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Journalist Roundtable: Analyzing Media Coverage of Recent News

Posted on · It’s been a busy stretch for those who cover the news. You may feel some media outlets have done well, and others not so much, while reporting on everything from the terrorist attacks in Paris to recent unrest on college campuses to this month’s election here in Houston. From time to time on the program […]

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Journalist Roundtable and Light Pollution: Wednesday’s Show (November 18, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been a busy stretch for those who cover the news. You may feel some media outlets have done well, and others not so much, while reporting on everything from the terrorist attacks in Paris to recent unrest on college campuses to this month’s election here in Houston. From time to time on the program […]

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In the Internet Age, Is There Still a Place for Professional Critics?

Posted on · In the age of Yelp and Amazon and Rotten Tomatoes and other online resources which aggregate hundreds or even thousands of reviews of just about anything from just about anyone, what role is left for local professional critics? We talk it over with University of Houston Professor of Communications Garth Jowett.

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Syrian Refugees in Houston: Thursday’s Show (October 15, 2015)

Posted on · Millions have been displaced as a result of Syria’s civil war. While many have fled to Europe, some are also coming to the United States. And once again, Houston seems to be the ultimate destination for a number of migrants and refugees. We learn why on this edition of Houston Matters, as we talk with […]

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Remembering the Houston Post, 20 Years After its Demise

Posted on · As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post’s demise. Today, we look back at the history and identity of the Post with former […]

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The Houston Post, Cancer Costs, and Swing Dancing: Thursday’s show (March 12, 2015)

Posted on · As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post’s demise. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back at the history and identity […]

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How Prevalent Is Plagiarism in the Media and the Classroom?

Posted on · CNN host, author and columnist Fareed Zakaria was accused recently of plagiarizing articles for several publications, including the Washington Post, which says it’s adding editor’s notes to four of his columns online. The Post is the fifth news organization to conclude work published by Zakaria appears to have attribution problems. But he’s not the only journalist who has been accused […]

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Orion Launch Scrubbed, Plagiarism, and Repticon: Houston Matters for Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Posted on · Space City watched closely this morning as, following several delays due in part to high winds and a sticky rocket valve, NASA scrubbed today’s launch of the Orion capsule aboard an unmanned Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA hopes to launch Orion tomorrow. Once launched, Orion will orbit the Earth from a height of 3,600 miles, then drop back into the atmosphere […]

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What’s the Role of College Newspapers in An Online World?

Posted on · The University of Houston’s student newspaper, The Daily Cougar, has announced that it will drop the “daily” from its name and only publish once a week – on Wednesdays – while shifting its focus to online journalism. It’s the latest in a trend of college publications scaling back and devoting more time to online journalism, […]

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Reinventing Texas Education and the Future of College Media: Houston Matters for Friday, August 29, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has examined big changes this year for public school students in Texas. Incoming freshmen are learning about new high school graduation plans. There’s less standardized testing, and more vocational classes. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Laura Isensee about her series […]

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How Does News Coverage Affect Our Perception of Crime in Houston?

Posted on · If you watch a local newscast in Houston, plenty of the half-hour will surely be devoted to crime. And that’s pretty typical in a major city. But how crime is covered by media here affects our perceptions of crime. We’ll discuss that with Mike O’Neill, an Executive Producer at KHOU CBS 11, Wayne Dolcefino, a […]

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Magnet Programs, Media’s Coverage of Crime, and a Song for Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Nov. 12, 2013

Posted on · We’ve heard about the woes facing publishing – notable newspapers have shifted to online services, reducing or eliminating their print editions. Long-standing magazines have ceased publication. But as major papers and magazines scale back or disappear, how are Houston’s local community papers doing? Are they picking up the slack? Expanding? Surviving? On this edition of […]