McGuire on Media

Monthly Archives: January 2010

2010 Media Ethics and Diversity syllabus has undergone big changes

I indicated in an earlier blog my ethics and diversity class needed to change big time this year. I last taught the class in the fall of 2008. For my money the ethics landscape has changed dramatically since that last syllabus. That meant back to the garage this year and the changes are significant. I […]

Innovation is required if newspapers are going to revamp copy editing

I think Craig Silverman of Regret the Error fame had it right when he called for significant innovation to address quality control. Silverman has developed a franchise around amusing us with corrections, but his weekly column forces anyone who cares about factual accuracy to pay close attention. His calls for change in how we guarantee […]

Ethics students face a tough set of choices as they move forward

Journalism is marked by tough choices and a complicated set of responsibilities. There are few right and wrong answers, but there are responsible ways to think about those answers. When making ethical decisions we must get beyond “gut instinct” and use accepted decision-making processes and formulas. The media ethics landscape has been seriously complicated in […]

My tortured journey to becoming Deborah Howell’s friend

At 9:09 p.m. (MST) Friday night Jim Romenesko tweeted this: MPR reports Ex-Newhouse News, Pioneer Press editor Deborah Howell was killed in a road accident in NZ. I stared at my phone for at least 30 seconds before I moved. All relationships are complicated. Mine with Deborah Howell set indoor records for topsy-turvy emotions […]