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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   

News: A Rare Judicial Contest

This time voters actually get a choice

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
In their rare, contested race for an open seat on the Hamilton County Court of Appeals, Pat Dinkelacker and Jim O'Reilly agree on this much: The choice is between continuity and change: ·  

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  

Enquirer Feature Had Dangerous Misinformation

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
In a major holiday feature, The Cincinnati Enquirer offered this potentially lethal pool safety advice: Use the Heimlich maneuver as the first response to someone who is pulled from the water and ap  

Still a Place for Small Independent Papers

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Long before corporate journalism became today's high-anxiety business, Worley Rodehaver dropped out. That was the 1970s, and he'd already been a radio and print journalist for at least 20 years.  

Guest Memories of a Happier Sinai

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
Recent suicide attacks at El Arish and Dahab in the Sinai dumped me into rare nostalgia. I knew both places in a very different era. In 1979, Enquirer Editor Luke Feck agreed to let me cover the hi  

Write a Little Gem

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Journalists love headlines that seem fine when published but provoke gasps or giggles the next day. Classics come from a suburban Minneapolis weekly -- "Beauty queen has bit of tomboy in her" -- and