Comcast and Time Warner just can't control themselves

Robert G. Picard Friday, 20 February 2015 23:00
Comcast and Time Warner are awaiting regulatory responses to their application to merge and become the dominant player in cable television provision in the U.S. If permitted, the combined firm will control about 2/3rd of the broadband cable market and about 40% of the entire broadband market in the U.S. (which is used for both cable and the...

The critical distinctions among news provision, information provision, and journalism

Robert G. Picard Tuesday, 27 January 2015 15:30
The explosive growth of digital news and information providers is forcing news organizations to recognize their diminishing significance to users of digital devices, but many remain bewildered about how to respond.
This challenge is difficult because many news personnel do not make distinctions among news provision, information provision,...

Why attacks on journalists are inevitable

Robert G. Picard Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:30
The attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed at least 12 people today is probably the largest deliberate killing of Western journalists since the bombing of the Los Angeles Times a century ago.  It draws attention to the fact that journalism is becoming an increasingly dangerous profession and reminds us that at...

The growing newsroom struggle over journalistic narrative and presentation

Robert G. Picard Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:30
The majority of newsroom hires in many news organizations today are digitally oriented personnel with titles such as web developer, data scientist, interactive digital designer, social media editor, engagement manager, and digital content editor.
These job titles say a great deal about news organizations' strategies of servicing audiences across...