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  • Scottish newspaper supports independence, sees sales rise | The Guardian | The Colbert Report | Reddit

    Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldtheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25″ percent, Hudson writes.

    Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. (The Scotsman recently ran an article floating the idea that independence serves ISIS’ interests.) Other “big titles – including the Daily Record, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Dundee Courier – have sat on the fence, pursuing a neutral stance in the interests of editorial impartiality,” Hudson writes.

    George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that the media has “shafted the people of Scotland” with “fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic.” As Monbiot notes, pro-independence Scots have complained about the BBC’s referendum coverage, and some protested at its Glasgow headquarters Monday.… Read more

  • Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans think news does not portray them accurately

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    38 percent of African-Americans believe “the news they consume does not at all accurately portray their community or does so just slightly,” a new report from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute says. 37 percent said news outlets portrayed blacks “moderately” well, and only 6 percent said news orgs represented them “completely.”

    Hispanics were more likely to say portrayals of themselves in the media were accurate — perhaps because they “have access to a sizable amount of Spanish language media on television, including the national network Univision, as well as media online from other countries,” the report says, while the African-American press “has contracted to the point where there are no longer daily print African American papers (they are either weekly, or less frequent and publish daily online), and cable channels aimed at African Americans do not feature a daily general interest news program.”

    23 percent of blacks said they turned to local TV news to see coverage of “their community’s people and issues,” compared with 7 percent of Hispanics, who “are far more likely to say they must turn to ethnic media to see regular coverage of their own community,” the report says.… Read more

  • Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

    If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.

    Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity varies dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances.… Read more

Rod Wood



Club President: 1976

Rod Wood?s interest in news goes back to when he wrote and published a little neighborhood newspaper while he was still in elementary school in Syracuse.
Part of his interest may have come from his father and mother, who met while they both were employed at the old Syracuse Journal -- although neither was in news.

He says he lost interest in news for a period while he became involved in drama, and even thought about becoming an actor. While in high school, he took part in a Syracuse University Drama Department program and starred in a production of ?Pinnochio.? But, after he graduated from Nottingham High School in 1960, Uncle Sam beckoned and Rod went into the U.S. Army. During his three years of military service, Rod repeatedly tried to get into the Armed Services Radio Network, but couldn?t get the Army to transfer him from his duties in the Military Police.

After his discharge in 1963, Rod applied for a job with WOLF radio in Syracuse and persisted until the station gave him a chance. His broadcasting work -- and especially his voice -- drew the interest of WNDR radio in 1964, and he was offered a job broadcasting news. Three years later, Rod moved from WNDR to WHEN, where he became the radio station?s morning news anchor and then news director in 1974. He also served as backup anchor on WHEN-TV during the nine years he was on James Street.

Rod joined WIXT in 1976 as news anchor, where he has been ever since. He currently co-anchors NewsChannel 9 at noon and at 5:30 and 6 p.m. Each night, he also brings Central New Yorkers a money talk report from Consumer Reports.

He has been on local airwaves doing the news for 38 years. In addition to his broadcasting career, Rod has worked with a number of community organizations, including several volunteer fire departments and the Red Cross.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:16 )
"It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about."
--Tom Brokaw, NBC News

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Joel Mareiniss




For more than four decades, an instantly recognizable face, a captivating smile, and a voice that was once synonymous with Syracuse University football and basketball, Joel Mareiniss earned the distinction of being a Central New York broadcast legend.
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