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Newsroom Firings and Couric's Big Adventure

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
August is an awful month for news until some sap screws up and discovers he -- and it's usually he in our Hall of Shame -- is the only story in town. This past month has been worse than awful. No sa  

Why I Hate New Year's Eve

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 1, 2007
When CityBeat published its obituary for The Cincinnati/ Kentucky Post early this year, we didn't gloat over the prospect of becoming the region's "other" paper. Rather, it's an opportunity we embra  

Not All Content Is Created Equal

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
A thoughtful correspondent faults my harsh assessment of The Enquirer's credulous May 20 embrace of the Creation Museum. Among his targets is my decision to ignore the interaction among readers in t  

'Enquirer' Lays a Dinosaur Egg

0 Comments · Monday, June 11, 2007
The Enquirer's naive anticipation of the opening of Answers in Genesis' Creation Museum is disappointing but not surprising. For months Answers in Genesis has played The Enquirer like a Jew's harp.   

Should We Fear the Photo of a Mass Murderer?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Killings at Virginia Tech might be the most lethal rampage on a U.S. college campus, but news media erred when they said it was the worst shooting/massacre in American history. Ignoring wars on our   

We Used to Know the F-Word When We Saw it

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Remember when the F-word was "fuck"? Now it's "faggot," thanks to the GOP's tasty bit, lemon tart Ann Coulter. But some editors won't tell you. They report the latest fuss but not the F-word. That  

Murder Coverage: Good Work, and Too Much

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Duct Tape Dad Pleads Guilty, Spares Readers. (I know it was clear packing tape, but it doesn't fit.) Murder trials bore me. Before opening statements, we know most of what we need to know. I wa  

Willful Ignorance As Editorial Policy

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
When President Bush invoked British support for his casus belli, American editors couldn't run enough of it. Now, too many resist British revelations that challenge White House judgment, suggesting   

Hard Times Ahead for Journalists and Their Customers

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Judgments on the annus horribilis that ended Sunday and fearful predictions for the new year: Our government -- from Cincinnati City Hall to the White House -- will continue to obstruct reporters'   

Newspapers Moving Beyond the Page

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Gannett has told The Cincinnati Enquirer and the rest of its 90-plus dailies to recreate themselves for the world of Web sites, video, bloggers, Podcasts and technology not yet invented. The mornin  

Proofreaders Are Sorely Missed

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Before newspapers eliminated proofreaders to save money, those literate, skeptical guardians were our last defense against libel and error, whether journalistic or typographical. Unlike computers,   

It Bleeds, It Leads, It Succeeds

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Assumption No. 1: The emphasis on local violence by local TV news erodes communal links and exaggerates our perception of danger. Assumption No. 2: A reduced emphasis might allow us to put local   

Fake Photos Are as Bad as Phony Stories

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Faking a news photo is grounds for dismissal. Faking a combat photo should be a career-ending offense. I'm not talking about image manipulation that clearly is labeled as an illustration or croppin  

Good Journalism Isn't Treason

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Others must explain whether it was a mistake to reveal how the Belgium-based SWIFT database is used to track suspected terrorist finances. Meanwhile, The New York Times is accused of treason for it  

Cincinnati Newspapers Ignore Religion News

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Why, in God's name, didn't the Post and Enquirer send reporters to the Episcopal general convention in Columbus last month? Editors knew the convention might shatter the stained-glass ceiling by el