McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Newspapers

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

A fond memory, a man who offered a hand up, and modern-day bullying

I wrote this piece for my hometown newspaper, The Mt Pleasant Morning Sun. It appeared Sunday, May 13. I reprint it here for my regular followers. Read this to understand the controversy to which I refer.   I have followed the recent controversy at my alma mater, Sacred Heart Academy, with keen interest. I have […]

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 […]