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Terry McDonell Lead Candidate for CUNY J-School

Terry McDonell, the former Time Inc. veteran, is a lead candidate to succeed Steve Shepard as dean of CUNY’s graduate school of journalism. The New York Post reports that McDonell is one of three finalists being considered.

McDonell is competing against Steven Waldman, the co-founder of Beliefnet and current CEO of Daily Bridge Media, and Sarah Bartlett, a former assistant managing editor at Businessweek and founder of CUNY j-school’s Urban Reporting program and its Business & Economics subject concentrations.

McDonell had been with Time Inc. from 2002 to 2012. He spent a large chunk of that time as editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group.

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How Online News Is Destroying Local Reporting

There’s been an explosion of online news reporting, but amid all this abundance, an extreme shortage is emerging. According to the New York Times, a recent federal study has shown that local reporting is suffering to the point that we are actually hurting democracy! “Coverage of state governments and municipalities has receded at such an alarming pace that it has left government with more power than ever to set the agenda and have assertions unchallenged,” the Times concludes.

The purpose of the study was to “assess the health of the media industry” and “determine whether government policies that affect the industry are in sync in the digital age.” But what it actually revealed was that cutbacks in local reporting and newspapers have had a massive ripple effect through the media system, eroding important local coverage. And there is little to be done about it, until the local news industry somehow becomes more robust.

Steven Waldman, a former journalist for Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report journalist, joked about what could be done to the Times: “A ban on press releases?”

A joke, but perhaps an interesting theory. In the absence of unbiased information, is no information an improvement?

FCC Appoints WSJ Contributor Waldman New Media Advisor

153346689_3823fcad42.jpg The FCC has named Steven Waldman as an adviser to the chairman in its office of strategic planning. According to MediaWeek, Waldman will “lead an open, fact-finding process to study the impact of technology and a weakened economy on the future of media, and make policy recommendations.”

If these policy recommendations have anything to do with the FCC’s recent proposed Net Neutrality Principles outlined by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski last month, Waldman’s past job experience puts him in a good position to weigh both sides of the argument for new Internet regulations.

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