When a profession gets politicized

This is a fascinating warning on how the field of psychology is rapidly being politicized. The root cause? The majority of the practitioners in the field are of the same political philosophy which ends up in an impenetrable groupthink. Differing opinions start being labeled as psychological problems, a dangerous trend. Now ask yourself if other professions (say, journalism, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 23 to 2) might be falling into a similar trap.

Midday Commentary on the Weekend News – June 8, 2015

Ben over at Fox 13 pulls an awesome one out of thin air. Take it away, Jake Anderegg! • The Lehi representative stepped in it deep coming out against the prison and claiming he had support from colleagues, which he does not. But then the real fun began when he went to court over a speeding ticket. Two things here: First, I think the good representative is probably right about police clocking speeders in one zone and ticketing them for that speed in slower zone. That’s a crap move, Five-Oh.…

Eight Stories Getting More News Coverage Than Justin Miller

You’d think that the story of a sitting member of the Utah House of Representatives embezzling a good $34K from one of the state’s brightest political stars would end up creating an endless stream of front page news. Instead, the Utah media got in their initial stories and have been almost entirely silent. Even folks like Paul Rolly and Pat Bagley who delight in poking powerful people in the eye have been keeping their mouths shut (because I suppose it’s only interesting if a Republican does it). But, apparently, other…

Is UtahPolicy.com doing click-bait polling on same-sex marriage?

UtahPolicy.com recently released a new poll declaring a several-point shift in public opinion regarding same-sex marriage in just a few months. Unfortunately, it’s also misleading and inaccurate. The margin of error (MOE) of both polls is a cause for concern. While 2.5% is considered very good, the UtahPolicy.com polls only manage a MOE of 4.9%. This is a function of using a very small sample size, just 400 total respondents. Of course, using a larger polling sample will cost a lot more money, but getting away with a relatively large swing is…

Seven Reasons It’s Getting Harder to be a Print Reporter

Reporters are being laid off in waves. Pressure from Wall Street on print media is requiring change to century old business models. And police seem increasingly willing to use force when reporters are in the way. Here are seven reasons it’s getting harder to be a First Amendment warrior in the Age of the Internet.

Why newspaper business models are failing

The alternate reality of the Save The Tribune folks is quite amusing. In their world, the Evil Mormon Cult™ is running a conspiracy to rob Utah of the One True Voice of News in Utah. The ultimate reality, though, is that the Tribune is an often solid product chained to a failing business model. An inability to adapt a legacy model to changing conditions is nothing new. The recording industry fought digital distribution tooth and nail before iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, and many others ended up forcing their hand. The movie and…

Male, middle-aged, moral, and…miserable? No, not the Republican Party.

What is predominantly male, middle-aged, miserable, underpaid and over-educated? Journalists, according to an Indiana University study reported in The Atlantic. They’re also predominantly liberal. Somehow, though, that left leaning bias (this is among all journalists, not just the politicos) hasn’t led to income parity between male and female reporters, for whatever reason. According to the study: Among the more negative findings are that U.S. journalists today are less satisfied with their work, less likely to say they have complete autonomy to select stories, much more likely to say that journalism is…

The Death Of The Tribune’s Business Model Doesn’t Mean Journalism Is Dead

Yesterday, Jesse Harris wrote that the Salt Lake Tribune should die, and the arrogance of the “Save the Tribune” petition and movement is just further proof of why. He argued that traditional print media’s business model is failing, and no softly bigoted campaign to save the Tribune from the evil clutches of the LDS owned Deseret News will change that. The response from journalists was swift and aggressive. And much of it just further proves Jesse’s point. While I do see a need for full-time, professional journalism because part-time, unpaid bloggers can…

The arrogance of “Save the Tribune” proves it should die

Here’s a hypothetical scenario: your favorite grocery store has been in a partnership with supermarket giant Kroger to help reduce its operating costs. Even though it’s been trying really hard, it just doesn’t seem to be able to make it as a business and keeps downsizing. Then the possibility comes up that Kroger may be interested in buying out your store. In response, a few die-hard fans of the local grocery store start proclaiming that if that happens, you’ll never be able to buy groceries in the town again. Sounds…