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January 15, 2016

Moving CTNewsJunkie Forward

by Doug Hardy | January 15, 2016 10:58pm

Recently, we shut off commenting on the site for a variety of reasons — most of the comments had become repetitive and mean-spirited. A lot of the comments were clearly in violation of our reader comment policy. As such, we deleted quite a few of them each week. We’re a small organization and we just ran out of time and energy to continually moderate hundreds of comments each week, so we called a timeout.

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January 4, 2016

OP-ED | Hartford Incident Highlights Toxic Influence of Social Media on Policy

by Barth Keck | January 4, 2016 5:29am

“New technologies alter the structure of our interests: the things we think about. They alter the character of our symbols: the things we think with. And they alter the nature of community: the arena in which thoughts develop.”
Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology


Neil Postman wrote those words in 1993, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more insightful description of the digital world in 2016.

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December 31, 2015

OP-ED | Media ‘Heroes’ For The Holiday Season

by Terry Cowgill | December 31, 2015 9:30am

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For journalists across the country during the holiday season, the word “hero” usually conjures up images of those who feed the hungry, give presents to poor children, or travel to spread Christmas cheer to our troops abroad. Not this year. The holiday hero of 2015 is himself a journalist.

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December 10, 2015

OP-ED | A Home For Open Dialogue Or A Deluge Of Venomous, Misleading Tirades?

by Barth Keck | December 10, 2015 4:30pm

“We’ve really tried to keep the discussion civil and delete comments that are inappropriate, but we are unable to keep up with the amount of incivility and rudeness so we are suspending comments for a while to reassess. The core mission for us is in providing as much up-to-the-minute news as possible.”

CT News Junkie, Nov. 18, 2015


At no time in the history of this country has public discourse been so uncivil. “Trolls” and “flamers” now populate the comment sections of news websites — including CT News Junkie — spewing hate and vitriol like America has never seen before.

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December 9, 2015

E&P | Future Focus

by Matt DeRienzo | December 9, 2015 2:52pm

The Web disrupted print. Mobile disrupted the Web. Dominant social media and tech platforms are threatening the very idea of media brands as a consumer destination. Easy access to free content eroded subscription revenue. And now the last big source of money supporting journalism is threatened, as the concept of advertising itself is disrupted.

There’s a common thread through almost every major upheaval publishers have faced over the past 10 years. The digital transformation was not primarily a change from paper to screen, but a fundamental shift of power from brands to individuals.

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November 18, 2015

Time Out

by Christine Stuart | November 18, 2015 12:34pm

We’ve really tried to keep the discussion civil and delete comments that are inappropriate, but we are unable to keep up with the amount of incivility and rudeness so we are suspending comments for a while to reassess. The core mission for us is in providing as much up-to-the-minute news as possible.

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November 13, 2015

OP-ED | At Wesleyan, A Shocking Disrespect For Free Speech

by Terry Cowgill | November 13, 2015 5:30am

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These are dark days for free speech and campus journalism. Just in the last few years, there have been countless examples of campus strife over who can say what and when. One of the latest concerns Wesleyan University in Middletown, where the student government has retaliated against The Argus for publishing an op-ed that was moderately critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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November 9, 2015

OP-ED | Thank A Veteran For Free Speech

by Barth Keck | November 9, 2015 3:24pm

As we commemorate Veterans Day this week to “thank and honor living veterans who served honorably in the military,” special appreciation is due Bryan Stascavage, a veteran currently attending Wesleyan University.

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August 4, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: Thank You

by Doug Hardy | August 4, 2015 10:37pm

We are happy to report that readers came through and helped us reach our end-of-the-session fundraising goal. We had set a target of $6,500 and we hit that number Tuesday on our way to an eight-day total of $6,833 . . .

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August 3, 2015

CTNewsJunkie Turns 10: In New World Of Media, Watchdogs Need Community Backing

by Matt DeRienzo | August 3, 2015 9:22am

As CTNewsJunkie celebrates a decade of existence this summer, it’s a good time to emphasize two things: Its reporting on state government and politics is needed more than ever, and its community of readers will need to rally behind it if CTNewsJunkie is going to survive in a rapidly changing media world.

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