Tag: Journalism

Who reports what happens when newspapers die?

“Newspapers have been dying in slow motion for two decades now,” writes Douglas McLennan and Jack Mles.  “A once unimaginable scenario has lately become grimly conceivable.” In 1994, some 60 million Americans subscribed to daily newspapers.  Now, less than 35 million do and the past 24 years of decline is increasing.  Newsroom employment fell 40

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Living & working as a witness to history

  More than half a century in and around American politics — hardly an epitaph as one heads into his last years of life. I’ve lived through assassination of one American president and attempts on two others, a resignation of yet another president in disgrace, impeachment of still another, primarily for dallying with an intern in

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If newspapers die, can journalism survive?

Over the last 15 years, I’ve watched newspapers around the nation cut back and now must ponder death of news profession itself. Turns out the death knell wasn’t just for print news but for the news profession itself. In the past week, massive cutbacks eliminated staff positions at The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, America OnLine and

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Taking a long, needed break to enjoy life

Time to step back, take stock and reconsider what to do with the remaining years of my life. Covering the midterm elections in this volatile election year took more out of my psyche than at any other point of such activity in more than half a century of covering elections or working inside the system

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Cool weather and hot topics

The temperature as this is written is 52 degrees and the forecasts expect a high of 55 before the day is out. That’s the good news.  Rain arrives around noon in Floyd County and is expected to drop wetness on us until about 4 p.m. as temperatures drop and Christmas Eve gets colder with highs

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Truth, the whole truth…

As a lifelong newspaperman, I find the debate over what is or is not “truth” and what may or may not be “fake news” both frustrating and fascinating. Gave it even more thought Tuesday after a discussion on Facebook that started when I posted a link to last Sunday’s lead editorial in the New York

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Time to give up on politics?

Politics have, unfortunately, been part of my life for too long. I covered elections as a newspaperman, starting with local ones while working for The Floyd Press as a high school student, then state and national ones as a reporter for The Roanoke Times in the last 60s. Coverage of elections and actions by governmental

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I’m a newspaperman. It’s what I do.

In 2015, 11 years after I got off my last coast-to-coast flight covering my last Presidential election as a photographer, a photo editor in Washington called to see if I might be interested in a contract to cover the 2016 Presidential election. The 13-month contract would take me around the country, away from Floyd and

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Old year out, new year in

With calendar year 2016 coming to an end at midnight Saturday, the usual attempt to look back at the previous 12 months is a mixture of grief, gratitude, anger, happiness and relief. Amy and I felt the pain of  loss of too many people in 2016, including some she or I have known over the

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Long day, good mix of assignments

Working in journalism means few, if any, days that are the same.  Different stories, different assignments, different locations — all part of each and every day. Tuesday of this week provided a good example of what I do as a newspaperman for The Floyd Press: A full day with three assignments beginning with coverage of

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