Is Campaign News Necessary?

Last week, Gallup asked Americans if they were watching news about the presidential campaign “very closely.” Four out of 10 said yes. I’m one of them.  That’s crazy. Are you one of them? That’s crazy, too. There are plenty of high-minded reasons to follow campaign news. It informs us about… More

Gender & (Anti)Social Media

I’m an English PhD and so when I was in grad school, the Modern Languages Association Conference (MLA) was THE annual event to attend – not only to get a teaching job, but to take the pulse of humanities scholarship from around 10,000 specialists in the most obscure sub- sub-… More

The Fray: A Discussion on Attention Minutes

The Fray is an ongoing series of discussions about Media impact debated by industry, academic and metrics experts. ProPublica president Richard Tofel starts a discussion among industry leaders on the pros and cons of using “attention minutes” to measure engagement. Read his piece here and responses from Upworthy, Chartbeat, Financial Times and the Overview Project here.

The National Academy of Sugar

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is at it again. You might think an outfit calling itself an academy would be, you know, academic. But as Jon Stewart put it, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is as much an academy as the “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product” called Kraft Singles is… More

Bernie has it. Trump has it. Joe has it. Does Hillary?

As Joe Biden polls family and friends about entering the presidential fray, he’s getting two kinds of advice – personal and political. The personal is about his life, his values and what he can give to his country. The political is about Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability. Honesty and trustworthiness are top… More

Jon Stewart Is Getting Serious

What will we do without Jon Stewart? I hear that a lot. Of course I hope his writers will be able to make more magic with his successor, Trevor Noah. And no matter what happens on “The Daily Show,” we will still have John Oliver and Larry Wilmore, and I’m… More

FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five-Sixths of a Superhero

The last best hope to stop Big Money’s rout of American democracy is a former trade group lobbyist who’s reluctant to stretch his spandex superhero suit too thin. Plutocrats have been on a roll for a while in the U.S., and campaign finance reform is in full retreat. Though Americans… More

Mobilizing News

The degree of personalization and algorithmic curation used in the delivery of mobile news was a key theme at ONA Mobile, which brought together an international array of digital-savvy journalists in the organization’s first convening outside the U.S. The Lear Center’s Media Impact Projectsponsored the conference, in part, because we see… More