Moral Roots: The Real Difference between Liberals and Conservatives

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.  Haidt suggests these moral roots affect more than politics/religion.  It affects what kind of dog we choose and where we go on vacation
Watch his TED conference talk here.

Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral.
Jonathan Haidt studies how -- and why -- we evolved to be moral.

Social Network Profile Costs Woman College Degree

Forget losing your job, apparently your MySpace or Facebook profile and photos can now cause you to lose your degree, reports Sarah Perez on   Perez writes: federal judge has ruled against a former student of Millersville University of Pennsylvania who was denied her college degree because of an unseemly online photo and its accompanying caption found on her social network profile.

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Deja Vu All Over Again?

While searching I came across this dated, but telling, list of media layoffs from 2000-2003.  If you are looking for work, take heart.  Our business is cyclical, times will get better!

Job prospects for journalists have improved in 2003, but some companies are still cutting jobs or leaving some jobs unfilled. Below is a list of layoffs in the past 2 1/2 years, with the news source listed after each item. The list totals about 30,000, and includes editorial and business side cuts. The list only reflects published reports of layoffs.

February 2003

  • Red Herring says March 2003 will be its last issue after publishing for more than 10 years; 31 staffers lost their jobs.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb 28, 2003).
  • San Francisco Examiner fires most of its staff (about 40 staffers); two reporters, three editors and two columnists remain. The paper may become a free city daily.
    (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 22, 2003).
  • Reuters reports record loss, plans to eliminate 3,000 jobs worldwide. (Reuters, Feb. 16, 2003).
  • Missoula, Montana’s Missoulian, a Lee Enterprises paper, lays off nine workers. (Missoula Independent, Feb. 10, 2003).

    Traditional news outlets turn to social networking Web sites in an effort to build their online audiences.

    Can Facebook and Twitter save the beleaguered mainstream media?

    That is the question posed, and answered, in an American Journalism Review article by Arielle Emmett.

    Maybe not by themselves. But news organizations increasingly are turning to social networking tools in their efforts to compete in a challenging and fast-changing media landscape.

    Vivian Schiller, outgoing senior vice president and general manager of, says social media marketing is one of several essential strategies for disseminating news online – and for surviving.

    “Though the long-term viability of any individual social networking site or technology is completely unproven,” Schiller says, “readers will engage with each other and share stories. That is a given.”

    Can Facebook and Twitter save the beleaguered mainstream media?

    The Gloves are off: Local TV Vs. The Newspaper

    How far we’ve come from the days when convergence with the local newspaper was the secret sauce to success. Our groundbreaking convergence at WQAD-TV and the Rock Island Argus in ’00-’03, produced some great journalism, but not much revenue. I had hoped for bigger things when managing the process between WTMJ-TV and the Milwaukee Journal in ’03-’04.

    Fast forward to 2008 and the bareknuckled sparring as TV and Newspapers battle for what’s left of the local revenue.

    In Austin, TX and Little Rock, Arkansas, the local media seems to be turning on itself.

    In Austin, the American Statesman makes fun of local reporters with a new promo promising “While other media is still getting ready to go on air, our reporters are already there getting the story.”

    While in Little Rock, a local print coumnist is taking on KATV-TV and its new “you choose the news” feature. John Brummett writes, “I am so old that I remember when news professionals… decided with supposed professional and experience-seasoned expertise what to assign reporters to cover. We didn’t take a poll. We didn’t ask anonymous yahoos with laptops and BlackBerrys and other telephonic gadgetry to click on some icon and dictate our activities.”
    Cory Bergman writes on the battle at
    Print journalist blasts new feature

    How do we hire “Right-Brainers”?

    I must give credit for this Big Idea to my wife.  She is a devoted Oprah fan.  Former Al Gore speechwriter Daniel Pink was on Oprah’s satellite radio show.

    Pink wrote A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. The book offers the argument that we are entering a new era where right-brained skills such as design and storytelling will become far more crucial than traditionally left-brained skills such as accounting and computer programming.    THIS MAY BE THE NEW HOPE FOR US. Pink calls this the “conceptual age” — where thoughts and ideas matter more than technical skills (which, if they can be defined, can be outsourced).

    Pink was on Oprah’s Satellite Radio show:

    Daniel: We live in a world where facts are everywhere. If we wanted to know the gross domestic product of Ecuador, my kids could find that online in 15 seconds. What matters more now is the ability to put facts into context and deliver them with emotional impact. And that’s what a story does. We have in our head something called story grammar. We see the world as a series of episodes rather than logical propositions; when your spouse asks, “How was your day?” you don’t whip out a PowerPoint presentation and a pie chart. Instead, you narrate: “First, this happened, and you’ll never believe what happened after that…,” and so on. In our serious society, storytelling is seen as being soft. But people process the world through story. Companies are now using a product’s backstory as a way to differentiate items in a crowded marketplace.


    Now, take this test to see if you are left-brained, or right-brained: