McGuire on Media

Author Archives: Tim McGuire

Tim McGuire’s take on a Business and Future of Journalism class

In January, Media Shift did a piece about teaching Business of journalism students. The author, Deb Wenger is associate professor and director of undergraduate journalism at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism & New Media. Her article focused on whether journalism schools even ought to be teaching the business side to students. I […]

Lou Hodges, whimsy and all, made journalism better.

The best way I can think of to reignite my Media blog, after a long absence, is with a mighty tip of my panama to Lou Hodges, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Professor of Journalism Ethics Emeritus at Washington and Lee University. I knew Lou Hodges before he assumed that lofty chair […]

Amelia Rayno’s courageous story teaches lessons of compassion and journalism

Amelia Rayno, the talented college basketball writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, committed outstanding journalism today when she published her own personal account of harassment by Norwood Teague, who resigned last Friday as the University of Minnesota Athletic Director. Rayno displayed incredible courage, compelling storytelling skills and shone a penetrating light on the devastation and […]

Developing a replacement principle for Poynter’s “Community”

I have used The New Ethics of Journalism by Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel for two semesters now and my initial skepticisms about the Poynter Institute rewrite of ethical principles remain.  The new Poynter code wisely kept the primary ethical value, Seek Truth and Report it. I argued from the first time I read Poynter’s […]

It’s time for a shift in focus

This McGuire on Media blog bores me a bit these days. There is simply no easy place to land when I try to come up with topics.  The newspaper business is unraveling more than it is unwinding. Harping on the short-sighted moves of a suffocating business just isn’t any fun. And the silly unethical maneuvers […]

The “priesthood” is real and we do not need another one.

With trepidation I enter the mild debate between New York Times Editor Dean Baquet and now LSU Visiting Professor Steve Buttry. Buttry wrote a blog post last week in which he said, using Twitter is” the best indicator in journalism today of someone who is refusing to embrace change.” Baquet responded this week by contending […]

The “religion of journalism” and how do we break from it

The second item in Wednesday’s Need to Know from American Press institute was worth savoring. The Harvard Business Review article on thinking like a customer rather than a manager is so simple yet so powerful. The author, Graham Kenny, makes the powerful point that if a management team develops an strategic plan it is probably […]

Worrying about Digital First, simple explanations and proper recognition

I woke up worrying the other day. I have plenty to worry about on my own personal plate but I was bedeviled by a few journalistic issues as I got ready for work. Digital First Media has announced it is researching strategic alternatives for its individual newspapers and the parent company. The company’s leader, John […]

API’s Need to Know is an important part of my Business and Future of Journalism classes

For the last few years I have required students in both my graduate and undergraduate business and future of journalism classes to keep up on the news about journalism business. This semester in my 21st Century Journalism and Entrepreneurship class I have gone an extra step and assigned API’s daily newsletter, Need to Know. The […]

Steve Isaacs should be defined by his vision, not by a few ill-advised acts

This piece appeared on MinnPost September 4, 2014. Steve Isaacs should be defined by his vision, not by a few ill-advised acts. I was very sad last Friday morning when David Isaacs called me to tell me his dad, my benefactor, friend and mentor, former Minneapolis Star Editor Steve Isaacs had died in Austin, TX. […]