The Federal Communications Commission study says "the independent
watchdog function that the Founding Fathers envisioned for journalism -- going so far as to call it crucial to a healthy democracy -- is in some
cases at risk at the local level."
"Minnesota Public Radio Commentary Editor Eric Ringham
did a byline count of MPR's commentaries. Ringham found that from April
2010 to April 2011, MPR's commentaries featured female bylines 39
percent of the time."
"Through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other websites, professionals
stay in touch with each other -- and with advances in their fields --
around the clock. If they have a special problem, they no longer need to
call the association and be connected to someone else with a similar
problem -- they can just go to the Internet for a solution. And who has
the time or money for an annual convention anymore?"
"Why editorials? In an age of celebrity, when everybody is
marketing his or her own brand, an unsigned opinion article
seems old-fashioned. Done right, editorials can do things that
other news and opinion articles canít do, or at least not as
well. Editorials can see the world whole. That is, they can be
logically consistent with one another, each a piece of the
larger puzzle, and each able to withstand changing
Earlier this year, Alfred P. Doblin of the Bergen County (N.J.) Record won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing "for writing robustly and persuasively across a range of issues." Linda Valdez of The Arizona Republic and Paul Weingarten of the Chicago Tribune were named runners-up in the category.