McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Business of journalism

This I believe about journalism, newspapers and the future of media

  Tim J. McGuire, May 30, 2012 I believe it’s important to pause every now and then to write down my values and thoughts. That’s especially true in the ever-fluid media world where nothing is standing still. This missive will attempt to take stock of where my thoughts are on media on May 30, 2012. […]

People I like and respect can hold positions with which I disagree

Jon Talton is a a multi-talented journalist, author and Arizona development critic. I first encountered Talton’s work when I moved to Phoenix in 2002. I thought he was the smartest columnist in the Valley. Yet, I was always surprised at the “love him or hate him” reaction I received when I publicly praised him. Talton […]

When the new media world we live in hits you between the eyes

At 10:17 this morning a wonderfully conscientious student emailed me that she was caught in traffic and that she would be late for my 10:30 Business and Future of Journalism class. The young woman knows I abhor excuses but the next email shocked me. She sent me a picture of the traffic jam she was […]

If the tablet is going to help newspapers then tend that garden

Every morning as I pull my old bones out of bed I grab my Kindle Fire and my iPhone from their chargers. First, I read some 150 overnight Twitter messages to get a handle on the big news developments. A well-put-together Twitter feed is a great news stream to begin a day. Then I grab […]

The Schumpeterian moment in newspapers will require one litmus test—quality

I am back. This is my first blog post since Aug 31, 2011 when I posted a speech  I presented to the convention of the Society of Features Editors, Saturday, Aug. 27, in Tucson, Az. Later that night of the speech, close to midnight, my plane landed in Minneapolis. Within minutes I had fallen and […]

Lessons American Journalists can learn from the Murdoch scandals

On Monday night I did this season’s first Must See Monday presentation at The Walter Cronkite School. I spoke on the lessons we can learn from Britain’s Murdoch scandals. There were 200-250 people present, largely Cronkite freshmen and first year grad students. The prepared text is below. Again I admit to occasional ad libs that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Arizona Republic gets an A+ for reporting, B for its editorial and an F for publisher’s conflict

I have just read every mesmerizing word of The Arizona Republic’s coverage of the Fiesta Bowl scandal in the printed newspaper. About five pages of space were dedicated to covering a Fiesta Bowl internal report of the scandal which was triggered by a Republic investigation written by Craig Harris. Harris recently won the first Toner […]

Journalism education and AEJMC have to step up to show students how they can survive

At 11:43 Tuesday morning I walked out of an energizing, challenging and crucial encounter with the students of my Business and Future of Journalism class. The inevitable question I face every semester finally came up. Debating the answer to that question pleasantly hijacked the 75-minute class. THE question was a few weeks late this year, […]