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Danish Magazine Journalisten Quotes Prof. Jeff McCall '76

June 21, 2004

June 21, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Jeffrey McCall, professor of communication arts and sciences at DePauw University, is quoted in the August 2004 issue of Journalisten, a publication focusing on media issues that is published in Copenhagen, Denmark. The article examines the concerns legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite has expressed over staff cutbacks at the major television news networks and their implications in terms of quality of journalism.

Cronkite tells the magazine, "To tempt viewers, focus is now on celebrities. The change has happened at the expense of mere traditional, hard news stories especially from abroad. It makes us more ignorant." The story, which is published in Danish, goes on to introduce Dr. McCall as being from "DePauw University in Indiana," and quotes him as saying, "Far from all cutbacks in editorial staff can be explained by the introduction of new technology. If suddenly two world events should need coverage simultaneously, the big networks are very vulnerable. They don't have enough people to do it, let alone the resources to provide critical coverage."

Access the text online by clicking here.

Jeff McCall is a 1976 graduate of DePauw and is frequently quoted in stories on media issues. Read about his May 5 appearance on FOX News' O'Reilly Factor here.

Source: Journalisten (Denmark)

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