A visiting friend from Boston last week complained bitterly about press coverage after the marathon bombings. Among other things, she wanted to know why so many outlets reported that there had been arrests, when in fact no one had yet been arrested. She was voicing the frustration of millions of news consumers, and she had an excellent point. Where did the media go wrong?
At the same time that federal gun-control legislation is having trouble finding enough votes, the Washington Post reports, Connecticut legislators agreed on bill limiting gun magazines to 10 rounds, requiring registration and a host of other measures, according to the New York Times.
Maybe it takes a massacre to focus the attention.
Journalist and National Press Foundation speaker Seth Mnookin writes in Slate that the recent Time Magazine coverline “How to Cure Cancer,” is “wrong, grandiose and cruel.” The National Press Foundation has delivered solid information on cancer issues for journalists in annual programs over four years, and no expert has suggested that we’re close to a cure, though more money for research surely helps, as the Time article suggests.
Earlier Blog Posts
A Message from NPF President, Bob Meyers
December 19, 2012
Support Non-Profit Journalism this Season
December 17, 2012
National Press Foundation Announces 2012 Awards for…
December 14, 2012
Remembering Joe Allbritton
December 13, 2012
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November 6, 2012