Al Neuharth: 5 Ways USA Today’s Founder Changed the Newspaper

There are two schools of thought about USA Today founder Al Neuharth, who died on April 19 at age 89 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Some think he helped ruin the newspaper, an institution older than our country itself, by turning it into a paper-and-ink imitation of TV news. Others think he helped modernized a desperately outdated medium and, in so doing, perhaps staved off its demise. Either way you choose to look at it, though, the former Gannett CEO was …

Social Security Lessons for Media from AARP Members

This week the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) scolded the media for their coverage of Social Security in a piece called How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate.  Trudy Lieberman writes “For nearly three years CJR has observed that much of the press has reported only one side of this story using ‘facts’ that are misleading or flat-out wrong while ignoring others.” The piece helps underscore a key reason AARP has launched You’ve Earned a Say: to raise the …