McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Media Criticism

Star Tribune teamsters, Michael Connelly and other rants

Civil conversation and media criticism should co-exist

The tools of production have been democratized and the power to create news has clearly shifted to the masses. All the hip authors tell us amateurs are on the brink of overpowering professionals. Legacy media is under siege because the mass advertising model does not work anymore. Despite all the dire predictions mainstream media seems […]

Newspaper critics need to count to 100 and take a sedative

It has been major sport for some time to mock the newspaper business and its executives for failure to act. Now words like “collusion’ and “bullies” and “too late” are pock-marking what should be an intelligent debate. Jeff Jarvis, a guru way out of my league, is the hero of the critical set whose main […]

Associated Press is right to take on Google and other aggregators. Newspapers need to follow quickly.

Holy Smokes! The Associated Press announcement that it will take on aggregators like Google with legal action is as big a news as we’ve seen in a while. AP found its heart, its soul and it’s courage. This is the battle that has to take place, and now the question will be who will join […]

McGuire's complete Presstime interview on newspaper future

Presstime has published a pretty interesting analysis of the future by a bunch of folks with lots of theories about where newspapers are heading. The piece offers some good insights. Presstime was kind enough to include my comments, but they edited some of my wisdom just as they edited everybody else.  I think it it […]

Michigan newspapers grapple with dramatic solutions

I was born in Michigan. I delivered and read the Saginaw News as a kid. I worked with the Grand Rapids Press when I was the student Sports Information Director at Aquinas College. Competing with Deborah Howell and Walker Lundy in the Twin Cities was a pistol in the 90’s, but I was prepared for […]

APME and ASNE have danced around merger for a long, long time

There are lots of  musings out there about ASNE’s cancellation of this year’s annual convention, but the one that grabbed my attention came from my friend Steve Buttry. Steve opines that a merger between ASNE and APME makes the most sense. I think it is important that the record show that merger between the two […]

Can the book Outliers help us understand journalism's cultural legacies?

Over the holidays a close friend of about 50 years insisted, no he demanded, I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers.  I remain baffled about the fact that it reads like two separate books, but both “books” are really fascinating. The second half of the book talks about cultural patterns and as I read it, I […]

Graduate students' take on what we we did wrong in newspapers

In my 21st Century Journalism class for graduate students here at the Walter Cronkite School I have been setting up the future by studying the past.  One of the key readings was this great piece Geneva Overholser wrote in 2004 called “Profit Pressures Over Time.” After we studied the cries of people like Geneva and […]

Horizon appearance addresses future of news and local startups

Wednesday evening I appeared on the local public television show Horizon to discuss the future of news and two local startups: Arizona Guardian and Heat City.  Here is the video of the segment I deeply admire the spunk of the founders of both organizations, but spunk is very hard to eat and it doesn’t pay […]