Journalism: The best of times, and the worst of times


There are plenty of people ready to give their opinions about where the traditional media business is going, and how the disruption caused by digital and social media should be handled — but not all of them have a grasp of what is involved in those wrenching changes, and so their advice often tends to be one-sided. Veterans of the industry itself, meanwhile, often prefer to hunker down and pull up the drawbridge rather than talking about those changes and what they mean. That’s why it’s so refreshing to read what long-time newspaper editor, Pulitzer judge and now journalism professor Tim McGuire thinks about where the industry is and where it is going — and how it should get there.

McGuire, the former managing editor and editor-in-chief of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is now a professor at Arizona State University’s journalism school, where he is the Russell Chair for…

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