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    The great comics survey

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    I’ve written before that when I was a kid, I used to love reading comics in the newspaper every day. I liked Charlie Brown. I mean, I wanted him to kick that ball so badly! (That darn Lucy). I loved ...

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    Quiet before the storm

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    It's eerily quiet here today at the Advocate. We're all working hard to keep everyone updated through the day on our web site and with a special Ike print edition on Saturday. The whole town is kind of quiet -- ...

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    Are newspapers objective?

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    We are taking a beating over our Fatal Funnel series on a different part of this site. In one of the forums, someone made this comment: "When it comes to the press it is not like the old days where ...

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    Death of newspapers? Nah

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Chicago -- A lot of discussion this week has centered around the future of newspapers, and what that future will look like. Talk of the newspaper's death has been circulating for some time now. However, recent struggles in the industry ...

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    How to cover a community?

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Chicago -- A main point of discussion today in our Leadership Summit at Unity was how a newspaper thoroughly and accurately covers its community. One way to cover your community is to make sure you reflect part of that community. ...

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    Race and the media

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Chicago -- I'm  in the Windy City attending the Unity -- Journalists of Color conference. I was selected along with 12 other editors to participate in a leadership summit meeting at this conference. Today's topic was how we talk about ...

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    A brother's suicide

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    About six years ago, my brother committed suicide. He did it in a very public way. On Wednesday, I posted a reply on a thread of comments about the photo we ran in the second installment of the Fatal Funnel ...

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    My love of newspapers

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    I know this is kind of long for a blog, but I thought I'd share this column I wrote with you online folks. tm   I didn’t grow up in a newspaper family, but rather I grew up in a ...

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    Out of the comfort zone

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    The recent debate online about our decision to run a Gay pride story on the front page of the newspaper conjured up some memories for me. The newspaper industry used to celebrate a week every year in May called Time ...

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    A special night

    By ThomasRMartinez in Easy writer

    Sometimes in the news business, we get to be part of something cool and special, not just the negativity that seems to overwhelm us most days. We were part of something special this past week with the Chris Cagle story. ...

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