I’m taking a pass on a Top 10 list this year because I’m not that crazy about 9 of the top 10, reflective, perhaps, of my inability to get out more this year, due to declining health and the difficulty of keeping the blog updated when I’m not in a position to do so. Like it or not, page views are the coin of the realm for people who need to justify their existence as bloggers. Read more →
Looking back now, it should have been obvious that Claas Relotius was ginning up his stories for the German magazine Der Spiegel, stories for which he won award after award until he was fired on Wednesday.
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Too many journalists never learn an important lesson and from the sound of press releases flying around about a TV show investigating the disappearance of Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit, who hasn’t been seen since disappearing 23 years ago, a common mistake is about to be repeated. Read more →
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has taken the undermining of the free press to a new extreme, posting a Facebook video railing against an investigative journalism organization that has partnered with his state’s biggest newspaper. Read more →
For sure, the business is hard economically, and has been since Marconi. But over the years its method of advancement also provided networks with a steady stream of seasoned journalists. Only the best survived the winnowing process. Read more →
Nothing can save a journalism career like a little attribution. And yet, every now and again, we hear the stories of journalists who lift the work of other journalists and pass it as their own.
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Newspeople can get a bad rap. Sometimes they deserve it. For sure, it’s difficult to condense a lot of information into the bite-sized morsels that result in local TV news. But sometimes, the telling can do immense damage, particular if journalists think that every story must have a good guy and a bad guy.
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Nobody is in a more precarious position in assessing a person who hasn’t been buried yet than the nation’s journalists, as NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen makes clear this week in her column. Read more →
Having patted himself on the back (according to White House sources) for keeping a civil tongue during the days of services for former President George H. W. Bush this week, President Trump returned to the security blanket of Twitter late Thursday.
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Journalists and presidents have sparred for far longer than many of us have been alive, but for a few old-timers who still remember the Nixon administration, it was hard not to take a trip down memory lane to see how the things have changed in the category of ‘shocking’ at presidential news conferences. Read more →
If you want election results next Wednesday morning, you apparently won’t find them in the newspapers of one of the biggest chains in the country, and that’s just the way Gannett wants it. Read more →
Western Wisconsin’s Hudson Star-Observer says it will no longer publish hate letters, “letters that threaten or that incite crimes including violence against anyone and for any reason. Period.” Read more →
There’s a growing trend — particularly among smaller newspapers — that’s doing nothing to improve the political climate. The newspapers are charging to have a letter to the editor printed in the local paper and posted online. Read more →
Having listened to NPR coverage of Hurricane Michael this morning, it just wasn’t registering. “The city of Tallahassee, known for its extensive tree canopy, says ‘thousands of trees are down,’ causing widespread damage and blocked roads,” but I couldn’t figure out what the reporter was trying to convey. “Dozens of houses on the narrow strip Read more →
Fox News is still providing online coverage of the rallies, but Politico claims the White House is concerned that the president is losing an important megaphone.