Oct
01
1991

So You Want To Be a City Editor?

So you want to be a big-time city editor like Lou Grant? Well, fine, but remember what happened to Lou Grant. He got cancelled. In real life these days, city news is bad news: taxes up, jobs and wages down; no money for schools, parks and bridges; banks in trouble, business threatening to leave; homelessness on the rise; waste and corruption rife--and as for federal help, forget it. In journalism, the news is bad too, but it's different. Take TV news, where Lou Grant began as Mary Tyler Moore's crusty but lovable boss: Ratings are in the toilet, competition is […]

Oct
01
1991

Balance a Foreign Concept in International News

When reading U.S. news coverage of international affairs, it pays to be alert, skeptical and familiar with alternative news sources. The mainstream media present the news with great assurance and glibness, moving together in the solid phalanx known as "pack journalism," so their choices and formulations of the news seem natural and inevitable, even when their bias is extreme. Selecting What's News Perhaps the most important source of bias is the hidden and implicit political basis of what is "newsworthy." These choices often reflect a fairly mechanical transmission of what the government chooses to emphasize. This, the crackdown on the […]