CCTV America fights credibility issues, reaches audiences far beyond the U.S.

WASHINGTON – CCTV America must constantly battle the perception that its funders in Beijing are slanting its news broadcasts, but that may not be the case – or at least it may be an exaggeration. That was the word from Mike Walter, a news anchor at CCTV America, who spoke at Monday's CCLP Communications Leadership Forum here in Washington DC. "We have to work every day to build credibility," he said. "We have to work harder than other networks."…

Geneva Overholser on Abramson and Sulzberger: The Two Who Couldn’t Tango

This guest post was written by senior fellow Geneva Overholser. Follow the discussion on her personal blog. The reasons for Jill Abramson's firing as editor of The New York Times are no doubt many and complex. But one thing is clear: the editor-publisher relationship failed, spectacularly. This classic journalistic partnership, when it works, is like a good marriage. Full of successes and challenges, warmth and tension, it requires constant open communication and full-hearted dedication on the part of both parties. Also loyalty. A good editor ensures that the publisher is never blindsided. A good publisher ensures sufficient editorial independence to do good…

Senior fellow Geneva Overholser moderates OSCE open journalism event in Vienna

Senior fellow Geneva Overholser moderated OSCE's May 5 event in Vienna, Open Journalism and the Open Road Ahead. The event is the first in "a series of meetings among experts, policymakers and regulators touching on the practice and terminology of Open Journalism, legal issues, accountability and regulatory challenges."…

Al Jazeera exec stresses need for high quality, in-depth journalism with USC Annenberg faculty

Ehab Al Shihabi, interim CEO at Al Jazeera America, joined fellows of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) and other USC Annenberg faculty members on Monday April 28 for a salon-style discussion. The meet-and-greet set the stage for possible collaborations between Al Jazeera America and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "I just want to say what a privilege it is for us at the Annenberg School to have this chance to just have a brainstorming session," said CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan. "Thank you very much for having us here," said Al Shihabi. "I…

Startups wonder: When will they stop the presses?

"Most U.S. print newspapers will be gone in 5 years." – USC Center for the Digital Future, Dec. 14, 2011 "We'll continue to have a newspaper 7 days a week for many years to come…" – Mark Thompson, CEO, New York Times, March 26, 2014 So how many more years will newspaper presses keep rolling? I know. This is a bit of a fool's errand. It's impossible to know. But it's also an important question – both a marker of the media revolution's course and an imponderable that news startups wrestle with as they imagine their futures. I found myself…

Entertainment Journalists Discuss Their Challenges at CCLP Forum

Since the rise of Hollywood in the 20th century, the entertainment industry has infiltrated every aspect of our culture — and our news outlets. From Variety to Entertainment Tonight to Perez Hilton, entertainment news has become mainstream news. But what is entertainment journalism, and how is it different from gossip? At our February 11th forum, students asked professional journalists how to break into the industry and report on meaningful stories at a time when updates on Justin Bieber can take precedence over serious reporting. Titled "Spotlight on Hollywood: Behind the Scenes in Entertainment Journalism", the USC Annenberg School of Journalism/Center…