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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

If you work in media and live in Memphis, last week was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad week. On Tuesday, we learned the Commercial Appeal let go 17 more employees, perhaps in a cleanse before they sell to Milwaukee’s Journal Media next year. Included in this purge were longtime reporter Lela Garlington and more […]

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How do you feel safe?

This week, I was asked to speak with David Waters, an award winning journalist and my friend for nearly 20 years. He writes the Faith in Memphis blog for the Commercial Appeal and has recently started a Safe in Memphis group following the death of Heather Palambo-Jones, a kindergarten teacher who worked with David’s wife […]

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No prayers for business and media

Tonight, my church was a host site for a National Day of Prayer service. I was asked to participate by leading the congregation in prayer for business and media. If you’ve never been to a service like this, the format has someone lead prayers for five areas, education, business and media, military and government, families […]

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Feasting and Hunger

by Alys Drake This week will be a week of celebration. Holy Week for Christian families and Passover for Jewish families. At my home, we will celebrate Easter this Sunday with a lot of food. Ham, beans, barbecue ribs, slaw, potato salads, regular salads, rich desserts, and wine will all grace our overflowing table. We do not know hunger […]

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An Open Letter to the Media

by Alys Drake When there is a tragedy, you have the terrible responsibility to inform the public. Please don’t interview witnesses who are children. I don’t care if their parents give permission. The parents are probably too traumatized to make a rational decision as well. What good comes from it? These babies are already damaged and you want to put […]

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On Radio, People and Community

When I was young, I would love to listen to the radio. I was star struck by the disk jockeys and can remember the thrill of finding a distant signal from St. Louis or Chicago on the AM dial. This was before FM radio, before MTV, before YouTube, satellite radio or iTunes. Today, my children […]

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Turn Hunger Into Hope

This Easter weekend means many things to my family. We will go to church Sunday morning and then come home to prepare for our family Easter dinner. The fact that it is also Sunday at the Masters makes the day even more special for us. I’ve been cleaning the house, fussing at my children about […]

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