I’ve had an interesting vantage point, at The Detroit News, from which to watch and learn more about the journalism debate over whether news content should be offered for free on the web or put behind a paywall for subscribers only. Digital First Media, which famously eschewed paywalls, took over management of our sister Media […]

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New rounds of layoffs, home delivery cutbacks and advertising losses remind us of the urgency we must have in changing the newspaper business. Many journalists are engaged in that change every day. Each day they find resistance from colleagues who either aren’t thinking about the future or don’t clearly see the options facing the industry. […]

Chicago Sun-Times front page of May 31, 2013, the day after laying off its entire photo staff.

A week after the Chicago Sun-Times mass layoff of its photo staff, I’m perplexed by two things. The first is the sense of outrage from sectors of the journalism community. The second is why the Sun-Times seemed to place so little value on still photography even before the layoffs. In the aftermath, I understand the […]

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With shrinking staffs and growing demands, reporters and editors for years have been asking, “What can we give up?” It’s a fair question (and one I’ll get to), but we learn far more when we  ask: What can we not give up? That answer is simple: Public service journalism. Despite smaller staffs, more frequent deadlines and diminishing […]

The News Journal's interactive map that has some arguing to close gun records to public view.

Note: The New York legislature today was poised to approve bills that would prohibit disclosure of the names and addresses of gun owners in the state’s registry and allow citizens to avoid disclosure on county-held registries. This story has details. – GM, Jan. 15, 2013 In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings, the […]

On the great scale weighing two alternative futures of the newspaper business, Journal Register has had all its weights on one side. Print is dead. Go digital first. And fast. It’s an attractive message. It’s a vision, after all. As the rest of the industry meanders toward a digital future, these folks are racing ahead. For the […]

Publisher George G. Booth stands at the entrance to the newly opened Detroit News building in 1917, the year after the paper set forth its standards in a style book. (Detroit News photo)

Vigorous, but not vicious. Interesting, but not sensational. Fearless, but fair. They were core values for The Detroit News — in 1916. Are they appropriate standards for the 21st century? I recently came across a style book, dated the year before The News moved into its present building, that gave a detailed explanation of the […]

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