: views from the Hill

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Grade The News

Grade The News: Evaluating Print and Broadcast News in the San Francisco Bay Area from A to F (a project of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State).

Interesting stuff, including

1) Make the Call -- What would you do if you were the editor?

2) Bouquets and brickbats

3) Articles include

SF Examiner and Independent agree to end payola restaurant reviews.

The Examiner used some restaurant reviews as an advertising tool.

After San Francisco Examiner and Independent restaurant columnist George Habit told Grade the News he is really an ad salesman who uses the column to reward advertisers and solicit ads from eateries, the newspapers have decided to label the column as advertising. Mr. Habit described how payola works in the news business.

By John McManus
Posted Sept. 13, 2005

4) More!, including The Coffeehouse, an online discussion forum.

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