Uncharted Territory on the Information Superhighway – and in the Courtroom

Blogs raise many challenging legal issues, including those involving defamation, privacy, and the legal definition of a blogger. From a legal perspective, emerging new media, which includes blogs, is rapidly evolving. The law has yet to catch up with the pace of new media and the issues they present. Courts handling new media cases have attempted to apply preexisting laws, [&hellip

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Tenant’s tweet leads to lawsuit

Who knew that a 140 character tweet could lead to a $50,000 defamation lawsuit for a Chicago woman? Amanda Bonnen wrote the tweet in reference to a battle with her landlord over alleged mold in her apartment. (I’ve learned you can never use alleged enough.) Horizon Group Management filed a lawsuit against her, claiming that her statement damaged the company’s [&hellip

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Is Jon Stewart the most trusted anchor?

Now that Walter Cronkite is gone, is there another news anchor who might be worthy of the being called “The Most Trusted Man in America.” Brian Williams? Matt Lauer? Charles Gibson? Nope! Think Jon Stewart. Stewart’s show that mocks traditional newscasts and how stories are reported has attracted a huge following since its debut nine years ago. Now, The Daily [&hellip

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My predictions about the Web were all wrong

In the late ’90s when I was studying abroad in Europe, one of my communications professors assigned a term paper that was to focus on our predictions of the Internet’s future. Until a recent spring-cleaning — a purging of sorts — at my parent’s house, I had all but forgotten about my eight-page attempt to make sense of the emerging [&hellip

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Learning from Cronkite

It’s not just journalists who should take pause to reflect on the contributions of Walter Cronkite. All communications professionals can learn a valuable lesson from Cronkite’s matter-a-fact style, a signature of a truly credible man. A 1973 U.S. poll named him “The Most Trusted Man in America.” So, how do you get people to trust you and your message? A [&hellip

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The passing of journalism’s rock

Walter Cronkite embodied all that journalism should be: open, honest, credible, and truthful. I fear the passing of Cronkite signals the end to an era when journalism stayed true to the fundamentals it was built upon. Cronkite’s passing comes at an interesting time – when journalism is being transformed by new media. The longtime CBS News anchor’s dedication to informing [&hellip

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The need for companies to get in the social media mix

Companies that aren’t jumping into the social media mix are making a mistake — wasting a big opportunity to reach out to audiences. Glossy publications with posed pictures and carefully scripted messages have dominated the traditional marketing landscape. But, now folks want more than that. With countless places to turn for information, particularly the personal, unedited nature of blogs and [&hellip

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Catching up with the times

It’s difficult to remember life before the Internet. Well, I actually got a taste of it every time I went over to my parents’ house. You see, until I recently took action, it was a non-wired zone. Yes, not be able to log-on caused great pain for me. The installation of a wireless router catapulted my parents into the digital [&hellip

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iPhone photography

A follow-up to my previous post about a Miami reporter who used an iPhone to tape an entire news story. In a recent Al’s Morning Meeting memo, Al Tompkins writes about a St. Petersburg Times photojournalist who shot a weekend magazine feature. Melissa Lyttle took the photos, noting on the Times’ photo blog that “the best camera is the one [&hellip

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The “older” face of Facebook

Where will the “young” crowd go now that Facebook is attracting an “older” generation of users? Will they bolt for a hipper social networking site; one where adults aren’t allowed? New research indicates that users of Facebook, which once only allowed college students to join, are getting much older. And, at a very fast rate. Analytics company iStrategyLabs has examined [&hellip

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