CityBeat - On Second Thought http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-112-1-on_second_thought.html <![CDATA[Check It Out - ]]> Failures to embrace the ethical obligation to “check it out” can misdirect or undermine public policy with sometimes deadly effects.]]> <![CDATA[Avoidable Errors Erode Confidence in 'Enquirer' - ]]>

Pointing out Enquirer errors — mistaken information that local copy editors would have caught in the Good Old Days — used to be a guilty pleasure. Today, repeated lapses raise a serious question.

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<![CDATA[Media Happenings at The Enquirer, WXIX & More - ]]>

Lots of good stuff happened during the past fortnight. Rick Green returned to the Enquirer. He’s the new publisher. That puts a solid, veteran journalist and news executive at the top of our Sole Surviving Daily.

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<![CDATA[Media Gotcha! Games Here and Abroad - ]]>

News media games of Gotcha! turned nasty on both sides of the Atlantic. If embarrassing the other guy were only adults behaving badly, the affairs would be entertaining. It’s that and more...

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<![CDATA[Newsroom Enthusiasm and Harper Lee's Long-Lost Manuscript - ]]>

Finding genuine but previously unknown or long-lost manuscripts can be a publisher’s dream. Narratives by early American writers — as diverse as pioneer midwives or former slaves — still create minor sensations and career-enhancing moments for scholars.

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<![CDATA[Brouhaha at the BBC and Al Jazeera - ]]>

As it is with any news medium where neutrality is a goal, complaints increasingly focus on word choice and allegations of political correctness rather than overt story bias and slant.

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<![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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