CityBeat - On Second Thought http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-112-1-on_second_thought.html <![CDATA[Babel and Begats - ]]> The revival of political reporting after the 2014 election and holidays reminded me of Genesis 11. That’s where you find two teasures: Babel and Begats.]]> <![CDATA[The (Confusing) Red Cross Response - ]]>

A reader gently chided me for writing that the American Red Cross “inexplicably” abandoned abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich Maneuver) as its recommended first response to choking.

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<![CDATA[The Enquirer's Fine Line Between Advertising and Journalism - ]]>

Holiday joy must be tinged with renewed survivors’ guilt at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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<![CDATA[A Lesson on Journalism Ethics - ]]>

In today’s heated news cycle, even facially flawed assertions become facts through repetition. Vilification and political correctness can muzzle doubters.

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<![CDATA[The Blunt Business of Journalism - ]]> Sometimes a question can be so blunt, so explicit, that offended listeners disregard the validity of the query. Or the evasive response.
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<![CDATA[The Disaster in Disaster Relief - ]]> National media have a bottom drawer into which they stuff important stories that someone else did.
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<![CDATA[National Media’s Obsession Over a Local Tragedy - ]]>

Who cares? Everyone’s white. Seemingly affluent. Neither young nor old. No cops, no shooting. No protesters calling for “justice.”

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<![CDATA[The Right (or No Right) to Privacy - ]]>

The growing national conversation about privacy is a curious thing

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<![CDATA[Good Riddance, Eric Holder - ]]> Eric Holder announced his resignation. Good riddance. Not since the Nixon years have Americans had an attorney general so aggressively hostile to the news media. ]]> <![CDATA[The Oxygen of Publicity - ]]> A photo of children being buried after an attack in Ukraine led the Sept. 9 New York Times. I looked at it repeatedly, turning away, then returning. No gore. No bloody bandages. No hovering physicians. A few grieving relatives and neighbors.]]> <![CDATA[Larry Flynt Was Right - ]]> What we see on TV is true but not accurate, accurate but not true. We see what happened but rarely what was going on. ]]> <![CDATA[Larry Flynt Was Right - ]]>

Buried in old files from decades of teaching reporting and journalism ethics is a flyer mailed to local homes by pornographer Larry Flynt.

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<![CDATA[A Brief Yet Triumphant Introduction - ]]>

Fifty years ago, the first edition of the daily Zambia Times rolled off our presses in Central Africa and I was in charge of the news operation. It’s as close as I’ll come to giving birth.

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<![CDATA[Remembering "The Struggle" - ]]>

Work defined my life in Central Africa. Six or seven days a week in 1964, I was at my desk by mid-morning as news editor in charge of a new black nationalist daily, the Zambia Times.

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<![CDATA[George Clooney vs. the Tabloids - ]]>

Here’s a twist on the old “Don’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the gallon.” That was when print ruled.
Now, it’s don’t pick an online fight with an immensely popular actor and a respected lawyer who come from journalism families: George Clooney and fiance Amal Alamuddin.

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<![CDATA[Who Guards the Guardians? - ]]>

Barack Obama’s Justice Department remains at war with reporters, invoking national security so often we should check to see if the sky is falling.

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<![CDATA[Considering the Reporter/Opinion Writer Hybrid - ]]>

It was the day after I retired from The Enquirer and Rick Pender, an editor at CityBeat, asked me to consider being this paper’s lead columnist. 

“I don’t have an opinion every week worth 750 words,” I told him. We left it at that.

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<![CDATA[Government Must Not Define Who Is a Journalist - ]]>

Developments at the U.S. Supreme Court and Colorado legislature demonstrate how government restricts our access to news.

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<![CDATA[Reporters and Ill-Advised Security Reporting Tactics - ]]>

There’s something about a WET PAINT sign that overwhelms good sense and manners. We have to test it. 

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<![CDATA[No Images = No Stories - ]]>

It’s taken almost a month for the story of hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian school girls to gain a foothold in the American news media.

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