Tom Clancy, self-described “boy writer,” recounts events immediately before and after the publication of his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October.” Continue reading Becoming Tom Clancy: My letters from Tom – Part 3 of 4
Tom Clancy, self-described “boy writer,” recounts events immediately before and after the publication of his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October.” Continue reading Becoming Tom Clancy: My letters from Tom – Part 2 of 4
Tom Clancy, self-described “boy writer,” recounts events immediately before and after the publication of his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October.” Continue reading Becoming Tom Clancy: My letters from Tom – Part 1 of 4
Information or confirmation. Whatever you want to know about the status of American news media today is probably in the Pew Research Center’s extensive The State of the News Media 2013: An Annual Report on American Journalism released last month. Probably few will read the massive report from beginning to end, choosing instead only sections of particular … Continue reading Boston reporting and Pew’s ‘State of the News Media’
I come late to this story but am delighted to tell it nevertheless. It seems that in some corners of the media world, investigative journalism is still alive and well, and no one could be happier than this old editor who had all but given up on the profession she once loved. It seems the … Continue reading Investigative journalism lives!
It’s not possible to be a fair, objective political reporter in American today. Oh, you can try. You can have the best intentions in the world. You can do intense research, get at least two sources for everything, etc. But if your report treats both sides equally, then each will accuse you of favoring the … Continue reading Election 2012: The biggest story went unreported
More yummy goodness today from Ronni Bennett’s Time Goes By. I couldn’t pass this up — emoticons from an 1881 issue of Puck magazine. I should have known typographers were far too clever not to have employed them long before the digital age. Ronni found this gem over at Retronaut, another place you’ll want to … Continue reading Smilies in 1881: Who knew?
Must be the silly season for magazine covers. First Time magazine sports a bare-breasted mom nursing her three-year-old, and now Newsweek has declared Obama “The First Gay President.” The race to the bottom has really heated up, hasn’t it? Decades-old highly respected news magazines venturing into the realm of shock and misrepresentation, all to generate … Continue reading Seriously, Newsweek?
For decades Time magazine has been America’s go-to news magazine. But their May 21 issue, due on newsstands next week, features what may be their most blatantly sensationalistic cover ever: Talk about pandering to the lowest common denominator. Oh sure, there are millions of women out there who breastfeed their babies, and a lot of … Continue reading Time cover sinks to new low
(Updated April 22, 2012 at 3:50 pm MDT) I have a great respect for and love of native American Indian philosophy and religion, so it was deeply disappointing to learn that the quotation in my post It’s Earth Day (a re-post of Earth Day 2011) is not from Chief Seattle. This was brought to my … Continue reading Myth attribution: Chief Seattle and Ted Perry
The online New York Times has a problem, as does virtually every other print publication that has been forced by the advance of technology to develop an online presence. The problem is how to make readers pay to see content. Subscribers and newsstand sales have been a significant chunk of income for print publications, although … Continue reading NYT raises paywall, reduces free access
Excerpt from This Is the American Earth by Nancy Newhall ¸ To the primal wonders no road can ever lead; they are not so won. To know them you shall leave road and roof behind; you shall go light and spare. You shall win them yourself, in sweat, sun, laughter, in dust and rain, with … Continue reading Why wilderness?