Latoya Peterson


In TechCrunch world, readers value interpretation as much as information

This week, thousands of people descended on San Francisco for Tech Crunch Disrupt where the start-up focused conference is in full swing with Michael Arrington, found and former editor for TechCrunch, in attendance. Being ousted from the roost of his … Read more

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‘Marriage Vow’ pledge misrepresented slavery facts, media repeated mistakes

A peculiar candidate pledge made national headlines this last week and exposed some of the cracks in our collective media foundation. The “Marriage Vow,” created by conservative religious group The Family Leader, was presented to Republican candidates as a … Read more

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Twitter does not need an editor, just time to evolve

Are tragic movie deaths considered newsworthy? What about Twitter users’ penchant to Rise and Grind? Social media has blurred the boundaries of traditional news organizations by allowing journalists and taste-makers to patch into a daily conversation around trends.

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Police say an 11-year-old girl was raped in this abandoned trailer in Cleveland, Texas. Eighteen men -- ages 18 to 27 -- have been accused of participating in the attack. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

New York Times, Houston Chronicle tell different stories of 11-year-old’s rape

The New York Times finds itself embroiled in controversy after publishing an article on a horrific gang rape that occurred in Cleveland, Texas. Citizens (most notably young feminist organizer Shelby Knox) are striking back, taking to Change.org to demand that … Read more

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How Gawker’s redesign subverts the scannable culture of the Internet it helped create

It’s only Tuesday, and already it has been a tough week for Gawker Media.

The popular blogging house announced its plans for a brand refresher back in December, part of Nick Denton’s grand vision to move “beyond the blog.” Denton … Read more

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From Sarah Palin to Christine O’Donnell, Coverage of ’08 Election Reverberates in 2010

The 2008 landmark election cycle marked the first in which a white woman and a black man threw their hats in the ring to compete for the highest office in the land. Predictably, these acts opened America’s Pandora’s Box of … Read more

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Humorous News ‘Warning Labels’ Hint at Serious Challenges for Media

Last week, Boing Boing, the popular technology and culture blog, trained its spotlight on a hilarious and painful project by British comedian Tom Scott. He created a set of printable warning labels meant to alert consumers to some of the … Read more

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Use Authentic Experiences, not Formulas, to Talk about Race

Watching and reading news reports about race in America is a depressing endeavor. Just this week, race has dominated the headlines, from racism in the ranks of the tea party to USDA’s Shirley Sherrod being dragged through the mud based … Read more

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What’s Next for Blogging at News Orgs Post-Weigel?

The level of obsession by media insiders around the demise of David Weigel as a Washington Post blogger reflects the changing nature of today’s journalism values.

Weigel’s work straddled the world of the new and the old, incorporating norms from … Read more

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Why Keith Olbermann Flounced from Daily Kos

Why did Keith Olbermann break up with political website Daily Kos? The answer highlights the tension professional journalists must resolve as they experiment with different audiences and relationships.

Olbermann, the host of MSNBC’s “Countdown,” has been a heavy participant at the political website the Daily KosRead more

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