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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 […]

It’s time for a shift in focus

This McGuire on Media blog bores me a bit these days. There is simply no easy place to land when I try to come up with topics.  The newspaper business is unraveling more than it is unwinding. Harping on the short-sighted moves of a suffocating business just isn’t any fun. And the silly unethical maneuvers […]

Newspapers no longer deserve the treasure of our time

The debate on the death of newspapers seems really late. I find it more than a bit odd to waste many key strokes over whether Gannett and Scripps spinning off their newspaper divisions from their broadcast operations is THE sign of newspapers demise or if some other calamity will deal the decisive death blow.  On […]

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 […]

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 […]

Engaging students in journalism classes

On Wednesday I was asked by the Cronkite School to give a presentation to our annual faculty retreat on student engagement in journalism classes. These are my prepared remarks though I admit to some ad libs that do not appear. I do not view myself as an expert but this is how I approach engagement. […]

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 […]

National Center for Disability Journalism gives me a chance to do some things differently

After a personal 62-year journey, it was a paraplegic woman named Jennifer Longdon who finally made me take my disability responsibilities seriously. Jennifer’s story is a tough one to read and if you follow her twitter account @jenniferlongdon, it hasn’t gotten any easier in recent weeks. That twitter feed for the last three months is […]

Impact in academic research: Journalism needs the academy's help

Two weeks ago The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication had an all-day faculty meeting on the subject of academic research. The most intriguing discussion was on whether academic research should have “impact.” The discussion revealed a fascinating chasm between academics and recent professionals. I want to be very careful not to simplify […]