Why don’t male TV #news #anchors #dress in tight-fitting party outfits?

If you are journalist, salesperson, doctor, or entrepreneur,  you may not want to arrive at work dressed like you are going to a party.  Women and men should be able to dress however they like.  But at most jobs, you want people to take you seriously. For women –young and old —  that’s still hard sometimes. The workplace is still home to a few leering bosses or co-workers — or viewers.  At the risk of blaming the victim — Why encourage it?

When it’s a personal choice, so be it. But, as Beth Teitell notes in today’s Boston Globe, sometimes, the TV news boss insists. We welcome her story on broadcast wardrobe requirement that might seem undignified to many journalists.

She writes:

“Should a TV anchorwoman be required to dress for work in a cocktail dress? Or stilettos? What about body-hugging tops?…It is no revelation that TV news personalities work in a field where looks and appearance matter, but many women in broadcasting say that pressures to dress sexier for the camera have been ratcheting up for at least a decade and have come to a point that they can seem pervasive.”



Sponsored content, social media and “news”

I am sympathetic to news sites seeking new sources of funding. In the days of print, this might have come in the form of an “advertorial.” Clearly marked, these ads-written-as-news went into the trash the next day with the rest of the paper.

These days, they call is sponsored content and it is often well-marked, and then maybe it isn’t — when it comes up on social media. It looks like journalism, but it’s not; it’s marketing.  But, I would guess that many readers can’t tell the difference. That’s the whole point. It gains the same kind of credibility as a news story that aims to promote the facts, not the product.  And, social media is where many of us get our news these days.

Add that to all the institutional websites — companies, hospitals, universities — producing journalistic stories that are aimed at marketing their products, like a $250,000 bachelor’s degree. Many of my students don’t know the difference between The Huntington News— an independent student paper — and Northeastern News  a marketing section of NU web site written in journalistic style. Whats the difference? At NU news, the customer is NU. The items there are meant to inform the community about things NU wants them to know about.  At the Huntington News,  the customer is the campus community and not all the stories show NU in a positive way.

Not a problem with any of that, unless you can’t tell the difference.

The sponsored event is  another example of the trend — see below. These are big dilemmas and not easily resolved as journalism moves beyond the days of print advertising.  But, let start by recognizing it. This Health News Review story is a good place to start, especially for health writers like. me

aspen-ideas-festival-spotlight-health-2017-the-atlantic-1-768x593As pleased as I was to see smart people grappling with the problem of misleading health news last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival, I don’t think it’s accurate to suggest that “fake” stories are a major problem with health news today.

“Fake Health News Metastasizes” was the title of the Aspen session addressing this topic, and it was covered by The Atlantic with a story headlined ‘Of All the Categories of Fake News, Health News Is the Worst.”

The term “fake news,” as we’ve previously explained, suggests an intentional attempt to deceive. And as the The Atlantic piece eventually clarifies, it’s much more common to see “junk” health news that stems from inaccurate, incomplete, and imbalanced reporting by “real” news outlets rather than deliberately “fake” news.

But perhaps the larger problem with The Atlantic’s coverage is the lack of self-awareness it demonstrates. There’s no recognition that The Atlantic, co-sponsor of the Festival, is contributing to the very problem it highlights.

#NEU j- students’ report on the#refugee crisis in #Greece

Nice work from Northeastern University journalism students, including a few of my own. Here’s their latest report:

It is a crisis that is testing Greece’s limits. Over five weeks, a team of journalists from Northeastern University traveled oversees to cover the Syrian refugee crisis in a country already beset by economic collapse. The coverage spans from social issues and healthcare to needs as basic as shelter.

The Cats of Naxos: Mobile reporting from Greece, where they have a large population of feral cats

An attempt at mobile reporting from Greece. I used Pinnacle Pro and edited on my tablet. Worked great but offers  only one video track. I had problems with the audio unrelated to the editing software. , I had to wait until I got a computer to get it up on Vimeo because the audio clips was too big and I couldn’t figure out how to compress it on the phone or tablet. Still working on it, and finding that music.

Also, I recorded it off the radio, so unless it’s a traditional folk song, my use is probably a copyright violation. That means I need to change it — stay posted. It shouldn’t  be hard to find some open source Greek bouzouki music.

May 2018 Cats of Naxos from Tinker Ready on Vimeo.