Reporters and editors share their most memorable misteaks

A few years ago I asked my journalist friends on social media to share embarrassing stories about reporting or editing errors – things like spelling a name wrong or mangling a title – details that sound like little stuff but are really the mistakes that erode reader confidence in journalism. I shared them earlier this … Continue reading Reporters and editors share their most memorable misteaks

That time I gave a newspaper history lesson to Elon journalism students

A few weeks ago Kenn Gaither, associate dean and professor in Elon University’s School of Communications, asked if I would be willing to speak to his entry level journalism class, Comm 100, about the evolution and future of newspapers and future of print and journalism in general. The assignment landed around lunchtime today. I spoke … Continue reading That time I gave a newspaper history lesson to Elon journalism students

Throwback Thursday: The Durham family business

This week two years ago, Mebane native and now retired longtime broadcaster of UNC football and basketball Woody Durham was honored by the Naismith Memorial National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. with a lifetime achievement award for broadcasting. I wrote this at the time. Since it was discovered that Woody is suffering from Primary … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: The Durham family business

A nationally known comedian from . . . Danbury?

Monday morning I got a message from my old newspaper friend Matt Memrick. The message was suitably vague. Enough to get my attention. It stated, "Danbury huh? Who knew comedy came out of that town?" The quote came with a link to a story headlined, "This former 'Saturday Night Live' writer is bringing improv comedy … Continue reading A nationally known comedian from . . . Danbury?

Elegy for Agate (Has it really been four years?)

Cats are hard to figure. They're indifferent to humans, except when they're not. They're alternately fascinating and maddening. People who like cats really love them. People who dislike cats really hate them. I was in the indifferent (that word again) category on the matter for about 40 years, until one found its way into our … Continue reading Elegy for Agate (Has it really been four years?)