LCCC PROFESSOR DRAWS ON JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE IN NEWSROOM NOVEL
Lorain County Community College journalism professor Cliff Anthony has a long history with newspapers. For more than 25 years, he reported on the happenings of cities and towns in Northeast Ohio and beyond.
Anthony tapped into those years of experience to create the fictional newsroom of The Crazewood Journal, the centerpiece of his novel, “Page-A1.” A satirical look at the deceptions and hypocrisy in the news media, “Page-A1” follows the mayoral race of Juan McPain and Borak O’Drama through the lens of The Crazewood Journal news team.
Anthony uses the humorous book to highlight the bias and bureaucracy in the news media. The story is also meant to show hard work journalists do despite low wages, he explained.
“Newspapers are a business struggling to sell their product in this tough economy,” said Anthony, who lives in Euclid. “Unfortunately, it’s often the dedicated journalists who carry the weight of that struggle.”
Locally, Anthony worked at The News-Herald for five years and at Sun News for 10 years. He also worked as a reporter in Oman, which is located south of Saudi Arabia. He has two master’s degrees – one in Journalism from Kent State University and another in English from Bombay University, India. He has been an assistant professor at LCCC for four years. He also serves as the faculty adviser to The Collegian, LCCC’s student newspaper.
The newsroom characters and anecdotes Anthony concocted for “Page-A1” were drawn from his observations over the years as well as inspiration from the political world. Newspaper-style headlines begin each of the 37 chapters. Despite the humorous nature of the book, Anthony is clear with the message he wants to convey about the journalism profession.
“Journalists are passionate people who are trying to perform a service,” he said. “They’re not often given the acknowledgement or appreciation they deserve.”
“Page-A1” is available on Amazon and Kindle, and also at the LCCC Commodore and More bookstore, the Fireside Bookshop in Chagrin Falls, Mac’s Backs Books in Coventry, Appletree books in Cedar, Visible Books in Tremont, Mindfair Books in Oberlin and at Joseph-Beth Books (Cleveland Clinic) in Cleveland.
Book signings will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, October 5 at Joseph-Beth Books, 9500 Euclid Ave., and Cleveland and from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, October 6 at Visible Books, 1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland.
For more information on Anthony and “Page-A1” visit http://www.page-a1.com/.