Columnist left mark on world of journalism

William Safire, the longtime New York Times columnist, may be remembered longer for his “On Language” columns, exploring word origins and usage, many of which found their way into a series of widely discussed books, than for his political commentary. As a political commentator, however, he was something of a model. For the most part […]

N.M. journalism looking for fresh faces

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist JIM BELSHAW, Albuquerque Journal columnist. Jim Belshaw would have us believe he writes to champion the cause of ordinary New Mexicans. But does he, or has this veteran newsman gone stale, thriving on his poker buddies, his connection to the Belshaw elites, noted authors and academics? Jim Belshaw, writing for […]

Press workshop introduces students to journalism

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Twenty-two high school students from around the state scrambled around a computer lab Monday afternoon desperate to meet their Tuesday evening deadline for The Future Press, a small newspaper students produce in the New Mexico Press Association’s yearly journalism workshop. In its 26th year, the workshop at Eastern New Mexico […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

‘Mind trick’ not taught in journalism class

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We once were a frivolous bunch, the five guys who get together for our annual stag trip. As frisky pups we would pass the evening discussing life’s important topics: golf, gambling, Melanie Griffith. Years pass, men mature, interests change: gambling, golf, Sandra Bullock. The seasoned, wiser gentlemen who gathered for […]

Rather’s departure sign of change

By Helena Rodriguez One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during the 2000 […]

Apathy puts First Amendment in danger

By Carol Singletary: Guest Columnist Apathy is killing the First Amendment. This according to the results of the recent Knight Foundation’s report on the state of the First Amendment among high school students and educators. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissioned researchers from the University of Connecticut to question more than 100,000 […]

News people tooted Richardson’s horn

Ned Cantwell, State Columnist It’s wrong, I know, but I can’t get Monica Armenta off my mind. No matter what else I may be doing, there she is. Monica. Monica. Monica. You’ve seen her. Poised, seriously concerned about New Mexico events, pleasant sense of humor. Monica is a star of New Mexico journalism, co-anchor of […]

Purple Press staff champions of free press

Letters to the editor My hat is off to the Purple Press staff members who were recently punished for offending, apparently, one or more school administrators. They are to be commended for being members of the only group in the U.S.A. that stands between the citizens and the attempted abuses of power that occur every […]

Student profiles: Jenna DeWitt

Jenna DeWitt is the daughter of Calvin and Diane DeWitt and is in the ninth grade at Yucca Junior High School. What is your theme song? My theme song is “Shine” by Jaci Velasquez. What is your favorite TV show? My favorite TV show is “7th Heaven” on the WB. Who is your favorite entertainer? […]

Journalism workshop arrives

By Mike Linn High school students from throughout the state will come to Portales next week to learn numerous aspects related to journalism: from photography to news writing, ethics to interviewing skills. Professional journalists from across New Mexico will teach the four-day workshop at Eastern New Mexico University. The seminar is sponsored by the New […]

Q&A with Bill Ellis

Bill Ellis is retiring as owner of the Friona Star and the Bovina Blade. In 2001, he was named Man of the Year by the Friona Chamber of Commerce, as well as being elected to the Panhandle Press Association’s Hall of Fame. Q: How long have you been active in the field of journalism? A: […]