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June 5, 2009

It's been a frenzied media week in newspapers, on TV, on radio and online — there's a new supreme court nominee to love or hate, President Obama's speech to the Muslim world, and the murder of Dr. Tiller over the ever-divisive issue of abortion.

Media analysts Brooke Gladstone and Joy Rosen join Bill Moyers to decode the week's spin and address the question: In a time when everyone left and right seems to have a blog and the White House itself is image managing through Flicker, what does the news consumer need to know?

We've gathered media analysis of this week's events and some online fact-checking tools below.

Jay Rosen
Jay Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University and author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression.

In July 2006 he launched NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.

In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, WHAT ARE JOURNALISTS FOR?, about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation.

As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in THE NATION, COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW, the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, NEWSDAY and others. Online he has written for SALON.COM, TOMPAINE.COM and POYNTER.ORG. In 1990 Neil Postman and he hosted a radio show on WBAI in New York called "The Zeitgeist Hour." Rosen is also a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board.

Brooke Gladstone
Photo by Robin HollandSince 1995, Brooke Gladstone has worked what still is a rare beat in broadcast journalism: she reports on the media. As NPR's first media correspondent, she's examined the coverage of race, science, and politics, and reported on the battle between Hollywood and the many guardians of American culture; media mergers; advertising trends; and journalism's evolving ethics. She is co-host and managing editor of the NPR program ON THE MEDIA. She joined NPR in 1987 as senior editor of WEEKEND EDITION SATURDAY with Scott Simon, and later assumed the same role for NPR's daily newsmagazine, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. During this time she edited several award-winning reports and was the recipient of a Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and an Ohio State Award, among other honors.

In 1991, Brooke Gladstone received a Knight Journalism Fellowship to Stanford University, to study Russian language and culture. From 1992-1995 — just prior to taking up the media beat — she reported for NPR from Moscow, covering the tumultuous early days of post-Communist Russia, including the bloody uprising of the Russian Parliament.

Guest photos by Robin Holland

Published June 5, 2009.

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References and Reading:
PressThink: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine
Jay Rosen's blog.

This NPR show "tries to lift the veil from the process of 'making media,' especially news media, because it's through that lens that we literally see the world and the world sees us." All shows are archived online.

Referred to in the Broadcast

"Rush and Newt Are Winning," E.J. Dionne Jr., Op-Ed, THE WASHINGTON POST, June 4, 2009.

"Judge Sotomayor and Race Results from the Full Data Set," SCOTUSblog, May 29th, 2009.

Fact Checking is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that aims to monitor the accuracy of major national candidates' statements and rhetoric.

The Fact-Checker
Run by veteran journalist Michael Dobbs, The Fact-Checker is a project of the WASHINGTON POST that publishes research evaluating and providing background and context to candidate statements and popular political stories.

Politifact and Truth-0-Meter
Politifact is an extensively cross-referenced fact-checking resource run as a joint project by the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES and CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY.

News Hub Sites

This service collects the top news stories and commentary on politics, vetted and reviewed by trusted users and partners. Partners include leading media organizations like PBS, Scientific American, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, LinkTV, Global Voices, the Council on Foreign Relations -- as well as journalism teachers and students at Stanford University, Northeastern, Stony Brook, University of Nevada and Arizona State.

Media Analysts

Campaign Desk reports on the reporting of American politics a deliberative mix of reporting, analysis, criticism, and commentary. The site is updated dozens of times a day.

Project for Excellence in Journalism
The Project for Excellence in Journalism is a research organization that specializes in using empirical methods to evaluate and study the performance of the press. It is non partisan, non ideological and non political. Visit the site to find out what is, and isn't making headlines. The site provides a daily briefing.

Media Literacy Tools

PBS Learning Now: Media Literacy
This PBS site takes a look at the changing world of media and includes primers on online civic engagement, media literacy and the skills needed for today's budding journalists.

PBS Teachers: Media Literacy
According to a 2005 survey, 9% of people in their 60's list the Internet as a main source of news. What do you think the percentage is for people under the age of 30? If you don't know the answer that question — you can find it at this PBS hub site for information on media and culture.

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From headlines surrounding the health care debate to media frenzy over Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, NPR's On the Media host Brooke Gladstone and NYU journalism professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen sort the messages and spin from the week's news.

>Media Literary tools for the 21st Century

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