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  • Scottish newspaper supports independence, sees sales rise | The Guardian | The Colbert Report | Reddit

    Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldtheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25″ percent, Hudson writes.

    Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. (The Scotsman recently ran an article floating the idea that independence serves ISIS’ interests.) Other “big titles – including the Daily Record, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Dundee Courier – have sat on the fence, pursuing a neutral stance in the interests of editorial impartiality,” Hudson writes.

    George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that the media has “shafted the people of Scotland” with “fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic.” As Monbiot notes, pro-independence Scots have complained about the BBC’s referendum coverage, and some protested at its Glasgow headquarters Monday.… Read more

  • Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans think news does not portray them accurately

    American Press Institute

    38 percent of African-Americans believe “the news they consume does not at all accurately portray their community or does so just slightly,” a new report from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute says. 37 percent said news outlets portrayed blacks “moderately” well, and only 6 percent said news orgs represented them “completely.”

    Hispanics were more likely to say portrayals of themselves in the media were accurate — perhaps because they “have access to a sizable amount of Spanish language media on television, including the national network Univision, as well as media online from other countries,” the report says, while the African-American press “has contracted to the point where there are no longer daily print African American papers (they are either weekly, or less frequent and publish daily online), and cable channels aimed at African Americans do not feature a daily general interest news program.”

    23 percent of blacks said they turned to local TV news to see coverage of “their community’s people and issues,” compared with 7 percent of Hispanics, who “are far more likely to say they must turn to ethnic media to see regular coverage of their own community,” the report says.… Read more

  • Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

    If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.

    Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity varies dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances.… 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.



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Kenneth F. Sparrow joined the Syracuse Herald in 1925 as a reporter. This followed a short stint with the Oswego Palladium, where he first worked after completing his studies at Oswego Normal School, now SUNY at Oswego.
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