Articles filed under Slusher, Jim

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  • The useful distinction between analysis, opinion Jun 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Is there a difference between analysis and opinion? Yes, there is, and it’s an important distinction for news consumers to think about.

  • Simple blotter reporting is full of complexities Jun 12, 2014 9:09 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our top editors began a conversation this week that is likely to continue for a long time to come. And it’s one in which you may have a direct interest and, ultimately, some desire to influence.

  • Discretion is the better part of reporting on shocking crime Jun 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: There are exceptions to every rule, but in general, our attitude toward sensitive stories with the potential for a long-lasting impact on innocent or vulnerable individuals is to err on the side of the individuals.

  • Democracy, dialogue and a place for tolerance May 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: How, I wonder, do we call ourselves patriots if we do not tolerate, perhaps to some extent invite the contrary ideas of others?

  • We seek action; we start with conversation May 15, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: There is not much we at the Daily Herald value more than conversation. Well, action, certainly, but we’re also confident that the right actions almost always start with conversations.

  • Dealing with scandalous behavior before it becomes a scandal May 1, 2014 12:49 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Much of the appeal of the Donald Sterling story comes from a natural human desire to see wrongs righted. but there's also something more.

  • Always something different for newspapers to focus on Apr 24, 2014 9:41 AM
    Columnist Jim Slushser: Same o’, same o’? I don’t think so: Say what you will about daily news coverage, it is not monotonous. Reading the newspaper is a different experience every day.

  • Going up: The need for honest analysis of issues Apr 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and arguments that go into the formation of our editorial positions. But they have a troubling side.

  • Adding a new comic strip is serious business Apr 10, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific, the Comics Plus page.

  • Another object lesson in the problems with political polls Mar 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In sports, the common epithet when the lesser of two seemingly unevenly matched opponents wins or very nearly wins is “that’s why they play the game.” In politics, the sentiment is the same, it’s just a different arena: “That’s why they hold elections.”

  • Stories highlight more than a single agency’s need Mar 7, 2014 3:23 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Few things are more gratifying to us than a lead like this one that appeared in our Wednesday editions: “After an outpouring of community support, the (Deicke home for adults with disabilities) is expected to remain open at least until the end of July.”

  • Zealousness and tolerance can coexist Feb 20, 2014 12:57 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Writing a letter to the editor ought not be an act of personal bravery. We are not some emerging Third World revolutionary autocracy. Ah, but, sadly, sometimes ...

  • Information can do only so much; what counts is how we use it Feb 6, 2014 6:28 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Can there really be nothing more to say about heroin than to trot out a seemingly endless parade of celebrity tragedies as object lessons and repeat just as endlessly the phrase, “Don’t do this. Don’t do this. Don’t do this.”?

  • Pass the chips and get ready for the Big Day Jan 23, 2014 9:56 AM
    Columnis Jim Slusher: And so we embark on a brief interlude of hype, swagger and ridicule leading to a crescendo of cheers and excitement. Super Bowl fever? Sure. That, too.

  • Think critically, think depth when reading about polls Jan 16, 2014 3:51 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: If it’s election season — and it is, with the March 18 primary barely more than 60 days away — it must be time for a public-opinion poll, and with it, this warning: reader beware.

  • Weather creed: Good stories and plenty of them Jan 9, 2014 10:38 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: To butcher the creed of another venerable American institution, the post office, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night — nor now, the bitterest of cold — can escape the imaginations of news people hungry for drama. We do love a good weather story.

  • I know it’s only words in print but I like it Dec 26, 2013 11:53 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I come today, in the midst of the holiday-dulled news cycle, simply in praise of reading.

  • Outrageous fortune: Perchance to megadream Dec 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The slogan at the checkout counter of the convenience store throbs with fat, bold type and is garnished with exclamation points. It is not to be missed. “WHEN YOU BELIEVE, ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE!!” Oh, there’s always a disclaimer, isn’t there? That nasty faith thing.

  • Giving world news a suburban context Dec 12, 2013 1:04 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We may yet report direct local connections to worldwide news, but for the story of Nelson Mandela and all others like it, their value will be to supplement the lessons of an event that is, well, not exactly “just” world news.

  • Photo ethics now more important than ever Dec 5, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Today, any middle schooler could modify a picture taken with a telephone to show a second baseman eating a baseball like an apple.

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