An uncomfortable article to write

Opinion By Jin Lee When the GJR editor asked me to write an article about South Korea, Trump, and North Korea, a strange feeling occupied me, which I could not articulate in words. It was discomfort. In fact, I’ve often felt this way when people ask me, “Is your country safe?” and “Have you ever…

Cable news full of hot air hurricane coverage

By Tony McDaniel This has been one of the worst years for hurricanes in recent history. Ten hurricanes have formed in the Atlantic Ocean, the most since 2005. Texas governor Greg Abbott said his state may need as much as $180 billion in aid to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Hurricanes are massive media events, and…

TV meteorologists warm to climate change

By Don Corrigan At a time when journalists are accused of reporting “fake news,” including stories about climate change and its effects on weather, some intrepid television meteorologists are stepping up to the cameras to make this connection. They are getting assistance from Climate Matters with a project that provides localized climate information to weather…

Crown thy good with brotherhood

Opinion By William A. Babcock The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s particularly true of America’s not-so-beloved song and lyrics the United States has had as its National Anthem since 1931. Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was set to the tune of “To Anacreon in Heaven” some 200 years ago.  …

Press stronger, Trump weaker after one year

By William H. Freivogel No president has created more media. No president is such a creation of media. No president has expressed such disdain for mainstream media. No president has so frequently denied facts. No president has lied so frequently. No president has so readily embraced hoaxes and conspiracy theories. No president moved so swiftly…

The view from the Harrisburg Hardees

By Nathaniel Dean Fortmeyer and William Recktenwald The local paper looks a lot different to Harrisburg, Ill. residents Karen and David Stilley than to fellow residents Mike and Angella Gauch. To the Stilleys the SE Illinois News is a welcome replacement for the retrenching local paper, the Harrisburg Register. To the Gauches, the paper is…