McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Journalism education

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advocacy and self-interested journalism are inevitable, but what are the consequences?

Just last week I told  the students of my 21st Century Journalism class at least 30-40% of them would one day work for organizations that don’t do journalism now. I have been telling other classes the same thing for the last three or four years. I have never found the statement particularly bold or outrageous. […]

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 […]

Katherine Schneider Disability Journalism contest shows its real value.

I hated the idea. When Kristin Gilger, Associate Dean at the Walter Cronkite School told the board of the National Center for Disability Journalism a donor wanted to sponsor a new journalism contest for disability journalism I rebelled. I railed about the difficulty of getting entries, the hassle of managing a decent contest and most […]

Three new ethical principles are important, positive step but Independence needs to stay

The New Ethics of Journalism did a positive service for journalism by proposing the new core ethical principles to guide practitioners through a transformed digital age. In my blog post last week I praised the book, writing that I admired “the boldness of the changes” while agreeing with the motivation behind them. I added that […]

Book Review: The New Ethics of Journalism

This blog post was filed last week but it did not register on Google’s search engine.  This is another attempt.  The New Ethics of Journalism edited by Kelly McBride and Tom Rosenstiel is the book for which many of us have been waiting. The book’s co-editors have fearlessly rethought the ethical constructs with which we […]