A selection of prose from the Sept. 12 issue of the Original Irregular, a weekly newspaper in Kingfield:
"The internationally acclaimed artist, writer and illustrator had left her mark on the school with her mural and years later a coat of varnish was applied
Nearly every journalist uses anonymous sources. And nearly every journalist condemns the practice. No wonder the public thinks we're bigger snakes than any profession except lawyers and Nigerian princes seeking help transferring their inheritance to a bank in the United
September 10, 2007
In case you missed it, the Bangor Daily News has come to its senses. After a couple of weeks of controversy over two of its editors' connections to candidates in the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Maine (see "How to Shed Cred"), the BDN announced in its Saturday, Sept. 8 edition that it was taking steps to reduce the perception that it had an enormous conflict of interest.
Almost every journalist I know has conflicts of interest up the wazoo. Almost every journalist I know hates admitting that. Including me.
Conflicts mean passing up juicy stories. Conflicts can cost money. Conflicts involve hurting friends. Conflicts might help enemies.
From an article in the Original Irregular weekly newspaper by staff writer David Hart, about a mural painted by artist Davlov Ipcar in 1980 in the Kingfield Elementary School:
"This mural turned out to be one of three mural she painted in her life-time directly
WVII-TV, Channel 7, begins its 6 o'clock newscast with a flat-out lie.
"News for Bangor," an announcer proclaims, "live from Bangor."
Well, some of the newscast is live. But not the weather. Which is taped. And isn't from Bangor.
Other than that, Channel
On August 17, in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a powerful speedboat colliding with a smaller boat on Long Lake in Harrison, the Portland Press Herald ran a front page story about the need for legislation to control such mega-horsepower craft. It cited lakeside
Who's the hypocrite? The Christian Civic League of Maine has never had a comfortable relationship with the Maine media, so when the conservative group suddenly presented itself as a defender of freedom of the press, I think I can be excused for being a tad skeptical.
Jeannine Guttman doesn't have much to say. But she certainly takes up a lot of space not saying it.
Guttman is the editor of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Most weeks, she writes a long column in the latter paper's Insight section filled with
I can understand why some people wouldn't want to be interviewed by me. They think I'm an irreverent jerk intent on unfairly ridiculing them. They could be right. There are days when I'm leery of talking to myself.
So, under ordinary circumstances, it doesn't surprise