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Thirty years ago today, the way journalists cover politicians changed forever.
At the time, reporters had long considered politicians’ private lives off-limits.
But on May 3, 1987, the Miami Herald reported that Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart had spent part of the weekend at his townhouse with a young woman who was not his wife. more
The most valuable lessons for journalism students sometimes come from odd and unusual places such as a Beatles convention I plan to attend this weekend.
At the The Fest for Beatles Fans, I will have an opportunity to hear from Klaus Voormann, an artist and musician I interviewed many years ago when I was a music journalist. more
Super Bowl LI featured a historic comeback and the first overtime in the history of the game, but the biggest attraction for television viewers did not involve any of the athletes on the field.
Viewership peaked at 117.5 million during more
In a book chapter I wrote several years ago, I argued that protest music filled a gap in news coverage during the Vietnam War era because the songs provided Americans with news that the mainstream media was not reporting. Fast forward to 2017, and something similar is occurring. more
It is not the most important story coming out of Washington today, but when Joe Biden’s term as vice president comes to a close, it will mark the first time in nearly 50 years that he has not held public office.
Biden has had his share of friends and foes over the years, but he leaves Washington with warm words from both sides of the aisle – a rare occurrence in today’s political climate. more
I experienced more than grief when my mother Margaret Lee passed away on Oct. 22.
Among the many thoughts that have crossed my mind since her passing is how the experience underscored the important elements of what I did for many years as a journalist – the same elements I now try to instill in the students I teach at St, Bonaventure University. more
With New York’s presidential primary upon us, candidates are engaging in a variety of staged activities aimed at winning votes in the race for the White House.
We see them sampling regional delicacies, cheering on area sports teams and name-dropping local officials and institutions. Such activities may in fact win some votes, but they are not the best way to choose the next leader of the free world. Instead of debating the pros and cons of eating pizza with a fork, we should be analyzing the candidates’ plans for the economy, education and foreign policy. But we don’t. Continue reading