McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Future of journalism

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Speech to Society of Features Editors argued for a changed journalism mindset

This was presented to the convention of the Society of Features Editors, Saturday, Aug. 27, in Tucson, Az. I spoke to the predecessor of this organization in fall of 2001. It was a hard time. We were reeling from the events of Sept 11. The newspaper business was in what we thought were the pits. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]