Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Miss America, Airline, Obituaries Can Be Impossible to Find, Trace

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Miss America, Airline, Obituaries Can Be Impossible to Find, Trace

Article excerpt

The theme linking today's items can be summarized in one word -- missing.

The scenario following last weekend's Miss America Pageant is familiar. The results of the pageant aren't known till late Saturday night.

The presses are stopped to get a story in most papers. A reader discovers that a friend's paper had the story, but his paper didn't.

He feels cheated.

The reason is that there is terrific deadline pressure on Saturday night. Carriers have to deliver the biggest paper of the week, so there is a reluctance to wait for results of the pageant.

Generally, a story is also run on Monday. That was done in this case. If you still want a copy of the stories, call me and leave your address.

How to find obituary: Readers doing family research occasionally seek to find a previous death notice. The Times-Union has been compiling obituaries on its Web site since 1997, which are searchable. Since there aren't many indexes for past years, finding an obituary can be a chore. If you know the date of death, you can search newspapers on microfilm at the Main Library downtown.

Air South: The map of budget air fares in the Travel section includes a list of airlines serving Jacksonville. A reader asked how to contact Air South. Unfortunately, Air South doesn't serve Jacksonville anymore.

Percy Ross retires checkbook: The Minnesota businessman who wrote the Thanks a Million column has stopped giving away money. So what would you like to do with his column space in Lifestyle each Tuesday? If you have any suggestions, let me know and I'll be happy to pass along your suggestion.

Journalism ethics follow-up

In this column, two weeks ago, I offered ethical dilemmas. Though it may have appeared that way, I was not looking for one correct answer. My intention was to illustrate the complexity of real-life decisions, especially when there are conflicting ideals.

The three basic goals of journalism, as described in the textbook Doing Ethics in Journalism are: (1) Seek the truth; (2) Act independently; and (3) Minimize harm. …

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