journalism en How we should remember Helen Thomas <p>You probably know by now that legendary journalist Helen Thomas died over the weekend, in her apartment in Washington.</p><p>She would have ninety-three next month. She spent her forty-first birthday in the place she worked for half a century, the White House, covering President Kennedy.</p><p>Kennedy was the first president Helen covered full time, and I am sure she had no idea that on that long-ago Tuesday, the last President she would cover was being born in far-off Hawaii.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:39:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13624 at How we should remember Helen Thomas Find the work you love and forget the rest <p><a href=""> ranked more than 1,000 American jobs</a>, and determined that the worst job isn’t garbage collector, animal cage cleaner or Lindsey Lohan’s sobriety tester &nbsp;– but journalist.</p><p>Yes!&nbsp; Score!&nbsp; Booyah!</p><p>They based their rankings on four criteria:</p><ul><li>the workplace environment,</li><li>the industry’s future,</li><li>the job’s average income,</li><li>and stress.</li></ul><p>Okay, it’s true: newsrooms aren’t pretty places.&nbsp; The future looks bleak for newspapers.&nbsp; You can make more money doing a lot of other things.&nbsp; And, yes, the stress is very real. &nbsp;The hours are bad and many of our customers think they can do it better – and often take the time to tell us that.</p><p>But journalists themselves have reacted to this ranking with all the cool, collected calm of Geraldo Rivera, or Nancy Grace.</p><p>But here’s why: newsrooms aren’t for everybody, but we <em>like</em> them – the hustle and bustle and energy and urgency.&nbsp; We like the stress, too – no matter how much we complain about it – because it comes with doing work we think actually matters. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:11:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12288 at Find the work you love and forget the rest New anti-bullying book <p>Students at Michigan State University have published a book about bullying in the age of social media. The book is a project of an advanced undergraduate journalism course on the East Lansing campus.<br /> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:56:20 +0000 The Associated Press 7242 at New anti-bullying book Commentary: Remembering Mike Wallace <p>I first met Mike Wallace 23 years ago, when I became a regional screener for the Livingston Awards, the biggest-deal prize there is for young journalists. Naturally, like every other baby boomer, I didn&rsquo;t remember a time when Mike Wallace was not part of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:53:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6961 at Commentary: Remembering Mike Wallace Mike Wallace, legendary broadcast journalist and U of M alumnus, dies <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">NEW YORK (AP) &mdash; A spokesman says <a href=";cbsCarousel">CBS newsman Mike Wallace</a>, famed for his tough interviews on &quot;60 Minutes,&quot; has died. He was 93.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco says Wallace died Saturday night.</span></p> Sun, 08 Apr 2012 14:57:42 +0000 The Associated Press & Steve Carmody 6952 at Mike Wallace, legendary broadcast journalist and U of M alumnus, dies Why Journalism Matters <p>We&rsquo;re living today in a confusing and somewhat frightening time. Michigan is in trouble, economically. Trouble of a different kind than we&rsquo;ve been through before. The longtime mainstay of our economy, the automotive industry, will never again be what it was.</p><p>This has plunged us from one of the nation&rsquo;s richer states to one of its poorer ones. State government is finally facing a financial crisis it tried to ignore for years, and the governor is proposing changes that seem radical and sometimes hard to understand.</p><p>Beyond that, education at all levels is in crisis. We learned last month that our largest city has suffered a staggering population loss over the last decade.</p><p>There are real questions about whether Detroit and other cities, communities and school districts are going to have to be taken over by Emergency Financial Managers.</p><p>Understanding all this is vitally important in order to make key decisions for our own lives. Should we trust the public schools? Should we buy a house? Where should we live?</p><p>And even, should we leave the state?</p><p>We clearly need thoughtful, intelligent and easily accessible journalism to help make sense of these and other events - and need it possibly more than at any other time in our history.</p><p>Yet journalism is in trouble too. Journalists, if they do their jobs right, are never very popular. Much of the time, we&rsquo;re bringing you bad news, and some of the time, we are obnoxious about it.</p><p>But right now, we&rsquo;re having trouble doing that. Digging our news is an expensive, labor-intensive job, and the vast majority has always been done by newspapers. Yet newspapers are facing a deep crisis of their own, thanks in large part to the internet revolution, and our changing lifestyles. Newspapers have been supported historically by advertising, and much of that has melted away to cyberspace. We also don&rsquo;t read newspapers as much as we used to. People read news on the internet, but internet providers produce little news.</p><p>They merely collect it - mainly from our shrinking newspapers.</p><p>That doesn&rsquo;t mean some broadcast and even online publications don&rsquo;t produce quality journalism. But in terms of content, it is comparatively small.</p><p>Last night I spoke at the Detroit area Society of Professional Journalists annual banquet. Michigan Radio won a number of awards, and an encouraging amount of good journalism was on display. But attendance was smaller than last year. Some people have left the profession. Some companies no longer buy tickets.</p><p>Yet there were still an impressive corps of men and women there who work long hours for usually not much pay to find out what we need to know and shape it into an interesting package. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:13:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1956 at Why Journalism Matters Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off <p>The <a href="">Anti-Defamation League</a> called Helen Thomas anti-Semitic after <a href="">some comments she made last week</a> at a speech in Dearborn.</p><p>On a radio interview last night, Thomas shot back at Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League:</p><blockquote><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">I'm getting tired of his intimidation. I'm going to report him to President Obama and all the proper authorities. He better stop intimidating me.</div></div></blockquote><p>Thomas was interviewed by Scott Spears on <a href="">WMRN radio</a> in Marion, Ohio. Here's a clip:</p><p></p><p>No comment yet from the ADL. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:55:49 +0000 Mark Brush 510 at Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments <p><a href="">Helen Thomas</a> had worked for United Press International for 57 years. She was an opinion columnist for Hearst Newspapers from 2000 to 2010. She spent much of her career covering the White House.</p><p>She was let go earlier this year after she was briefly interviewed by Rabbi <a href="" title="David Nesenoff">David Nesenoff</a> of <a href=""></a>. After asking Thomas whether she had any comments on Israel, Thomas said, "tell them to get the hell out of Palestine."</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="">reports </a>that Helen Thomas, who grew up in Detroit, gave a speech saying:</p><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><blockquote><p>"I stand by it. I told the truth," the 90-year-old Thomas told reporters shortly before a speech at a diversity conference Thursday. "I paid a price but it's worth it to speak the truth." During a speech that drew quick condemnation from Jews, Thomas took her remarks further. "Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists," Thomas said. "No question."</p></blockquote><p>Thomas spoke at the eighth-annual "Images and Perceptions of Arab American" conference in Dearborn. Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:04:39 +0000 Mark Brush & Zoe Clark 452 at Helen Thomas in Dearborn; defends controversial comments Follow the pack or follow the mission? <p>Michigan Radio’s goal is to cover issues oriented news. What’s that mean? We look for stories that affect our listener’s lives, their communities, and our state. We leave the daily mayhem of crimes and fires to other media outlets, because those stories are not part of our mission.</p><p>Following that mission is not always easy.</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 18:53:20 +0000 Vincent Duffy 439 at Follow the pack or follow the mission?