neil foote

Instead of running for president, here's what Oprah should do, says UNT journalism professor

During this year's Golden Globe Awards, the legendary Oprah Winfrey delivered an impassioned speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award that spurred a buzz about her potential to run for president of the United States. That idea would seem far-fetched if another billion-dollar TV star didn't make a bid and win the presidency. How's that working out for us? Just because an individual has extremely high brand recognition – and popularity in some circles – does not mean that they should run for political office.

Don't get me wrong. Oprah's success is phenomenal. Her message at the Golden Globes was vastly more powerful than...

UNT professor weighs in on inappropriate behavior at work

People who live in glass houses need not cast stones. Well, that’s the phrase that’s echoing in my head as we see yet another journalist fired for “inappropriate behavior in the workplace.” Add to the list NBC’s Matt Lauer joining CBS’ Charlie Rose, not to mention Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and the late Roger Ailes. It’s an understatement to say that this is all too troubling. These allegations cut right at the core at the role of the journalist and the character of a workplace environment. Transparency and credibility are just two of the tenets that are supposed to separate trained journalists from citizen journalists and random...