Making Sense of the Media

Journalists can no longer be certain that when they write they will get paid.

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Making Sense" project says that there has been a big debate in recent weeks over journalists being asked to give up some of their words for free.

Most people probably don't care that a cute animal video they laugh at on "YouTube" is fake.

But shouldn't professional news organizations be more picky about what they put on the air as news?

Making Sense of the "Harlem Shake"

Feb 23, 2013

If you haven't seen the "Harlem Shake" videos sweeping the internet, that says something about how plugged in you are to the World Wide Web.

That's the conclusion of Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project."

If you are completely unplugged, here's a a brief explanation of the Harlem Shake.

These are 30 second videos of people dancing crazily to a tune by New York DJ Baauer.

What does ending Saturday mail delivery have to do with the media?

Well, Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project" says there are still some kinds of media that use snail mail.

"There are two categories of news that traditional come through the mail," McBride explains. " One is magazines, and many of the news weekly magazines are delivered on Saturday. And then, the second, there are certain community newspapers that rely on the post office to distribute their newspapers. These are predominantly small...rural communities."

The Super Bowl is the Last Gasp of Old Media

Feb 2, 2013

The Super Bowl may be the most watched TV event of the year, but in this multi-media age it's also the last gasp of old media.

Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making Project" says that while the Super Bowl continues to draw bigger and bigger TV audiences, it's just not the way people experience media anymore.

Why Deadspin Beat ESPN to the Manti Te'o Story

Jan 25, 2013
ABC Notre Dame

Most of us have heard the story of Notre Dame Linebacker Manti Te'0 and his girlfriend that didn't exist. She was an internet hoax.

The real story of his imaginary girlfriend wasn't told by the big sports media organizations that had helped spread the myth to begin with.

No, the bloggers at a sports website called "Deadspin" broke the news.

That doesn't really surprise Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's Sense Making Project.

"Deadspin is known as a, sort of, in your face, I'm gonna stick my finger in the eye of the big guy sports website," she said.

The Journal News

The debate over gun violence in America was re-ignited with the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Shortly after the shootings, the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., ran a story with the names and addresses of registered gun owners in the area.

The newspaper said that it felt "sharing the information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings."

However, the newspaper's action caused another firestorm, with one New York State senator immediately proposing to remove the names of registered gun owners from the public record -- making them available only to law enforcement.

To Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making" project, this is what can happen if journalists aren't careful with how they use public records.

Craig Kopp Politifact Interview

Dec 31, 2012

This is WUSF's interview with Poynter Institute's Politifact editors. It originally aired 12-12-2012.