McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Business of journalism

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newspapers no longer deserve the treasure of our time

The debate on the death of newspapers seems really late. I find it more than a bit odd to waste many key strokes over whether Gannett and Scripps spinning off their newspaper divisions from their broadcast operations is THE sign of newspapers demise or if some other calamity will deal the decisive death blow.  On […]

What I wish I had done differently as an editor: My advice to editors

Last May my friend Steve Buttry invited me to write an advice to editors piece for a series he was launching for his Digital First editors.  My life in May and throughout the summer was far too hectic to allow me to write the piece Steve requested but it never left my mind. While I […]

Long absence is ended by Bezos, hot dogs and my 2013 21st Century Journalism syllabus

I have been gone from this space for too long. A sabbatical, book writing, the search for an agent or publisher and a hectic family summer has forced a low profile that ends today. I am back in the teaching trenches at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and I am […]

McClatchy bond sale forces some hard realizations about newspaper corporations

When I opened my email one day last week this subject line greeted me: “Would you lend money to McClatchy?” It was a note from my financial adviser, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s  Chuck Kerl. It read: “Tim, I thought you’d find this curious. Someone has a half million of McClatchy bonds for sale that mature […]

Opinions on pay walls don’t fit in neat sound bites, but newspapers face a tough challenge

UPDATE, Sept. 13, 10:50 I noted in this blog post yesterday that the free offerings in the Phoenix news ecosystem were going to attack AZCentral for its decision to construct a pay wall but this East Valley Tribune attack disappoints me. I’ve always been disturbed by calling people names. This sophomoric move may be hip […]