The Scramble: Social Media News Reporting, the Primary Process, and the Emmy Awards

Aug 25, 2014

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Mark Coddington from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin joins us to talk about how events like Ferguson are reported on social media. Facebook and Twitter are not equal in what and how they cover news. Assuming Twitter is the best place to get breaking news, how does Twitter change the way it's reported? How does it affect the work of the journalist trained to see the big picture but forced to focus on smaller, always breaking details? Does the urgency of Twitter discourage them from carefully checking facts? How should Twitter handle graphic images, such as last week's beheading?

Jonathan Pelto is a petitioning candidate for Governor, and he'll talk about his frustrations with the primary process, including the potential for error in validating the signatures he obtained. Why is it so hard to validate signatures? What will determine whether he goes to court to gain access to November's ballot? Is the problem with the process required to get on the ballot, or the fact that so many signers are not registered voters? How do you increase voter engagement? What does it mean for the election if he drops out?

Finally, Matthew Gilbert is the TV Critic for the Boston Globe, and he'll get us talking about the Emmy Awards! The predictions, surprises, disappointments, and how TV content is changing to keep up with more competition across multiple platforms. The Emmy Awards are the most prestigious honor bestowed for excellence in TV, but may be hurting their reputation through gerrymandering old, worn-out categories that are too rigid to contain today's more sophisticated programming.

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