Responsibility to Be Honest

By Books September 15, 1998

From November 1936, when Life magazine’s first issue appeared, until it stopped publication as a weekly in 1972, 88 of the most innovative and revered photographers found, at one time or another, a home for their oftentimes groundbreaking photography. “Life … Read more

Scorned Tabloid Lover Bares His Bitterness

By Books September 15, 1998

News Is A VerbPete Hamill Library of Contemporary Thought. 102 Pages. $8.95.In the flood of literature lamenting the demise of good journalism, this 102-page book is a small gem. I do not say this because Pete Hamill, author and … Read more

Verifying Truth in Data Deluge

Books September 15, 1998

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. We should not kid ourselves by thinking that other people and institutions cannot gather and distribute crucial information. They can, they are, and they will. We are being backed into … Read more

Pioneer in Coverage of Racial Injustice

By Books September 15, 1998

The Baltimore Afro-American, 1892-1950Howard Farrar Greenwood Publishing Group 220 Pages. $59.95.Relatively little has been written about the struggle and rise to prominence of America’s most prodigious black newspapers. Now, with the publication of “The Baltimore … Read more

A Newsman’s Style as Envoy in Africa

By Books June 15, 1998

When one thinks of how an ambassador’s career gets started, a rocky beach and seagulls don’t likely come to mind. But this is how Smith Hempstone, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Washington Times and 1965 Nieman Fellow, says he first … Read more

Scoop Artist Who Isn’t a Journalist

By Books June 15, 1998

“Born to see; meant to look.” That’s the personal motto taken from Goethe’s “Faust” that Peter Drucker, the legendary thinker and management expert, uses to describe his profession. An observer, not a participant. Almost like a … Read more

Questioning the Press’s Adversarial Tone

By Books June 15, 1998

The Argument Culture: Moving from Debate to DialogueDeborah Tannen Random House. 348 Pages. $25.“The Battle of the Sexes,” “Telecommunications Price Wars,” “Democrats Send Clinton into Battle for Second Term,” “A Classic Match-up: It’s only the opening bell, but the … Read more