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A Story Grows from Seeds Planted 48 Years Ago

The sands of time never run out on a story worth telling. I recently completed the manuscript for what has evolved into a 90,000-word narrative nonfiction book at whose hub is a true crime that occurred in the mid-1970’s when I was a young, wet-behind-the-ears reporter in Williamsport, PA. It was my first full-time job, aside from my three-year enlistment in the Army as an intelligence analyst, and, as it turned out, I was working there in [...]

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By |2021-07-14T21:09:58+00:00July 14, 2021|Exoneration, Justice, Murder, Police|

Trend of Biased News Isn’t Good News

Newspapers are struggling to survive. Do they have to sell out to stay in business? What’s the news across the nation? According to one highly informed source, the country is becoming an “expanding news desert.” It’s hard to believe when you can access breaking news any time of day, whether via cable news channels or internet websites. Not only can you get your news, but you can choose your kind of news, customized to fit your personal [...]

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By |2021-07-12T16:57:44+00:00July 12, 2021|Journalism and Writing, News Media, Newspapers|

Starting Out at the End of an Era

The story of Grit, a newspaper that accentuated to positive, is a combination of triumph and tragedy. If you are around long enough, you might become part of history, something that was special to thousands — and, in my case, hundreds of thousands of people across the country. For me it was Grit— a nationally circulated weekly newspaper. I was hired as a reporter/writer there in the late summer of 1972. Note that it was Grit, not [...]

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By |2021-05-26T20:28:09+00:00May 26, 2021|Grit, Journalism and Writing, News Media, Newspapers|

Why No News Isn’t Necessarily Good News

Casualty list of America’s daily and weekly newspapers grows. What’s the news across the nation? According to one highly informed source, the country is becoming an “expanding news desert.” It’s hard to believe when you can access breaking news any time of day, whether via cable news channels or internet websites. Not only can you get your news, but you can choose your kind of news, customized to fit your personal needs, beliefs and desires. And, as [...]

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Boomer Slogans and Catch Phrases Live on

Boomers killed America’s love affair with smoking before it killed more of us. Skill Note: Most of  following was written in July of 2015 as a newspaper column several years after retiring from 39 years as a reporter and editor for three different newspapers. Aside from several edits, addendums and asides, it remains the same. I know the range of age for retired people grows wider and wider with each passing year. For starters, people retire a [...]

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Curdling the Milk of Human Kindness

Sometimes it takes some digging to get to the truth I guess you might call this the era of fake news, so our biggest challenge as informed citizens is to get real and not live life like a reality show. It’s about exploiting our biases with adulterated or downright phony stories that get passed along until they amass hundreds of thousands, even millions, of believers. The 21st Century version is nurtured and promulgated by social media and [...]

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Fact-Checking More Important Than Ever to Voters

I didn’t get out much the last half of February and much of March so, as I recovered from my surgery. I watched a lot of television, read a lot of news and opinions. Much of it was fueled by people campaigning for president, and its tough to sort through the bombardment so many self-serving lies and exaggerations. It’s as if politics itself has become reality television, which means it isn’t real at all. Two of Donald Trump’s adult [...]

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By |2016-06-08T15:14:44+00:00June 8, 2016|Discrimination, Elections, Fact Checking, Fairness, Politics|

Feasting on Fake News and Loving It

I know a little something about fake news. I manufactured a news article years ago in an April 1st issue of another newspaper and stirred up a storm of controversy. Anyone who read beyond the headline and the introductory paragraphs would recognize that it was not on the up and up. That’s on the up and up, as in factual and legitimate, and the article had become so outrageous by the final sentence, concluding, of course, with “April Fool!” [...]

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