Friday, December 26, 2008

Memorable trends, quotes and events in journalism in 2008

Greig Dymond writes:

The news this year was dominated by the economic meltdown, various political campaigns and ongoing wars. The media not only reflected and reported on that reality, but sometimes became a part of those stories. Here’s a sampling of some of the unforgettable trends, moments and quotes from 2008.

Silliest media moment of the year: CNN’s hologram

On U.S. election night, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer could hardly contain his excitement as reporter Jessica Yellin beamed into the picture via a “hologram” from Chicago. “It’s still Jessica Yellin and you look like Jessica Yellin and we know you are Jessica Yellin,” Blitzer enthused. Yellin herself added, “It’s like I follow the tradition of Princess Leia.”

CNN called it a hologram but, technically speaking, that wasn’t right. Whatever. The effect looked like something from Star Trek, circa 1966.

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