McGuire on Media

Monthly Archives: April 2011

Message to high school J-students:Storytelling needs to survive the media tumult

The following speech will be delivered at 7 pm. Thursday, April 28, 2011  to teachers and award-winning students of the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association.    Congratulations to all the award winners and to their teachers. In some ways it’s a ludicrous for me to be speaking to you tonight. You students represent tomorrow. My career […]

Brian Storm is a journalism original

Yesterday I spent two hours listening to a journalism original. Brian Storm is a colorful character with colorful language and an inspiring obsession with storytelling. Storm, the mind behind the MediaStorm enterprise is the kind of entrepreneur every journalist needs to study. Frustrated with corporate journalism and software development Storm re-launched MediaStorm in 2005 to […]

National Center for Disability Journalism gives me a chance to do some things differently

After a personal 62-year journey, it was a paraplegic woman named Jennifer Longdon who finally made me take my disability responsibilities seriously. Jennifer’s story is a tough one to read and if you follow her twitter account @jenniferlongdon, it hasn’t gotten any easier in recent weeks. That twitter feed for the last three months is […]

"After Cronkite" addresses a genuine problem graduating students face

About 15 months ago, a Spring 2009 Cronkite School graduate named Alyssa Aalmo dropped by my office to say hello. She had been out in the work world for about six months. Alyssa looked at me plaintively and said "Tim we need more help negotiating the real world! This has been horrible."  She had my […]

ASNE is not what it used to be and it’s time to blow it up

Exactly 10 years ago today (April 6, 2001) some 600 or 700 hundred of my closest friends in the newspaper business sang “Happy Birthday” to my then 22-year-old son Jason. Jason has Down syndrome. It was a moment neither of us will ever forget. He talked about it this past weekend when we discussed his […]