September 21, 2016 |
The new institute charged with discovering ways to ensure that quality journalism endures in the Philadelphia region has made its big hire, naming a former Wall Street Journal business executive as director. Jim Friedlich, 59, a consultant who has helped national news organizations move into a digital future, was chosen from among more than 100 applicants during an-eight month search. Friedlich has led New-York-based Empirical Media, called upon by Tribune Publishing, Time Inc., Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and others, to help find a profitable way forward in a news industry battered by budget cuts, layoffs and losses of advertising revenue.
September 17, 2016 |
Storytelling. That's what the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference, just concluded here in Philadelphia, was all about. It's the third year these three respected orgs - the American Society of News Editors (formed in 1922); the Associated Press Media Editors (formed at a bar in 1930; yearly meetings since 1933); and the Associated Press Photo Managers (2001) - have thrown a meeting together. Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, was among the cosponsors.
September 8, 2016
Les Bowen: Can't be sure Wentz 'ready' I have a feeling there is a reason the Eagles haven't started a rookie quarterback in their opener since Davey O'Brien in 1939. And that reason is not that it's a brilliant new concept nobody ever considered before. I also have a feeling that the team made that trade with the Vikings, dispatching Sam Bradford to Minnesota, because the Eagles were getting back a first-round pick and a fourth-rounder that can be better if the Vikings are really good.
August 27, 2016 |
James Austin, 80, of Sewell, the labor-union leader of an estimated 1,000 pressmen at the Inquirer, the Daily News, and other newspapers in the region from 1994 to 1997, died of complications from sepsis Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home. "Jim was a very outstanding guy, firm but fair," said Joseph Inemer, president of Local 16-N of the Graphic Communications Conference-International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who succeeded Mr. Austin as the union's chief. Mr. Austin was a pressman at the Bulletin and, after it closed in January 1982, at the Daily News.
August 12, 2016
WILL BUNCH'S "5 ways Philly can extinguish its political dumpster fire" made some pretty fair points, but seemed to absolve the so-called Fourth Estate - a/k/a the Daily News and its competitors - of any responsibility for said "dumpster fire. " A paper that boasts in its own advertisements of sending politicians running cannot be allowed to gloss over its own failings, as well. The Daily News appears to have written off local campaign coverage years ago. Good luck getting your message out as a state House or Senate candidate - unless you have a criminal history or are an eccentric, in which case you will get a front-page feature ridiculing you and your aspirations.
July 28, 2016 |
A prosecutor in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's looming criminal trial told a judge Tuesday that Kane's request to tell a jury about her unearthing of offensive emails would mire jurors in "a distraction, a red herring. " But Kane's lawyers said she needed the option of telling the jury about pornographic emails swapped by members of her agency before she took office. Kane is to go on trial Aug. 8 on charges of perjury, official oppression, and other offenses. Prosecutors say she lied about leaking confidential documents to the Daily News to plant a June 2014 story to embarrass a political foe, former state prosecutor Frank Fina.
July 26, 2016 |
WITH A LITTLE help from her favorite team, loyal reader Inez Gale has pulled off an epic hat trick. Gale hit the Daily News jackpot for the third time Sunday when Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the sixth. It was our Home Run Payoff inning and the blast was worth $1,000 for Gale, who is 88. It was the third time Gale won a thousand bucks from us. She also won in 2010 at the age of 82 and 2013 at 85. "I get the Daily News every day and fill out the coupon all the time," she said.
July 4, 2016 |
This summer, I've been reading past columns I've written for both the Sunday Inquirer and the Daily News. I began as a columnist at the latter in 2001 and for the next 10 years, my work ran every Thursday. In 2007 I began writing separately for the Sunday Inquirer and for four years, I had the unique honor of writing for both newspapers. In 2011, I scaled back to just the Inquirer. By my count, I wrote a total of 489 columns for the Daily News and this is my 555th column for the Inquirer.