Bill Kirtz

write on media topics for trade and general circulation magazines; teach varity of print journalism courses.


Sinking platform, rising truth: Highlights from Shorenstein Center’s 25th anniversary

While a distinguished veteran reporter voiced concern about the erosion of traditional journalism values in the Internet age, two prominent new media thinkers said the Web provides more and richer information than conventional news outlets.

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NY Times’ Abramson: ‘Long-form narrative is not only alive but dancing to new music’

Forget the digital doomsayers, said Jill Abramson. “Long-form narrative is not only alive but dancing to new music.”

Other prominent journalists echoed The New York Times managing editor’s optimism about thriving in a Twitter age at Boston University’s annual narrative Read more

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How award-winning investigative reporters earn readers’ attention, impress advertisers

Have people tell their own stories with interactive tools. Maneuver around cost-conscious editors. Consider cooperating with other media groups and journalism schools.

Investigative reporting award winners and finalists offered those tips Tuesday at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center.

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Frank Rich, right, accepted the annual Goldsmith Career Award from Alex S. Jones, left, Director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, which sponsors the awards. (Heather McKinnon/Shorenstein Center)

Frank Rich: ‘I wanted to hang it up at The Times while I still enjoyed it’

New York Times veteran Frank Rich acknowledges journalism’s current dilemma: “How to make money when information wants to be free.”

But Rich, accepting the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism at Harvard Monday night, said, “The news business will … Read more

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Zucker: NBC tried to buy Huffington Post for 18 months, couldn’t agree on price

Just-ousted NBC Universal president and chief executive Jeff Zucker today praised AOL’s $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post. He said NBC had tried for 18 months to buy the popular blog but “could never agree on price.”

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Carroll: AP a guardian of openness, with 1,500 FOIA requests in 2010

WikiLeaks’ lauded and condemned release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables doesn’t change responsible news outlets’ responsibility to weigh national security concerns against the public’s right to know and to verify information and put it in context. And whatever the technology, … Read more

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Maddow: ‘The Country Hates the Press’

Rachel Maddow’s contention that conflict, not calm reflection, attracts audiences drew little disagreement from a Harvard audience she spoke to Sunday. But some held out the hope that new technology will let more responsible voices be heard.

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Goodman: Avoid ‘food fight journalism’

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman advised serious reporters to embrace, not avoid, complexity.

At Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism on May 4, Goodman said winners and finalists for J. Anthony Lukas book prizes “work against the very strong tide of … Read more

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Goldsmith Honorees Offer Tips on Investigative Journalism

Top journalists detailed how they turned tips into groundbreaking series Wednesday at Harvard. During a panel discussion, finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the winner stressed the need for long-term commitment to produce memorable stories that lead … Read more

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Does Political Journalism Focus on the Trivial?

Trivia or legitimate front-page news? Journalists and political commentators sparred over the difference Friday in a discussion of presidential coverage at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

One example of trivia trumping vital subjects, said … Read more

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