December 20, 2012 |
WHYY-FM has won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast and digital journalism. WHYY shared the award with Harrisburg station WITF-FM and NPR for a jointly produced series of radio and Web reports on issues related to natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The awards were announced at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York City on Wednesday morning. The announcement praised the project, "StateImpact Pennsylvania," as "an important model for reporting on local issues.
June 2, 2012 |
Dance of the lowercase companies! Kate Watson-Wallacer and Jaamil Kosoko, dancer/choreographers who recently formed anonymous bodies, and Megan Bridge and Peter Price, who make up a team they call fidget, have paired up this weekend at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Both partnerships engage in dance theater, live music, on-site installation, multimedia, social justice and political themes, and audience involvement. In a trend that's been growing, if diminutively, they titled their show "us. " Another trend that's been around for a while has the performers on stage and going through their paces before the show begins.
January 18, 2012 |
ORAL ARGUMENT last week in the Supreme Court in FCC v. Fox Television Stations questioned whether "fleeting expletives" on TV are protected speech under the First Amendment. The Federal Communications Commission seeks to punish Fox TV for a live broadcast of an excited award winner uttering the "F" word to express her joy. The Appeals Court held that such censorship violates the First Amendment. Several justices wanted to protect children from "indecency," which has no definition, and on that score alone they would violate the First Amendment.
January 7, 2012
Charles Waldo Bailey 2d, 82, former editor of the Minneapolis Tribune and coauthor of the Cold War thriller Seven Days in May , died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. "He was a newspaperman. He was a journalist. He loved newspapers and he really believed in the role of newspapers in the community," his daughter Victoria said. "His reporters, his writers, really liked working for him. " A Boston native, Mr. Bailey became a Tribune reporter in 1950 after graduating from Harvard University.
September 12, 2011 |
In the late 1960s, Nessa Forman would show up at 7 a.m. in the composing room of the Evening Bulletin, the only woman there. As the first-edition deadline neared, she directed the men who moved columns of metal type into the forms that produced that day's feature pages. Though not long out of graduate school, Ms. Forman was already respected. On Saturday night, Ms. Forman, 68, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at WHYY Inc. from February 1983 to July 2007 and arts and leisure editor of the Bulletin when it closed in January 1982, died of pancreatic cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse.
August 2, 2011 |
Fox News commentator and former NPR news analyst Juan Williams calls himself the worst kind of bigot on the very first page of his new book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate (Crown, $24). "I am a bigot," he writes. "I hate Muslims. I am a fomenter of hate and intolerance. I am a black guy who makes fun of Muslims for the entertainment of white racists. " Williams, who will discuss the book Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library, is, of course, being sarcastic.
March 24, 2011 |
The news media haven't figured out what label to pin on James O'Keefe, the wily troublemaker whose hidden-camera sting could be the smoking gun that leads to a cutoff of further federal funding for NPR. The press has resorted to all kinds of fanciful descriptions, dubbing O'Keefe a conservative activist, guerrilla documentarian, gonzo journalist, modern-day muckraker, independent filmmaker, citizen-journalist, daredevil videographer and video-sting impresario....
March 18, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - With wounds still fresh from a hidden-video scandal, NPR was dealt another blow Thursday when the House approved a bill that would block the flow of taxpayer dollars to the media organization. The legislation, approved along party lines, 228-192, was rushed to the floor by Republican leaders a week after an NPR executive was caught on tape appearing to make disparaging remarks about conservatives and the tea party movement. The executive and NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller resigned over the issue, even as questions linger over whether the comments were fairly represented by the conservative activist who edited the video.
March 18, 2011 |
THE HOUSE of Representatives voted yesterday to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense. Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations, especially rural ones, of access to programs such as "Car Talk," "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition. " The bill passed along mostly partisan lines. The prospects of support in the Senate are slim, so this may be a lot of yammering about nothing.
March 9, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned in the wake of comments by a fellow executive that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting. The chairman of NPR's board of directors announced Wednesday morning that he has accepted Schiller's resignation, effective immediately. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said in a tweet that Schiller was forced out by the board. A hidden-camera video of an NPR executive calling the tea party racist and saying the network would be better off without federal money has led to that executive's immediate resignation.