This Is Not Journalism

One of my four brothers has a journalism degree with a photojournalism emphasis from Northern Illinois University.  Randy started his career at the Kewanee Star Courier (Illinois) as a photographer back in the 1980’s, before the internet became a place where many people looked for their daily news.  His next career move was to become

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9 thoughts on “This Is Not Journalism”

  1. Dirk,

    Nice article about the distinction. It is what I call “content” blogging. Where content is in the eye of the beholder on those topics of common interest.

    Best for a happy and healthy New Year.


  2. Happy New Year Dirk! I look forward to your 2014 articles, or what the hell you choose to call them!

    As a scientist with some expertise in Galois Field Arithmetic and prime numbers, I understand why we need serial number randomization. Random numbers are the best defense against counterfeiting.

    The problem is many IT managers are mired in the 1950’s IBM 1401 way of thinking (yes, I am that old). They expect that every 20 digit number need to have it’s own database entry; a huge memory space. There are many algorithms with which the 20 digits can be compacted into a database of the size of the total numbers actually used.

    Keep the wonderful work, Dirk!

  3. Thanks for all that you do, no matter what you call it. I enjoy and look forward to all of the information that you provide on such a timely basis. It is greatly appreciated. Have a Happy and Health New Year!

    1. Robert, Clive, Stephen, Nap, Kishore and John,
      Thanks for your support in 2013 and I hope 2014 is a great year for you and your families.


  4. Hello, Dirk. Thank you for a most enjoyable column—with personality! I would have enjoyed sitting in on that family discussion, as both Editor of Healthcare Packaging, and as a Northern Illinois University Journalism grad, with a Public Relations emphasis. Your columns extend beyond reporting the news to interpreting and analyzing what the news means to a specific industry segment(s). Call it a blog or weblog, I believe it provides value and perspective to readers and look forward to further developing the RxTrace-Healthcare Packaging relationship in 2014. Happy New Year my friend!

    1. Jim,
      Thanks for your kind words, and thanks for all your help and support with the Healthcare Packaging RxTrace column in 2013. I also look forward to the relationship in 2014.


  5. Dirk,
    I’ll gladly digest your “non-journalistic” contributions any time! 🙂 Happy New Year … looking forward to more great posts in 2014!
    Best regards,

    1. Dave,
      Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate your support. Happy New Year to you as well!


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