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  • By the author of The Conservative Resurgence and the Press: The Media’s Role in the Rise of the Right and of Journalism at the End of the American Century, 1965-Present. A former journalist with a Ph.D. in journalism, history and political science, McPherson is a past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and a board member for the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media.

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Posts Tagged ‘Columbia Journalism School’

Columbia faculty support WikiLeaks, free press

Posted by James McPherson on December 15, 2010

The journalism faculty at one of the top j-schools in the country are urging the Justice Department not to prosecute WikiLeaks, noting that, “As a historical matter, government overreaction to publication of leaked material in the press has always been more damaging to American democracy than the leaks themselves.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. But perhaps New York Times columnist David Carr could (of course, he gets paid more for his media analysis of media than I do): This week he offers a cogent consideration of the evolution of WikiLeaks.

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Print media not going away, even if ads and employees are

Posted by James McPherson on January 16, 2009

Most of the media experts we’ve met with here in New York (more than a dozen people in all) agree with what I’ve written previously on this blog: Print media will be with us for a long time to come.

At the same time, all of those experts agree that the media of the future won’t look like today’s–and no one knows exactly what they will look like. Though the experts disagreed somewhat on how much today’s students need to know about new media “tools and toys,” the specific technology increasingly used by news organizations, there is no doubt that new media will be increasingly important.

Several of the experts agreed that this is an exciting time to be a  a prospective new journalist, as the energy and skills of our best students combine with an increasing desire for news among consumers.

For more on the perspectives of a wide range of experts, and on student views of those perspectives, check out the class blog.

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