May 14, 2016 |
A coalition of media organizations, including the Inquirer and the Daily News, asked a judge Thursday to unseal court records surrounding settlements that Pennsylvania State University paid to accusers of Jerry Sandusky who said they told head football coach Joe Paterno or his assistants about their abuse as early as the 1970s. "Public interest in these proceedings is immense," attorneys for the news outlets contended in a motion filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. The information in the records, attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier wrote, "may shed further needed light on a matter that is of serious public concern - sexual abuse of children over decades by an employee of the largest public university in the commonwealth.
April 29, 2016 |
Rosemary M. Kinsolving, 83, of Yeadon, an employee in the payroll and transportation departments of Philadelphia Media Network and its predecessor companies for more than four decades, died Friday, April 22, of heart failure at home. Mrs. Kinsolving was born in Southwest Philadelphia to Clarence and Margaret McGrail. She graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1950. Three years later, she married Joseph F. Kinsolving Sr. The newlyweds bought their first home in Woodbury, but when they had the fourth of eight children, they moved to larger quarters in Yeadon.
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...