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Ron Steinman: On The Matter of Wikipedia

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Dec 17
These notes are on the matter of Wikipedia. I’m only asking, but isn’t it time the press no longer kowtowed to Jimmy Wales and his cult-like enterprise, Wikipedia. Wales and his creation receive the deference of a saint or a newly crowned king. His treatment in the press is as if he were the founder of a “good” cult, a useful cult, and, fortunately, not one that would inflict mass suicide on its members. Or

USC Launches Fellowship and Degree Program for Top Journalists

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Dec 14
USC Launches Fellowship and Degree Program for Top Journalists Determined to Lead Profession In response to a rapidly evolving industry, USC Annenberg`s School of Journalism will offer a unique 9-month M.A. degree In response to a rapidly evolving industry, USC Annenberg`s School of Journalism will offer a unique 9-month M.A. degree in specialized journalism beginning in August 2008. Top students will be nominated for the university`s prestigious new USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships provide full tuition and stipends to 100

I Want My HDTV by E.N. Richards

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Nov 23
We’re not far away from the date, 2/17/2009, for the switch to digital television (http://www.dtv.gov/); are you prepared? Before I speak about the process that, I believe, will satisfy your search for an HDTV you need to know that your analog CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) television will still be usable. Although you will not be able to receive the digital signal through the television’s analog tuner you will be able to receive it with a

Ron Steinman: Opportunity Knocks

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Nov 09
Just when I thought that network TV news was heading towards its deathbed, along comes the writers’ strike to save it for another day, or viewing, whichever comes first or has the shorter duration and attention span. TV news can now be more important than ever. At least it is live, meaning the anchor, a reporter now and then, and a guest to interpret the news is a mainstay of most news programs. The writers

Ron Steinman: Watch your back

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Nov 09
A person never dies on the Internet. How lucky is that for someone who craves immortality. Unfortunately, reputation as we have come to honor it counts for nothing in cyberspace. For some, the price of eternal fame is worth all the millions of mentions and references, accurate or not, he or she gets on the worldwide Web. However, some people want quiet in their lives. They seek the peace of anonymity. They want privacy. They

Ron Steinman: An open letter on creativity

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Oct 15
What I am about to say is nothing new. I have said much of this in the past. Only now, I have a new target. And further thoughts. I am sure what I am about to say is something that some people might expect from me. If you want to stop reading now, go ahead. And a warning, dear reader – I am sure many will not like what I am going to say. It

Alexandra Boulat, 45, pases away in Paris

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Oct 08
Photojournalist Alexandra Boulat, 45, has died in hospital in Paris, agency VII said. She suffered an aneurism in late June and has been in a coma ever since. She was the daughter of Life magazine photographer Pierre Boulat and Annie Boulat, the founder of the French photography agency Cosmos.  

Editorial by Ron Steinman

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Sep 11
In a move that will surely go down in Internet history as one of the worst decisions in years, the Justice Department said last week that it opposes net neutrality, “the idea that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.” Thus in a move that favors big business over small, typical of much in the Bush administration, the good anarchy, and, in the case of the Internet, the idea that one

Donna Ferrato and Philip Jones Griffiths documentary photography workshop

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Sep 11
October 17th to October 21st, 2007 Work, live, and learn with world renowned documentary photographers, Philip Jones Griffiths and Donna Ferrato. This unique workshop is designed for the conscientious photographer who believes in using photography as a vehicle for social awareness and change. As a team, we will explore how to push the limits of photography. This means learning how to approach people, articulate your ideas, and follow through with your camera. You will record

Anti-Matter: Election Coverage and War Coverage by Ron Steinman

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Sep 10
I am sure the father on “Family Guy” would say “C’mon” when confronted with all the politics covered in newspapers and magazines (old media) and online (new media) that we now see, that in some ways is illustrious, at least for me, for its emptiness. Political writers and editors look on coverage of this, the longest campaign for president in history, as the blood they need to drink to stay alive despite the public’s declining