Faculty in the News

Hanson on Military-Media Relationship After McChrystal's Ouster

Assistant Professor Christopher Hanson was on the PBS NewsHour on July 8 commenting about the relationship between the Pentagon and the press after the Rolling Stone article that lead to the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal. "More and more officers, I assume, will be holding back information," Hanson said.  "There will be a bottleneck in the Pentagon where these requests for interviews will be sitting. And the public will end up getting less information that it needs."

Yaros: Obama's Gulf Oil Spill Speech Used Limited Jargon

Assistant Professor Ron Yaros was quoted on CNN.com as a language expert analyzing President Obama's Oval Office speech on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yaros broke the speech down into 1,200 "idea units" and found that only 1.5 percent of the words used would be considered as "jargon." Other language experts stated that the speech was written to a 9.8 grade level and may have "gone over the heads of many of his audience."  

Read Yaros' original blog post.

Editors Are Empowered to Set Standards for Editorial Content, Hanson Says

Associate Professor Christopher Hanson was quoted in The Washington Post in coverage of the controversy a student columnist caused after writing a column on sexual assault at American University. Hanson stated that student editors may not know the nuances between editing and censorship. "The obligation of news organizations is to balance debate with having certain standards of what they believe is acceptable speech," he said. "The editor should not consider herself powerless to come in and kill a column if that column falls below certain standards."

Moeller on the iPad's Impact on "Slow Journalism"

Professor Susan Moeller writes about the potential Apple's iPad has for news organizations and news gathering. Equating certain types of news to the "slow food" movement, Moeller sees an equal opportunity for the device to provide a platform for in-depth, heavily reported interactive features.

Yaros Sees Applications in Education for Apple's iPad

Assistant Professor Ron Yaros spoke to eSchoolNews.com about the release of Apple's latest device and its impact on education. As an early adopter of technology, Yaros considers the device "revolutionary" tool for a professor's toolbox.

Blackistone Discusses NCAA Graduation Rates on PBS NewsHour

PBS's Judy Woodruff interviews Povich Chair Kevin Blackistone on a proposal to block men's college basketball teams that don't graduate at least 40 percent of their players from playing in the NCAA tournament.

Investigative Reporting Hard Hit by Media Cutbacks

Carnegie Visiting Professor Deborah Nelson comments on the impact of news cuts to the type of reporting honored by the Pulitzer Prizes, which were awarded today. According to Nelson, “if you took a look at that same list and from this perspective this is what we have to lose if newspapers fail or if we continue to cut back at the rate we have. By a year or two from now, we won’t have this kind of investigative reporting.” 

Mark Bowden’s Tips on Narrative Journalism

Merrill Senior Priya Kumar blogs on a lecture by journalists and best-selling author Mark Bowden in Prof. Gene Robert’s “Writing the Complex Story” class. Kumar reports there is a future to narrative journalism, citing Bowden: “Behind every breaking news tweet and cable news ticker is someone who wants to explain themselves. ‘People are dying to tell their stories,’ Bowden said.”  (via Romenesko)

The Ethics of Photoshopping a Shirtless Obama

Associate Professor Susan Moeller comments on the recent Washingtonian cover which features an altered image of President Barack Obama in a bathing suit. Professor Carl Session Steppcomments on the ethical implications of the cover: “When a magazine puts a person on its cover, our expectation is that the person we are seeing is the person who was seen through the lens of the photographer.” 

Short-Shrifting Seattle

Associate Professor Chris Hanson on the move of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer online: “One thing is certain: the newly constituted online P-I can give only short shrift to the work that was once its mainstay—consistently uncovering news that was important to Pacific Northwest readers but also of great interest to a national audience.”