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Celebrate the drive of a Silicon Valley pirate; RIP Steve Jobs

Apple owes much of its success to its refusal to accept the status quo, and it owes that philosophy to Steve Jobs. As a journalism educator, I’m trying to instill that same entrepreneurial spirit in my students.

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Should I steer my son away from a journalism career?

If my son is really interested in an information dissemination career, I’d encourage him to strike off on his own. Create his own information channel. Disregard the rules the legacy media has arbitrarily set. If he does, I think he’ll be far more successful and fulfilled.

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Brian Williams must recognize citizen journalism to connect

I don’t want to see Brian Williams saying the pros no longer have jobs. I just want to see him give the audience a bit more credit. He seems to get other aspects of the new journalism, such as when he encouraged his audience to DVR his newscasts or when he made appearances on SNL and 30 Rock.

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Stern fans should respect the news; journalists need to fact check

Howard Stern can claim he’s not responsible, but he needs to do more to discourage his fans from pranks, like calling news stations during disaster coverage. Journalists, however, should know better. When it’s as simple as searching on Google to verify a name, people shouldn’t be able to masquerade as company spokesmen.

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Cannibalization: Can newspapers and the Web coexist?

This was supposed to be a short post. My goal was to drive some traffic to the introductory video I put together when I came to Ohio University last fall. But as I watched it again to make sure everything worked, I couldn’t up but think about the question it poses and how it relates to the current media environment. Does a newspaper’s Web site steal audience from its printed counterpart?

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Agreeing to Tiger’s rules kills credibility

If Tiger Woods or others like him want to make their private statements, let them do it on their own sites. You can always report on it later, and when you do, make sure you exercise your journalistic training. Question assumptions. Monitor the powerful. Seek the truth. Maintain an independence from those you cover.

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Don’t count on iPad to save or democratize news

What I’m really hoping the iPad does, however, is demonstrate that people are willing and ready to switch to digital delivery. Then other companies will get the hint and start developing less expensive and more open platforms to ensure news gets to as many people as possible. In fact, devices like the iPad will have be as ubiquitous as paper if digital delivery is to save publishing and promote democracy.

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Moving from free to fee must respect audiences

Many Internet scholars that I respect say the Internet needs more rules and the second decade of the 2000s is the time to do it. Grudgingly, I agree, but the best rules will be those that respect the audience and the history of the medium. Paying for loyalty or convenience fits. Charging for using something too much doesn’t.

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News media can’t deny connection to online rumors

Look, I’m not saying reporters shouldn’t cover rumors or they shouldn’t seek man on the street interviews. But what they must realize, and what I think the Internet should have taught them, is the story doesn’t end once it’s published in the paper or broadcast on the evening news. In fact, sites such as Know Your Meme, who is affiliated with RocketBoom, and Snopes work because they acknowledge something might be fishy and they’d like to draw on the knowledge of the community to ferret out the truth. Sure one is factual, and one is funny, but I think both fulfill needed roles that the mainstream media should have capitalized on long ago.

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