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Aug 18, 2017

Emmy Awards are often the shining point of a career for those in broadcast media. A group of UNLV journalism students netted the prestigious award for work they conducted before graduating college.

Aug 9, 2017

For anyone who has small children and an internet connection, you’re probably familiar with the trend of Kinder Surprise Egg videos on YouTube. At first I was totally perplexed when my youngest started watching these. Eventually I learned from other moms that Kinder Surprise Egg videos were “a thing.”

Aug 8, 2017

Toymaker Mattel wants to get kids’ attention, and it’s going online to do it. The company announced this week it will spend at least $10 million on advertising this year on Google’s YouTube Kids platform. It’s the company’s biggest ad buy online to date.

Jul 17, 2017

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if a thousand words were worth a picture? That’s the idea behind the Painted Stories series created by Eric Miller, president of the Writers of Southern Nevada. His goal is for artists to use the words of local writers to turn a blank canvas into a work of art.

Jun 8, 2017

Jenny Hurtado, a young Hispanic woman from Las Vegas, has overcome all sorts of adversities that have come to her in life, and today this young woman who is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, has created a scholarship to help undocumented students from the valley.

May 26, 2017

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon. The Guardian’s report illustrated how stressful and fast-paced the environment is for Facebook’s content moderators. They often only have 10 seconds to review something, and the guidelines that govern what is acceptable on the site are not always consistent.

May 4, 2017

Facebook now has 1.94 billion users, an increase driven by mobile growth, the company said Wednesday as it released another strong earnings report. But questions loom about whether the social network can adequately deal with some of the content posted by its growing audience.

May 4, 2017

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material - including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda - off of its site.

May 1, 2017

Well if you need to grab a pint of brew and an excuse for it, look no further than the MonteLago Beerfest.

Apr 19, 2017

Stevens also Facebook lived a rant boasting a killing, boasting about the killing and a number of people he blamed, including his ex girlfriend. Those videos were shared thousands of times.

Apr 19, 2017

Facebook said Monday it took too long to identify and take down videos of the fatal shooting Sunday of an elderly man and his alleged killer's plan and live confession — a series of disturbing incidents that have again raised questions about the giant social network's ability to address objectionable material on its platform.

Apr 10, 2017

UNLV has named Kevin Stoker as the new director for the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, effective July 1. Stoker previously served as senior associate dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. His research interests include media ethics, the evolution of journalism and creative approaches to public relations. His professional background includes work as a print reporter and freelance writer.

Mar 20, 2017

Michael Easter has always been interested in health, so the career path that has led the Utah native to UNLV, where he has been an adjunct professor of health journalism since August, makes perfect sense.

Jan 25, 2017

For President Trump, negative news coverage must be the handiwork of partisan enemies. Ironically, the intelligence agencies took much the same approach when they assessed Russian interference in the election. Though it got much less attention than the analysis of hacking, the report released on January 6 includes a lengthy discussion of the Kremlin-funded TV network RT. No less than Trump’s diatribes about “the dishonest media,” the agencies’ examination of RT serves to remind us that media criticism isn’t a job for the federal government.

Jan 24, 2017

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Women's Marches across the country the day after, many social media feeds have been inundated with political posts.

Jan 6, 2017

Over the past few months, Facebook has pushed an ad campaign that works to demystify its latest big feature: the ability to stream video, live.

Jan 6, 2017

Mobile video is changing the way we witness crime, from live footage of a mentally disabled man tortured by four assailants , to a recording that led to the manslaughter conviction of an Israeli soldier , to the body cameras designed to keep police accountable.

Dec 15, 2016

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas will continue to operate its jazz station after a proposal to outsource management to Nevada Public Radio prompted a backlash from students.