Working for a weekly newspaper has its challenges, most have to do with time. One might assume that the pace at a weekly newspaper is 1/7th that of a daily, but it's just not the case. Some weeks feel more intense than they would at a daily, in part because we have a smaller staff.
But social media changes that. No real newspaper is just weekly or daily or whatever frequency any more. We're all instant.
Thank you, Twitter.
The chaos in Ferguson in the last couple of weeks has presented both great opportunities and challenges for a level field for all news media.
It is hard to imagine that we are coming to the end of summer. Children are getting ready to return to school, family vacations have run their course and summer projects are slowly coming to a halt. The raw energy of free time will soon yield to the spirit of serenity, and the lush, verdant pastures soon will welcome the brown and reddish tones of a different season and time.
In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire.
Katie Lentz had plucked the perfect dress for her Sunday surprise, and the yellow J. Crew frock was dangling in the back of her 1989 Mercedes, bouncing along the highway as the sun streamed in and oldies played on the radio.
The 19-year-old from Quincy, Ill., had just completed her summer internship in Jefferson City, Mo., and she had hatched a plan to surprise her friends there by making a final visit. She set off around 8 a.m. on Aug. 4 of last year, and began the two-hour drive so she could go to church one more time with the gang she had worshipped with every week that summer.
In recent years, as scholars have explored Ronald Reagan's foreign policy with greater access to primary-source documents, something utterly baffling to the conventional wisdom of his time (and ours) has come into focus: Reagan, determined to win the Cold War, also was eager to rid the world of nuclear weapons. And while many, in his time and ours, imagine those to have been incompatible goals, the 40th president of the United States was capable of holding both ideas at once and acting toward both ends.