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Making the best of it

In journalism on 20 Oct 2016 at 3:11 pm

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When I told Sierra Vista Herald interim Managing Editor Liz Manring how much I liked this Oct. 7 front page, her response was: “This one? Really?”

Liz and her staff are perfectionists. A “perfect” front page would undoubtedly consist entirely of well researched staff-written stories full of context and bursting with art. This is not really that page.

“I don’t know that this is the best example of our best work,” she wrote to me in an email.

I agree, but that wasn’t the point I was making. As a news editor, every day my reach exceeds my grasp. I always want to produce a better newspaper than I do, and frankly that is one of the things that has always appealed to me about newspapering. Tomorrow is always a day away and that means I have another chance right around the corner.

What I liked about this page is that Liz and her staff made the most of what they had that day. And there was planning involved that might not be evident. … Read the rest of this entry »

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Is all this anger justified?

In journalism on 10 Jun 2016 at 7:31 am
Reuters / Derek Hauck

Reuters / Derek Hauck

You probably read that many Bernie Sanders supporters consider it sacrilege that the Associated Press got off its collective duff and called all the super delegates to the Democratic Convention. The AP determined that enough of them were pledging to vote to Hillary Clinton to render the rest of the primary game moot.

How dare they?! They have no right to call the contest before the final vote! The AP is disenfranchising voters! Oh, the lamestream media…

It’s the same logic that Donald Trump has employed again and again. Blame the messenger. The press is just another institution to many people and, frankly, we have only ourselves to blame for that perception.

But are they right in this instance? Is it wrong to say it’s over before it’s over?

I don’t think so, do you? All the AP did was show some initiative. It called and counted and reported the count. The alternative is waiting till it’s over and letting someone else count. That isn’t proactive reporting. That’s transcribing. … Read the rest of this entry »

What the Pulitzers mean to me

In journalism on 21 Apr 2016 at 11:31 am

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Sometimes you wake up and you wonder why you’re doing it, right? Journalism has always been a more or less thankless task. It’s not particularly lucrative. There are few jobs that are guaranteed to bring you more grief.

But there are bright moments, too. One such moment is the day the Pulitzer Prizes are announced. I’ve certainly never won one. Not even close. Hell, I’ve never even seen one up close. But I celebrate these singular achievements for what they are – awe-inspiring glimpses into the kind of hard work that changes minds and leads to a better world. There is no business like the this one. And it’s a privilege to be part of it.

Take the Associated Press report into the shocking underbelly of the commercial seafood industry. Some of our fishing is done by slaves. Yes, you read that right. From the winning entry:

Every year, thousands of migrant workers like Myint are tricked or sold into the seafood industry’s gritty underworld. It’s a brutal trade that has operated for decades as an open secret in Southeast Asia’s waters, where unscrupulous companies rely on slaves to supply fish to major supermarkets and stores worldwide.

As part of a year-long investigation into the multibillion-dollar business, The Associated Press interviewed more than 340 current and former slaves, in person or in writing. The stories told by one after another are strikingly similar.

You read that right, too. AP reporters interviewed 340 slaves. Oh my god. … Read the rest of this entry »