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  • Front pages from Hurricane Katrina’s 10th anniversary

    Saturday marked 10 years since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. Here’s a collection of front pages from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and a few other places that marked the anniversary on Saturday. You can also find a collection of news coverage of the anniversary from Carlie Kollath Wells at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune here. Via Newseum:

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    KY_DN

    TX_BH

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  • New York Daily News resumes gun control crusade

    The front page of today’s New York Daily News is a familiar sight to those who track the tendencies of tabloid wood.

    Below a blood-spattered handgun, the words “America’s full of it” appear in large type. Above that, the Daily News counts the dead since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

    “Since Newtown, 84,523 people have been killed by guns in the U.S,” the page reads. “We cry. We get angry. We demand action. Then we forget…until the next time”:

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    Image via Newseum.

     

    The front exemplifies what has become a typical response for the Daily News in the wake of high-profile shootings. Within days of the massacre at Sandy Hook, the tabloid prominently featured President Obama’s pledge to pass legislation curbing gun violence:

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    Image via Newseum.

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  • This week on Medium: Mag covers used to have more clothes, less words

    Happy Friday and happy weekend reading. Here’s our weekly roundup of things we read about journalism and the media this week on Medium. Thanks to Gurman Bhatia and Katie Hawkins-Gaar for helping curate.

    The Evolution of Magazine Covers

    Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra offer a fascinating look at how magazines have changed (or not changed, New Yorker,) over time.

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    Screen shot/Medium


     
    They write:

    Together, these magazine covers reveal a peek into our history. Sure, we’ve gotten more sexualized. More superficial. We read less. We have shorter attention spans.

    But we’ve also gotten more open-minded. At each step along the way, society has pushed the limits of what’s considered acceptable.

    When tragedy hits home #WeStandWithWDBJ

    Tauhid Chappell writes about previously interning at WDBJ. Read more

Michael J. Connor, recipient of the Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement award

Editors note: We are posting articles about the special club award winners honored May 5 at the annual SPC Awards dinner.

By Mike McAndrew

Michael J. Connor speaks with a fiery passion about the importance of watchdog journalism and the public’s thirst for local news.

But economic realities pinching all of Syracuse’s media organizations means there’s fewer boots on the ground and the city’s news is being covered less thoroughly now than 10 or 20 years ago, The Post-Standard’s executive editor said.

  “I can remember a time when all or most of the three network affiliates in broadcast TV had court reporters and municipal reporters. There was pretty fierce competition in government and institutional coverage. That’s gone away. Radio reporting is almost nonexistent,” he said. “There’s less competition. There’s just fewer reporters (in Syracuse) than there were at one time. That can’t help but reduce the amount of basic reporting and contextual reporting made available to residents of the area.”

 “If fewer institutions are being covered on a regular basis because you have a smaller total reporting staff in the community, at some point readers are missing something,” he said.
 Connor — who is being awarded the Gus Bliven-Joe Ganley-Mario Rossi Career Achievement Award by the Syracuse Press Club — has spent his entire 36-year journalism career at The Post-Standard.
 While a student at Cornell University, he decided to pursue a newspaper career after being inspired by a speech by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

 Connor started out in 1976 as a bureau reporter based in Oneida. After working in a series of reporting and editing positions, he became the paper’s managing editor in 1983.
 Under Connor’s leadership, The Post-Standard in 1993 was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for explanatory journalism for a series of stories about poor medical care provided to inmates in state prisons. The prison series remains among Connor’s favorite stories published by the newspaper.

 That same year, Connor was named executive editor of The Post-Standard. When the morning paper merged in 1997 with The Herald-Journal, Connor became executive editor of the combined news operation.
 These days, the 59-year editor is overseeing the transformation of The Post-Standard from a newspaper into a news organization that delivers stories, photos, video and audio recordings to readers via the newspaper, syracuse.com, Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.

 “The Post-Standard is the best-read newspaper in America. Syracuse.com is one of the strongest newspaper websites in America. Why? Because of Mike Connor,” said Stephen A. Rogers, editor and publisher of The Post-Standard. “He built a great staff and pushed it to the top.”

 Connor has two sons, Jeff, 25, who is a musician, and Adam, 21, who graduates this month from the University of Vermont.

 Outside of the job, Connor spends his time biking 10 to 15 miles per day before work. On weekends, he sometimes takes 40-mile rides around Skaneateles Lake.

 He also volunteers Thursday nights at Matthew House, serving terminally-ill people at a hospice residence in Auburn.

 “It’s an extraordinary place of great peace, for families and individuals preparing for that transition, that next phase. It’s about as caring and loving a place as you can imagine,” he said.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 May 2012 02:03 )
 
"Journalism’s ultimate purpose [is] to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests"
---Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Publisher, NY Times

Wall of Distinction


Karin Franklin-King

WNYS-TV (Ch. 9)

WSYR, WCNY-TV

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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