McGuire on Media

Monthly Archives: September 2009

Some tidbits on ESPN.com/newspaper threat, Don Ohlmeyer and Pat Forde

My old friend Phil Meyer called it right when he commented in this article about ESPN.com entering Chicago. Phil called it another “nail in newspapers’ coffin.”  ESPN’s spokesman, Paul Melvin took a much politer tack.  “As a company, we are fans of newspapers, and not believers they are going away. They face challenges that will […]

Trying to find the right tone when "left wing technologists" grab all the attention

Perhaps the wisest thing I read this summer was this fine articulation of an idea I’ve been talking about for months. Rick Edmonds, the media business guru for Poynter Online wrote this: “Put another way, a transition to robust digital options and aggressive experimentation are still good strategies for newspaper organizations. But I might tap […]

Effective public relations writing from the mind of a retired editor with a dose of "stickiness"

I have been serving on a non-profit board at the Franciscan Retreat Center (The Casa) in Scottsdale for over a year. Because of the appreciation for my background with writing, the requests to write documents for every part of the Casa were overwhelming. If I fulfilled all the requests, writing church messages could take up […]

Twitter may not save the world, but its power to make me feel for Patrick is awesome

On February 9 at 1:55 p.m. I filed my first ever Tweet. It read: “This is my maiden voyage. Call this the old man and the technology sea.” My world did not shake. My emotional moorings remain sound. Social media and I have gotten along just fine. My kindergarten granddaughter reading her first Junie B. […]

Tardy thoughts on the AP/Afghan soldier photo controversy

My former ethics students have been particularly engaged by the controversy over the Associated Press transmission of the photo of the soldier who died in Afghanistan. One student wrote: “I thought of you as I was reading about the controversial photo of the Marine that AP posted, even after they were repeatedly asked not to […]

News21 can teach us to make journalism and storytelling better

Wednesday I came out of a News21 presentation of work done by Cronkite School journalists that made me ready to shout from the rooftops.  This is sensational work done by great students with expert professional direction and funded by two incredibly far-sighted funders. Even more important for readers of this blog there are bright, clear […]

Impact in academic research: Journalism needs the academy's help

Two weeks ago The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication had an all-day faculty meeting on the subject of academic research. The most intriguing discussion was on whether academic research should have “impact.” The discussion revealed a fascinating chasm between academics and recent professionals. I want to be very careful not to simplify […]