Tag: Newspapers

What a long, strange trip it’s been

During my seven years as a Congressional and Committee staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I got a first-hand look at our government from the inside. Amy and I drove a rented Ryder truck from Alton, IL, to Arlington, VA, at the end of February 1981, so I could become press secretary to

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All the news that’s no longer fit for newsprint

Ironically, the news that Starbucks is stopping the sale of newspapers at its coffee shops hit the streets on one of the national papers that the chain will stop selling on Sept. 1:  The New York Times. The Seattle-based chain says papers aren’t big-enough sellers in their shops so The Times, The Wall Street Journal,

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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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Trust of media is growing in America

Some good news for the beleaguered journalism profession:  Trust in the media is up. The Poynter Institute, considered by many as “the world’s most influential school for journalists” and a not-for-profit operation founded by St. Petersburg Times publisher Nelson Poynter, says surveys show trust in the media, especially local TV news and local newspapers, is

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The kid is now an old fart

For much of my professional life, many felt I was “young” for what I was doing for a living or had accomplished. As a 17-year-old reporter for The Roanoke Times, I covered crimes and major stories for the paper.  I became a columnist for the paper at 18.  Won two writing awards from the Virginia

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All the news that’s fit to read

At 10:04 a.m. Thursday, I started browsing newspapers and media web sites while eating breakfast at Bob Evans restaurant in Wytheville, VA.

By the time the plate that arrived filled with a spicy omelette, hash browns and wheat toast sat empty as the waitress filled the coffee cup for the umpteenth time. I had finished reading articles in the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Roanoke Times, CNN, MSNBC, Newsweek and Time.

Where did I get all those papers and/or TV access? Online, of course, not on a laptop or a tablet, but the screen of my iPhone 7 wit the feed via Wi-FI provided by the restaurant.

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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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Just the facts

“You are a leech,” a critic of my reporting told me over lunch this week. “You thrive on the misery of others.” Her complaints focus, primarily, on my reporting on the happenings in Floyd County Circuit Court. “Let’s face it,” she said.  “You enjoy embarrassing people who have tripped up and face prison sentences.” Never

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