Progress on a Vaccine, and Staying Informed During a Crisis

Please read this Los Angeles Times article (from the AP newswire) carefully, and thoroughly. A link appears at the end of this post. Most people don’t enjoy reading, or they don’t have the time. There can be a temptation to look at the bold print above a news story, or skim the first couple of paragraphs, and consider the job done. When you were in high school, your teachers probably got irritated with students who did that because the teachers had already read the material and knew how easily it could be misinterpreted by someone who was careless. The article … Continue reading Progress on a Vaccine, and Staying Informed During a Crisis

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods Market

At the end of this post, please click the link to a New York Times story about the expected purchase of Whole Foods Market by Amazon. While reading the article, we can only hope a particular disclosure made in passing won’t affect the Times’ coverage of this issue. Recently, Whole Foods hired a new Chief Financial Officer.  She’s Gabrielle Sulzberger, who’s married to NY Times Chairman and Publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger. There are many reasons to think carefully and be alert to background information that can influence news reports.  The reasons aren’t always as obvious as this, so we must be ready to dig for subtle … Continue reading Amazon to Buy Whole Foods Market

When We Think We’re Reading A News Article, But Really It’s Advertising

Please click the link below to read the first item on the Columbia Journalism Review post.  It’s especially important if you’ve never heard the word “native” used to describe something on a news site. For the owners of media outlets, often the real issue is generating enough ad revenue to stay in business.  Newspapers and magazines are losing money, and even the more ethical publishers are getting desperate. It’s discouraging when people fail to question what they read, see or hear.  Most young people aren’t taught to engage their critical thinking skills, and that laziness can stay with them for … Continue reading When We Think We’re Reading A News Article, But Really It’s Advertising