Living in a Media World 2E

Looking for Student Blogs

I'm always looking for links to blogs being written by student journalists. If you have one, or know someone who does, drop me a note!

Dr. H

Second Edition Available Now!

The second edition of Mass Communication: Living in a Media World is now available at the very student-friendly price of $45. (Yes, the new edition sells for less than used copies often do of the first edition.) It features a newly strengthened media literacy focus, greater depth on a number of topics, extensive coverage of "long-tail" media, and new chapters on media effects and global media. For more information, visit the CQ Press website.

NEWS: The RSS feed is fixed! Check it out.

NOTE: The video on these pages does not work with Internet Explorer. Try Firefox if you are having trouble viewing the video.

Tuesday - June 30, 2009

News About Video

Link Me

Monday - June 29, 2009

News About The News

  • So, Would You Like To Buy The Boston Globe?
    The NY Times Co. is now taking bids on Boston's leading newspaper.
  • Coverage of Iranian Protests Has Forced News Orgs to Change Reporting Rules
    Blogs have always been willing to post news first and ask questions about authenticity later. But according to this story from the NY Times, legacy media (AKA the mainstream media) have been forced to report stories using unconfirmed sources about the protests in Iran because of the crackdown on journalists in that country. One of the biggest sources of news out of Iran has been video shot by non-journalists and then posted through social media sites. No question that it's great to have such alternative sources of news available. But should it be the basis of reports from what most of us would consider credible news outlets? That's the more difficult question.
  • Speaking of Which, Have You Been Reading Nico Pitney at HuffPost?
    The Huffington Post's Nico Pitney has been live blogging the citizen journalism coming out of Iran over the last couple weeks and has been the real rock star of journalism on this story.
  • Don't Assume Early News on MJ is True
    Word to the wise - there are a number of false stories about Michael Jackson's death circulating on the Web. Whooda thunk it.

Link Me

Friday - June 26, 2009

What a Difference a Day Makes
Thursday morning, Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz posted the following as his Facebook status:

Howard Kurtz Slow morning. No new Iran protests, no new sex scandals. Might have to do some reporting.

The big news was still Iran and the revelations about South Caroline governor Mark Sanford. I was putting together a post about the great job of reporting The State had done on the Sanford story. The paper had had the incriminating e-mails for several months, but hadn't reported on them because they didn't have the hard evidence needed to back them up. Then the paper sent reporter Gina Smith to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to stakeout the gate where passengers would exit from the plane from Buenos Aires. She was the only reporter there, and she got the first interview with Sanford. Good, old-fashioned Reporting 101 technique - an anonymous tip followed up by legwork.

Then the news came that 70s icon Farrah Fawcett had succumbed to her long battle with cancer. While she was best known for Charlie's Angels, a 1976 poster, and tragic-woman movies, she also made an excellent made-for-cable biopic about photographer Margaret Bourke-White's relationship with writer Erskine Caldwell.

And then late this afternoon the news broke on TMZ that Michael Jackson had been taken to the hospital suffering from cardiac arrest. If you've had the TV or the Internet on, you know the rest of the story by now. NBC and ABC went wall-to-wall with the story, as did the cable news channels. We have a revolution trying to take place in Iran, we have just lost the second Republican presidential hopeful in two weeks, and all that anyone wants to talk about is the death of Michael Jackson.

Here's a sample of the Facebook status messages that have shown up on my feed Thursday night.

  • Eric RIP MJ
  • Ali Ohh, Michael... Your music genius will be sorely missed in this world. :(
  • Matt is saddened by the passing of the King of Pop... Michael Jackson.
  • Lindsay RIP Michael Jackson Farrah and Ed!!!
  • Charley Said You Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' You Got To Be Startin' Somethin' 'Cause this is thriller, thriller night. If youre thinkin of being my baby it dont matter if youre black or white. Oh brother please have mercy 'cause I just can't take it. Stop pressurin me, just stop pressurin' me stop pressurin' me Make me wanna scream. Just beat it. So, Annie Are You OK Are You OK, Annie?
  • MK SO would have married Michael Jackson when I was twelve.
  • Garrett Michael Jackson already has three albums on the top 10 selling albums on itunes...just 3 hours after his death.
  • Alex why are people pissed about all the Michael Jackson status'. Same thing happened with Heath Ledger and you all didn't seem to care then? Silly opinionation.
  • Courtney Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958-June 25, 2009) Rest In Peace............I loved listening to his music growing up! So sad he is gone.........

Link Me

Wednesday - June 24, 2009

Was Apple Deceptive With Investors and the Press Over Jobs' Illness?
You all know, don't you, that Steve Jobs is suffering from a rare form of pancreatic cancer and that his health has been a major topic of debate in techy circles as of late. If you are a member of the Apple faithful, you also likely knew that Jobs took a six-month leave of absence from his job as Apple CEO (He's also on the Disney Corp. board of directors and is the media giant's leading stockholder). When he took the leave, it was for something "more complex" than what had initially been reported as a hormone imbalance. But over the weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that what Jobs was really doing was recovering from liver transplant.

Why am I blogging about this? (Other than I'm an Apple user and I can....) This has been a big PR question for Apple. Are they obliged to tell stockholders and the public at large when their company's CEO is having serious health problems? Apple is legendary for its secrecy about all things, including its charismatic leader's health. Or were they, as some say, perfectly clear that Jobs was having serious health issues when they announced he was taking a six-month leave of absence.

For my part, I kinda figured something pretty serious was wrong if Jobs was taking that much time off.

Link Me

Tuesday - June 23, 2009

Neda Agha-Soltan as a Symbol of Iranian Protesters
NOTE: All of the videos linked to here contain disturbing, violent imagery.

The news out of Iran about the violent suppression of people protesting the results of the recent Iranian election has been chilling.

No where has this been more dramatic than with the news about the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, a 26-year-old woman who was studying philosophy and vocal music. Though accurate details about Agha-Soltan are scarce, the New York Times reports that was engaged, valued freedom, and was shot while stopping to get some fresh air after driving home from a singing lesson.

When she got out of the car, she was shot by a sniper. Her death was captured on cell phone video. The person who captured the video then e-mailed it to a friend, who then forwarded it to the Voice of America, the British newspaper The Guardian,and several friends. One of those friends, who lives in the Netherlands, posted the video to Facebook. From there, it moved on to a report Sunday night on CNN.


A second person at the scene captured a shorter bit of video as well:


All of this allowed the person who shot the video to bypass the official Iranian censorship efforts to block Internet, cell phone, and text message traffic, and some have charged that Western technology companies have assisted with this censorship - though the companies deny it.

Citizen video has been used in a wide range of ways.Here is a collection of images and videos set to the music of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday:


As I've written about many times in the past, I'm not a big believer in the idea of the press having some kind of overarching uniform liberal or conservative bias. I do think, that as Herbert Gans has written, that the American press does hold a set of shared values, both liberal and conservative, the resonate with Americans. These values laid out by Gans include: ethnocentrism, altruistic democracy, responsible capitalism, small-town pastoralism, individualism, moderatism, social order, and leadership. We can see these values playing out, especially that of individualism, with the story of Neda Agha-Soltan from Iran.

Link Me

Friday - June 19, 2009

Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Link Me

Thursday - June 18, 2009

Guest Blogger - Not With A Bang But A Twitter
When I got back from vacation, I found graduate student Charley Reed putting up interesting Facebook posts about news from the protests in Iran breaking through social media such as Twitter and Facebook. I asked him for a guest blog post, and here's what he came up with. This is fascinating stuff, folks. It's fun to make fun of older politicians trying to be hip with their Twitter accounts, but there's real news coming out of Iran these days on this newest of media.
(This is Charley's second guest post for me. He's previously written on video games as media.)

If you have been paying attention to the events of the past week in Iran, you have most likely been doing so on blogs like this. This is not because people are more tech savvy, because the reporting has been better, or because certain blogs are sympathetic to either “president-elect” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or his opponent and now revolutionary leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

It is because, quite simply, there is no other way to get the information.

After Friday’s election results, which showed a remarkable, landslide victory for Ahmadinejad despite early predictions () that the election was so close it could spark a run-off election , supporters of Mousavi took to the streets and rejected the election results, citing numerous inconsistencies including landslide victories for Ahmadinejad in Mousavi’s home city of Khameneh and a comparison to Iran’s last election in 2005 where, compared to the 2009 figure of 63% percent, Ahmadinejad received just over 20% of the vote.


As the protests became the focus of international attention, Iran began to crack down on information leaving the country including attempts to crack down on the press, going so far as to kick reporters out of the country all together, and block any and all forms of social media, clamping down on internet speed, shutting down cell phone towers, and threatening retaliation against those who would use new media like cell phones and the Internet to transmit information out of Iran.

It is nearly impossible, especially at this juncture, to say whether or not claims of voter fraud are truthful; however, the disputed election results seem to be simply an excuse for a swell of democratic activism within the typically restrictive country. A full timeline of events, both assumed and confirmed, can be found on sites like Wikipedia and personal sites like that of “Tatsuma,” a visitor and contributor to the news aggregate site

While, in the typical sense of reporting, factual information in this kind of situation is undoubtedly important, it is not quite as important as HOW this information is getting out.

After the government of Iran shut down, one by one, perennial news sources like CNN, which cut its teeth on similar high-privacy situations like Tiananmen in 1989 and the Gulf War in 1991, the responsibility of news gathering fell on citizen journalists within the country, many of whom are risking their lives to get out messages through Twitter and Facebook. Anymore channels like CNN, or Fox News, MSNBC, or even the BBC are having a difficult time confirming any of the information because if it hasn’t been sent in as video, tweets, or texts, it has been come straight from the Iranian government which has been operating as if nothing is going on within the country. In the past, efforts by the Iranian government to clamp down on information getting out of their country would have been effective. While not every piece of information could have been kept within the country, it would have been nothing like we are currently seeing in Iran.

At this point, while many news sources are still covering the riots in Iran, almost all of their information and content has been coming through social networking sites and submissions over the Internet by way of proxy servers being set up in countries like the United States and numerous other attempts by people to overwhelm those in Iran with information so they can not pinpoint the location of people who are posting information online.

The most important aspect of this move, and people in and out of Iran relaying information through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, is that the information coming out is instantaneous and can be viewed in real time as it evolves, rather than waiting for video to get fed back through corporate-owned or governmentally controlled outlets. As a result people are communicating with each other and to the masses, even in the face of governmental oppression. Therefore even if there is further restrictions and violence in Iran, it is something that will be seen, somewhere, by somebody, and then spread virally around the world and more traditional outlets which will gain even more exposure to the point that it cannot be avoided or denied.

It remains to be seen whether, as a result of this grass roots information movement via social networking sites, that Iran will re-revolutionize 30 years after the current government overthrew a monarchy with a republic, much in the same way the current democratic movement is attempting to overthrow what appears to be a “republic” in the loosest sense of the word.

What is already dramatically apparent however is that sources like Twitter and Facebook are becoming the go-to source for communication and information by a generation that has grown up never knowing a time when the world was not connected through computers and cell phones. This does not mean, I am assuming anyways, that people will completely turn away from channels like CNN or the BBC, or newspaper services like the New York Times or the Associated Press, but instead that these names are quickly becoming irrelevant in a time when instant access to information is not only demanded but expected. Whether it’s Iran today, Virginia Tech in 2007, or the terrorist attacks in 2001, the move has been to a completely decentralized era of news gathering and reporting.

While Iran may be on the cusp of experiencing a revolution towards a more democratic political regime, a democratic revolution of information access has already occurred in the West and this time it won’t just be televised, it will also be Twittered, texted, and tagged.

Link Me

Tuesday - June 2, 2009

On Vacation
The Living in a Media Worl
d blog will be on vacation until June 17th. See you back then with lots of media news!

Link Me

Friday - May 29, 2009

Diabetes and Sonia Sotomayor
The big talk about Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nomination to the supreme court, deals with her qualifications, the fact that she would be the first Latina on the court, and the attempts by the right to use her nomination as a fund raising tool.

But let's put aside politics for a moment. What really interests me is media coverage of the fact that Judge Sotomayor is has been an insulin-dependent diabetic since she was 8-years-old. Regardless of what happens during her confirmation hearings, she demonstrates that there are very few limits on what a determined and capable diabetic can do.

I was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago and started using insulin five years ago. Personally, I'm very excited to see someone nominated for the court who truly understands the issues diabetics face.

Link Me

Wednesday - May 27, 2009

The Roots of Twitter
I've found Twitter to be one of the more interesting developments in new media. It seems a strange combination of texting and blogging.

In essence, with Twitter you have 140 characters to say what you are doing right now.

You can use Twitter to update your Facebook status; you can use it to transmit news or ask questions of your friends; you can use it to promote your business, cause or politics; or you can use it to show just how mundane your life is. Twitter messages are known as tweets, and sending tweets is known as twittering.

This article from USA Today gives us a look at the history of Twitter. It may seem like something pretty trivial. I mean, Web comic characters send tweets about their imaginary lives! But much of the initial news from the terror attacks at Mumbai last year came out via Twitter. At any rate, here is a host of articles about Twitter.

Link Me

Tuesday - May 26, 2009

Because I Can Dept. - Did Juliet Really Die on LOST?
When we last saw Juliet (played by actress Elizabeth Mitchell) on LOST, she had just triggered a nuclear explosion next to her head. That would seem to indicate that her character would be dead. Then we see Mitchell cast as a lead in a new series based on the 1983 V miniseries. That would seem to be a second vote for Mitchell's character dying on LOST. But a little research shows that ABC claims that Mitchell will continue to be on LOST. That, of course, does not mean she survived the explosion. Keep in mind that the character Christian Shepherd was dead before the series even started and he has been a semi-regular guest star on the series for five years! On a related note, the producers of LOST were quite concerned when actor Nestor Carbonell - who plays the ageless Richard Alpert -- was cast in the series Cane opposite Jimmy Smits. Fortunately that series was cancelled fairly quickly.

(As a side note, the new aliens-visit-the-earth show has enormous geek cred it its casting. In addition to LOST's Elizabeth Mitchell, it also features Firefly's Morena Baccarin (Inara) and Alan Tudyk (Wash)

Here's the trailer for the new V series.

Link Me

Monday - May 25, 2009

Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Link Me

Thursday - May 21, 2009

Do We Still Have Any Right To Online Privacy?
The marketing phrase "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" could easily be applied to how a lot of folks think about their online presence - that things they post online ought to be considered out-of-bounds for everyone other than the folks they are intended for. But that's not how it often works out. Here are several recent articles that deal with expectations (or lack there of) for Internet privacy.

Link Me

Tuesday - May 19, 2009

Entertainment Media News

Link Me

Thursday - May 14, 2009

Web Comics <3 Star Trek Babies
I went to see the new Star Trek movie Tuesday night, and was absolutely blown away by it. I'm not going to geek out on you and explain how many wonderful references it had to the character development from Wrath of Kahn (ed. - Too late!), but here are several web comics that have had recent storylines connected to Star Trek. Some stand alone, while others have several strips in a row that deal with Trek. Have fun!

  • Multiplex
    Lots of movie in-jokes here. Multiplex features the staff of a multiplex theater who have way too much fun dressing up as movie characters and punking each other. As you read the strips, always keep an eye out for the movie posters in the background. (And you might see a bit of commentary about all the lens flares in ST.
  • pVp - Player vs. Player
    And if you get the chance, read the artist's blog post for May 11th. It really sums up a lot of my feelings about this one.
  • Commissioned Comic
    A role-playing geek takes his first look at Trek. There's an interesting blog post to go with it.
  • Dorm Dorks
    Dorm Dorks has actually had several Trek based story lines. Of course, the characters go to see the movie, but the previous story line compares Twitter users to the Borg.
  • Theater Hopper
    Another movie theater-themed strip.
  • Hark! A Vagrant
    This strip generally puts historical figures in funny situations, but for some reason artist Kate Beaton drew Kirk, Spock and McCoy on a swing set. No, I can't explain it any further than that.

Link Me

Wednesday - May 13, 2009

New Media Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

  • Is Being a Character in a Sports Video Game Misappropriation?
    That's what University of Nebraska Lincoln player Samuel Michael Keller is claiming in his class action lawsuit against video game publisher Electronic Arts. All of these college sports simulations feature images and stats of real players, and I've long wondered whether the game publishers have a right to use those images. Seems to me it looks a lot like invasion of privacy - appropriation. But this article looks at the court history of similar cases that have ruled differently. (Media Post)
  • Should Apple Be Censoring (Refusing to Sell) Trent Reznor's App?
    You can be explicit songs on iTunes. You can buy movies and TV shows on iTunes where they use the F Bomb. But you can't sell an iPhone app on the App Store part of iTunes if it uses bad words. And this is because..... (I understand not wanting to sell offensive material. I get it! But why songs and movies with bad words are ok, but phone apps with them are not, that confuses me.)
  • Why Can't We Use Wikipedia as a Reliable Source?
    Because sometimes the really cool quote you find there was made up by a smarty pants student trying to find out how gullible the press can be. (MSNBC - Thanks Dolores!)

Link Me

Tuesday - May 12, 2009

The Future of Print Online
A roundup of recent stories on the implications of print materials going online.

  • Should Student Newspapers Suppress Embarrassing News About Graduates
    It used to be that what happened in student newspapers, stayed in student newspapers. If there was a police blotter story about underage drinking, an ill-advised sex-advice column, or a quote espousing radical politics, they would all stay on the pages of the newspaper archive, locked away in a musty basement of the library or student newspaper office. But that was all in the past. Today those pages live on forever on the Web, and they can show up on a Google search by future potential employers. So what's a newly graduated college student to do? Why, try to suppress the story, of course! The Chronicle of Higher Education has a really interesting article on the ethics surrounding this topic. Their advice? Put better stuff up on the web that will show up first on a search. Or don't do stupid things in college. That works, too. Must read story.

    Here's the point that people just don't get -- the fact that the Web makes all kinds of information available when we want it means that it also makes information available when we don't.
  • Printed Books Now Face Online Digital Piracy
    What started as a huge problem for music and a growing problem for television and the movies, is now moving over to the world of books - that is, online digital piracy of works. The New York Times has a good story on the topic, how books ranging from Ursula K. Le Guin's classic science fiction novel Left Hand of Darkness to the wildly popular current Twilight series.

    You have to love science fiction author Harlan Ellison's response to Internet piracy of his works:

    “I don’t ask to get rich off this stuff,” said Harlan Ellison, an author and screenwriter. “I just ask to be paid.”

    Nine years ago, Mr. Ellison sued Internet service providers for failing to stop a user from posting four of his stories to an online newsgroup. Since settling that suit, he has pursued more than 240 people who have posted his work to the Internet without permission. “If you put your hand in my pocket, you’ll drag back six inches of bloody stump,” he said.
  • Erik Sass - Why Kindle Can't Save Newspapers
    A provocative response by Media Post's Erik Sass to the claims that the new Kindle DX is the savior for newspapers.

Link Me

Monday - May 11, 2009

Star Trek Babies Opens Big
The big movie question this weekend was how well would J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot do.

Could the creator of LOST bring new life to a great franchise that had been absolutely beaten to death by people who had no idea what to do with it?

The answer is apparently that J.J. did just fine with the new movie. It did an estimated $72.5 million for it's opening weekend, the best ever for a Trek movie, even taking inflation into account), and critics really like it. The Tomatometer gives it a 96% positive rating, which is about as good as it gets.

I have not seen it yet - I had company this weekend or else I would have been in line Friday night. But the feeling I get is that J.J. brought a badly needed new sensibility to the series.

Abrams has been quoted as saying, "This is not your father's Star Trek." Perhaps, but I don't think that was entirely the problem. I figured out the other day that in addition to the 10 movies, there have been at least 29 seasons of Star Trek television produced. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but there were The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.) That's an overwhelming load of backstory (future story?) to deal with. Abrams started with the concept of what would Trek be like if we started over from scratch without all the story baggage of the rest of the canon. I think that's what it needed from a storytelling point of view.

After seeing many of the trailers, I truly can't wait to see this. Keep in mind that I've seen every Trek movie in the theaters. Wrath of Kahn is one of my top 10 favorite films. I've met Jimmy Doohan (who played Scotty) twice. I am your father's Star Trek fan. And I can't wait to see Star Trek Babies.

Baby Kirk and Baby Spock on SNL

Link Me

Thursday - May 7, 2009

Media News Roundup
No central theme today. Just interesting things I've been reading.

Link Me

Tuesday - May 5, 2009

Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)
Questionable news from across the media landscape.

Link Me

Monday - May 4, 2009

What Did You Learn, Dorothy?
Last week I asked my JMC 100 students what they had learned this semester that had surprised them. Here's a sampling of their responses:

  • The thing that surprised me most was when there was a little color in black and white films, that they colored those sections themselves.
  • I learned that even if there is right and left wing media it doesn't matter. There are essentially equal numbers of both.
  • Media forms (twitter) popularity/reliability for news in other countries such as India.
  • One thing that surprised my was that the press knew about JFK's thing with Marilyn Monroe and FDR's mistress along with other presidents but felt it was their job to not report it . Unlike the Bill Clinton situation.
  • The control that big media has over the media industry (i.e. who owns what).
  • The media isn't the devil. I always thought that media is a tool of control no matter what portion of media is used. I've never really thought about all the different corporations around the world.
  • Well, today surprised me that India has the 2nd largest newspaper readership and China has the first.
  • The one thing what surprised me was you showed class the [I Love] Lucy, video! I've watched the same one in Korea for class. I thought it was really popular sitcom!
  • I never knew about India and the film business. I thought we were #1 in the industry.
  • The 5th largest broadcasting network is Univision!
  • There is more to the media than what we know of. Media are always around us and are part of our everyday lives. Also, another thing I learned is that media can affect the way we think or see things, even though we may not notice it.
  • One thing I learned this semester that surprised me is that media does have a tremendous impact on how people live. Also, that technology does too.
  • I was surprised to learn how much content is left out of American Media when I listened to Kevin Sites.
  • India and its movie industry is the biggest in the world.

What did you learn, Dorothy?


Link Me

Wednesday - April 29, 2009

Is This News? Is It Even Commentary? Will Someone Please Ask Olbermann and Hannity to Return to Reality?
Last week, conservative Fox News host/commentator Sean Hannity was trying to make the point that he didn't consider waterboarding to be torture. He went so far as to say that he would be willing to be waterboarded for charity.

Liberal MSNBC host/commentator Keith Olbermann (who is a former Fox sportscaster) has offered to take Hannity up on the offer, saying he will give $1,000 to the families of U.S. troops for every second Hannity is waterboarded.

Far more interesting and useful is the experience of Vanity Fair journalist Christopher Hitchens, who volunteered to be waterboarded so that he could write about it. No macho "I double dog dare you" of the Olbermann/Hannity gladiator fights. Just a simple request of an editor to a reporter, and the reporter saying yes. That's journalism.

Don't get me wrong. I like a certain percentage of my news presented with commentary. But on-air posturing and name calling is not commentary. By either Hannity or Olbermann.

Link Me

Tuesday - April 28, 2009

Supreme Court Rules on Fox Fleeting Expletives Case
Back in November, the Supreme Court heard the case of Fox Television v. FCC. You can get the full scoop on the case here, from an entry I did back in 2008. Today, the court ruled very narrowly on the case, saying that the FCC behaved legally when it changed its rules in 2004 to subject broadcasters to fines of as much as $325,000 for a single use of expletives such as the "F word" or the "S word."

The key point here is that the ruling states that the FCC acted within its authority to change its rules. But the court specifically stated it was not ruling on whether the new rule was a violation of the First Amendment.

Also note that this case only deals with broadcast television and so doesn't affect satellite radio or instances when cable news personalities let loose with the F bomb.

That means Fox will likely re-argue the case based on a First Amendment case.

  • Broadcasting & Cable - Reaction to Court Ruling
  • Watch the Lower Court Hearing
    If you are interested in the arguments in this case, you can watch C-SPAN's broadcast of the original arguing of the case before the Second Circuit Court of New York. But be forewarned. They use naughty words....


Link Me


Monday - April 27, 2009

Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

Link Me

April Entries

Living in a Media World Archive

Ralph Hanson's
Other Web Pages

Lots of new and repaired links!

Journalism Orgs

Activist Groups

Media Gossip & Blogs


For Fun

Web Comics
Note - Many of these comics are PG-13

Student Journalist Blogs