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  • 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 dailyherald.com 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.

  • The anatomy of a distinction on lame-duck votes Jan 3, 2013 8:57 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Daily Herald editorials have tended to disdain legislation that surfaces in a lame-duck session, but in the current state of the Illinois General Assembly, this disdain has produced some difficult reflection for our editorial board.

  • Events that test the limits of the goal of restraint Dec 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the Sandy Hook School shooting, newspapers impose restraint on themselves as they seek to tell a story no one would really want to tell -- or to hear. It is, in short, disconcerting to see how that impulse itself has limits. What a sad thing it is to contemplate the kind of event that tests them.

  • Seeking sanity in definition of news judgment Dec 13, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I have grown, over time, to be very skeptical about what is considered obvious in the way of judgment calls and to try to maintain some humility in assessing the work and judgments of others. "Judge not, lest ye be judged," says the Good Book, after all. But it's not fear I'm operating on so much as the recognition of what a moving target being right is.

  • Keeping excellence in the equation of school coverage Dec 6, 2012 8:45 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Great things are going on in suburban schools every day. It's always been a hallmark of the Daily Herald's commitment to our communities that we weave them into the routine of our coverage.

  • Random thoughts as long campaign finally ends Nov 8, 2012 12:11 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: If everyone is so bitterly outraged by the sleazy innuendo and purposeful distortion of negative political campaigning, why are candidates so quick to embrace it? The obvious answer is that it works. But again, why -- if everyone is so turned off by it?

  • Disruption and the pain of unmet expectations Oct 11, 2012 12:59 PM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the wake of the Daily Herald printing center's power outage and subsequent late deliveries, Jim muses on the curious irony of our age that technology can do so much to make our lives easier but can also disrupt us with its own peculiar standards of operation, defying even the backup strategies we have in place. It's the emergencies we can’t imagine that hurt most.

  • The broad view on young people’s disdain for news Sep 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: To us in print journalism, it's hard enough to hear that young people don't think newspapers are important. But there's something more ominous on the horizon that extends beyond our own parochial professional fears

  • New language might have helped tame the Old West Sep 13, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend," the press says at the end of the movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Might the legend have turned out differently in the language of today?

  • Citizen reporting, instant news and the role of editors Sep 6, 2012 9:06 AM
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  • Getting local to lure attention of the Cynical 75 Aug 30, 2012 6:01 AM
    One of the aims of the Daily Herald is to present what happens at the political conventions in a way that brings it home to even reluctant readers, columnist Jim Slusher says.

  • Openness in an hour of pain is a gift to rest of us Aug 23, 2012 6:27 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: When survivors of those who die tragically are willing and able to crack open the window of their heartbreak, the distance between the reading and the suffering closes a bit.

  • In fiction as in fact, credibility is king for papers Aug 16, 2012 9:05 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: The tweet from longtime newspaper blogger Jim Romenesko was not to be resisted. "Netflix says State of Play' is the most popular newspaper film." Wow. Self-indulgence plus a list. What could be more compelling?

  • The worthwhile risk of taking a discomforting call Aug 2, 2012 9:05 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: You never know in this job who you're going to be talking to when you pick up the telephone. It may be a cantankerous name caller, angry because you won't publish his nasty, spiteful, ill-mannered personal attacks. Or it may be a politely assertive reader who holds an uncomfortable mirror up to your prejudices and makes you a better, more incisive editor.

  • Amid campaign heat, be vigilant to keep your cool Jul 26, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I want now -- about a month before the Republicans and Democrats hold their national conventions -- to concentrate on the "politics of gotcha," which goes way beyond one congressional race.

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