What does it mean to be a reporter today?

Press Hat TypewriterWhat does it mean to be a reporter in today’s world?
For decades, individuals picked up their newspapers for information on current or historical events. Among those events covered included social, political and sports activities. And you could always count on an opinion page with editorials and letters on the state of these affairs.
Our industry has grown from communication via a printed document to include radio, television, and now the Internet via computers and cell phones.
In many cases today individuals employ a multitude of means to obtain information previously supplied only by a printed newspaper. Still that information is provided by a writer - a journalist.


The real problems in the press

karem joe“Why didn’t someone in the press stand up for themselves before?”
That question has been in thousands of emails, tweets and snail mail correspondence we’ve received at the newspaper this week following a viral moment I had with Sarah Sanders during an on-camera briefing at the White House last week.
I don’t know. Well, I have an idea.
The other question I’ve seen quite often is – “What is wrong with the press?”
On that issue, I have a few more ideas.


Letters to the Editor, October 13, 2016

Robots and the school year?

To the editor;

“OK, robot waitress.  Your first recommendation was the slow baked salmon with lemon and thyme.    I’ll try that.  With the peas and carrots.  By the way, that is a snazzy outfit you’re wearing…. You’re welcome. ”  

In a few years conversations like this will become common.   More broadly, robots will increasingly perform many jobs now performed by humans.   We may expect that the robots generally will first be used to do repetitive physical jobs.   Jobs remaining available to humans will involve greater complexity and skill.  Less skilled humans will have a harder time finding work.   New kinds of human jobs will be created more slowly than traditional jobs disappear.


Turn off and tune out


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Television news is done. Put a fork in it and call it what it really is: cheap, poor entertainment. Consumed by the masses for those who don’t have the stones for real information, it has ceased to be of relevance and is in fact a detriment, in many cases, to understanding the world around us.

This conclusion did not come easily. Having spent some 20 years in television, it is worthy to note the medium has the ability to connect us in ways print and the spoken word cannot.

Its value, however, is also the fire in which it burns.


Public notice legislation heard in House

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State delegates question legitimacy of allowing government total control over public notification

ANNAPOLIS – Members of a House of Delegates committee Tuesday questioned the House sponsor of two bills that would allow localities to post public notices on their own websites instead of in newspapers of general circulation.

During a joint public hearing in front of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, state Del. Shane Robinson (D-39) defended House Bills 663 and 666 while fielding questions from state Dels. Anne Healey (D-22) and William Wivell (R-2A)


Killing the Press!

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County’s legislators introduce bills aimed at gutting newspapers


ANNAPOLIS – Four bills introduced to the General Assembly by two Montgomery County legislators this session would allow government bodies to opt out of placing public notices in printed newspapers, which advertise hearings, applications and other governmental issues affecting communities.

Newspaper executives across the state reacted strongly to the bills. “This is yet another direct attempt to destroy the free press in our state,” said Sentinel Newspapers CEO Lynn Kapiloff. “The government is trying to control all access to public information to the detriment of residents of our state.”

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