OKLAHOMA CITY — One of the visits I make periodically to conduct training sessions for other CNHI newspapers took me to Stillwater, Oklahoma last week.
As a sports editor for several suburban New York community newspapers in the 1980s, I sometimes had to handle complaints from high school coaches and athletic directors who thought we were favoring one of their competing schools over them.
Some of my favorite moments each day come during the commute from my home in East Buffalo Township to The Daily Item building in Sunbury.
Horace Stoneham, the owner of the New York and later San Francisco Giants baseball teams from 1936 to 1976, was vilified in New York when he announced he would move the team out west prior to the 1958 season.
A little over a week ago, as 3-year-old Arabella Parker lay dying from the injuries sustained in an October beating, members of The Daily Item news team gathered to discuss our next steps in reporting this tragedy.
I had the opportunity to speak to the current class of Leadership Susquehanna Valley on Thursday. As usual, The Daily Item sponsored the group’s Communication-themed day. That won me about 15 minutes to address the members of this year’s class.
The late Indira Gandhi, India’s first and still only female prime minister, is reported to have said something in a 1982 interview that I think means more today than it did then.
A few weeks ago, I sat in on a very cordial meeting with a group of religious leaders to discuss how to get more good news into the newspaper. They wanted to know how best to reach out to us with events they were hosting in hopes we could cover them if warranted.
I have lived, worked and voted in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia and Pennsylvania since I was first old enough to cast a ballot in 1973.
Outside of maybe a new shirt, a book by a favorite author or a bottle of a preferred adult beverage, there aren’t many material things that I or many people my age really need or want.
They didn’t get the attention received by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on gerrymandering and having a citizenship question on the U.S. Census, but the nation’s top court also made two troubling rulings last week on First Amendment and Freedom of Information Issues.
Once a month, for the past three years, a group of Valley community members has met for an hour in The Daily Item’s first floor conference room to discuss important community and state issues and our coverage — or potential coverage — of them.
A Pew Research Center survey released last week looked at people’s views about community journalism. Among other things, it showed that people place strong value on local journalists being a part of their community.
Sometime back in the 1990s, I remember reading — OK, skimming — a book titled “All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Watching Star Trek.”
One of the great things about this job is that in editing stories reporters turn in, I know I’m likely to learn something that makes me stop and think.
One of the great things about this job is that in editing stories reporters turn in, I know I'm likely to learn something that makes me stop and think.
There’s a scene in the 1965 movie “A Thousand Clowns,” in which actor Jason Robards, playing a character named Murray Burns, talks about standing on a Manhattan street corner, telling random strangers who walk by, “I’m sorry.”
Last Sunday I wrote about something new at The Daily Item — daily news, sports and weather updates now available on the Amazon Alexa devices and app. Already, according to the metrics we receive from Amazon, hundreds have begun to listen.