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Jim Slusher

Assistant Managing Editor/Opinion Page
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As Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion, a position he assumed in 2010, Jim Slusher oversees editorial writing, selection of syndicated columns and cartoons and letters to the editor for the Daily Herald Opinion Page. Working with an editorial board made up of top editors in the Daily Herald newsroom, he helps shape the newspaper's voice on subjects of interest to suburban readers, while seeking to present an engaging mix of opinions on broad social and political topics along with a forum for local residents to present their views on whatever topics they consider important.

Previously, Slusher had worked since 2003 helping supervise the most advanced reporting staff at the Daily Herald, developing investigative projects, cultural issues stories, coverage of major breaking news and enterprise stories on virtually all topics. Prior to assuming these duties, he produced and supervised programs promoting an atmosphere of learning at all levels in the Daily Herald's newsroom. His efforts ranged from regular critiques and one-on-one editing to a slate of specifically targeted workshops scheduled throughout the year. He has led workshops on journalism and newsroom leadership for various regional and national organizations, including the Inland Press Association, the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the American Copy Editors Society, and he teaches a community education course in autobiographical writing at William Rainey Harper Community College.

When Slusher joined the Daily Herald as news editor in charge of the copy desk in 1989, it was a homecoming of sorts to his professional roots in Illinois. He and his wife Patty left San Diego, where he had worked three years as managing editor of an award-winning suburban daily, to return to the Midwest and start a family that would eventually include three boys, two of whom now have graduated from Prospect High School with the third soon to follow.

A graduate of Western Illinois University, Slusher taught high school English and journalism in western Illinois before taking a job as news director of a small Iowa radio station, followed by three years as a reporter and editor in Sterling, Ill., and seven years as a copy editor, reporter and assigning editor in Saginaw, Mich.

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A word to letter writers, keep off the AstroTurf

Apr 27 2016 | 6:04 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Just as AstroTurf, the brand-name precursor to the modern synthetic rubber covering used today on many football and soccer fields, is fake grass, so “AstroTurf” commentaries are fake grass roots.

Slusher: Simple mantra of news judgment worth repeating in complicated times

Apr 21 2016 | 10:27 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: Useful. Different. Relevant. Time was, those were the three most important words in the Daily Herald newsroom. Now, consider the new vocabulary clamoring for contention

Slusher: From Brussels terrorism, the too-frequent deliberations on an iconic image of tragedy

Mar 29 2016 | 1:34 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Nearly every afternoon’s meeting of news editors concludes with a review of options for the next-day print edition’s most prominent Page 1 picture. On Tuesday, March 22, the day of the terrorist bombing in...

Slusher: Liberal? Conservative? We let you label columnists’ perspectives

Mar 24 2016 | 10:06 am - Columnist Jim Slusher: If you didn’t know better, you would have thought George F. Will was a run-of-the-mill liberal when he scolded Senate Republicans this week for their refusal to consider any Obama Supreme Court nominee and Merrick...

Slusher: ‘Near-mythical’ rumors about Trump violate a ‘sacred trust’

Mar 02 2016 | 6:34 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: It’s not often one would expect to see the phrases “Donald Trump” and “sacred” in close proximity with each other without an “is nothing” in there somewhere, but as the 2016...

Slusher: Newspapers’ reputation for trust still attracts imitators

Feb 24 2016 | 7:31 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Ronald Reagan’s famous Cold War maxim “Trust but verify” has too many applications to list, but few are more appropriate than one dealing with print newspapers.

Asking the right question about the winners in a political debate

Feb 17 2016 | 10:31 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: If you ache to learn who won that candidate’s debate you just watched, either you are asking the wrong question or there was no real winner.

Slusher: Key lesson with ‘Making a Murderer’: Think critically

Jan 20 2016 | 5:49 pm - Columnist Jim Slusher: Wherever the intersection of public interest and criminal justice attracts widespread attention, the danger remains the same. So does the remedy: Think critically. Explore varied sources.

Slusher: For 2016, some other ways to see how news works

Dec 30 2015 | 7:44 pm - As we prepare to cross the threshold of another year, I want to take a slightly different tack from my usual focus on the Daily Herald’s decision making and the workings of journalists and encourage you to look to some other sources in 2016...

Slusher: Vernon Hills High School’s event certainly stirred discussion

Dec 17 2015 | 11:10 am - Who knew a headscarf could attract so much attention?

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