journalism

Firing of Times Editor Fuels Equal Pay Debate

Posted on 05/16/2014 by |Senior Editor, Money Team | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & Savings | WorkThe abrupt firing this week of Jill Abramson, the first female executive editor of the New York Times, once again puts a spotlight on unequal pay between men and women doing similar jobs, as details continue to leak. The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta provided some Times salary numbers. When Abramson became executive editor in 2011, her salary was $475,000, or $84,000 less than her male predecessor’s pay that year, Auletta reports.  Also, during the three years she served as Washington bureau chief, she made $100,000 …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentAnd so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Fact-Checking the Pundits: Ready to Watch Them Squirm?

Posted on 11/1/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPolitiFact, the website that measures statements by politicians and talking heads against the public record, must be doing something right. Right-wing commentator/politician Sarah Palin once demanded to “fact check the fact checkers.” From the other end of the political spectrum, TV commentator Rachel Maddow says PolitiFact is “terrible.” Starting Nov. 4, the folks behind PolitiFact will double the fun by launching PunditFact, taking exclusive aim on “pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.” >> Sign up for …

Golden Days, Quiet Memories

Posted on 10/30/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeThe leaves of the maple trees have turned an iridescent gold along the Oregon coast and in the inland woods, suggesting that each leaf shines from an inner glow generated by the sun. Among them in perfect harmony are the deep reds of the amber leaves, adding to the chromatic mix that creates the beauty of nature’s clock, ticking off the days to winter. It is autumn, after all, and the beauty is but a hesitation between seasons, when the …

Walter Cronkite’s WWII Letters Home in New Book

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayBefore he was the voice of his generation and “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife. Now his namesake and grandson, Walter Cronkite IV, has complied the letters in a book, Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The grandson, a recent college graduate, is working in Washington these days at, of course, CBS News. That’s where Cronkite, who died in 2009, anchored the evening news after …

Al Neuharth: 5 Ways USA Today’s Founder Changed the Newspaper

Posted on 04/21/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThere are two schools of thought about USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who died on April 19 at age 89 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Some think he helped ruin the newspaper, an institution older than our country itself, by turning it into a paper-and-ink imitation of TV news. Others think he helped modernized a desperately outdated medium and, in so doing, perhaps staved off its demise. Either way you choose to look at it, though, the former Gannett CEO was …