Star gazing

Dateline: Thu 08 Aug 2013

And the heavens are hardly calm and quiet.

Chis O'Malley at Indianapolis Business Journal -- himself a former biz reporter for the state's largest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star -- says that the talented and seasoned political reporter Mary Beth Schneider is taking a three-month leave from her job to care for her aging parents.

Also, social columnist Cathy Knightlinger is resigning to take a position with the Conrad Hotel as director of community and public relations for the hotel's art gallery. Kigntlinger is 43 years old; Mary Beth is on the young side of her 60s, I think. Or old as dirt when it comes to instituional knowledge.

Here is the link:

Thanks to my friend Tom Henderson for alerting me to O'Malley's piece, which is online today.

Interesting comment in IBJ from Schneider, who truly knows where all the bodies are buried when it comes to Hoosier politics:

“Odds are that even if I return it may not be to the Statehouse beat. Just covered what could be my last Statehouse news conference,” Schneider tweeted. Her last day of work at the Star was Aug. 1, according to the feed."

Schneider has been using Twitter to talk about her departure and her concern for her elderly parents.

If you read the comments in IBJ, you'll notice several references to who is left at the Star who still commandeers reader respect. Not many, but among those mentioned several times is lib columnist Dan Carpenter, whose columns, whatever your politics, are always well-crafted.

However, that bubble may be about to burst. I've heard now from three reliable sources that Carpenter is negotiating his retirement and it is going to happen in August. I asked him for a comment a couple weeks ago, and this is what he said in an email:

"Are you kidding!?

Retirement’s for middle-income people."

Not exactly a strong denial, but time will tell.

Finally, a reader of this blog notes that the Star is now advertising for an arts reporter -- thus filling the position vacated by friend and former colleague Jay Harvey, who resigned happily and now blogs about the arts in his own sweet time (which is to say, prolifically).

Here's the ad:

Life just gets curioser and curioser for those of us who Star gaze.

Good luck to all the parties mentioned in this blog -- whatever you do, wherever you go, may the Force of quality journalism go with you.





Nicolas [unverified] said:

There is far more good journalism afoot than ever before in my lifetime. Instead of one or two newspapers, I can visit dozens of informative blogs and web sites. This will most assuredly grow as newspapers wane. If good journalism is the goal, this incredible diversity is to be celebrated, not lamented.

It spells the death knell for one of the least useful academic outposts: journalism schools.

2013-08-08 15:00:33

hendy [Member] said:

Journalism, on any website, is a good idea. Too much of what we read has been paid for by corporate marketing and PR. A neutral reporting voice is terribly important.

Journalism lives. J-schools live. The paper and ink industry wanes. Journalism never dies.

2013-08-10 08:51:34 [unverified] said:

fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do
not understand this. You should continue your writing.

I'm sure, you've a great readers' base already!

2013-08-10 18:15:29

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