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The Washington News Council met the Gates Foundation’s Challenge Grant target by raising $100,000 in total donations by the deadline of Jan. 15, 2011. We received the Foundation’s matching check for $100,000 in the mail this week. We are extremely grateful to the Foundation for its continued generous support of the WNC and our important [...]
Just noticed the news mashup at http://newsmap.jp/
WOW this is cool!
1. I like how they use the treemap layout to display the info, which means that the stories which Google ranks as the most popular take up the most space on the chart
which leads me to wonder
2. How does google decide which stories are the most popular? By reading the about me from newsmap.jp it says ”Google News automatically groups news stories with similar content and places them based on algorithmic results into clusters”
So how it defines ”similar content” is key, but I trust Google knows a little bit about what it’s doing in this realm.
Thanks for sharing John! Definitely bookmarked and a possible contender for a homepage.
The Seattle Times’ continuing series on senior adult homes is grim reading, but first-rate:
On the air at KING-FM 98.1, classical music continues to play 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just like always. Behind the scenes, though, station staff members are hard at work to transform KING from a commercial venture to a listener-supported station. Beginning next July, KING-FM will no longer operate on advertising dollars. At [...]
Attended the first Breakfast with the Blues fundraiser this morning with the Blue Angels, but no press except Seafair’s 20-year supporter KIRO TV. One of the past Seafair princesses was there who talked of the ’old days’ when ’press’ would follow her, the pirates and hydros throughout.
Whatever happened to features? Is the news too ’if it bleeds it leads’ focused?
I would imagine the same that’s happened to investigative journalism, anything that requires long form research and follow up is inched towards the chopping block for being too expensive.
That’s a great question. If it isn’t being sponsored by a parent company, and it isn’t bleeding, can it still be news?
I wondered something similar when observing how much more coverage KING 5 gave to the ”Family 4th” (of July) this year. What I wondered was to what degree is sponsorship driving what is considered news. Naturally there will be more emphasis on Seattle’s fireworks at KING 5 when they are broadcasting it live, but that was a significant, feel-good community story deserving lots of coverage on any network and in any medium.
When I search KOMO’s site for coverage, I am told the weather was terrible, police blocked a lot of streets and the traffic was terrible, and that I should go to Bellevue for ”the Symetra Bellevue Family 4th.” When I searched KIRO’s site, I found no mention of it. This was not a scientific study but it wasn’t reassuring, either. I used each site’s own search engine.
All of this makes me grouchy. I don’t like the rebranding of the 4th of July and I don’t like the idea that corporate sponsorship might decide what makes the news. I don’t know for certain this is the case — I have not counted minutes or words on broadcasts nor have I done any formal study of the coverage. I would like to read related studies though, and would support someone doing that work.
Station-sponsored special events have been going on for some time, but Seafair is a community event that attracts thousands to hundreds of events…Seafair has a strong Seattle tradition, but apparently is being marginalized as a one-station event…from Torchlight Parade to Hydros and Blue Angels. Hoopfest in Spokane sells ’exclusive’ broadcast rights to KXLY, thus preventing any other station in the market from entering the event! And it is on city streets! Interesting this ’exclusive’ arrangements gets no media attention there.
I don’t know the details with our local media in particular, but the idea of exclusivity agreements goes way back with national broadcasting. CBS pays big bucks to exclusively broadcast March Madness and other sporting events. The Super Bowl is a good example, though I’m not if they hand it out to the highest bidder or have some other system in place.
The latest Pew survey shows that many people in this country still get most of their news from television. http://www.fastcompany.com/1565877/pew-survey-finds-local-tv-news-more-popular-than-online-news-nations-tv-anchors-relieved Yet many people complain that television news is shallow, silly, and sensationalized. Aside from weather and sports, how do you rate your local TV news stations on coverage of politics, business, health, education, environment and [...]
The political campaign season inevitably generates controversy about which candidates are telling the truth, getting their facts right, and playing it straight with voters. Television campaign commercials are often accused of being misleading, simplistic or downright inaccurate. Some newspapers used to have “truth squads” to hold political candidates and their commercials accountable. Nationally, the St. [...]
The Washington News Council awarded two $2,000 scholarships to students planning careers in communications. The scholarships are named after the late Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson, both longtime editors at The Seattle Times. WNC President John Hamer, who worked with Larsen and Robinson for many years on The Times’ editorial board, presented the scholarships during a [...]
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Huffington Post – By Donna Gordon Blankinship – Jun. 24 (News Report) – BELLEVUE, Wash. — Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they’re no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework. As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed rather than places where kids learn to love reading and do research. NewsTrust Rating: 4.2 average (not enough reviews) – See Review » – Review It Visit NewsTrust | About | Sign Up | [...]
The Washington News Council has joined the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe . We’re not in Europe, you say? True, but neither are several other press councils in AIPCE: Botswana, Israel, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Zambia, among others. It’s a big tent, this group, and their numbers are growing. (For more details, see What is a [...]