In the midst of all of the harumphing
about this month’s chemical spill into a tributary of the Ohio River and
the nine-county ban on tap water for days, NPR recorded a West
Virginian saying, “Without water, we’re up a creek without a paddle.”
Listening to BBC after Nelson Mandela
died left me sleep deprived. It was virtually nonstop from midnight to 5
a.m. on WVXU, and BBC demonstrated how a first-class news organization
covers a major story.
Patrick J. Sloyan reconstructed Merriman Smith’s Pulitzer-winning UPI reporting of JFK’s assassination for the May, 1997, American Journalism Review. He also retold how UPI handled the story minute by minute.
Fifty years after JFK was killed, I
still don’t get the popular fascination with him. And until someone convinces me that
it matters to our public policy today, I really don’t care who killed him or what
was behind those fatal shots in Dallas.