News Director's Blog http://michiganradio.org en Political ads made to sound like news cross a line http://michiganradio.org/post/political-ads-made-sound-news-cross-line <p>I heard a political ad for radio this week that really got me angry.</p><p>OK…sure…I’m probably not alone in that.</p><p>But I wasn’t angry because I agree or disagreed with the position taken, or because the ad was misleading or an outright fabrication.</p><p>I’m used to “pants on fire” statements in political ads and even expect it.&nbsp;</p><p>What bothered me about this particular ad was that it was produced to sound exactly like a news story. A news story that’s close enough to being possible that many listeners could be easily fooled.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 23:20:07 +0000 Vincent Duffy 9783 at http://michiganradio.org Political ads made to sound like news cross a line Should reporters ask a source if he's gay? News editors disagree. http://michiganradio.org/post/should-reporters-ask-source-if-hes-gay-news-editors-disagree <p>The Boy Scouts of America recently reaffirmed their ban on allowing openly gay boys to participate in Boy Scouts, and openly gay or lesbian adults from being leaders.</p><p>(Full disclosure &ndash; I was a Boy Scout for many years during my teens, but that was decades before anyone was debating this issue.)</p><p>We live in an odd world where what side of the &ldquo;homosexual agenda&rdquo; you are on can now be demonstrated not only by your participation in scouts, but also where you buy your chicken sandwich.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:57:36 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8613 at http://michiganradio.org Should reporters ask a source if he's gay? News editors disagree. Giving the bad guys ideas http://michiganradio.org/post/giving-bad-guys-ideas <p>Last week, a bomb threat called in from Canada shut down the tunnel that runs under the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor. The tunnel is the second busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. The busiest crossing is the Ambassador Bridge just more than a mile down river. The tunnel was closed to traffic for most of the afternoon while authorities from both countries inspected the tunnel and found no bomb.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:19:12 +0000 Vincent Duffy 8354 at http://michiganradio.org Giving the bad guys ideas When journalism ethics involve the whole family... http://michiganradio.org/post/when-journalism-ethics-involve-whole-family <p>Being married to someone in the news business isn&rsquo;t easy. Our spouses deal with our long hours and travel, our preoccupation with news when we&rsquo;re at home, unexpected interruptions on holidays and weekends, and our refusal to accept those free family tickets offered by the nearby theme park.</p><p>Lots of families have to deal with long hours and work that follows you home, but that theme park ticket example separates journalists from many other professions. We have an ethics code to follow.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 16:49:40 +0000 Vincent Duffy 7322 at http://michiganradio.org When journalism ethics involve the whole family... Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon http://michiganradio.org/post/garrison-keillor-sticks-big-%E2%80%9Cobama%E2%80%9D-sign-lawn-lake-wobegon <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Well it&rsquo;s been&nbsp;a&nbsp;quiet a week in my hometown&hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>Fans of A Prairie Home Companion will recognize those words as the opening to Garrison Keillor&rsquo;s weekly monologue about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. But this week the real life of Garrison Keillor was probably more exciting than the tales from &ldquo;the little town that time forgot,&rdquo; because this week, Garrison Keillor hosted a fundraising event for President Obama&rsquo;s re-election campaign.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:34:02 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6332 at http://michiganradio.org Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon Forget your conspiracy theories - chaos theory rules the newsroom http://michiganradio.org/post/forget-your-conspiracy-theories-chaos-theory-rules-newsroom <p>It happens. Sometimes my newsroom misses a story, or we don&rsquo;t staff a press conference. Every once in a while it&rsquo;s because we didn&rsquo;t know about it, but more often than not it&rsquo;s because we have a small group of reporters to cover the state of Michigan, and we can get spread pretty thin.</p><p>Every news director or assignment editor has to pick and choose between coverage opportunities. While the occasional slow news days exist, on most days there are more stories than we can cover and choices are made.</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:06:15 +0000 Vincent Duffy 5758 at http://michiganradio.org Forget your conspiracy theories - chaos theory rules the newsroom