Signals & Noise

Can you even take a break from media in today's world?  Even if you shut off all the broadcast sources and your web browser, there's a good chance a friend will call or text or email with something new--and potentially outrageous--from the world outside. 

We relish the chance to talk about happenings in the media in a monthly segment we call Signals & Noise.  Our regulars are from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi. 

Never a dull moment in the media biz, especially in a summer of blockbuster movies, racist tweets, and presidential candidate debates. 

Once a month we invite two members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University to discuss happenings in the media.  We're not complaining, but hoo boy, there's a lot to talk about, especially since we define media broadly, from cyberspace to books. 

The two recent Democratic presidential debates are plenty of fodder for a discussion of items in the media.  But there's always more, much more, available for our monthly Signals & Noise segment. 

We bring in Southern Oregon University Communication faculty members Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi for a wide-ranging discussion of media topics, both about content in the media and news about the media themselves. 

"We are not in the news business," said a Facebook executive recently.  The remark followed Facebook's refusal to take down a doctored video of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that appeared to show her slurring words. 

So that's one thing we can talk about in this month's edition of Signals & Noise.  There are always plenty more topics, as we survey a crowded media landscape that never sleeps. 

Our regulars from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi, return.  

A Marvel superhero movie sets an opening weekend record, "Game of Thrones" returns to HBO for its final season, and the White House Correspondents' Association holds its annual (and toned-down) dinner. 

As usual, there are many things to talk about in this month's edition of Signals & Noise.  S & N is our media overview with Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay, members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

Tune in for hot media topics--which change constantly--and analysis from our guests. 

The 24-hour news cycle is more intense than ever; sometimes it feels like a 72-hour news cycle crammed into a single day. 

Numbers aside, there's always plenty of material when we convene our monthly media roundup, Signals & Noise.  Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University join us for a wide-ranging perusal of items in the media. 

And when we say media, we mean everything from the latest electronics to books... and beyond. 

The 24-hour news cycle is more intense than ever; sometimes it feels like a 72-hour news cycle crammed into a single day. 

Numbers aside, there's always plenty of material when we convene our monthly media roundup, Signals & Noise. 

Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University join us for a wide-ranging perusal of items in the media. 

And when we say media, we mean everything from the latest electronics to books... and beyond. 

We get new lessons in use and abuse of the media all the time.  Was the kid from the Catholic school smirking?  Did the Native American man get in his face? 

That's just one situation we discuss in this month's edition of Signals & Noise, our monthly perusal of media.  Our regulars return: Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay from Southern Oregon University's Communication department. 

Journalists tend to groan when they talk about the 24-hour news cycle.  Events move so fast, there's seldom time to bask in the glow of a job well done... because new events knock the big stories out of the headlines almost immediately. 

Our monthly survey of the media landscape, Signals & Noise, attempts to take in events in news and non-news media.  And just a day after our last session, we had five new items to discuss. 

Our regular partners from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, Precious Yamaguchi (subbed this month by Chris Lucas) and Andrew Gay, work hard to keep up. 

Ads And Polls And More: Signals & Noise For November

Nov 7, 2018

Consumed any media lately?  The flood of news and ads that comes with any major election seemed relentless of late. 

But that gives us plenty to talk about in our monthly survey of the media landscape, Signals & Noise. 

Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University keep tabs on many events in media, and we talk them over with your input. 

Supersized Media: Extra-Length Signals & Noise

Oct 17, 2018
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Massive coverage of a new Supreme Court justice, a possible presidential candidate taking a DNA test, and a Saudi journalist missing and presumed murdered. 

That's just one sentence of recent happening in the media landscape, a landscape we survey once a month in our Signals & Noise segment. 

Our regulars return: Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay, communication teachers at Southern Oregon University

Non-stop Media: Signals & Noise

Sep 12, 2018

Bob Woodward, of Nixon-era fame, publishes a tell-all about President Donald Trump in his new book. The New York Times publishes its own tell-all in an op-ed written by an anonymous source working near the president. And Nike features an ad with Colin Kaepernick's face overlaid with text that reads: "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Sounds like another exciting month in the media business, up for discussion in our media segment, Signals & Noise. 

Our guests, Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi, teach young people about the media at Southern Oregon University

A major big-city newspaper (New York Daily News) lays off half of its editorial staff. 

Its former owner runs into fresh interference at the FCC in an attempt to create a mega-group of television stations. 

And people keep tweeting... lots and lots of tweets.  Just another month in the media in 2018, a month we cover with our friends from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay discuss media in a broad range, from books to digital media. 

Signals & Noise & New Building & VR

Jul 6, 2018

It seems appropriate that we have a robust discussion of the media in JPR's brand-new home. 

Monday, July 9th, will be the first day in the long-awaited (49 years) history of JPR broadcasting from someplace OTHER than a basement.  And our friends from the Communications faculty at Southern Oregon University return for this month's edition of Signals & Noise. 

Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi will discuss items in a broad range of media, from virtual reality to books.  In fact, we plan to use a VR camera to record this first live segment in the new place. 

Remember when news got to us once a day, maybe twice?  Yeah, we barely do either. 

It bombards us all the time, through news and tweets and texts and more. 

Once a month we take stock of the media landscape with Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay, who teach Communications courses at Southern Oregon University

It's another rich month of material to consider: think Roseanne Barr and the tweet that killed a TV show. 

Comedy fans may have known who Michelle Wolf is, but the rest of the country learned her name after the recent White House Correspondents Dinner. 

Wolf's razzing of reporters and administration mouthpieces is just one of many developments in the media in the last month. 

And it will come up for discussion when we reconvene with Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay of the Southern Oregon University Communication faculty.  They visit once a month for an omnivorous media segment we call Signals & Noise. 

If we had more money, we could probably turn our monthly Signals & Noise media segment into a 24-hour service. 

There's just THAT much to talk about in the media, all day and every day.  Especially since we define "media" broadly, to include everything from modern social media to books. 

Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University are our regulars.  We tee up some key issues in the media--like the promo copy all the anchors of Sinclair TV stations were required to read--and discuss. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida was an upheaval in political and media realms. 

The surviving students made their displeasure with gun laws and other factors plain immediately, demonstrating once again the power of new media--social media--in today's world.  That's just one topic we'll take up in this month's Signals & Noise segment. 

That's our monthly conclave with Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay, members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

We are not kidding when we say the media landscape changes at lightning speed in today's world. 

Who would have thought major news organizations would quote the purported comments of the president and say "s**thole" on the air?  But it happened, just hours after the last Signals & Noise segment. 

That's our monthly conclave with members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

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Trump and The Book.  Those four words make an impactful statement at the moment, as the White House deals with the revelations in Michael Wolfe's book "Fire and Fury."  

That's one of several major stories simmering on the media stove at the moment. 

Others: Oprah at the Golden Globes, net neutrality gets a vote in Congress, and more. 

There's always something new to digest and discuss in Signals & Noise, our monthly conclave with members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

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