University of Texas journalism professor Paula Poindexter delivers a talk as a part of the spring 2017 University Lecture Series on what separates real news from “fake news.” She provides strategies to help avoid information that is meant to deceive rather than inform us, and discusses the standards journalists are held to, to ensure reporting is fair, accurate and informative. Poindexter has worked in a variety of roles in the journalism industry, including over a decade as a manager and executive at The Los Angeles Times and as a television reporter and producer in Texas. She researches and writes about how the Millennial generation, born in the 1980s and 1990s, consumes and engages with news.
Paula Poindexter, past president of AEJMC, led a panel discussion on the press and journalism schools. The panel featured: David Carr, the late Media Equation columnist at the New York Times and the inaugural Andrew R. Lack professor of journalism and the business of media at Boston University; Lorraine Branham, dean at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications; Thomas Kent, deputy managing editor and standards editor at the Associated Press and adjunct professor at Columbia University.
8:24 What grade would you give to the press?
15:00 What grade would you give the current state of journalism education?
23:57 What is news?
33:23 Who is a journalist?
44:00 What are the top three reasons the public holds the press in such low regard?
52: 20 What ethics do future journalists need to know?
Journalism education, journalism ethics, public attitudes toward the press
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, delivered the keynote speech at the 2014 AEJMC Conference in Montreal. 2013-2014 AEJMC president Paula Poindexter introduced Jill Abramson by saying: “Our keynote speaker’s three-year-tenure as executive editor of The New York Times began and ended with news headlines. When she was appointed executive editor in 2011, Jill Abramson made headlines as the first female executive editor in The Times’ 160-year history. The abrupt end of her tenure as executive editor was met with a media frenzy that focused on gender, pay equity, and leadership.”
Under Abramson’s leadership as executive editor, The Times won eight Pulitzer Prizes, including one for the multimedia sensation “Snow Fall,” which was awarded a Pulitzer in the feature writing category. Click to hear Jill Abramson’s keynote speech, “Challenges to Journalism in a 24/7, Mobile, Twitter World.”
2:21 – NYT Now App
5:50 – How traditional news companies can adapt to “current digital realities”
7:18 – How social media platforms can promote the news
8:14 – How Facebook can power a news story
12:08 – Risks and benefits of social media in international and political news coverage
15:50 – “Scooplets” and 2016 Political Coverage
Question and Answer Session
21:51 – What was your experience as a female Executive Editor at New York Times?
24:00 – What lessons can we learn from “Snowfall” and its influence on multimedia journalism?
27:47 – Who should promote journalism on social media?
29:00 – Why is it so hard for minorities and women to keep top jobs in news organizations?
33:05 – What are your thoughts about the criticism of the Times by Edward Snowden
38:43 – What is the difference between “unbiased reporting” and “deep reporting”
Jill Abramson, NYT Now, Social media, “Snow Fall,” Women in journalism, Edward Snowden, 2016 Election, Diversity
Boston-based and national journalists discuss how they covered the breaking story of a terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in 2013. They talk about lessons learned covering the incident and subsequent terrorism investigation, how to locate credible sources, and the role of technology and social media in the reporting process. The panel also includes analysis of the journalists’ experiences from an ethicist with the Poynter Institute and concludes with a question and answer session from the audience.
Teresa Hanafin – Director of user engagement and social media for Boston.com, a website of The Boston Globe. Hanafin had live-blogged the race for years when it became a critical source for information as news broke of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Kevin William Cullen – Boston Globe columnist and former member of the paper’s Pulitzer Prize- winning Spotlight investigative team. Through his columns and TV appearances, Cullen became “the voice of Boston” after the attack.
John Hanc – Author of a history book about the Boston Athletic Association, which founded the Boston Marathon. Hanc finished the race the day of the marathon bombing and began reporting from his hotel room shortly after the explosions. He teaches journalism at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.
Dina Temple-Raston – Counterterrorism correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR). Temple-Raston “lived the investigation” through her reporting in the weeks after the attack.
Kelly McBride – Ethicist from the Poynter Institute and co-author of The New Ethics of Journalism.
3:10 Teresa Hanafin recalls when she heard the news that there was a bombing at the finish line at the Boston Marathon. She headed the Boston Globe’s live blog, which became a premier source for news about the incident until the second bomber was arrested days later.
9:12 Teresa Hanafin discusses the reporting editing process throughout the ongoing investigation
11:35 Teresa Hanafin discusses her policy on dealing with reporting mistakes made through social media
12:25 Teresa Hanafin on the editorial decisions that she made about not posting graphic photographs from the bombing to the live blog
13:36 Kevin Cullen discusses “how personal” the attacks were, and his experience reporting on-the-ground using his close relationships with law enforcement and first-responders
25:28 John Hanc discusses how his knowledge of the race changed from a historical perspective as an author to a reporter after finishing the race the day of the bombing.
36:46 Dina Temple, NPR’s counter-terrorism correspondent, describes her reporting process, what made the attack different from others she had covered in the past, and offers hints to those teaching journalism and how to cover such events.
57:54 Kelly McBride, ethicist from the Poynter Institute, extrapolates some of the ethical lessons and best practices shared by the panelists during the discussion.
Question and Answer Session
(Questions are summarized for clarity)
1:13:20 – Question for Kevin Cullen: What is the connection between a newspaper reporter and the community?
1:14:41 What was the debate among law enforcement officials about releasing the photo of the bombing suspects?
1:17:52 What was your opinion of the Rolling Stone cover featuring the Boston Marathon bombing suspect?
1:18:49 What are the ground rules for journalists who interact regularly with law enforcement? What information can be revealed so as not to compromise an investigation?
1:23:31 Whose responsibility is it to slow down the sharing of information on news outlets so that information is accurate if not necessarily first? Is it up to the audience?
1:28:04 What is the role of twitter and social media in reporting a story, and what are some positive aspects and negative aspects of this platform in the newsroom?
A panel of journalists and researchers discuss the challenges of covering the Supreme Court, an institution slow to embrace technology, in the digital era. The panelists gathered for an AEJMC conference in 2013 to talk about how they are adapting, how they hope the Supreme Court will adapt, and how to maintain accurate reporting when online news consumers demand speed.
Robert Barns – Washington Post
Adam Liptak – The New York Times
Pete Williams –NBC News
Tony Mauro –National Law Journal
Terri Towner – Professor at Oakland University who studies how journalists and reporters frame media coverage of the court
9:30 Terri Towner discusses the pros and cons of social media use in courtrooms
14:00 Terri Towner discusses her research about online-only media versus traditional media when it comes to Supreme Court coverage
15:52 The future of social media and the Supreme Court
17:20 Tony Mauro discusses how the Supreme Court beat has changed with the emergence of new media
19:25 Tony Mauro explains why he thinks the Supreme Court is still behind when it comes to public and press access
20:57 Tony Mauro discusses what we can learn from the ways other countries cover their courts
28:03 Pete Williams of NBC News talks about the development of cable news and its effect on court coverage
29:23 Pete Williams on how blogs and websites increase access and provide professional analysis not available in the past
40:13 Robert Barnes of the Washington Post talks about the expectations of news consumers and how it often conflicts with what the Supreme Court allows.
Question and Answer Session
43:17 How do you keep audiences interested?
48:05 What can you assume about your audience’s knowledge of the court and how do you write for your audience?
50:27 What are your social media habits and what sites do you regularly visit?
53:03 Do you think the justices pay attention to social media coverage of the court?
55:14 How difficult is it to cover the Supreme Court without a legal background?
56:57 Do more recent presidents have a better idea of how a justice will vote than they did in the past?
1:00:06 Do you think the court’s media laws are keeping pace with technology?
1:02:33 Have you seen a change in the ecology of ‘spin,’ in covering the court?
1:08:14 How did you react to the initial incorrect report of the Supreme Court’s health care decision in 2012?
1:12:56 How did the media react leading up to the United States v. Windsor case?
1:17:07 How do you go from covering the Supreme Court to a more fast-paced story like the Boston Marathon bombing?
1:19:40 Will justices ever embrace the notion of cameras in the courtroom?
Keywords: Social media, Supreme Court coverage