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Category Archives: Media ethics

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 […]

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. […]

Timing is everything when it comes to flap over Washington football team’s nickname

The fact that the nickname for the Washington football team is suddenly back in the news has stunned me. It proves that there is a time for everything and 1994 certainly wasn’t the time. A who’s who list of sports figures and publications has promised not to use the name including NBC’s Bob Costas,  Sports […]

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 […]

The New Ethics of Journalism is an excellent, provocative book and a good ethics text

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 have worked for so long. Their solution may not be without flaw but it will serve as excellent fodder for […]

Jerry Kill’s story should inspire us to search for empathy in disability coverage

For days I have had another topic in mind for this blog post. It was a topic that would not have me fly so close to my former newspaper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and to many employees I consider friends. Yet, as I have gone about some other tasks today I can’t get past the […]

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. […]