McGuire on Media

Category Archives: News decisions

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What I wish I had done differently as an editor: My advice to editors

Last May my friend Steve Buttry invited me to write an advice to editors piece for a series he was launching for his Digital First editors.  My life in May and throughout the summer was far too hectic to allow me to write the piece Steve requested but it never left my mind. While I […]

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. […]

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 […]

That loss of control that hit mainstream media is now the Meta story we have to cover better

Charles Krauthammer on Sunday boldly credited the Bush doctrine for the tumult in the Mideast.  Krauthammer argued, “ the administration is rushing to keep up with the new dispensation, repeating the fundamental tenet of the Bush Doctrine that Arabs are no exception to the universal thirst for dignity and freedom.” I am no Charles Krauthammer […]