Seafood for Thought

Given all that going on in the country today, it’s hardly surprising that a new law involving fish received little notice. But it should, and here’s why. For years, a growing percentage of seafood imports to the United States — for both human consumption and animal feed — has come from Southeast Asia, Thailand in […]

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Back Where I Started

For many years beginning in 1982, I worked at The Kroger Co. as corporate director of public relations. One of my top priorities was handling crisis communications during food recalls — those involving Kroger’s own manufactured items or national brand products sold in Kroger food stores. Each incident was vastly different, yet there were enough […]

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Not the End of Journalism

The untimely death of New York Times reporter & columnist David Carr felt like a death’s knell for the bygone days of tough-minded journalism. But his passing by no means represents the end of en era. Carr seemed to fit the stereotype of a Damon Runyan-like character who smoke, drank and typed his stories while […]

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The Problems of New Apps

To me, the more fundamental question is one that could be asked of the coverage of all new apps, whether in transportation, mobile technology, printing and much else: Are reporters and editors blinded by the sizzle of new ideas, to the extent that the articles they produce start off as largely adulatory and enthusiastic rather than objective and balanced?

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The Arc of the Ebola Crisis

The specter of contracting Ebola is a dystopian nightmare. Whether fear of the virus justified the media’s panic-fueling coverage is another matter. Here are some incontrovertible facts: Ebola is a frightening, often deadly scourge. It is highly contagious, but only when the infected person is showing unmistakable signs of the virus: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and […]

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