media Critic: Taking (and Omitting) Sides http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-taking-and-omitting-sides <p>Imagine turning on your TV on July 20, 2019 and seeing a well-known news anchor introduce two guests to discuss the 50th anniversary of the moon landing: the first is a NASA historian who will argue that the moon landing was a real event, and the second is a conspiracy theorist who will argue that the moon landing was faked.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 James Miller 8788 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic: Taking (and Omitting) Sides Media Critic: WDRB GM Bill Lamb's Blast Against Courier-Journal Not Backed With Facts http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-wdrb-gm-bill-lambs-blast-against-courier-journal-not-backed-facts <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update: </strong>Bill Lamb has <a href="http://www.wdrb.com/story/24714062/an-apology-for-words-poorly-chosen-21314">apologized </a>for suggesting that the Courier-Journal rigged the SurveyUSA poll.”&nbsp;</em></p><p>On Election Night, Nov. 6, 2012, Megyn Kelly and Karl Rove shared a desk on Fox News. Rove was valiantly trying to argue that the polls and state-by-state results were not steadily leading towards an Obama victory, and finally Megyn Kelly asked him:</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 James Miller 8564 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic: WDRB GM Bill Lamb's Blast Against Courier-Journal Not Backed With Facts More Change Comes to Louisville's Courier-Journal http://wfpl.org/post/more-change-comes-louisvilles-courier-journal <p>If you subscribe to the Courier-Journal—or if you regularly purchase the Sunday edition—perhaps you noticed the USA Today insert. (Or perhaps you noticed the paper’s employees <span class="c1"><a class="c0" href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cjmore&amp;src=hash">tweeting about it</a></span><span>&nbsp;the week before.) That’s Day 1 of a new era for Louisville’s only daily newspaper.</span></p> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 James Miller 8363 at http://wfpl.org More Change Comes to Louisville's Courier-Journal Why Media Criticism Matters http://wfpl.org/post/why-media-criticism-matters <p><em>“Everybody complains about the weather, but no one actually <span class="c5 c8">does</span><span class="c5">&nbsp;anything about it.”</span></em></p><p class="c0"><span>— </span><span class="c2"><a class="c3" href="http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/04/23/everybody-talks-about-the-weather/">attributed to</a></span><span>&nbsp;Charles Dudley Warner</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:10:23 +0000 James Miller 8219 at http://wfpl.org Why Media Criticism Matters Media Critic: Why Was a Fight at Mall St. Matthews News for a Louisville TV Station? http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-why-was-fight-mall-st-matthews-news-louisville-tv-station <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are a lot of questions that go into determining what makes a good news story: Does it affect a significant percentage of area citizens? Will it have a significant impact on those citizens? Does it shed light on a larger issue affecting the entire community? Does it help explain the status quo, or does it depict an interesting or enlightening departure from the status quo? Does it illuminate the human condition in some meaningful way?</span></p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:48:58 +0000 James Miller 8100 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic: Why Was a Fight at Mall St. Matthews News for a Louisville TV Station? Media Critic: Louisville TV News Stations Devote 40 Percent of Their Time to Crime Reporting http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-louisville-tv-news-stations-devote-40-percent-their-time-crime-reporting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each October, journalism students at </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">duPont Manual</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;High School watch 20 days of local television news, categorize the types of stories they see, and compile the results. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:54:15 +0000 James Miller 7836 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic: Louisville TV News Stations Devote 40 Percent of Their Time to Crime Reporting Media Critic | Changes (Lots of Them) Come to the Louisville Courier-Journal http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-changes-lots-them-come-louisville-courier-journal <p>We can all think of companies that announced significant and unpopular changes to their signature products: <a href="http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1913612_1913610_1913608,00.html">Coca-Cola</a>, <a href="http://readwrite.com/2010/07/20/facebook_as_unpopular_as_airlines_cable_companies#awesm=~oiKaeRDTiBw07K">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/2013146/apple-and-the-incredible-vanishing-cd-drive.html">Apple</a>, and <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-8-review-yes-its-bad-200113">Microsoft</a>, just to name a few. Sometimes the company sees the error of their ways (Coca-Cola) and backtracks; sometimes they push ahead anyway (Facebook), knowing that consumers don’t have much of a choice and will eventually get used to the changes.</p><p>Gannett and The Courier-Journal fall into the latter category.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 James Miller 7158 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic | Changes (Lots of Them) Come to the Louisville Courier-Journal WFPL Media Critic Discusses Recent Column on Coverage of HIV-Positive Jail Inmate http://wfpl.org/post/wfpl-media-critic-discusses-recent-column-coverage-hiv-positive-jail-inmate <p>Knowing what facts to add or emit information from a piece of journalism is among the most complex parts of the craft.&nbsp;WFPL’s Media Critic, James Miller, considered this point when several Louisville media outlets ran with a<a href="/post/media-critic-louisville-tv-stations-missed-real-story-behind-hiv-positive-inmate">&nbsp;story concerning &nbsp;an HIV-positive inmate in Louisville. </a>Miller considers the relevancy of the inmate's HIV-positive status in the story.</p><p>He explained the issue to WFPL’s Jonathan Bastian. Listen below:</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 10:53:33 +0000 Staff 6317 at http://wfpl.org WFPL Media Critic Discusses Recent Column on Coverage of HIV-Positive Jail Inmate Media Critic: Louisville TV Stations Missed Real Story Behind HIV-Positive Inmate http://wfpl.org/post/media-critic-louisville-tv-stations-missed-real-story-behind-hiv-positive-inmate <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11px; ">In the early days of the AIDS epidemic, most people had no idea how AIDS was transmitted. Even as late as 1999, many </span><a href="http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/stigma_02_press.html" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11px; "><span style="color: rgb(16, 109, 214); ">people believed</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 11px; "> that they could get AIDS from public toilets or sharing drinking glasses with an HIV-positive person. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:01:00 +0000 James Miller 6272 at http://wfpl.org Media Critic: Louisville TV Stations Missed Real Story Behind HIV-Positive Inmate Louisville Media Focus Too Much on Lurid Details of Tragedy Over Big-Picture Issues http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-media-focus-too-much-lurid-details-tragedy-over-big-picture-issues <p>Most Americans are familiar with the caricature of bloodthirsty reporters swarming in packs around the recently bereaved: “You just witnessed the death of your entire family. <em>Tell us how you feel!”</em></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:02:21 +0000 James Miller 6134 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Media Focus Too Much on Lurid Details of Tragedy Over Big-Picture Issues