Michigan campaign coverage scorecard: The good, the bad and the silly

Pre-election political reporting varies from inspired to insipid and from public-minded to self-indulgent. In other words, it resembles some candidates. In this season of subjective judgments, here are one reader’s votes for campaign coverage at both ends of the spectrum. They report, I decide. Public Service Award: Bridge magazine, an in-depth news and analysis site … Continue reading

Digital media

Nurses see no humor in ‘Count Stormula’ re-tweet by Detroit News

Good timing is a key to comedy and journalism. The Detroit News failed on both counts Tuesday morning, the Michigan Nurses Association says. The medical group’s communication director, Dawn Kettinger, sent a complaint to prominent journalism blogger Jim Romenesko after The News’ social media team (@detnews) re-tweeted this crack by a young Ferndale woman: BREAKING: … Continue reading


Round up the usual clichés: World Series is ‘changing the perception of Detroit’

The media team’s lineup includes “sagging spirits,” “civic pride” and “advertisement for Detroit.” World Series games in Detroit invariably bring out minor league reporting and writing by weak journalistic hitters. Their reflexive framing –a battered city cheered by a scrappy team – is Groundhog Day journalism.   One notable exception stands out among three articles that … Continue reading

Digital media / Journalism

Back-and-forth reports on Emanuel Steward death show web-speed coverage is slippery

Breaking news coverage is hard, especially when information from presumably reliable sources is fuzzy or inconsistent. That led The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and a few national news sites to report Thursday that legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward had died – only to be contradicted initially by family members a handful of hours before … Continue reading


Print media fade-out? That’s news to Birmingham publisher starting second magazine

David Hohendorf is so confident in the value of print media that he’s giving away a second periodical, starting today. The Birmingham publisher describes his latest launch, Xpress, as an “upscale monthly newsmagazine” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) readers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. The 56-page debut issue has 20,000 copies stacked … Continue reading