By Richard Lee During the years I served as a deputy communication director in the New Jersey governor’s office, we dealt with more than a fair share of negative stories. Some were complete surprises that came out of the blue and required quick thinking about how best to respond. Occasionally we knew when a tough … Continue reading Did the Buffalo Diocese Try to ‘Bigfoot’ the Clergy Abuse Story Last Week?
By Michael P. Riccards Sometime ago, the New York Times sent a glossy brochure to its loyal subscribers which was a remarkable and expensive defense of how the newspaper comprises its editions and the various department that it uses. It is probably a response due to the violent attacks that President Donald Trump launched on … Continue reading The talented journalists at the NYT should give us more than anti-Trump venom
By Richard Lee Fifty years ago, when several hundred thousand music fans descended on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Queen was nearly a year away from its first performance, Elton John had yet to release an album in the U.S., and Bruce Springsteen was in … Continue reading Current movies show the true meaning of Woodstock
By Michael Shapiro GateHouse and Gannett are merging, and barring any regulatory hurdles (which is unlikely), will become the largest chain of local newspapers in the United States. The deal has been greeted with a degree of measured trepidation and speculation about what it will mean for local news coverage in communities across the United … Continue reading The GateHouse/Gannett merger: Four things to consider
August 12, 2019, marks the 15th anniversary of New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's stunning announcement that he was gay, had been unfaithful to his wife and would resign from office. In the years that followed, numerous public officials have grappled with private issues in the public sphere. In the Hall Institute's 2007 book Reaction … Continue reading Hero Killing: Examining America’s Infatuation With Creating And Destroying Its Leaders
Below is a brief excerpt from Greg Mitchell’s upcoming book, The Beginning or the End, How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The except is about the genesis of John Hersey’s Hiroshima, an essay that has been called the most famous single article of the century. By Greg Mitchell A new visitor to … Continue reading The genesis of John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’
By Lee Coppola His bib overalls were stained with oil, as were his fingers. His breath, at 11 o'clock in the morning, had a hint of alcohol. He was an over-the-road truck driver and he had just returned home to learn his son was in a coma and near death and that his ex-wife was … Continue reading Why journalism matters – for the little guy who has nowhere else to turn