CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1988
Bravo to The Times for David Shaw's article on news media self-examination and self-criticism. One aspect of the awesome power of the press that was not addressed in Shaw's article, however, is its capacity to mold public opinion and elicit political responses. In this context, I believe recent coverage of the RTD would make an excellent case study for journalism students. Shaw's description of reporters having "preconceived notions" when pursuing stories and relying upon "unnamed sources" as the basis for unsupported conclusions is clearly demonstrated in the RTD case.
July 4, 1996 |
Prosecutors charged three men Wednesday with a 1978 double murder in which four other men had been wrongly convicted and imprisoned for nearly two decades. The four walked out of court free but angry men Tuesday, and the next day prosecutors charged Juan Rodriguez and Ira Johnson, both 36, and Arthur Robinson, 42. Also implicated in the crimes was Ira Johnson's brother Dennis, who died in prison a few years ago. Robinson was ordered held without bail pending a hearing on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000
John Hohenberg, 94, scholar, former journalist and administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes. Hohenberg, a New York native, began his career as a reporter for newspapers in Seattle and New York. He covered some of the biggest stories of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, including the 1935 trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann--the man convicted of kidnapping Charles Lindbergh's son--and the creation of the United Nations and Israel. He later taught journalism at Columbia, the University of Tennessee and Harvard.
March 5, 2009 |
After talking to journalism students at Stony Brook University recently, John Houseman of New York's WPIX-TV left behind 18 new video cameras. Houseman, assistant news director at WPIX, had enlisted students at the Long Island campus as contributors to his news operation with an investment of $119 per camera. He wants the budding journalists -- as well as students at Fordham, Rutgers and New York universities -- to send in material if they see something they believe to be a story.
April 29, 1997 |
KCET-TV Channel 28 and KCRW-FM (89.9) are among the local broadcast outlets that plan special programs today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. KCET's public-affairs series "Life & Times" will present a 90-minute edition at 7:30 p.m. discussing what progress has been made in the areas of race relations, job opportunities and police-community relations. KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?"
March 11, 2010 |
An Illinois man who has spent more than 30 years in prison for a 1978 murder asked that much of the evidence pointing to his innocence be dismissed, and on Wednesday a judge agreed. But Judge Diane Gordon Cannon asked that Anthony McKinney sign an affidavit stating that he understood the consequences. The evidence that could free him was unearthed by Northwestern University journalism students on a project for the Medill Innocence Project. Prosecutors have subpoenaed the students, their professor, a private investigator working with the project, the grades students received for their research and their unpublished notes, among other things.
June 13, 1999
Barry Farrell's compelling account of the Symbionese Liberation Army shootout ("In a Let-Burn Situation," May 9) brought back memories of that incredible day. As executive producer for KNXT News (now KCBS-TV, Channel 2), I was involved in what, almost accidentally, became the seminal event in the birth of "live"minicam news coverage. The minicam came of age on May 17, 1974. But since then, it has permitted competitive TV news producers to blur the line between news and entertainment.
December 18, 2001
Three cheers to Norah Vincent for her Dec. 13 commentary on Laura Bush, "A Graceful Ballast in the Battleship White House." Vincent accurately paints a picture of a quietly competent and gracious first lady, one who lends long-overdue dignity and decorum to the White House. But shame on Vincent for denigrating Hillary Rodham Clinton with unnecessary potshots and politicizing the commentary. Laura Bush is a class act and, as she has proven, can stand on her own two feet. William Gray Long Beach Spare us the overreaching prose of writers like Vincent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1990 |
Two hours after lime-green smoke escaped from the fusillade of what was supposed to be a downed DC-4 Saturday, student reporter Lesley Hall was roaming among volunteers feigning life-threatening injuries, trying to capture a few good quotes. But a police officer who had twice driven her off the field spotted her and said, "Hey, put her in the van," and locked her up with a grief-crazed victim.
January 17, 1995
Chapman University appears to be the exception to your story on the decline of interest in journalism among students ("Passion for Print," Dec. 22). At Chapman, the number of journalism majors has more than doubled in the past three years, and the number of students working on the independently run student newspaper has nearly tripled. The newspaper has increased in pages from four to 24. Among the prospective freshman who visit Chapman and declare English as their likely major, the most popular emphases are journalism and creative writing.