Category Archives: HonorTagProfessional

The Media and JonBenet: the Bottom Feels Fine When You Don’t Have Far to Fall

They don’t do original reporting. They don’t check facts, are loose with the truth and traffic in rumor. They have agendas. They just want attention. They’re not careful. They are not professionals. They sensationalize. There are too many of them. … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger

(Author’s note: the following is meant to be in fun, so please don’t ruin my good post-vacation mood by being all serious, like those people who think Snakes on a Plane is a good action movie — or those who … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger

(Author’s note: the following is meant to be in fun, so please don’t ruin my good post-vacation mood by being all serious, like those people who think Snakes on a Plane is a good action movie — or those who … Continue reading

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Warning: The Following is Not Journalism

Gay Talese, in his seminal journalistic novel The Kingdom and the Power, described journalists as “restless voyeurs who see the warts upon the world, the countless imperfections in people and in places.” That’s it. No college degree or experience. No … Continue reading

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When PR is a Journalist’s Savior, Newspapers Have Gone to Hell

“…In a few years I seriously worry there will be much worth reading in newspapers. I already know I’m getting most of my news off the Web.” – Charles Bingham, 17-year newspaper veteran In a commentary posted online via Romenesko, … Continue reading

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Former Santa Barbara News-Press Columnist Speaks Out; N-P Publisher Becomes (Lou) Cannon Fodder

"Wendy McCaw may own the paper, but she doesn’t own the news." — Anonymous Santa Barbara News-Press executive And on the Seventh Day, it all went to hell. One week since editors and a long-time columnist walked out on their … Continue reading

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The Santa Barbara News-Press: Another U.S. Newspaper Commits Suicide

We hear the talk and read the statistics: Newspapers are dying, circulation is eroding and readers are turning to blogs and mobile media for their news. Then there is Santa Barbara, California. I lived in Santa Barbara for five years … Continue reading

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Below the Fold: Criminal Justice Edition (or “Dead Puppies Tell No Tales”)

Use An Arrow, Go to Jail: 2002 “Survivor” winner Brian Heidik was arrested for shooting a puppy he mistook for a coyote. But that’s not the weird part – no, the weird part is that Heidik shot the puppy with … Continue reading

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Drive-By Journalism, Media Bias, the Case of the Disappearing Client and the Gospel According to John (Wagner)

Being on vacation is great for letting the mind wander. The problem is getting your mind back once you return. I’m still on vacation, so forgive the following items, as they were written without the benefit of my brain. If … Continue reading

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Scoble, Malik, and Carey: Lessons For Their Great Leaps Forward

Some people fear taking that first step. It doesn’t matter what they are moving toward – a new job, a new love, a commitment or a parting of the ways. The first step is almost always fraught with trepidation, like … Continue reading

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