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Is News Toxic?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 18, 2008
Junk mail isn't always junk. Sometimes even an advertisement for a product or service that doesn't interest us can prompt useful questions. I recently received an e-mail from Andy Feld, a motivati  

Can you digg it?

0 Comments · Sunday, May 11, 2008
Leave it to The Economist to tell this paleoreporter about the digg icon at the end of many online news stories. Previously I've hesitated to push digg because I ascribe to Cincinnati City Motto (a  

Getting the facts ... and missing them

0 Comments · Sunday, May 4, 2008
Kevin Osborne's April 23 Porkopolis column ("Streicher's Slippery Hold on the Facts") is the kind of rigorous reporting that exemplifies the adversarial relationship that sometimes exists between j  

Noting anniversaries of events society would rather not remember

0 Comments · Friday, April 25, 2008
Where does one start with a 40th anniversary? Not our marriage. That was two years ago. How about: Paris student demonstrations. Tet offensive. LBJ refuses to run for reelection. Chicago police ri  

In news, more is almost always better

0 Comments · Saturday, April 19, 2008
Recent unrest in Tibet and protests over the appearance of the Olympic torch show the value, indeed the necessity, of obtaining information from a variety of sources -- and treating all of them wit  

How the media treat papal visits, whistleblowers, sex workers and foreign elections

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Religion is hot news because Pope Benedict XVI is coming to the United States next week. He'll be accompanied by a deluge of news media cliches and ignorance about the papacy, his relations with Ca  

Deadly accurate reporting

0 Comments · Sunday, April 6, 2008
Journalism has consequences. That's the ethical issue that faces reporters on certain kinds of stories. Is all information good? Or is some information more harmful than good? My colleague, Ben L.  

Parsing the meaning of 'off the record'

0 Comments · Friday, March 28, 2008
To her credit, Harvard professor and Pulitzer-winning author Samantha Power doesn't deny calling Hillary Clinton a "monster" during an interview with journalist Gerri Peev from The Scotsman. Unlik  

Why newspapers matter

0 Comments · Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Sunday, March 16, edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer answers the question: Why should we read newspapers? It's because of articles such as "Story Behind the Lockdown in the 2004 Vote" on page A  

Xenophobia, self-censorship and the media

0 Comments · Friday, March 14, 2008
Xenophobia and self-censorship bedevil the news media. It begins and ends with Matt Drudge, the blogger who became indespensible after sleepy Washington reporters caught his scoop on the president’  

How Stuff Gets in the News ... or Doesn't

0 Comments · Saturday, March 8, 2008
I recently received a press release from the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau that I found interesting for a variety of reasons — none of them having to do with the intended purpose.   

The State of Facts

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friend, broadcaster and stockbroker Chris DeSimio loves this quote from John Adams' Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials in December 1770: "Facts are stubborn things; a  

Turning It All Off

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Our lives are inundated by noise, some of it auditory, some visual, some both. It's hard to realize how unquiet our lives are until we temporarily step outside the familiar regimen of constant inpu  

Time to find the facts in streetcar debate

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It appears our Sole Surviving Daily is recovering its will to pursue stories beyond the usual sources — e.g., Eileen Kelley's stories from Mexico on four illegal immigrants murdered in Sharonville.  

Former Enquirer Reporter and Newspaper Reach Settlement over His Termination

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 6, 2008
James McNair has been unfired. "My termination of last August has been converted to the voluntary acceptance of a buyout,¨ McNair wrote in an e-mail last week. "That's all I'm legally able to