Category: Newsroom

Articles from the current news on media, journalism, the news industry and other topics.

New board members, conference, topics at board meeting

Brian O’Connor reported to the board on the outcome from the Detroit conference. Russell Frank said, “I think I speak for all that he did an amazing & much appreciated job.”  Tracy Beckerman commented, “It was my first conference, but I was knocked out by it! Really felt very well-organized!’ Brian is still finalizing the last few…

Death of a Bookstore Chain

Borders closed 200 stores nationwide in February and announced last week that it’s going out of business for good. Market experts believe that Borders was unable to compete with cheaper online retailers and  electronic readers. We can see a parallel between the decline of the book industry and the decline of the newspaper industry. E-readers…

Celestine Sibley Honored

Celestine Sibley, popular Georgia columnist, continues to receive accolades in spite of her death. Sibley received the NSNC Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 shortly before her death. The Georgia Women of Achievement will induct Sibley winner into its hall of fame next week.  She was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2007. Sibley was a syndicated columnist…

Two Photo-Journalists Killed in Libya

Tim Hetherington, an Academy Award nominated film photographer, died Wednesday while covering the war outside a rebel-held city in Libya. Hetherington’s film was a documentary about soldiers at an outpost in Afghanistan. He was in Libya working on a multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war. Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist…

Erika D. Smith, Star Columnist

Erika D. Smith recently became The Indianapolis Star’s new metro columnist. She has been a been a tech columnist, business reporter, metro reporter and wannabe videographer at The Star since 2005. Although she was not born in Indiana, she considers it her home. “I so strongly want Indianapolis to become the best city that it…

Clyde Haberman signs out at NYT

Clyde Haberman of the New York Times has written what he calls his “Thirty Column,” so called for his college days when graduating editors were given 30 column inches to write their final column. Haberman did not say why his popular column “NYC” was being discontinued after 16 years. “Decisions were made. Let’s leave it…

Detroit Auto Critic Back at the Wheel!

That sound of tires screeching that you hear is Scott Burgess, Detorit News auto critic, laying rubber as he returns to his old job. Burgess quit March 14 when the editors asked him to “soften” a column that was highly critical of the hot-shot Chrysler 200. Apparently, garaging the column not what the Detroit News…

Columnist quits over edited column

Scott Burgess, Detroit News auto writer, has quit his job because a highly critical column was edited, according to Ray Wert of the popular auto blog, Jalopnik. The blog claims that the edit was due to pressure from auto advertisers who did not like Burgess’ assessment of the Chrysler 200. The Chrysler 200 is the…

Reporters Threatened by Radiation

Lester Holt, NBC news, and his crew revealed today that they were exposed to radiation while covering the earthquake disaster in Japan. While covering the nuclear power plant damaged by the tsunami and earthquake, the crew was forced to retreat due to an increased threat of radiation from the site. After returning to Tokyo, Holt was scanned…

State of the Newspaper Biz

In the digital age, newspapers are continuing to suffer revenue declines. While people are spending more time consuming news, the media of choice is the web, which is gaining while other sectors are losing. The Internet is the place where 41% of Americans now get most of their news about national and international issues. In 2010…

Columnist David Broder dead at 81

David Broder, Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post columnist, died Wednesday, March 9th, of complications from diabetes. Broder received the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists . Broder was one of the most respected political commentators of his generation. His column on politics appeared on the op-ed pages of dozens of…

Is Dan Savage ‘the most influential advice columnist’?

IBM Selectric II typewriter

The current issue of Washington Monthly crowns advice columnist Dan Savage as this generation’s “most influential advice columnist,” specifically successor to Ann Landers, at the same time it argues the incongruity of such a claim. Lutheran pastor Benjamin J. Dueholm wrote the lengthy profile, calling Dan Savage the “brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist [who] has…

Writer for Jay Leno Goes Print

The Omaha World-Herald has a new humor-columnist. Actually, he was already writing for the World-Herald as a sports columnist on a free-lance basis. Brad Dickson grew up in Omaha and was even a paperboy for the newspaper at one time in his life. But that was a long time ago, before he made it big…

Gonzalez Wins Polk Award for Commentary

New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez received the 2010 George Polk Award for Commentary for exposing massive fraud of more than $720 million by consultants hired to overhaul a computerized payroll system for New York City. Gonzalez’s reporting helped lead to the federal indictment of four consultants and three associates on charges of fraud.…

Are Standards the Same When a Reporter is the Story?

   by Walter Brasch   walterbrasch@gmail.com   Lara Logan, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent, was beaten and sexually assaulted, Feb. 11, while on assignment in Cairo to report on the revolution that concluded that day with Hosni Mubarak resigning as president.   Logan, according to an official CBS announcement, was attacked by a group of about 200…

Austin Journalist/Editor Dies

Michele Kay of the Austin American-Statesman died Feb 16, 2011, after a four-decade career in journalism. She served as the business editor and reporter for the paper, as well as an editorial writer, Washington correspondent, and Texas State Capitol reporter. Political consultant Bill Miller described her as tough as nails, a reporter who didn’t put…

CBS Journalist Assaulted in Cairo

CBS correspondent Lara Logan suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating while covering the celebration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for “60 Minutes.” The assault occurred on Friday, February 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. CBS News issued a statement regarding the incident on Tuesday, February 15. Logan became separated from…