media critic

Media Critic
6:43 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Media Critic: Louisville News Outlets Should Localize Complex National Stories, Too

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Sometimes national news stories are so important that local news organizations devote resources to covering them. We’ve seen this to be true with incidents of extreme violence —9/11, Sandy Hook, Chris Dorner, the DC snipers, Benghazi—but when the topics are a little more sophisticated (and seemingly blessed by bipartisan Beltway consensus) they tend to drop off the local news radar.

Read more
Local News
8:07 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Changing State of the News Media; Diane Rehm Joins WFPL News Panel Discussion

Louisville Public Media President Donovan Reynolds, Diane Rehm and WFPL's Gabe Bullard
Credit Kirsten Pfalzgraf/Louisville Public Media

The American news media is beset by challenges—technology offering new ways to disseminate news, changes in how news organizations are funded and the rise of political talking heads.

And that's a very quick summary of the issues.

On Friday, WFPL convened a panel to discuss a national news media landscape in flux. 

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Media Critic | Are The Courier-Journal's Opinion Pages So Liberal?

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Conservative critics of The Courier-Journal, I have confirmed all of your suspicions: its editorial pages are quite liberal.

Read more
Local News
7:10 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Media Critic | Pew Study Sheds More Light on Crime-Focused TV News

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Just a few weeks after my last column on Louisville television news' focus on crime, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism published their annual State of the News Media report. The report confirms the assertions in my column: local stations are adding more hours to their news programming even as viewership declines, and crime stories dominate local TV news. The Pew study included weather and sports stories; when my students collected their data, they omitted those two topics if the stories aired during show blocks exclusively reserved for them. Once you remove weather and sports from Pew’s data, crime is the number one topic.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

Media Critic | Why TV News Emphasizes Crimes and How It Shapes Louisville's Perceptions

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

In my previous column I asked why local TV news spent so much time covering crime stories. One reason could be that Louisville has an unusual amount of crime, but as I showed, that’s not the case. Another reason could be that crime stories are very easy for TV news to cover.

Read more
Local News
7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Media Critic | Louisville TV News Focuses on Crime Above All

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Is Louisville more or less safe than it used to be?

If you watch local television news, you’re more likely to think that Louisville is less safe. This is partially because the local TV outlets—WAVE, WHAS, WLKY, and WDRB—spend an extraordinary amount of time covering crime stories despite the preponderance of other, more newsworthy topics.

Read more
Media Critic
6:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Students' Voices Missing from Louisville Media's Education Coverage

James Miller
Credit Submitted photo

Years ago, media critics roamed the Earth. Even mid-sized markets could support one or two columnists who analyzed how newspapers and TV and radio stations covered the news of the day, and how that coverage affected the community's understanding and perception of those stories. But in cities like Louisville, media criticism has gone the way of afternoon papers and Saturday mail.

Read more

Pages