The New York Times executive editor said during a visit to Harvard in September that he would risk jail to publish Donald Trump’s tax returns. He made good on his word Saturday night when the Times published Trump tax documents from 1995, which show the Republican presidential nominee claimed losses of $916 million that year — enough to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years afterward.
Several years ago cyberspace was frenzied over many popular websites going dark for 24 hours to protest a federal bill meant to crack down on video piracy.
The Stop Online Piracy Act – or SOPA – was a controversial and perhaps misguided effort championed by the Motion Picture Association of America to end illegal online sharing of copyrighted material, primarily movies and music.
To protest SOPA and its potential threats to the First Amendment, Wikipedia, Google, Reddit and – heaven forbid – I Can Haz Cheezburger, among many others, all shut down for a 24-hour period to show the web-surfing world what it would be like without its daily fix of photos of cats riding in baby strollers.
By AL CROSS
Institute for Rural Journalism
University of Kentucky
At many community newspapers, treatment of the presidential election may be limited to online polls of your readers’ opinions, or their letters. But this is a race for president like no other, where facts and issues have taken a far back seat to entertainment, personality and character assassination, and it’s unlikely to get better now that we have the two most unpopular nominees in the history of polling.
Why should smaller newspapers devote more space to the race? If dailies rely on the Associated Press, the coverage won’t be localized. If weeklies just stick to local news, they will ignore a major topic of discussion among their readers, many of whom don’t read a daily. Covering the race can help you build and maintain a brand as the most authoritative local source of news and information.
As the primary campaigns ended, many journalists acknowledged that they had done a poor job of holding the nominees and other candidates accountable for their statements, and vowed to do better. But at last month’s conventions, timely fact-checking was rare. All of us in American journalism need to share the load.
What I remember most about that night is hitting the mailbox. Oh, and the guy sitting next to me getting carsick from the volatility of my admittedly awful driving.
It was the middle of the evening in the middle of nowhere in Barren County, Ky.
Joel and I had been on the road for several hours trying to deliver that day’s paper. Due to a somewhat historic drought of carriers in the circulation department at the time, he and I had been drafted to get a couple of the afternoon newspaper’s daily routes delivered. It took two of us because I wasn’t even from Barren County and had no idea where I was going.
BRUCE — The Calhoun County Journal has been a family affair for more than half a century now. Bruce’s Jo Ann Denley has been around for a majority of it.
Denley’s late husband Gale established the Journal in 1953 with his parents Sellers and Maggie Ellen Denley.
Gale and Jo Ann married in 1955 and moved to Bruce in 1962.
jo ann denleyShe had always been in and out of The Journal subconsciously learning how the newsroom operated, photos were developed, and the newspaper was put together. Sometimes, as a former English teacher, she would even be called in as a “set of fresh eyes” to help copy read articles.
“‘Cause he’s oh, so good And he’s oh, so fine And he’s oh, so healthy In his body and his mind. He’s a well respected man about town Doing the best things so conservatively.”—Ray Davies
By Ray Mosby
ROLLING FORK — Mississippi’s Republican super-majority government—you know, the neat group of men and women currently occupying almost all the most powerful legislative and administrative offices and whose collective volume of the milk of human kindness can be measured on the same gauge as is desert rainfall—has itself a new poster boy.
Meet one state Rep. Jeffrey S. Guice. He lives in Ocean Springs where he sells real estate (but only to the right (wink!) kind of people, of course) and he represents the good folks of Jackson and Harrison counties who reside within the lines of House District 114 in the Miss. Legislature.
And last week, Rep. Guice made the kind of news that nobody holding any sort of elective office likes to make—the kind that revealed himself to be that special variety of complete and utter jackass that he apparently is. Continue reading “A great guy or what?”
BILOXI — The Mississippi Press Association celebrated its 150th anniversary last week at the Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi.
After the Mississippi Bar Association and the Mississippi State Medical Association, it is the oldest state professional association.
Unlike the legal and medical professions, the newspaper industry is actually a manufacturing enterprise. It makes an actual product that comes off a printing press. That makes the longevity of newspapers even more impressive. No other manufactured product has had such staying power.
As president of Emmerich Newspapers, I oversee 26 community newspapers, primarily in Mississippi. Most of these newspapers are well over 100 years old.