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Steve Boriss

Steve Boriss teaches the class "The Future of News" at Washington University in St. Louis, blogs at at TheFutureofNews.com, and offers services through The Future of News, Inc. to help news organizations, corporations, and agencies succeed in the emerging news environment.
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AP’s New ‘Accountability Journalism’ Is a Sham

Friday, July 25th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Amidst charges of bias, the AP decides to put even more opinion in its articles.

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TV News in the Post-Russert Era

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

We should mourn the tragic loss of Tim Russert — but not the inevitable loss of network news.

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The Fight for Free Speech: Will We Be the Greatest Generation?

Sunday, June 8th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

It will require a hands-on effort to keep our government's hands off the Internet — but it is a battle worth waging.

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Is the Associated Press Good for America?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Did you ever wonder why the same coverage with the same slant appears in nearly every U.S. newspaper? Look no further than the influence of their monopolistic wire service.

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News Should Be Neither Fair Nor Balanced

Monday, April 21st, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

For most of U.S. history, the press has reflected a multitude of voices competing in a freewheeling marketplace of ideas. What's wrong with that?

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News Without Reporters

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Reporters are a dying breed - and that may be a good thing. After all, America got along fine without them once before.

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The Power of New Media on the Presidency

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Old Media only looks alive and influential, argues Steve Boriss. In fact, New Media has played a decisive role in this presidential election.

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If You Can’t Figure Out How to Vote, Blame a Teacher

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

"We're a nation of ideological illiterates, if not ideological idiots," sighs Steve Boriss, who blames America's public schools for failing to teach a proper political education. Instead of teaching the core principles between the right and left, our children are indoctrinated with a hopelessly monolithic curriculum of Republicans versus Democrats. It's a far cry from what Jefferson envisioned.

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Media Blinders Impede a Colorblind Society

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

Can't we all just get along? No, says Steve Boriss -- not until the media establishment stops dividing us by race and everything else.

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How Monica Helped Bring Down the Mainstream Media

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

The Monica Lewinsky scandal left a stain on the U.S. mainstream media that will never come off, argues Steve Boriss. When Americans witnessed journalistic elites slithering out of their responsibility to call immoral behavior by its name exactly a decade ago, they were never trusted again.

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You’re Fired! The Media Don’t Get to Pick the Democratic Nominee Anymore

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

The Old Media has thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of guiding the Democratic nomination to the candidate with whom they and the Beltway establishment felt most comfortable, writes Steve Boriss. Unfortunately for them, those days are over - and the 2008 results in Iowa proved it.

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What Journalism Schools Should Be Teaching

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 - by Steve Boriss

The New Media revolution has left J-schools grasping for relevancy, writes Steve Boriss, who helpfully offers his blueprint for a 21st-century curriculum. Lesson one: the customer is always right.

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We’re All in the Entertainment Industry Now. Journalists, Too

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

There's no business like show business, writes Steve Boriss - which, unfortunately for many journalists, is no business they really know. It was true with newspapers and TV but the Internet has really sealed the deal - news is entertainment.

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Is the Hollywood Writers’ Strike a Recipe for Disaster?

Friday, December 7th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

The Hollywood writers' strike has been portrayed in the media as a David vs. Goliath battle: poor righteous writers versus the huge evil entertainment empires determined to hang onto their billions in profits from Internet distribution. Steve Boriss begs to differ.

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British Invasion Hits U.S. Media

Thursday, November 29th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

The biggest British influence on American culture since the Beatles is transforming our news. Steve Boriss welcomes the invaders with open arms: it's about time someone spiced up our "snoozy, prissy and haughty" media outlets, he says.

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Thomas Jefferson Wouldn’t Think Much of Modern Journalism. Blogging – That’s Another Story…

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

Though journalism as we know it didn't exist when the First Amendment was written, today's reporters don't hesitate to make the case for their importance by citing a famous Thomas Jefferson quote. Steve Boriss contends that mainstream news is the opposite of what the third president thought it should be.

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The Mass Media’s Mass Hysteria Over Google

Friday, November 16th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

Mainstream journalists are terrified that Google News will steal their power, but Steve Boriss argues that there are more serious threats to the media than a site that "is nothing more than a dumb, machine-driven aggregator of news from other sites."

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Yellow Journalism: The Golden Age of American News

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

Scandal-mongering! Sensationalism! Hyper-nationalism! Don't believe everything you read. The smearing of "Yellow Journalism" was nothing more than a "successful and semi-permanent power grab by elites that allowed them, and not the people, to control news for a century," writes Steve Boriss.

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Inside the Mind of Murdoch – News Corp’s Path To Domination

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007 - by Steve Boriss

Unlike his competitors in the news business, Rupert Murdoch knows the importance of keeping customers happy, writes Steve Boriss.

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