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  • No hidden agenda in our approach to controversy Jul 18, 2013 10:18 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: For those who somehow see us spreading one message online and another in print, there may be some confusion about our approach to controversy with our news stories.

  • Daily journalism with a shelf life of a lifetime Jul 4, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The shelf life of a daily newspaper has always been, well, pretty much by definition, just one day. But we arenít always limited to journalism thatís so short-lived.

  • A reminder of perspective and personal debate Jun 20, 2013 9:44 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I just got off the phone with a good guy. And he was an Illinois lawmaker.

  • The guilt-free approach to consuming news Jun 13, 2013 10:41 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: News writers wrestle daily with a formidable paradox ó how to get you to read a story in its entirety while making sure you donít have to.

  • Celebrity news light on nutrition, but has a place May 30, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: What's it like to be young, glamorous, wealthy and constantly on public display? Not all that different from being middle aged, frumpy and constantly struggling to pay the mortgage, as it turns out.

  • Changes aim not just to interest but to engage May 23, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: It's always been important for us as a source of information and entertainment to catch and keep your interest. But it's even more important for all of us as a society to have you actively involved.

  • Why you should care about secret subpoena of AP May 16, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The problem with things like the Justice Department's broad and secret subpoenas of press agencies isn't that they make reporters' jobs more difficult. The problem is that they make your job more difficult.

  • Shooting the rapids of dual playoff runs May 9, 2013 12:03 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the constantly undulating rhythms of the news cycle — now elections take center stage, now a flooding crisis; now, a sensational kidnap story is all the rage, now a controversy over the state budget — there is something especially gratifying about the swell we're mounting right now. Not one but two playoff runs simultaneously

  • As pension debate heats up more, forum was timely start May 2, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher:The panelists and the audience at our recent forum on pensions proved it is possible to have a civil and engaging conversation about the topic. In any well-functioning democracy, that's a start.

  • Forum provides a chance for all views on pensions to grow Apr 18, 2013 10:18 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our only objective for the Pension Forum scheduled for next Wednesday night is to add depth and detail to the discussion over what to do about the state's pension crisis.

  • A small step to uphold our contract of trust Apr 11, 2013 10:44 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Itís hard to discount what media blogger Craig Silverman dubbed the ďSummer of Sin.Ē That would be the summer of 2012, during which he accumulated a litany of at least 17 acts of plagiarism or fabrication from across the country.

  • Celebrating some of the copy editorís work you do see Mar 28, 2013 9:30 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Today I come to praise the headline writer's art.

  • The seeds of inspiration are all sizes Mar 21, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A newspaper sometimes spotlights the small seeds, and they, like Christ's mustard seed, can stand with the biggest of stories. Such was the case with Rob Komosa.

  • News decisions involve more than hits and clicks Mar 14, 2013 11:33 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I promise not to devote yet another entire column to coverage of the April 9 election, but I couldn't help shuddering at a true fact that emerged during an editors' discussion on measuring the popularity of particular stories.

  • Endorsements built on sincerity, care for suburbs Mar 7, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: On Sunday, we launched into a three-week period of election endorsements with an explanation of why we do them. Today, I want to give you a little closer look at how they work and, perhaps most important, why they're valid.

  • Random thoughts on deadlines, fiction and fraud Feb 21, 2013 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Ours is a business of constant online deadlines throughout the day with that one overriding capital-D Deadline of the daily press start ever looming. So journalists know a lot about setting, keeping and missing deadlines

  • The process of talking with -- and listening to -- each other Feb 14, 2013 9:23 AM
    Colimnist Jm Slusher: People like to share their ideas about public issues, and the new commenting process at ai s to help

  • Protecting the currency of trust in all we publish Jan 31, 2013 9:33 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: With everyone who writes for us, we must by the nature of our work accept a fundamental bond of trust, a trust that says what you write is what you honestly saw, heard or believe and it is your own.

  • An addition helps strengthen the 'mysterious' editorial board Jan 17, 2013 5:55 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Renee Trappe, the Daily Herald's assistant managing editor for local news, joined the newspaper's editorial board this week, and that gives me a dual opportunity today.

  • Stunt shows what papers do — engage Jan 10, 2013 9:41 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: All right, pay attention. Ah, well, actually, I may not have to ask that of you. If a stunt pulled by a Belgian advertising agency is any indication, you're already pretty well engaged with your local newspaper.

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