McGuire on Media

Category Archives: Online journalism

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 […]

ASU computer hacking reinforces a valuable truth about digital and humans

As we were gathering for today’s Business and Future of Journalism class, one of the students fired off what he thought was a funny line: “This Digital thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, is it?” The joke referred to the classroom problems created by a hacker who apparently compromised the secure Arizona State […]

Speech to Society of Features Editors argued for a changed journalism mindset

This was presented to the convention of the Society of Features Editors, Saturday, Aug. 27, in Tucson, Az. I spoke to the predecessor of this organization in fall of 2001. It was a hard time. We were reeling from the events of Sept 11. The newspaper business was in what we thought were the pits. […]

Brian Storm is a journalism original

Yesterday I spent two hours listening to a journalism original. Brian Storm is a colorful character with colorful language and an inspiring obsession with storytelling. Storm, the mind behind the MediaStorm enterprise is the kind of entrepreneur every journalist needs to study. Frustrated with corporate journalism and software development Storm re-launched MediaStorm in 2005 to […]

ASNE is not what it used to be and it’s time to blow it up

Exactly 10 years ago today (April 6, 2001) some 600 or 700 hundred of my closest friends in the newspaper business sang “Happy Birthday” to my then 22-year-old son Jason. Jason has Down syndrome. It was a moment neither of us will ever forget. He talked about it this past weekend when we discussed his […]

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 […]

‘Peanuts and Crackerjacks’ and other projects that make me “belong” at the Cronkite School

When I retired as editor of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis in 2002, many of my colleagues, pals and enemies were convinced I would desperately miss the fray.  Some opined I would not be able to live without being “in charge.” Others argued removing me from the excitement of the daily news helter skelter would […]

Objectifying celebrities and other humans becoming huge journalism sin

I’ve known for some time that a lot of students thought it, but a student finally said it out loud in my Ethics class last Thursday. We were talking about celebrity foibles and the press’ interest in them. The Rex Ryan alleged foot fetish case, the alleged Brett Favre obscene picture situation and Lindsay Lohan’s […]

Arizona Republic did it right and reminded us again why newspapers matter

The Arizona Republic rose to the occasion Sunday morning with a comprehensive, well-written report that answered the important questions in the tragic shooting of Gabrielle Giffords which killed six. I am not talking prizes or using the P-word here. The Republic simply did an outstanding job of sorting fact from fiction and humanizing a horrible […]