USA TODAY prepped us yesterday for digital deluge of today

I was staying in a hotel in California when USA TODAY founder Al Neuharth died several months ago. I'm not saying this is one of those "where were you when..." moments, it's just that this particular hotel supplied USA TODAY to us guests so I'd become accustomed to reading it. Then Neuharth … [Read more...]

North of 60 newspapers going strong, despite dire news down south

Stop the presses. Recent reports of the shaky state of the newspaper business may apply to the Globe and the Washington Post but newspapers in Canada's north are thriving. On a recent trip to the Yukon I was heartened to hear and read evidence of community papers doing nicely. When you think … [Read more...]

To err is human, to correct takes a copy editor

I was called by a fact-checker today. What a treat! But I felt as though I'd fallen into a time machine. The media world has undergone such drastic cuts recently these poor folks didn't stand a chance. Except the one who called me, apparently. I am going to read any story that begins with … [Read more...]

David Carr: the future of journalism is bright

David Carr opened his talk at the PuSh Festival by remarking dryly that the organizers had shown "a lack of respect for American folk ways and traditions" by expecting him to speak while the Super Bowl was on. I liked his turn-of-phrase. Carr is media and culture columnist for the New York Times … [Read more...]

I Feel Bad About Her Death – Nora Ephron

“Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” ― Nora Ephron It was easy to find my copies of Heartburn and Crazy Salad on my bookshelves - which is what I did when I heard … [Read more...]