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  • How the media blew reporting the Chicago cop’s shooting of a teen
    Jamie Kalven, who led the way on disclosures in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Screenshot via YouTube)

    Jamie Kalven, who led the way on disclosures in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Screenshot via YouTube)

    The video has now been seen around the world, sparking outrage and a rare first-degree murder charge against a Chicago police officer.

    The tale of Laquan McDonald, the dead teenager, is one that operates on many important social, cultural and political levels. But it also provides a window onto a frequent staple of dreary daily journalism across the country: uncritical reporting on shootings and killings that can verge on lapdog journalism.

    It’s thus important to know that quite apart from the editorial indignation now being expressed, key disclosures in the case did not come from mainstream media outlets. Yes, they reported on the original shooting, but in a mostly skimpy, pro forma way that proved a bulletin board for the initial claims of police. Read more

  • 10 tips for organizing the pieces of your story
    Use paper and pixels. (Deposit photos)

    Use paper and pixels. (Deposit photos)

    Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by Little, Brown, the book lists common problems writers face and offers 10 solutions for each of the problems.

    Problem #5: I can never find what I need when I need it.

    1. Set up an organizational plan as early as possible.
    The bigger the project, the more detailed the plan. No other equation works, especially for the writer who is disorganized by disposition. If you don’t know how to draft a plan, ask for some advice, as if you were bringing in a professional to help you organize your closets. Your subject area, no matter how focused, has parts. Read more

  • For The New York Times’ Sarah Maslin Nir, covering the Macy’s Parade is a life-affirming tradition

    The night before she was supposed to cover the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a freelancer for The New York Times, Sarah Maslin Nir set the alarm on her phone for 5:30 a.m. She wasn’t nervous or worried. She’d gone to the parade every year growing up. But this was her first chance to get inside it.

    On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, Maslin Nir woke in her West Village apartment before her alarm clock went off. It was perfectly still and pitch black. In her foggy morning thoughts, she wondered who was in her apartment, who had a key, who was she fighting with? When she fully woke, Maslin Nir realized a man had broken in, and he was attacking her. She quickly stopped fighting back. Read more

Veteran broadcaster Alan Milair dies

Long-time veteran of WSYR Radio and television has died.  The family of Alan Milair says the broadcast personality and program host died.  His family provided us with this obituary:

Alan Milair, 81, of Syracuse passed away peacefully at Loretto Cunningham on April 21, 2012.  Born in Charleston, WV, he spent his boyhood there and Lewiston, PA before moving to Cortland, NY where he started his radio career @ WKRT. 

Then moving to Syracuse to work at WSYR where he had a storied 30 year career in Radio and Television.   He was an on air personality with many radio shows including “Music just for you” and several classical programs.  He created and performed in Monster Movie Matinee which ran for 16 years.  He was also a news and weather man as well as a talk show host for many years for WSYR Television. He completed his career as AM/FM Program Manager for WSYR Radio. 

Throughout his life he sat on several boards, including Onondaga Community College, Onondaga County Co-operative Extension and Crouse Hospital Foundation.

  He was also active in local theatre throughout his life.   He also enjoyed fishing, family and friends. 

He is pre-deceased by his wife, Eloise, of 31 years and Helen Anderson of 14 years, and his Son Erich Milair.  He is survived by his Daughter, Shawn Wayson (Martin), Son Dana Milair of Maine and 8 Grandchildren.      

Calling hours are 4-7pm on Tuesday April 24th at Fairchild and Meech Dewitt Chapel.   Memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 25th at 4pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Dewitt. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loretto Cunningham, 7th floor, 700 E. Brighton Ave., Syracuse, NY 13205.



Last Updated ( Monday, 23 April 2012 20:00 )
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--Walter Cronkite

Wall of Distinction

Karin Franklin-King

WNYS-TV (Ch. 9)


Nine years after Karin Franklin-King's 1967 arrival in Central New York to attend Onondaga Community College, she was a local broadcast pioneer.

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