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Printing a list (and checking it twice)


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Jack Willis
Nothing attracts a pack of curious readers like a good list.A list of, say, health-inspection violations issued to their favorite restaurants, or the assessed value of houses on their block, or regist...
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Media reports of tornadic deaths are greatly exaggerated


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Jack Willis
Five die as tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Derrick Henry reported on The New York Times website."Four dead in Oklahoma tornado outbreak," according to Little Rock's KATV-Channel 7 broadcast. "The Oklahoman...
 
Thursday, May 27, 2010

Corporate America, take heed: Publishers should be local


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Jack Willis
The corporate suits whisked through the newsroom and into the publisher's office. A visit wasn't scheduled, so what were they doing in Oklahoma? Something was up. Nothing good ever came from a surpris...
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010

A 'publish, then filter' approach to communication


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Jack Willis
Tommy Mason-Griffin, a University of Oklahoma basketball player, recently spoke through his Facebook page " like many young people today " to tell the world he was turning pro.Here's what he wrote, as...
 
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Teaching moments of humility, responsibility and accountability


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Jack Willis
I felt empathy with Judy Gibbs Robinson as I read about The Oklahoma Daily's handling of a controversial editorial cartoon. Judy is editorial adviser of the student newspaper at the University of Okla...
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010

Secret arrests go against our country's ideals


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Jack Willis
Trying to access the Cherokee County sheriff's booking records years ago suddenly became a problem for the newspaper. Reporters couldn't do their jobs, and the public didn't know who the sheriff was p...
 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Blaming media remains a cop-out


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Jack Willis
Shooting the messenger is certainly not a new concept. Sophocles wrote about it in 442 B.C. in his play "Antigone." Shakespeare wrote about it in "Henry IV, Part II" in 1598. The idea is still alive a...
 
Thursday, January 7, 2010

Distinguishing between journalism, message board yammering


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Jack Willis
The yearly rumor mill stating that Bob Stoops is leaving the University of Oklahoma " this time for the Notre Dame head coaching job " is exactly why news media should not publish rumors. Stoops wa...
 
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Associated Press becoming less local, less meaningful


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Jack Willis
The Associated Press is cutting staff, like most everybody else on the planet, and regionalizing its operations " and that's not good for Oklahoma news consumers. The not-for-profit news cooperativ...
 
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Most papers don't spend money to pursue civic responsibility


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Jack Willis
Props to the Tulsa World for put­ting its money where its mouth is in an effort to protect citizens' access to public information. The World isn't the first news organi­zation to sue bureaucratic rasc...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Laying off the youngest may not be the wisest choice


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Jack Willis
We Gannett editors in the 1980s were required to rank employees from most valuable to least valuable. (If you want to make friends and influence workers, try that sometime.) I know supervisors rat...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Government barking at the door of free speech


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Jack Willis
Back when I was a babe in the woods, the Oklahoma Press Association asked a few of us jour­nalism professors to visit the state's newsrooms. We offered help " if the editor wanted it, of course. It...
 
Thursday, September 3, 2009

Health reform


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Jack Willis
I always enjoy checking the mail. I'm a retired kind of guy. Strolling to the mailbox often highlights my day. I even like junk mail. I always think someone's going to send me something important. (Th...
 
Thursday, August 20, 2009

Big Brother turns his eye to bloggers


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Jack Willis
There he goes again. Big Brother has proposed new endorsement guidelines, some of which are aimed at bloggers who review or promote products or services. The Federal Trade Commission guidelines wou...
 
Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
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