Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I am talking the 2020 presidential election. It was a nail biter -- that is for sure. And there is a clear winner, as well as a new president - Joe Biden.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, election night was a reporter's dream, as well as a reporter's nightmare. For those covering the White House race this year, it has to be that as well. A defeated incumbent who won't admit defeat -- even though it's staring him in the face.
Oh wait...it wasn't a nightmare. It made for a lot of news coverage on the part of these reporters. Still does, and likely will, to the end of the year.
Why? Oh yeah, the incumbent still has not declared defeat -- even though it's obvious to all that he lost.
I guess the U.S. government is going to have to form a Department of Presidential Eviction. And soon.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
And no, I don't mean Christmas (though that's up there). When I was a professional journalist, my favorite time was election time -- didn't matter if it was local, state or national elections.
It meant pulling an all-nighter on election night (particularly in a presidential election) and watching emotions fly. And fly they did. Not only interviewing the politicians (both those who won and those who didn't), but talking to voters and constituents as well.
Covering the campaigns themselves was also a gift and also meant watching emotions fly.
No, it wasn't Christmas -- but to a journalist, it sure felt like it. Still fun to watch from the sidelines.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Monday, December 2, 2019
As a newspaper journalist back in the day, I had to write a lot of obituaries. We all did it. Not bad when you didn't know the deceased.
Since then I have written obits for many of my family members...and it hurt. But I wanted it to be correct, as it was likely the last legacy they would receive. I was trained by the best - my colleague - the late Gloria Shafer of the Battle Creek Enquirer. You did not screw up obits and she taught me how to do it right.
This particular one, though, hurt like hell -- it was my mom's recent obituary - after about 15 years, Alzheimer's took her down. Gloria - you'll be happy to know I got it all right. No way would I screw up this one - or any obit for that matter.
Rest in peace, Mom. Love you forever.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
What are your thoughts on the news media today? I'm interested in hearing from you...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Growing up it was my hometown paper in Oshkosh,Wisconsin, but also (what was then called) the Milwaukee Journal. We kids would fight over who got the comics section first, much to the chagrin of our parents.
I liked newspaper journalism so much I went into it as a profession upon graduating from college in 1982. Did that for about 15 years and I still freelance. I love news.
So what am I getting at here?
My husband and I decided not to buy the local/state Sunday paper anymore. We do subscribe to a national newspaper we get Monday-Saturday if our mail carrier decides to show up (we live in the country), but there is no Sunday edition.
Our state and local Sunday papers regurgitate what they've published all week, with few new locally written articles. Sports stories are new, obituaries are new....not a whole lot else.
Why? That's easy to answer - most news is on your computer or your phone. I understand that. Maybe I am naive, but I don't think that means newspapers have to skimp on news.
What are your thoughts on this? I'd love to hear them.