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Monthly Archives: March 2008

Davidson was a thrilling underdog

On the Tuesday night before the regional finals in the NCAA basketball tournament an ESPN radio talker named Jason Smith told his audience, with every indication he was dead serious, that upsets were bad for the NCAA tournament. His theory was that ratings go down when the big teams don’t play. Horsefeathers and other strong […]

Women, sports and media: A remarkable journey

I am completing my diversity section of my Sports and Media class. Women in sports was the final topic. I wanted to show the journey of women in sports so I used the hackneyed¬† four-scene approach. Scene 1, Ypsilanti Michigan 1973. I was the managing editor of the now-defunct Ypsilanti Press.¬† Carolyn King was an […]

Are my rules for publishing controversial photos obsolete?

My friend and temporary colleague here at the Cronkite School, Ellen Soeteber, got word of a set of rules I use to teach students about using tough, controversial photos in newspapers. She asked for a copy and I gave it to her, but not without some soul-searching and musing. The list, which I call Tim’s […]

E-mails make reporting easy, but are they the road to perdition?

The Ann Arbor News kicked up an important journalistic firestorm when it refused to pose e-mail questions to University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman for a compelling investigative story on academic standards for athletes. Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn fueled the firestorm when he labeled the Ann Arbor News’ action “churlish.” he complete quote […]

Our audience is a different problem than we thought

At long last there is some articulation to the obvious fact that audience is not the biggest problem for newspapers. It’s all about the advertising. The latest State of the Media report and Rick Edmonds on Poynter.org discuss a decoupling of news and advertising. “The heart of the problem, especially for newspapers, is not loss […]

Call to arms: The economy demands new coverage ideas

(This entry also appears on http://www.businessjournalism.org/) Polls are telling us the economy is more important than Iraq. Business journalists on businessjournalism.org site told us in late 2007 that economic issues were going to crucial this year. The starting question is does your news report reflect that? All aspects of the economy should be appearing more on […]

I suddenly feel a lot worse about the future of newspapers

An intellectual tornado hit me Thursday morning. I am suddenly feeling inadequate and frightened about the future of newspapers. I am a pretty positive guy, and I try to keep this blog fairly upbeat. That tornado has severely shaken my confidence. The tornado was named Reid Hoffman, and he is the co-founder of Linked In. […]

Press releases, cost cuts and the search for values boundaries

Declining resources are creating some newsroom necessities that are uncomfortable for a lot of editors and reporters. Shortcuts which would never have been considered 15 years ago are becoming a part of daily operational procedure. The dilemma is what ethical values and boundaries survive these shortcuts and which ones become quaint artifacts of a wistful, […]