April 23, 2016 |
William M. Danson Jr. "hung out at Shibe Park a lot" when he was growing up, his wife, Edith, said. Living in the Paradise neighborhood, near 26th Street and Lehigh Avenue, before Shibe became Connie Mack Stadium in 1953, Mr. Danson and friends were always on the lookout for a free ticket from a fan. Besides, his wife said, "he passed Shibe Park every single day" at 21st and Lehigh, walking to classes at Northeast High School when it was at...
March 26, 2016 |
Five news organizations, including the parent company of the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com, on Friday urged the judge in Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's upcoming criminal trial to reject her request to file a key defense argument in secret. Kane has asked Montgomery County Court Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy to permit her to file under seal a brief contending that she is the victim of a "selective and vindictive" prosecution. If her request is granted, her argument could be read only by the judge and Kane's prosecutors, not by the public.
March 3, 2016 |
Backlash over Gov. Christie's endorsement of Donald Trump continued to roll in Tuesday, with two newspapers that had backed the New Jersey governor's presidential bid expressing regret in editorials. "Boy, were we wrong," wrote Joseph W. McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, in a Page One editorial Tuesday. "Watching Christie kiss the Donald's ring this weekend - and make excuses for the man Christie himself had said was unfit for the presidency - demonstrated how wrong we were," McQuaid wrote.
February 25, 2016 |
Carlos N. Juarez, 42, of Rydal, a newspaperman who did not let his physical challenges define him, died Sunday, Feb. 21, of complications of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at home. Mr. Juarez was born in Northeast Philadelphia and grew up in Huntingdon Valley. He graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in 1992, and earned a degree in journalism from Temple University in 1998. For two decades, Mr. Juarez worked in the newspaper business as a copy editor, first at the Doylestown Intelligencer and for the past several years at the Bucks County Courier Times.
February 14, 2016 |
Robin Lentz Worgan is a freelance writer and teacher in Flourtown I am a newspaper junkie. I read local newspapers wherever we travel, and friends often send me links to essays they think I might enjoy. Though I appreciate their thoughtful gestures, I must admit that, out of all the ways I receive things to read, my favorite begins with a walk down to my black mailbox. Most days are uneventful; other days I reach in, and there it is: a letter from my mom. Not just any ordinary letter, but a fat, misshaped envelope letting me know that she has sent me an article.
February 7, 2016 |
Philadelphia Media Network is fighting prosecutors' efforts to obtain documents that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is accused of illegally leaking to the Daily News in a bid to embarrass a political rival. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said he was seeking the documents given to reporter Chris Brennan, then with the Daily News, because he would like to conduct fingerprint and DNA testing on them. Michael A. Schwartz, a lawyer who appeared on behalf of Brennan at a court hearing Friday in Norristown, said he was "asserting the Shield Law protection in order not to reveal a confidential source of Mr. Brennan's.
February 4, 2016
By David Chavern If you want to know who still believes in a future for news media, just turn to some of our most respected businessmen: Warren Buffett. Jeff Bezos. John Henry. Glen Taylor. All of them have made significant investments in newspapers despite the media pundits who have been predicting the death of the newspaper industry for years. Just a few weeks ago, Buffett acquired his 32nd paper, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance-Star, demonstrating that print journalism remains relevant even as our digital audience - on mobile, social media, virtual reality, and a variety of other platforms - continues to grow rapidly.
February 1, 2016 |
David Haas is vice chair of Wyncote Foundation, a member of the board of managers of the Institute for Journalism in New Media, and a board member of Media Impact Funders The extraordinary gift by Gerry Lenfest in donating The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com to the newly formed nonprofit Institute for Journalism in New Media places Philadelphia at the center of a disruptive storm sweeping all legacy media and accomplishes two...
January 15, 2016
By Jackie Soteropoulos Incollingo With a bold and innovative plan, H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest - now the former owner of the company that runs The Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com - has put Philadelphia at the forefront of exploring a new economic model for struggling metropolitan newspapers. Lenfest's decision to donate the properties to a nonprofit institute is a gift to the region's citizens, but it is an even larger gift to the future of journalism, given the critical role that news and information play in our democracy and the troubled economic times facing many media outlets.
January 14, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A Philadelphia gift H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the owner of Philadelphia Media Network, has provided great news for the city with his landmark gift of his and our daily newspapers and website. It feels as though professional journalism has been saved, at least here. A nonprofit institute created by the venerable Philadelphia Foundation will operate the for-profit enterprise, making this journalism advance credible now and for the future. While the first three estates of government are troubled and stymied, it's important that the fourth estate have strength if we are to governmentally and individually adapt to changing times and our democracy is to thrive.