McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Online journalism

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 […]

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 […]

Worrying about Digital First, simple explanations and proper recognition

I woke up worrying the other day. I have plenty to worry about on my own personal plate but I was bedeviled by a few journalistic issues as I got ready for work. Digital First Media has announced it is researching strategic alternatives for its individual newspapers and the parent company. The company’s leader, John […]

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. […]

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 […]

Long absence is ended by Bezos, hot dogs and my 2013 21st Century Journalism syllabus

I have been gone from this space for too long. A sabbatical, book writing, the search for an agent or publisher and a hectic family summer has forced a low profile that ends today. I am back in the teaching trenches at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and I am […]

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. […]

When the new media world we live in hits you between the eyes

At 10:17 this morning a wonderfully conscientious student emailed me that she was caught in traffic and that she would be late for my 10:30 Business and Future of Journalism class. The young woman knows I abhor excuses but the next email shocked me. She sent me a picture of the traffic jam she was […]