Horrible taxes, corrupt politicians, but GREAT pizza

Horrible taxes, corrupt politicians, but GREAT pizza
I consider myself to be a lifelong Chicagoan. I was born in Cook County, and have lived in the Chicagoland area most of my life. I’ve learned many things living here, the first being never buy gas in Cook County, the taxes are always higher. I learned as Gov. Blagojevich (referred to by Tribune columnist... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago media debate

Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago media debate
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to make regular appearances on Chicago Tonight, the news program of public television station WTTW. The discussions, which began on May 13 and are due to be held every 4-6 weeks, are to look at city issues with various reporters with the program. The topics decided are at the discretion of... Read more »

Twitter experimenting with TV timelines

Twitter experimenting with TV timelines
Last March, Twitter unveiled an update on iPhone which revealed an experiment it was conducting when it came to watching television and interacting with it live. The experiment, called TV Timelines, sees a new interface when it came to certain programs, including the Fox reality competition American Idol and the CBS comedy The Big Bang... Read more »
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Can Snapchat lead in social media journalism?

Can Snapchat lead in social media journalism?
Social media has been at the forefront of communication, as well as leading an influence in how people get news, whether its the results of Britain’s general election or the news that the Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild to advance to the NHL’s Western Conference semifinals. Facebook and Twitter have been at the helm of... Read more »

After Letterman, a more social late night TV

After Letterman, a more social late night TV
Next week, David Letterman will retire from television, after a 33 year career that saw the creation of two late night TV franchises, NBC’s Late Night and CBS’ Late Show. Letterman will have been hosting the Late Show for 22 years on May 20, with 11 years of his career being spent at NBC, leaving... Read more »

Public broadcasting funding preserved, for the moment

Earlier this week, I wrote an op-ed for this blog advocating for the funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides federal funding for the nation’s public television and public radio stations. Last Thursday, the Senate had approved a joint resolution outlying the federal budget for the 2016 fiscal year, which included funding for... Read more »
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Why America is better with public broadcasting

Why America is better with public broadcasting
It was 46 years ago this month. In a hearing room at the US Capitol, Fred Rogers appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications. The subcommittee, chaired by Senator John Pastore of Rhode Island, was examining the funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the organization that provides federal grants to public television and radio stations... Read more »

In UK election, talks of a hung parliament

In UK election, talks of a hung parliament
Political campaigning continued in the UK Monday, as the parties make a final campaign sweep ahead of Thursday’s general election. But at the center of the campaign lies the possible question of a hung parliament, with recent opinion polls conducted over the weekend suggesting the possibility of no party’s MPs reaching a majority of seats... Read more »

The #royalbaby: A top trend on Twitter

The #royalbaby: A top trend on Twitter
The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her second child Saturday, and the news was of particular interest on social media, especially Twitter. As previously mentioned on this blog, royal officials broke the news on Twitter before the traditional placing of the easel at Buckingham Palace. Officials at Kensington Palace tweeted the news at 11:09am... Read more »
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Duchess of Cambridge baby news will post on Twitter first

Duchess of Cambridge baby news will post on Twitter first
The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted into the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington borough of London early Saturday. In an announcement on Twitter, Kensington Palace confirmed the Duchess was admitted at 6am London time (12am Chicago time) after traveling by car from Kensington Palace. The announcement of the birth of the... Read more »