Monday, July 23, 2018

It's only getting worse...the demise of newspapers

Today I read in the New York Times that the New York Daily News is cutting its news staff by half. This is a trend that keeps getting worse -- I have not worked in a newsroom in over 25 years -- a number of my colleagues who do have lost their jobs.

I just don't know what to say -- competition keeps journalism good. I would much rather read a newspaper story in a newspaper than on the web. Yeah, I'm showing my age. Journalism today is all about trending news -- not the every day ho hum coverage of a city council or a school board meeting. And if you can't read it on your phone, who gives a crap?

I hope I'm wrong....but I think it's just going to get worse.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

No Shame - Ever

Columnist Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press is someone I have admired for a long time (as well as read his work). His column in today's paper regarding the public shaming of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is spot on and worth reading. I am no fan of the current administration, however that doesn't entitle me or anyone else of shaming someone in public and denying them public access to things -- in this case, dinner in a restaurant.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Terror in the Newsroom

I am sick of these random mass shootings the people of the United States have endured for many years. We have not learned our lesson.

The latest shooting -- five dead from a newsroom shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland -- really hit home. I worked in newsrooms for nearly two decades. Only one of them had any kind of security system to get in - and that was a national newspaper (USA Today). Maybe it's changed, but I don't know. It's been awhile since I worked in one.

But that's not the point - the fact that people like this man and others with court records and serious mental problems have access to and use guns to kill others is not right. Yet, until lawmakers stop allowing themselves to be bought by the National Rifle Association, we will continue to have these tragedies.

Rest in peace, Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, and Rebecca Smith.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

News Today - The Opinion of a Grumpy Former Reporter

It's probably good that I didn't renew my blogsite address for more than a year and I haven't blogged in quite awhile. It would have been a constant rant and that isn't what blogging is about on my terms.

Yes, my blog is my opinion, as clearly stated. But where should opinions be made public, and by whom?

I'm still of the opinion that the news media needs to be neutral -- during the 12 years I was a full-time newspaper reporter, I was told I didn't join any political party, nor did I call into talk shows (talk media was only on the radio then -- the internet was not fully developed - yes I am old!), protest, write letters to the editor of any publication or I would be in trouble. In my day, it was the editorial page and that was it.

Obviously times have changed -- news media professionals have Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, blogs, etc. News is instantaneous and the competition is huge. I get that. I guess waiting to post your news item/tweet/facebook post, etc. means you get scooped by your competitors. And I realize that doesn't bode well with your boss.

I also realize that not all reporters put their opinions out there. A lot, however, do.


Welcome to the 21st Century, Anne!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

I don't think newspapers care anymore...

The shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan hit home for me -- Kalamazoo is the home of my alma mater and former employer -- Kalamazoo College. One of the surviving victims is an employee of the college.

What has hit home is the fact though this horrible tragedy has received worldwide news coverage -- as it should -- the local news media is dropping the ball. One would think that they have an edge over the national and yes, international media covering the story. It's their territory and they know the people and the sources.

I have been going to the local media sources for news -- and, in my opinion, not getting a whole lot. In the meantime, national and international media outlets have been spot on in their coverage -- digging down and getting the behind the scenes stories people want to read -- an example is the woman who managed to save her children and several neighborhood children by blocking the shooter with her own body.

She's fighting for her life in a local hospital, but her heroic story was first told in a British newspaper, I believe. Certainly wasn't the Kalamazoo paper.

But hey -- the Kalamazoo paper -- part of -- posted the story above -- along with an ad for Uber. Guess what -- the shooter was an Uber driver! But of course you know that. Apparently mlive did not.

Yeah, right. I know there's no such thing as a copy editor or layout editor anymore -- it's pretty obvious.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year! Let's Hope They Hire a Copy Editor!

So today I log into my first source of news in the morning...

And I see this...

I didn't know we were going back in time!!!!  Happy New Year, Everyone!