McGuire on Media

Monthly Archives: September 2007

Ex-publisher confessions, open meetings and juror insights

Today’s entry will be a bit of a grab bag and I’ll let other people do the heavy lifting. Alan Mutter’s currrent blog entry features a dynamite piece from an ex-publisher who sold his paper to a big corporation in the 90’s. Characterizing the piece is difficult.  It is alternately angry, reflective, scolding and ultimately damning […]

Let's get the journalist part right in student journalist

Alleged student journalists are garnering attention and headlines for all the wrong reasons. Two recent controversies  should remind us of the importance of standards as we sort through the vagaries of a new journalism world order. Kathleen Parker has never been one of my favorite  columnists, but her piece which appeared in many newspapers Wednesday is […]

“Watching the big whales flounder, while the little newspaper fish thrive.”

“Watching the big whales flounder, while the little newspaper fish thrive.”  Speech to the Arizona Newspaper Association Delivered by Tim J. McGuire, Sept. 22, 2007  Coming up with titles for speeches 8 months ahead of time is very dangerous business. This one seemed clever and cutting edge when I came up with it, but it […]

Star Tribune decision should not surprise anyone

Par Ridder is out of the Star Tribune for at least a year and Star Tribune executives are still saying they are surprised. That surprise is not universal. After carefully reading 39 pages of  the opinion of Judge David C. Higgs I was grateful that after all the legalese, voluntary and involuntary waivers, and other […]

The Connecticut Post case by the Poynter numbers

I consider Al Tompkins one of journalism’s great natural resources. His broadcast work for Poynter has always been stellar and he’s a wonderful  character to boot. My old buddy Al made a curious choice this week when he wrote about the Connecticut Post’s decision to print the names of jurors in a major murder trial. Tompkins […]

Two small signs of the unspoken challenge

It’s been easy pickings for newspaper critics to laugh at newspapers for their “failure to get with the 21st century.” The Economist argued a year ago that newspapers have ignored reality. Other contend that newspapers just didn’t change fast enough and that’s hard to argue. Jack Schafer of Slate and others understand that like the […]

Let's not make the death of newspapers self-inflicted

I’ve made little secret about my belief that Tom Friedman’s book The World is Flat is crucial to any understanding of the business and future of journalism.  It was a must-read in my class on that subject last spring. I believe it should form the basis of every newspaper executive’s strategic look toward the future.  Friedman’s […]

The AP/Google Alliance sends bad signals to newspapers

Alan Mutter’s piece on AP and Google is a must read.  I am tempted to say, “What he said!’” Mutter beautifully describes the decision by Google to divert traffic  away from publishers and broadcasters by linking directly to news of AP, AFP, UK Press Association and Canadian press.  Consumers will no longer follow an AP […]