Author Archives: Bob Hunter

You may be a winner

The carnival barker says you can’t win if you don’t play. Well, then, we’ve got a chance to win, because we’re definitely playing in various journalism contests. Every year, these contests come along — chief among them the Society of Professional Journalists and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. This year, our new owners, GateHouse Media, let [...]

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Differing views

Here are excerpts from a couple of emails we received today: “Your liberal newspaper is so slanted in favor of the teachers union, that it’s not funny.” … and … “… it appears that the Mail Tribune is determined to defend the position of the district and their efforts to bust the union at every [...]

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Racist language removed from history column

We ran a Since You Asked item earlier this month noting that in our Mail Tribune 100 column of century-old newspaper articles we omit racial references that are now considered offensive. A reader wrote to us questioning why that apparently included the word “negro” after it was excised from a reprinted story. That wasn’t our [...]

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Morning plans changed in a hurry

I was on my way to a SMART reading session at Jackson School this morning when I heard that a bomb had been detonated outside the Jackson County DA’s office. I made a quick call to the office and discovered that our morning online reporter, Ryan Pfeil was all over it — had posted online, [...]

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We love our photos

We may be addicted to moving pictures — on TV, at the movies or on our tablets — but we’ve still got a connection to beautiful photographs. That’s evidenced by the Web traffic we get on a regular basis for photo galleries. Unlike the preferences of print readers, which often remains a mystery to editors [...]

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‘The Grizzwells’ vs. ‘Rose is Rose’

“Danger! Danger!” I know my warning alerts should be going off at full volume right now, but I’m forging ahead nonetheless, possibly taking on the most dangerous editorial task of all, changing comic strips. Against my better judgment, here goes: We’re thinking about switching out a current Mail Tribune cartoon, “Rose is Rose,” and replacing [...]

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The real crisis in Oregon

Amid all the head shaking about the federal congressional impasse,  a bigger issue seems to be brewing in some folks’ minds: Our “bias” for the Oregon Ducks over the Oregon State Beavers. Exhibit A: Sunday’s sports pages, in which the Ducks not only got top billing, but also had two color photos and two lengthy [...]

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‘Your Money’ is back

Mea culpa: We’ve brought back the Sunday ‘Your Money’ pages, which feature personal finance stories and tips. It’s an improvement, I think, over The Wall Street Journal pages we’ve been running for the past year and a half. But we did it Sunday with no advance notice — and not even any explanation in Sunday’s [...]

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We know what’s being read, not always why

While we often have to guess what stories newspaper readers are looking at, there’s no such doubt when it comes to online. We get daily reports on the number of page views and visitors to our website (no NSA spying going on here — we just know what’s being read, not who’s reading it). But [...]

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The public’s right to know

We prevailed in our argument with the city of Medford over release of its severance package with ousted fire Chief Dave Bierwiler — well, at least we prevailed in the order issued  Monday by District Attorney Beth Heckert. She said the financial details of the severance package are public record and must be released. The city [...]

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