McGuire on Media

Monthly Archives: September 2010

Remembering the Homer Hanky, the Twins and the Star Tribune

It was a simple little notice that the 2010 Homer Hanky has gone on sale now that the Minnesota Twins have clinched the American League Central Division title the other day. In a sobering week where several events (this one among them) have made me reflect on my mortality, the thought of the Homer Hanky […]

Can we innovate in journalism education without using the Colorado model of blowing things up?

The most popular journalism education parlor game these days is figuring out what has actually happened at the University of Colorado. You can read that the CU J-School is “toast” or you can listen to the dean of the journalism school who says the journalistic craft has botched this story badly. Dean Paul Voakes told […]

"Failure of Justice" in AZ Republic is a great investigative piece and that’s what makes me nervous

Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic wrote a tremendous investigative piece Sunday called “Failure of Justice.” It was hard-hitting, it graphically showed a stone-walling, cover-your-ass bureaucracy and it shone a light on a group of traditionally voiceless people. The piece carefully showed how law enforcement, native and government, seriously botched investigations of a serial rape […]

Journalistic amnesia is a real negative when it comes to disability and the ADA

The criticism leveled most often at journalists is we have amnesia.  We get incredibly excited over things like tsunamis, hurricanes and oil spills and then we tend to forget them even while real suffering continues. The same thing happens with large societal issues. There is certainly an argument that we got smug about race relations […]