‘Citizen journalist’ quotes deceased parishioners in article on church closing

When the byline is a clergyman’s, it seems proper to ease in gently and with praise before explaining why Oakland Press editors “will fully investigate” his error-marred article. No mistakes are in the lead paragraph of Tuesday’s coverage of the final worship service at St. Dennis Church in Royal Oak. A serious problem involving deceased parishioners appears … Continue reading


Haters bite as newspaper dangles bias bait with poll about saying ‘Merry Christmas’

Debates over taking Christ out of Christmas are as evergreen as . . . well, a fragrant decoration symbolizing a certain holiday other than Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Festivus. The familiar point-counterpoint exercise is a handy way to fill news space, as The Windsor Star does by leveraging a reader letter for an online poll. “Why … Continue reading

Journalism / Public relations

Familiar ‘news’: National Retail Federation predicts holiday shopping increase — and release is used

It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . for a media commentator to question the value of some reflexive holiday-theme coverage we see – or look away from — every year. That four-letter word is highlighted above because I’m no Scrooge when it comes to certain chestnuts sure to be on front pages … Continue reading

Digital media / Journalism

Detroit Free Press Reporter Has Online Conversations With Readers From Kwame Kilpatrick Trial

Jim Schaefer has worn diverse career hats: copy editor, police beat, video game reviewer, feature writer, TV news producer and – most notably – investigative reporter. Now he adds multimedia juggler. His Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial role for the Detroit Free Press is a model of what’s called multi-platform journalism. In addition to contributing to … Continue reading


Ann Arbor writer John U. Bacon strains credibility with ‘politics is sillier than sports’ riff

So many opinion essays, so little reading time.  That’s the challenge columnists and other writers face, multiplied to the max during election week. The best draw clicks the hard way: By methodically earning a reputation for sensible, readable thought leadership that introduces new ideas and fresh perspectives. Then there are those who try to stir … Continue reading