Among the more dispiriting debates for journalists in recent years is the one that’s picked up steam in the last few days: Should news organizations name the man who opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon last week. His name, by the way, was Chris Harper-Mercer. This should be a no-brainer. It’s the Read more →
She’s been a columnist for more than 50 years, but her family says a ‘hip ailment’ is going to keep her out of the paper for a bit. Read more →
A controversy at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University is symptomatic of an increasing reality. Commentary and opinion in journalism is declining as a roadmap to a healthy exchange of ideas. Read more →
A couple of north country newspapers are duking it out on the editorial page over an upcoming special election and the proposed copper mine on the Iron Range.
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The Associated Press today made a significant change in its writing — its ‘stylebook’ is the de facto guide in most every newsroom — which eliminates the description of climate change doubters as ‘skeptics’. Read more →
Garrison Keillor’s decision to walk away from A Prairie Home Companion means the show is going to change. And public radio listeners and station owners are uncomfortable with change.
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Milo Hamilton is dead.
The Iowa native called baseball games on radio — the only real way to follow a baseball game — for 60 years, most recently as the Houston Astros announcer. Before that he was the play-by-play man for the Cubs, Pirates, and several other teams, including the Atlanta Braves, which tied him forever to this moment.
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Diane Rehm, the NPR talk show host, lived every talk-show host’s dream this week when she called out a guest — former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a presidential candidate — for being late to her studio and calling in on the telephone instead. Read more →
Dan Olson, who for 42 years has lent his voice and talent to Minnesota Public Radio, is spending his last full-day as a member of MPR today. He’s retiring, a feat which is incalculably difficult to do in the radio business. Not many people make it that far. Read more →
Maybe we wouldn’t all be so surprised how poorly the Minnesota Vikings performed last night if the sports media hadn’t been quite so fawning during the preseason. Read more →
Dan Rather starts a new series that appears to involve getting drunk during news interviews. Read more →
This is a rather astounding piece of video from Hungary today, when the refugees who have fled war in the Middle East, broke out of a holding area and raced in search of a better life… through a corn field.
Then a TV reporter covering the story did her part to stop them. Read more →
Did you know there’s a Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg? I do (I even know how to pronounce it) and today it got me in trouble on Twitter because I did what I usually do with NewsCut, I connected unrelated (though interesting) facts with something that’s currently in the news, in this case the effort to rename Lake Read more →
In the changing media landscape, there aren’t many people who can survive in radio and TV for 34 years; it just doesn’t work that way anymore.
That’s why the announcement from WCCO reporter/anchor Mike Binkley today is worth noting. He’s done. Read more →
An announcement that didn’t get a lot of notice when it was issued on Friday prompts us to recall one of the most turbulent moments in the history of public radio — the day NPR canned Bob Edwards, the longtime host of Morning Edition.
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