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Michael Bugeja

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I am the director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. I joined NewsTrust because journalists have to earn the trust of online users and cease believing that this is the same audience as their print product. I am trying to help students in Iowa use online journalism as a transparent medium for their sourcing, documents and databases, giving the viewing public access to the same tools that create and inform objective journalism. As for my background, I worked in the 1970s for United Press International. I also am author of several books, including Living Ethics Across Media Platforms and Interpersonal Divide, by Oxford University Press. My research has been cited by The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Economist and The Futurist. I write regularly for the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. I also have written creatively and am a National Endowment for the Arts fellow with publications in Harper's, Poetry and Kenyon Review.

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Location: Ames, Iowa, United States
Occupation: Author, Writer, Journalism Director, Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Interests: State of News Media, Technology, Science, Creative Writing
Expertise: Journalism, Higher Education, Poetry, Creative Writing
Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: German
Politics: Right
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
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Address: Hamilton Hall 101A, Greenlee School, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50011, US
Last Visit: Dec 15, 2011 - 10:51 AM PST
Last Edit: Sep 12, 2008 - 5:00 AM PDT

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 3, 2011
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5.0
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Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 3, 2011
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 18, 2011

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 18, 2011
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Oct 25, 2010

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Oct 25, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Oct 10, 2010
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5.0

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Oct 10, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2010
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5.0

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2010

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2010

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2010
Michael commented on this quote – Aug. 1, 2010

The quotation is accurate as stated. This is clearly opinion, and I verified the source through multiple links. You cannot fact-check that “everyone” feared the impact as being “much, much more”; ergo, it’s commentary from an informed source. You can fact ... More »

Michael commented on this quote – Aug. 1, 2010

Here’s the quotation:

“First of all, the success the Obama administration has had in reducing the flow of the illegal immigration to the United States is not due to his enforcement. It’s due to the recession.”

People don’t speak with ... More »

Michael commented on this quote – Aug. 1, 2010

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Michael reviewed this story - Jul 19, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.5

I keep in touch with a bevy of Washington reporters in my work as director of a journalism school and as a frequent writer for D.C.-based publications. I also have been researching this topic for more than a decade. This article captures just about everything I have analyzed or know by contact and experience. The reference to the McClatchy D.C. bureau is spot on. I first observed the disease that has led to the demise of Washington news bureaus when I was a judge two years ago for the D.C. section of the Scripps annual journalism awards ( http://scripps.com/foundation/news/releases/06jan10.html ). Why, I wondered, were so many D.C. reporters covering Iraq, Europe and South America? Then it occurred to me: Those overseas bureaus ... More »

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.5

This is one of the first comprehensive stories on the exaggerated and, in some cases, covert elements of the swine flu "pandemic" that really wasn't much of that, either.

The report cites lots of sources and is fair, balanced and accurate--even the headlines use words like "linked to" rather than "guilty of" and "raises questions" rather than "indicts."

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Michael posted this story - Jun 5, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jun 5, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 31, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.0

This is poor quality journalism on the one hand, and good follow-up on the other, concerning a story that occupied us for two years and that I and others familiar with the Centers for Disease Control suspected was exaggerated--as my posts to NewsTrust.net will show: the so-called swine flu pandemic, on which our government spent billions. Vaccines were late or recalled, just as in 1976.

A mere 2,125 deaths were attributed to H1N1 in 2009 by the CDC in the United States, with total flu deaths approaching 42,000. (Seasonal flu kills 36,000+ each year.)

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 31, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed and starred this story - May 16, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.4

This is the first comprehensive report that does not rely on BP spokespersons but scientists who put into context the scope of this disaster, noting that the spill has created 10-mile plumes that will migrate, reduce oxygen levels in the water, kill wildlife and pollute the seas for decades to come.

This story also documents BP shortcuts in safety. Not only did this cause an environmental disaster but also killed 11 crew members.

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Michael posted and reviewed and starred this story - May 16, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.4

This is the first comprehensive report that does not rely on BP spokespersons but scientists who put into context the scope of this disaster, noting that the spill has created 10-mile plumes that will migrate, reduce oxygen levels in the water, kill wildlife and pollute the seas for decades to come.

This story also documents BP shortcuts in safety. Not only did this cause an environmental disaster but also killed 11 crew members.

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Michael posted and reviewed and starred this story - May 16, 2010
Michael posted this story - May 6, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 6, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.2

The quality of this report is not in the sourcing, context or depth, but in the multimedia use to show via animation and videography (other tabs) just how this containment device by BP is supposed to work.

A fuller report would have cited more environment sources as well as people and businesses affected by the spill, which could be put into better context as each day becomes more of an Exxon Valdez.

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Michael posted and reviewed this story - May 6, 2010
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Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 25, 2010
Michael's Rating
2.4

This isn't quality journalism; it's a "news story" based on a report provided by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with the reporter garning a few sources to comment on the report, with a bias toward--are you ready?--banks. The story doesn't state what banks went under. Rather, the FDIC is cited as "never" doing that to prevent a run on those banks. If so, then, why does the FDIC post the list? (See my links.) Bad bank journalism.

Get out of the newsroom, head for a failed bank, and document the scene. Go to the people first and then to the government, generating human interest rather than FDIC public relations.

The names of the banks on the list are never made available to the general public by regulators out of fear that depositors at those institutions may prompt a so-called ... More »

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Michael posted this story - Feb 23, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Feb 23, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
4.1

This is a classic case of journalists holding those in power accountable--in this instance, Obama's pledge to hunt down Osama bin Laden. The article posits whether this was mere campaign rhetoric.

Journalists are supposed to ask difficult questions and put elected leaders on the spot. They also are supposed to follow up on campaign promises. See link from CBS News.

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Michael posted this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael posted and reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael reviewed this story - Jan 12, 2010
Michael's Rating
3.3

ABC News, which tries to maintain a middle ground between Fox's conservatism and CBS's liberalism, reports the Republican response to what some might deem racist comments from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, appearing in a new book. To Reid's credit, he does not deny that he said the comment. Comparisons to the Democrats' response to a similar incident involving Trent Lott are included.

This is a barometer of U.S. news values and political correctness and how the latter can overshadow health care, which Reid is spiriting through Congress for President Obama.

News that Reid praised Obama’s electability as a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” could ... More »

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