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As a teenager in Pennsylvania, I delivered The Morning Call and The
Evening Chronicle to customers in a suburb of Allentown.
On rainy days, I’d try to make sure the paper stayed
dry inside the screen door. Now, I get The State and
the New York Times delivered to my driveway in plastic
bags, though the Times delivery is erratic. I can, of
course, also read the Times on my iPhone, iPad and desk
The Long, Hot Electoral Summer
in a political season. You’d noticed, of
course. But which elections have gotten your attention? Which
have worn you out? The spectrum is far greater than Obama vs.
Business of Blogging
Now and then, I write about the journalism and communications
professions in this highly occasional column. The tempo
of change exceeds my capacity to keep up with the trends
and turmoil. Who can?
I’m going to ask you to do something extremely daring
in today’s media marketplace…engage in only
one medium at a time. How novel. This is a Powerpoint free
zone. Look, no screens. No laser wand. No bullet points.
Tweet at your own risk.
The cost of free speech
The echo ringing loudest in the wake of the Tucson tragedy is not of the gunshots
that killed six and severely wounded a congresswoman, among others, but of
the sharp and piercing words that ricochet around us. Was the rhetoric the
real trigger for the Arizona shooter's action? Should we muzzle political speech
in a democratic society? Is civility the antidote for violence?
"Journalism, as we knew it, began with the printing press.
It ended with the Internet," according to sportswriter Frank
Deford, delivering the 2010 Red Smith lecture in journalism at
Notre Dame. Too flippant? Too egotistical?
messenger: A trek through Central Europe
There is a quantum leap from the classroom
to the settings where history has unfolded. For us this summer,
that meant tracing footsteps through the streets and squares
of Budapest and Prague, getting inside the shipyard of Gdansk
where the workers’ union
Solidarnosc was born, crossing what had once been the death strip
at the Berlin Wall.
In a word — Jobs!
“Don’t let anyone tell you there are no jobs out there,” WLTX general manager Rich O’Dell told me at our recent job fair for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. O’Dell’s
WLTX recruiters had some openings news side and, as always, in sales.
just a once in a millennium thing
At the turn of the millennium, on the brink of the calendars and
clocks clicking to the year 2000, I spent the night at the State
Department in Washington waiting for something to go wrong with
the government’s, the nation’s or the world’s
computers. It was a long, dull night.
Musings on horseback
My intention was to spend a week without the Internet, phone,
text, television or Twitter. My wife and I were on a ranch
in southern Colorado where we have frequently gone to ride
horses in the mountains and relax. Not the end of civilization.
Quite comfortable, in fact. But purposefully remote.
the way it was
Walter Cronkite’s signature signoff—“and
that’s the way it is”—gives pause in today’s
media world. Is it—the multimedia universe of the Internet,
blogs, Twitter and YouTube—the way it is?
come to a fork in the road
Thank you for this opportunity to be with you
for this celebration. I will be at our own commencement on campus
in Columbia on Monday. For us, it is one of three days a year
that I can count on seeing pretty much nothing but happy—and
sometimes relieved – faces.
so great debate
Diamonds or pearls? Is that the question? I’m
not exactly crushed that I missed this moment in television journalism.
Amid the mountains of information and opinion heaped on us this
political season, it is but a pebble. But I am dismayed with
the back story of manipulation that has emerged since this past
week’s debate in Las Vegas. It suggests it may be easier
to draw to an inside straight in Las Vegas than to expect straight
Michael Deaver: "The
The common thread of all the disciplines in
our college is that we are story tellers. We tell good stories,
funny stories, horror stories—and in every sense of
those words. What sets our disciplines apart is that we tell
those stories from different perspectives. Journalism and
public relations come to mind. Each is an honorable profession—would
we teach anything other?—though they do not always
find common ground.
not to get voted off
night viewing gets a change of pace from "CSI," "Grey's
Anatomy" and "ER" this week with the Democratic
candidates' debate from S.C. State University in Orangeburg.
But like those shows, the debates — this is only the first — have
an ensemble cast with a story arc that will play out over the
Lee Bandy’s retirement as The State’s venerable and
irascible political correspondent gives Lee a well deserved respite
from the political trails ahead. But with all respect, Lee, you’re
leaving your readers in the lurch.
the White House meets the press
The White House pulled the rug out from under its press corps
this week. The chairs and drapes, too. The drapes were faded;
the chairs dilapidated. The rug, as I recall, was pretty disgusting.
from May Travel Marathon
Media bias, television profits and Internet censorship are concerns
on the minds of journalism students. Where? Here in Beijing.
Believe Our Ears and Eyes?
Could we take a few minutes to talk about something that's troubling
me ... and a lot of others in my profession. My profession is,
of course, that of a journalist. Now a journalist and educator.
Ghost of Christmas Greetings Past
On the third day before Christmas, as I walked into the bank,
I crossed paths with a politically prominent acquaintance. Our
encounter lasted but a few seconds—a handshake, a "how
are you?" and an almost simultaneous exchange of good wishes.
it to the judge
I’ve never talked with Scooter Libby. I haven’t seen
Karl Rove since he visited USC a couple of years ago. I’ve
known Dick Cheney a long time, but we’ve not discussed
Valerie Plame, yellowcake or Saddam Hussein. Those are my disclaimers.
Have I used anonymous sources? Sure.
literacy rolling in South Carolina
Learning to read is not quite as easy as ABC.
But it's also not differential calculus. Our goal as a state
is to ensure that every child in South Carolina has the opportunity
to learn to read.
Wise: Reflections on Peter Jennings and the future of international
Peter Jennings had two bad habits: he would bum cigarettes and
he would steal ledes. One was his weakness and led to his death
and journalism’s loss. The other reflected on his strength
as a journalist.
push the envelope, Los Angeles Times pushes back
Fresh cement is an invitation to a handprint. A whitewashed wall
begs for graffiti. A light in the dark beckons to self-destructive
shows tensions of media, government
Shoot the messenger, if you must. But heed the message. The uproar
in press, policy and political circles goes deeper than Newsweek’s
use of an anonymous source to report on possible abuse and insensitivity
by U.S. troops guarding Muslim prisoners in Cuba. Full
over - Supreme Court still counts
On December 12, 2000, CNN correspondent Charles Bierbauer reported
the Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore that effectively ended
the 2000 presidential election. Cameras recorded Bierbauer leading
the pack as he sprinted from the court into the bitterly cold
night to explain the last act of the bitterly contested election.
and Journalism 202
For decades at CBS, Dan Rather has informed us with the news,
amused us with his Texas aphorisms, exhorted us with his curious
benediction of "courage" and, on occasion, puzzled
us — "what is the frequency, Kenneth?" But now
Rather has disappointed us.
Covering a president and the White House may or may not be the
pinnacle of a journalistic career. There is much that is tedious
and mundane, much the like the army’s propensity for “hurry
up and wait” orders. There are journalistic lessons to
be learned most steps of the way. This is not about how to cover
the White House, but about how I remember the years I spent keeping
a watchful eye on the president who both before and after he
took office had an enormous impact on the country and the world.
photos; Harsh truths
Army Pfc. Lynndie England has replaced Pfc. Jessica
Lynch as the poster girl for the U.S. war in Iraq. Neither Lynch
nor England may be all that first impressions portrayed each
to be. Lynch was not so much the heroine in battle as the victim
on a botched mission. England may prove to be more a pawn than
a sadistic dominatrix.