I was recently asked by an editor to explain why I've lived in the same place -- in New York's Hudson Valley -- for nearly 40 years. I could only think to answer the question in the guise I'm most familiar with: as the grandfather of four boys.
This morning, I bet that the first thing you did -- even before you had that first cup of coffee - was check the news. In fact, you didn't open an actual newspaper. Chances are you read the news on your phone.
Reporters and editors excluded from membership are furious about results of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU) election so they're suing the syndicate and its president on charges of corruption, irregularities and violations of its bylaws.
I came across this three-part YouTube film about the New York City newspapers strike of 1945. It was a 17-day event. It's quite interesting to see how people coped, or didn't cope. There were eight daily newspapers in New York at that time and people devoured them.
A picture may say 1,000 words, though there is possibly another story lurking just outside the frame. This is certainly the case with the images featured in "The First with the Latest! Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City."
Instead of carrying around the burden of the world's evils and difficulties, I wonder if it is possible to use the news to empower people to make changes and help in areas that are most important to them.
Maybe I'm desperate...
The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.
Britain has always been known for its vibrant newspaper culture. In London alone, there are 10 national titles that sell more than 9 million copies a day. And this in a country of 64 million people.
Stephan has one of the most popular comic strips around; his tipping point was when Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, noticed his work and mentioned it in a blog post. The rest is history.
In The Fraud, a rash of carjackings is terrorizing Newark. When one theft results in the murder of a banking executive, Ross begins investigating the case. He soon learns that a Nigerian immigrant was also killed in another carjacking only days apart from the executive's murder.
There is something new coming from Marc Goldner and Rachel Korsen, it's called "The Sunday Comics Are Back." It's an actual newspaper printed with over 200 pages with work by over 200 cartoonists.
Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.
A crowdsourced site caught my eye. It's about a cartoonist with the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland who has been stealing other cartoonists' work. The name of the cartoonist, William Charles, is obviously made-up, and many feel that the editor of the newspaper himself, Brian Karem, is doing the dirty work.
It's a wild world out there in cyberland and after years of struggling to come up with viable financial plans to keep themselves afloat at a time of immense disruptive change to their traditional business models, along comes news that the online goal posts have once again shifted.
When someone says the word "bravery" out loud it sounds like it's from a book on noblemen or knights. I can almost hear the clank of sword on shield. Call it medieval if you want, but I believe in trying to be brave.