Category: Newsroom

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

University, Public Broadcasting and Newspaper Partnership

The Macon Telegraph in Georgia and Georgia Public Broadcasting are planning an innovative new project that will have professional reporters training Mercer University journalism students. Ed Grisamore, Chair of the 2012 conference told the NSNC Board, “I also expect there will be some conference interest in this breaking news from the Telegraph. I’m not saying…

Penn State: “We Are — Going To Be OK”

By Russell Frank, NSNC Board Member & Penn State Faculty Member As Published at StateCollege.com 11/11/11 It’s time to stop calling this place Happy Valley. The name doesn’t fit. It never did.   The out-of-town reporters describe us as “an idyllic community,” “a tranquil football Eden” “nestled” in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.   Spare us. As many…

Andy Rooney dies

UPDATE: Andy Rooney died Friday night, according to CBS, only a month after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary. He died of complications from surgery.  The article below was published about Andy Rooney Sept 28th after his retirement was announced. Rooney received the NSNC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and is a member of our Hall of…

Board Chooses Conference Date

The 2012 NSNC Conference will be in Macon, Georgia, May 3-6 at the Marriott Hotel.  Macon is 85 miles south of Atlanta. The board voted to accept Ed Grisamore’s recommendation at the regular business meeting last Sunday with a quorum present. The conference chair recommended this date since Macon is the “prettiest place on earth in the spring.” It…

NSNC Honored at Indiana University

Ernie Pyle’s Distinguished Alumni Award was awarded last weekend by the Indiana University School of Journalism, which was celebrating its centennial. The university created a Hall of Fame with 15 inductees, 10 posthumous and five living. Since Ernie has no living relatives, they asked Mike Leonard to accept on behalf of the National Society of Newspaper…

iPad App to feature Herb Caen’s Best Columns

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Herb Caen will  be showcased in multimedia presentations for Apple iPad users, according to MarketWire.  Caen’s classic stories will be narrated by some of his closest friends and video will include vintage photos and film footage of San Francisco and the Bay Area notables that Caen wrote about…

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…