Articles filed under Slusher, Jim

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  • Slusher: Even ‘wrong’ reviews have an important job to do Mar 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I should have known from the pretentiously enigmatic title: “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence.”

  • Slusher: A suspicious envelope in a nervous age Mar 19, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We were briefly the subject of the news Thursday, rather than merely reporters of it. The event disrupted our day. It scared some of us, angered others. But it had broader consequences, too, some of them shamefully wasteful, some actually positive, some simply telling indicators of the times in which we live.

  • Slusher: Distinguishing between speculation and analysis Mar 16, 2015 11:23 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The oral arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday open the door to a common, if not a favorite, journalistic pastime: lively speculation disguised as pointed analysis.

  • Slusher: The necessarily relentless drive for better things Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Change is frustratingly slow. Emphasis sometimes on frustratingly.

  • Slusher: When a death in the ‘news family’ becomes news Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A newspaper is a peculiar sort of family. Reporters, photographers, editors, clerks, advertising sales people, artists all forge relationships under stressful and unpredictable circumstances into a bond of great strength.

  • Slusher: Will Sanguinetti really talk to media ‘very soon’? Jan 15, 2015 5:01 AM
    At an inauguration event at the Old State Capitol Monday, Sanguinetti said she is not yet answering reporters’ questions but will “very soon.” Her reticence suggests a quality of the new administration that many of us in the news business find worrisome.

  • Slusher: Sound, fury and two words that signify everything Dec 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Two words for the holidays that reflect the bond of communication between a newspaper and its readers.

  • Slusher: A complexity in the conflict of media trust Dec 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    In the digital age, it's difficult to trust information that so easy to find, but seekers of truth continue to turn to one source in particular: newspapers, Jim Slusher writes.

  • Amid war and politics, everyday goodness also makes news Nov 27, 2014 6:32 AM
    Ferguson in flames. Hecklers who are getting what they want assaulting the president of the United States. Tension in Washington. Tension in Springfield. Thanksgiving Day is the day to remember and celebrate this everyday goodness. Our Someone To Be Thankful For stories running today on the front page and in Neighbor are an excellent place to start.

  • In appreciation for the daily task facing reporters, editors Nov 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes writers are asked to pare back their letters to the editor to comply with our 300-word limit. But consider the difficult task reporters face every day to fit their stories to the space allowed.

  • Slusher: Watch out for dirty tricks in final days of campaign Oct 23, 2014 10:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Election shenanigans are hardly anything new, but they’re still a shameful subversion of the goal of letting a well-informed electorate choose the candidate they think can best represent their interests in government.

  • Slusher: Are you tired of being experienced? Oct 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The driving experience? I accepted the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It was the ‘60s, for goodness sakes. But that was 45 years ago. Have we not moved on?

  • Slusher: How to use our endorsements Oct 2, 2014 10:45 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: On Sunday, the Daily Herald's Opinion page will begin conducting one of the newspaper's most important functions — participating in the democracy. We want you to join us. I'm not talking here about simply our role of promoting democracy or even facilitating it, though both are intrinsic objectives we have as a community resource. I'm talking about participating.

  • Slusher: Don’t believe every word, but consider them all Sep 25, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Skeptical, not cynical. It’s a distinction we emphasize a lot around the Daily Herald newsroom. And it’s a pretty good axiom for you to keep in mind as the election campaign season descends.

  • Slusher: In memoriam, again, for brave journalists Sep 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: It appears we could be on the cusp of a horrific litany of wordless editorials for brave journalists whose only sin is their nationality and whose chief misfortune is that they seek to tell the stories of a dangerous part of the world with almost no means of self protection.

  • The secret story we can’t stop talking about Aug 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: My original theme for this column was going to be “The story we won’t tell about Robin Williams’ death.” But as I reflect, I realize the more accurate theme may be, “The story people won’t talk about despite Robin Williams’ death.”

  • Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

  • Display pages keep art in the joy of newspaper reading Jul 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday's Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break-a-few-rules design.

  • We’re always finding new ways for people who want to talk Jul 10, 2014 7:05 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Back in the olden days when George Carlin was alive and people used email, Carlin had a joke I thought timely and profound. It went something like this: “I’ve finally discovered what email is for. It’s for people who don’t want to talk to each other.”

  • You’ll find much world-class talent when you go local Jun 26, 2014 7:48 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We are all missing something important when we pay high prices for concert or show tickets or focus our attention on television entertainers. We can be equally impressed and delighted by suburban performers right under our noses.

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