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May 11, 2015

OP-ED | Restore Public Accountability Over Law Enforcement Agencies

by Mitchell Pearlman | May 11, 2015 7:44am

Last year, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned some 20 years of Freedom of Information law when it concluded that police departments need only disclose a bare minimum of arrest information (name, address, date, time and charges) pending prosecution. This ruling applies even if other arrest information is not exempt from public disclosure. The Supreme Court majority itself, however, recognized that its tortured reading of the law is in need of legislative clarification.

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May 4, 2015

OP-ED | When News Organizations Take the Clickbait; ‘Viral’ Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Newsworthy’

by Barth Keck | May 4, 2015 1:37pm

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Topping the news recently were these three stories: An angry Baltimore mom demonstrates proper parenting techniques, an outspoken Pennsylvania dad schools local school leaders, and a Connecticut university president crashes a student party.

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March 18, 2015

OP-ED | From ‘Sound Bytes’ to ‘Eye Bytes,’ News Consumption Changing for Younger Generations

by Barth Keck | March 18, 2015 3:26pm

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A recent Quinnipiac University poll that found 29 percent of American voters see Fox News as “the most trusted” source for network and cable news coverage was not surprising since it’s not the first time that’s happened.

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February 5, 2015

Connecticut Officials Request More Information About Anthem Data Breach

by Christine Stuart | February 5, 2015 1:59pm

The state of Connecticut is asking Anthem Inc. for more information about a data breach that may have compromised the personal information of tens of millions of its customers.

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February 1, 2015

OP-ED | Deflated Judgment: Internet Brings Out the Worst in ‘Journalism’

by Barth Keck | February 1, 2015 11:40pm

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NOTE: I am a fan of the New England Patriots, thus indicating potential bias in the views expressed below. In other words, “confirmation bias” might be at work here. But more on that in a minute.

The media circus known as “Deflategate” served as quite the distraction before the Super Bowl, but it also had one positive effect – it taught enlightened media consumers some important lessons:

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January 27, 2015

OP-ED | Missing the Joke - the Science of Satire

by Barth Keck | January 27, 2015 11:30pm

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Recently, several of my students were confused by a question on a Media Literacy test.

The question involved a cartoon by Andy Singer titled “Advertising in Literature” in which he imagines classic novels like “The Grapes of Wrath” incorporating statements such as, “Tom Joad leaned down and untied the laces of his new yellow Nike Air Jordans.”

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January 22, 2015

Courant Seeks To Unseal Documents In Rowland Case

by Christine Stuart | January 22, 2015 2:17pm

shutterstock The Hartford Courant is seeking a federal court’s permission to intervene to unseal documents in a sentencing dispute involving former Gov. John G. Rowland.

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January 12, 2015

OP-ED | Going Viral Shouldn’t Drive News Coverage

by Barth Keck | January 12, 2015 10:39am

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As my wife and I recently toured the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., I learned something I never knew about the artist: He was painstakingly meticulous when painting his iconic scenes of Americana.

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December 29, 2014

ANALYSIS | Paywall Could Diminish Hartford Courant’s Watchdog Role

by Matt DeRienzo | December 29, 2014 6:30am


The newspaper industry needs more experiments in how to grow the revenue that funds local journalism. We’ve lost hundreds of reporters in recent years following the decline in print advertising and circulation, and companies’ failure to replace it with enough digital revenue.

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December 23, 2014

Frontier Customers Vent, Company Executives Promise Better Service

by Cara Rosner | December 23, 2014 6:30am

Courtesy of CT-N Frontier Communications customers got the chance to voice their complaints directly to company officials Monday during a meeting of the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

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