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If your community news is slanted, Dan Proft may be to blame

In a column last week, Tribune op-ed writer Eric Zorn sideswiped a chain of community newspapers that don't meet his standards. Zorn's subject was the right-wing reaction to New Trier High School's recent all-day, all-school "white privilege" seminar. It's led to three conservative candidates running insurgency campaigns for seats on the New Trier Township board.…

Remembering Chicago Tribune reporter Steve Crews

At a Christmas party several years ago, Steve Crews sat down beside me and asked me what I thought about Tajikistan. I had no thoughts (I bet you don't either).…

The AP—how will it ever learn without its director of training?

Years ago, when I went to work for UPI in Saint Louis, my in-service training consisted of a demonstration of how to operate the teleprinter. Most of the time an operator would be available; but on Sundays, and also on Saturday and Monday nights, it was up to me to do everything myself.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Wholesome entertainment

The other day I had what I briefly thought was a pretty good idea. I happened to turn on the TV and catch the last half hour or so of The Greatest Game Ever Played, which is a Disney movie about an underdog who prevailed.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The right move

It takes a big newspaper to admit a colossal boner, but the New York Times was up to the task yesterday: The Chess column last Sunday, about Justin Sarkar, a New York international master, gave an incorrect move in a recent game between Adam Hunt and Mr. Show More Summary

Byline: Madame Butterfly

What's a responsible newspaper to do when somebody writes for it who has so many conflicts of interest there's no way to keep track of them all? The Tribune's solution is to add this declaimer at the end of Candace Jordan's weekly column: "Freelance...Show More Summary

The Daily Illini in trouble

There's a new normal in print journalism and college papers are not immune to it. I’ve just had a conversation with Lil Levant, publisher of the Daily Illini and general manager of Illini Media Company, the not-for-profit that controls...Show More Summary

James O'Shea announces a halt

James O'Shea, founder, editor, and CEO of the Chicago News Cooperative, announced Monday that CNC was suspending operations because of a lack of funds. This decision was reported over the weekend by the Reader.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

CNC shutting down

The Chicago News Cooperative will cease operation February 26, founder James O'Shea told his staff Friday afternoon. CNC, which has contributed four news pages a week of Chicago news to the New York Times and maintained a news-centric...Show More Summary

Once upon a time in Chicago

Andrew Jones had me with DoubleTake. DoubleTake was the sort of failure you’d rather have on your tombstone than almost any ten successes—it was an astonishingly handsome, beautifully photographed, and elegantly written magazine that Dr. Robert Coles founded at Duke University in 1995 and that died ten years later.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The show's aged better than the write-up

Show Boat first opened on Broadway in December 1927. The (unsigned) New York Times review began with this: The worlds of Broadway and Park Avenue and their respective wives put on their best bibs and tuckers last night and converged at Mr. Ziegfeld’s handsome new playhouse on Sixth Avenue.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

MSM failing to bring major advertisers online — Pew study

Some troubling news for mainstream media trying to make a go of it on the Internet: “Between 2011 and 2015, revenue from digital advertising in the United States is expected to grow by 40% and to overtake all other platforms by 2016. “Yet...Show More Summary

Bill Mullen

Journalists in the best newsrooms care for each other about as deeply as marines on patrol do, and from time to time they want to say so. As yeomen whose stock in trade is prose they regard it with some skepticism, and when special occasions...Show More Summary

There was a little churl . . .

What a fascinating fellow Newt Gingrich is. A couple of Sundays ago George Will cleared his throat to weigh in on him, and I hung on every word. Substitute host Jake Tapper had interviewed Gingrich in the opening minutes of ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Alinsky and Terkel, talking

Republicans from Newt Gingrich on down who have been trying to hang Saul Alinsky on Barack Obama are handicapped by their apparent failure to have any idea who it is they're talking about. Alinsky was a community organizer born and raised in Chicago who worked closely with friends in high places in the Catholic Church.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Do newspapers think we can't see who's missing?

I gave the Monday Trib a stareAnd met the man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today.I wish, I wish, he’d go away. His absence haunts the Tribune, and a lot of other papers too.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Hail, Hail, to Michigan!

The Michigan primary was the last day of February. “I don’t want to have to actually campaign there,” the Front-runner told his marketing guy, who carried the title of Traditional Values Articulator.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The Facebook paradox

The Pew Research Center has put its finger on a Facebook paradox. Some 20 to 30 percent of Facebook users are "power users," according to a study by the Pew's Internet & American Life Project, done in collaboration with Facebook.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mick Dumke wins Studs Terkel Award

The Reader's Mick Dumke is a 2012 winner of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, which is given by the Community Media Workshop, based at Columbia College. Dumke was named Thursday, along with Maria Hinojosa of National Public Radio and Chip Mitchell of WBEZ.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The good old supernatural

I came to work Tuesday and opened my computer to the Reader home page. Facing me on the screen was Anne Ford's as-told-to interview with Richard Kieckhefer, "historian of magic."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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