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Sudan ad in NYT
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McClatchy posts revenue decline
In February.
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Press hypes March Madness study
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Raleigh Times tavern opens
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RIP Bill Brady
Ex-WP night metro editor was 85.
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Leibovich pranked
"Traitor" sign funny, he says.
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War anniversary editorials
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Wallace, NYT, war coverage
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Health care journalism contest
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Online scoops
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Kurtz on "the best show in town"
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NYT's Gordon on WMD reporting
Pressed by radio host Goodman.
("Democracy Now")

"60M" vs. Boston Herald's Carr
Robins on the feud.

Analysts' worries batter Tribune
Shares down 4.6% on Friday.
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Olympian publisher John Winn Miller has a message for Cal Thomas: "I�m tired of hearing radical columnists like you besmirch the good men and women who struggle daily to put out the very best newspaper they can. Once again you�ve trotted out that stale cliche that newspapers like mine are undermined by what you claim is a liberal bias. I know I can�t change your mind. But I�ll be doggone if I�m going to let your slander of my colleagues go unchallenged anymore."
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Editor & Publisher | Washington Post
Ben Domenech edits the Post's "Red America" blog. "This is a blog for the majority of Americans," he writes. Editor & Publisher responds: "Some may argue that this is an outdated notion, given the president's current approval rating and the latest polls showing that a clear majority of Americans favor Democrats in this November's congressional elections."
> WP's Edsall says the hiring of Domenech "has provoked a firestorm" (WP)
> Read what bloggers are saying about "Red America" (Technorati)
Posted at 12:51:46 PM
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"I don't think it's an accident, this nice guy thing," says Washington Post investigative business reporter Alec Klein. "I've long come to the conclusion that the best investigative reporters are compassionate. That it takes compassion to do the job well. It doesn't mean that you're soft. It doesn't mean that you look the other way. It means that you treat people respectfully."
Posted at 11:41:23 AM
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Romenesko Memos
It's also an opportunity, says Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. publisher Joe Natoli. "As we prepare to disengage from Knight Ridder, let's figure out how to improve," he tells his staff. "Let me acknowledge the anxiety that we are all feeling. I don't know anyone who likes uncertainty, myself included. But it's important to remember that regardless of ownership, we will continue to publish great newspapers and web sites and be the vibrant, important institution that our region needs and deserves."
Posted at 11:32:30 AM
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Brass Tacks Design
"Newspapers crave innovation but rarely deliver," writes Alan Jacobson. "Every few years a newspaper decides it's time to redesign. They go even further, claiming they've 're-imagined' and 're-engineered' the newspaper. The results more often than not? Nada."
Posted at 11:11:56 AM
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Rutland Herald
Considered one of the deans of the Vermont press corps, Christopher Graff had been with AP since 1978 and had been Vermont bureau chief since 1980. The newsman tells Darren M. Allen that he's shocked and still digesting the news. "I'm trying to figure it out myself," he says. AP isn't saying why it let the veteran newsman go. (Related Vermont Guardian and Burlington Free Press stories.)
Posted at 10:42:02 AM
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San Francisco Chronicle
Susan Orlean, Gay Talese, Tom Junod and other North American writers have had their work translated into Etiqueta Negra, reports Delfin Vigil. Most of the more well-known writers accept their assignments for free. "I'm happy to give them my stories without getting paid," says the New Yorker's Orlean, "because just the thought that people from another culture are reading what I wrote and getting value out of it is more than enough. It's sort of transcendental -- like being transported to another universe."
Posted at 9:54:04 AM
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Yahoo News
Thus, they don't have any idea of what's happening in the world, says Georgie Anne Geyer. "If more Americans had had a comprehensive view of the world -- the kind that is irrevocably blurred by the 80,000 new blogging sites launched every week -- it would have been barely possible for the 30 people who in essence started the Iraq war to have acted without the accord of the American people."
Posted at 9:09:50 AM
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PJNet Today
Philadelphia community leader and former Inquirer staffer Philip R. Goldsmith says the Inquirer's problem is it's tried to be all things to all people. "It tried to compete against the Times and the Washington Post. It wasn't able to compete in the suburbs, where other newspapers provided much more depth. It once specialized in investigative journalism but that staff has been significantly reduced. It allowed itself to be surrounded by the suburban newspapers, outperformed by the national newspapers and lost its in-depth focus on Philadelphia."
> Q-and-A on where the Philadelphia Newspapers Inc. sale stands (Inquirer)
Posted at 8:39:12 AM
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Washington Post
Michael Kinsley calls departing Harper's editor Lewis Lapham "a very mysterious character." He tells Peter Carlson: "One of the mysteries is: What the hell is he saying when he's writing? I sometimes feel like I'm in a reading comprehension test and I'll turn the page and there will be questions like: What is the theme of this passage?" Lapham's essays will appear bimonthly after his retirement.
Posted at 7:50:49 AM
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New York Times
David W. Dunlap writes:
Asked whether he had any personal memories of the temper-fraying, ulcer-inducing, profanity-encouraging scenes that could sometimes result from delivery trucks and tractor-trailers coming and going in the middle of the theater district, [publisher Arthur] Sulzberger, who spent a year as a night production manager at the newspaper, said: "I do. But nothing you could print in the pages of a family newspaper."
Posted at 7:12:55 AM
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Romenesko Letters
"How about the mild-mannered Oracle of Omaha swooping in from the heartland to save an industry that is vital to Truth, Justice and the American Way?" writes Scott Harris. "Warren Buffett could have snapped up KR for about 1/10th of his net worth. He cares about quality journalism. He's an admitted news junkie who served on the Washington Post board of directors and was a close friend of the late Katharine Graham. His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns the Buffalo News. Plus, young Warren was a paperboy -- and he leveraged those earnings into his empire. (He owes us!)"
Posted at 7:11:25 AM
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Economic Principals
"It simply defies the logic of cities that the Chicago Tribune should own the Los Angeles Times, or The New York Times should own the Boston Globe," says David Warsh. "Newspapers in powerful cities should be locally owned by persons, typically families, involved in their hometown's affairs. Otherwise, they wilt." WARSH SEES NEWSPAPERS OF THE FUTURE: They'll be smaller, fewer in number, nimbler, quicker than they were before. They'll be more expensive, too, and read by fewer people.
Posted at 6:49:20 PM
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CJR Daily
"[Jon] Friedman doesn't necessarily seem to practice media criticism as we've come to understand it," says Paul McLeary. "Instead, he fumbles over a wide range of media issues with little destination in sight and with few examples to back up what he's trying to say." McLeary suggests Friedman cut back from three MarketWatch columns a week to one.
Posted at 5:50:45 PM
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New York Times
Bill Marimow, who was fired as Baltimore Sun editor in March 2004, says: "[Being hired by NPR] felt like I had been given an infusion of oxygen. Just to realize it wasn't going to be a fight every time we wanted to make a hiring decision or expansion." Jacques Steinberg writes: "At NPR, Mr. Marimow has brought a newspaperman's sense of how to juggle breaking news and longer-term projects. As any newspaper editor would, he has also taken note of instances in which his reporters have beaten other mainstream news organizations to big stories."
Posted at 4:23:15 PM
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Editor & Publisher
Ben Bradlee had lunch with Joe Strupp and told him:
* He's going to take a cruise and write about it for the New Yorker.
* He doesn't own a cell phone and he's not a "webby."
* The newspaper "has been and will continue to be the main source of news for television, if you really study it. They process newspapers until they get their own reporters into the story."
* "Just because a corporation owns a newspaper doesn't mean it is bad."
* "Most of my speaking is at schools and colleges and I am startled at how much they know about it. They are still writing papers about Watergate. I think that is good."
Posted at 3:57:39 PM
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Washington Post
Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. says his news staff grew "enormously" in the past and now must become a "rational" size. ALSO: MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton says: "It's not that we're a declining business, we're in a changing business. ... We have a generation of newspaper people who want to write and impress our peers and sources rather than impress our readers and get them to read us, whether in print or online. The economy of the newspaper today will not allow us to do that any longer. To operate more efficiently, we will need fewer editors and fewer process people and hopefully more people on the street gathering news."More editor/ombud columns:
> CEO wants Gannett to be fast-paced, innovative, customer-centric (C-J)
> Newsman has heard O'Connor's dangers-to-democracy talk before (SFC)
> Purchase of KR is good for Sacramento Bee readers, says Acuna (Bee)
> Star-Telegram readers can take comfort in KR-McClatchy deal (FWS-T)
> Ryerson: Why big sports stories deserve to be on Page One (Indy Star)
> Beacon Journal hears encouraging words from readers after KR sale (BJ)
> Readers should be concerned whenever there's news consolidation (N&O;)
> Blade's Coingate probe "is the finest kind of journalism there is" (Blade)
> Sun praised for coverage of gas/electric company's rate increase (Sun)
> KC Star readers surprised that storm story didn't make Page One (KCS)
> AJ-C readers give examples of what they call biased reporting (AJ-C)
> Stripes reporters have covered military's hearts/minds campaign (S&S;)
> Temple: Journalists rarely call me before criticizing YourHub.com (RMN)
Posted at 2:13:02 PM
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San Francisco Chronicle
"But shame on the industry whose newsrooms have yet to reflect the communities they serve," writes Chronicle editorial writer Pati Poblete.
Posted at 1:54:12 PM
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Washington Post
A White House spokesman says the two men who masqueraded as journalists while scouting locations for a presidential visit to the Gulf Coast were out of bounds. "This incident has been brought to our attention, and this is clearly not appropriate, nor is it part of our standard operating procedures," says WH rep Ken Lisaius. "The individuals involved will be verbally reprimanded."
Posted at 12:37:49 PM
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Additional items for March 20, 2006
> Rutten Why the public should care about reporters' subpoenas (LAT)
> Journos should try to look at the broader picture in Iraq, but... (NYT)
> Ahrens prefers "Our Dumb Century" over NewspaperArchive.com (WP)
> Coates goes casual to ChicagoTribune.com's tenth birthday bash (CT)
> New England Newspaper Association honors eleven newspapers (AP)
> Al Jazeera is ready for America; is America ready for Al Jazeera? (Inky)
> Columnist Barrientos wonders who newspapers are inspiring now (Inky)
> WP Radio to be aimed at listeners who find public radio too dull (WP)
Posted at 12:23:06 PM
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New York Times
Richard Siklos wonders what would have happened if Knight Ridder had said the sky wasn't falling on newspapers and told McClatchy it could do better as a going concern. "It could have said that in order to fulfill its duty to investors it was willing to take bitter medicine, including more painful cost-cutting and selling some of its biggest newspapers to focus on higher-growth markets. Apparently, this latter bit was just too depressing for [Tony] Ridder to contemplate, but was what [Gary] Pruitt of McClatchy had in mind all along. It's called creative destruction."
> Grand Forks Herald staff went from "elation to despair" (Chicago Trib)
> Hefty price of St. Paul Pioneer Press may rule out local buyers (Strib)
> McClatchy CEO goes on five-day road show to sell KR deal (SacBee)
> Akron mayor wants to talk to McClatchy about Beacon Journal sale (ABJ)
> "The Pulitzer Wall at the Beacon Journal left you in awe" (Plain Dealer)
> Even with 9% profit margin, Merc may be valuable to some bidders (NYT)
> McClatchy to become Ledger-Enquirer's third owner in 76 years (L-E)
> Schnurman: Why McClatchy is growing and KR is fading away (FWS-T)
> What infuriates so many is that Sherman made a bad bet with KR (ABJ)
> Bestler is finally aligned with his favorite paper, the Star Tribune (MBSN)
> Union that bankrolled Citizens' Voice could end up buying rival paper (TL)
Posted at 12:11:10 PM
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Long Beach Press-Telegram
Jason Gewirtz learned that "important journalism lesson" while at the Super Bowl years ago.
Posted at 11:04:03 AM
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San Jose Mercury News
From Glenn Lovell's interview with Washington Post reporter Jackie Spinner:
How has re-entry been at the paper?
(Hollow laughter) I am actively seeking a new beat. I've spent the last couple of months talking to Iraqi veterans who have come home. . . . But I have to say, I don't think my editors at the paper have been as supportive of me coming home as I would like them to be. My fellow reporters have always been supportive.
Why haven't your editors been supportive?
Because they don't know how to deal with somebody like me. They don't know how to deal with a reporter who has spent as much time as I've spent in a war zone. This war is unlike any we've known.
How have you changed?
I'm jumpy. I'm angry. I'm unpredictable. I'm depressed. I have very serious post-traumatic stress disorder, which is common among people who spend 13 months in a war zone like Iraq. But unlike other reporters, I'm honest about it.
Posted at 10:39:04 AM
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Melissa Lafsky of Opinionista.com tells Aileen Jacobson: "Every so-called professional blogger I know wants to work for print. There's still that desire for legitimacy. I'll admit it: I'll feel like a real writer when I have something published in print. 'Til then, I feel I'm faking it. Most bloggers I've talked to feel the same way."
> Ex-Wonkette editor Cox signs on as a Time mag contributor (Gawker)
Posted at 10:15:28 AM
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Baltimore Sun
Nick Madigan says New York tabloid editors won't apologize for their coverage of the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen. "Not to be crass, but the fact that she was an attractive young brunette, a grad student here in New York, from a prestigious Boston school before that, obviously all that didn't hurt the story," New York Daily News metro editor Dean Chang. "It added to whatever formula makes up a compelling story."
Posted at 10:02:01 AM
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New Yorker
Lately, the guests on the left who make "The O�Reilly Factor" fun have been lesser figures for whom an on-air confrontation with Bill O�Reilly is a journey to the big time, says Nicholas Lemann. "O�Reilly is not only bigger than these people; he�s usually also smarter, handsomer, better spoken, better groomed, and more sophisticated." MORE LEMANN: "No television host�s career lasts forever, and it may be that O�Reilly is too hot, too close to entertainment, to maintain his position as long as a network anchorman might."
Posted at 9:08:54 AM
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San Francisco Chronicle
"There needs to be more involvement between mainstream media and the digital world," says Howard Rheingold. "If you don't learn from an editor or a newsroom, where do those values of journalism come from?" He tells Alan T. Saracevic that news orgs should make their values visible. Newspapers and other traditional media should explain to their readers exactly how they got that story on the front page, he says. How did they get the documents? How did they get access to the sources?
Posted at 8:46:11 AM
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New York Times | Gawker
David Carr explains: "Because beneath Vanity Fair's louche exterior lies the beating heart of a well-financed, well-edited enterprise that has managed to break news as a monthly at a time when the news cycle is frequently measured in minutes." || Earlier: Atlantic Monthly's William Langewiesche and Cullen Murphy join Vanity Fair.
Posted at 8:12:59 AM
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Washington Post | New York Times
The Times reported on March 11 that Ali Shalal Qaissi was the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner shown standing on a box with electrical wires attached to his outstretched arms. The paper now says it was wrong. "The Times did not adequately research Mr. Qaissi's insistence that he was the man in the photograph," says an editors' note.
Posted at 7:59:57 AM
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Possibly, says Jon Friedman. He suspects that's why the New Yorker received only five National Magazine Award nominations. "From where I sat, the New Yorker had yet another solid year in 2005 and didn't do anything horrendous to provoke a drop-off [from 11 last year]," he writes.
Posted at 7:32:52 AM
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New York Times | Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington says she regrets failing to source George Clooney's quotes on her website and for writing the post for Clooney in the first place. This won't happen again, she says, because "it diminishes the amazing work of bloggers who day in and day out put their hearts and souls into writing their blogs."
Posted at 7:18:07 AM
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PR Newswire
Los Angeles Times reporters Matt Lait and Scott Glover won the 2005 Heywood Broun Award for their reporting on a 20-year-old murder case that resulted in even the prosecutor testifying as to his doubts about the defendant's guilt. Knight Ridder Washington Bureau reporters Chris Adams and Alison Young were recognized with the Broun award for distinction for their examination of how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has assisted soldiers returning home from the war in Iraq.
Posted at 5:33:38 PM
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Atlantic Monthly editor James Bennet tells his staff that William Langewiesche is leaving for Vanity Fair. "I know he has meant a great deal to you as a colleague. Like many other longtime Atlantic readers, I have known William only by the brilliance of his writing in these pages, and I am very disappointed not to have the chance to work with him as an editor." ALSO: Cullen Murphy, the Atlantic�s managing editor from 1985 to 2005, will also be joining Vanity Fair, as a part-time editor.
Posted at 4:20:03 PM
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Biloxi Sun Herald
Two government agents told a Gautier, MS homeowner Jerry Akins they were with Fox News and were on a "scouting mission" for a story on new construction. Later, after President Bush left the home, the same men again approached Akins and let him know they were not journalists after all, but were with the governmental entourage. "In the long run, he said, he'd rather have had a visit from the president than be on a segment of Fox News, anyway," writes Karen Nelson.
Posted at 1:55:22 PM
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George Solomon suggests a "time out" for ESPN's "Bonds on Bonds" reality series, scheduled to debut on April 4. The allegations about Bonds in "Game of Shadows," written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters, "should result in ESPN executives taking another look at the entire project, or at least suspending production until [Bud] Selig and perhaps an independent investigator officially review Bonds' activities -- or non-activities -- regarding anything he did to artificially assist his home run assault."
Posted at 12:55:14 PM
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Marin Independent Journal
Former Point Reyes Light editor and publisher David Mitchell has been slapped with a temporary restraining order by the man who replaced him at the weekly newspaper. Robert Plotkin, who bought the Light from Mitchell last November, got the restraining order after complaining that Mitchell grabbed him by the neck and tried to run him down with his car.
> Mitchell wins SPJ award for advocating access to public records (MIJ)
Posted at 12:39:27 PM
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Palm Beach Post
"I don't understand people who have time to be on the Internet," says Liz Smith. "My life is too pressured. I'm relatively computer illiterate. I have a BlackBerry and I tried to use it a while ago and I couldn't call up what I needed to do to use it, so I said f-- it and I gave up. I'm not proud of that." She knows she should be reading some blogs. "Arianna Huffington and a few others, but I'm really scared to read these gossip blogs. I'm afraid I might believe it and later put it into my column."
Posted at 12:04:08 PM
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Huffington Post | CBS Public Eye
"Who cares if the ideas were first expressed in a book, a speech, a play, or an interview?" writes Arianna Huffington. "The medium isn't the message; the message is the message. With the right medium providing the needed amplification." || Vaughn Ververs asks: What are we to take from the Huffington Post-George Clooney episode � that bloggers operate under a separate set of rules than what they hold the MSM to?
Posted at 11:38:36 AM
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Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Sun-Times says it regrets the "unseemliness" of Neil Steinberg's Wednesday column about the ailing Cook County president. Steinberg writes today: "It was a mistake to focus purely on the political, and ignore the personal, the reality of a sick man going to the hospital. I'm sorry for that." (Eric Zorn's comment.)
> Earlier: Defender editor scolds Steinberg for piece on ailing politico (CD)
Posted at 11:25:44 AM
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American Journalism Review
That's what Charles Layton says. Knight Ridder's Washington bureau "has flowered into a formidable journalistic force, emphasizing hard-nosed, fact-based watchdog reporting," he writes. "[Its reporters] are out there every day competing against the big boys, and it is impressive how often they get good stories first, and get them right." But many of the bureau's best efforts have been ignored by the national newspapers and the networks, notes Layton.
Posted at 10:35:24 AM
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Detroit Free Press | Detroit News
WDET-FM general manager Michael Coleman is accused of accepting money, airline tickets and lodging while he worked at a radio station owned and operated by the University of Michigan. Coleman made national news in December when he dumped music programs in favor of NPR news and talk shows, which prompted a class-action lawsuit. (Related story.)
Posted at 10:20:33 AM
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Columbia Journalism Review
"And they have fewer troops to deploy," notes a CJR editorial. "Editors know this. But it�s not yet clear at some papers that they know it deeply enough to try to lift those troops to levels of creativity that this loss of a news monopoly requires, to help time-pressed reporters make sharper choices, and to remind them over and over that they have qualities that few bloggers or radio jabbermouths or cable talkers come close to supplying: a visceral knowledge of the turf and an ability to report deeply and write with both voice and authority, given time and a little encouragement."
Posted at 10:04:33 AM
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"I can do whatever I want to," Bob Edwards tells Brian Braiker. "I'm completely independent. NPR over the years began taking itself enormously seriously -- as it should. In the end I was so micromanaged that they were telling me how to pronounce syllables of words."
Posted at 9:56:21 AM
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Los Angeles Times
David Zucchino gets that quote from Philadelphia Inquirer veteran Karen Heller. National political writer Dick Polman tells him: "It's like coming in every day to the world's longest funeral." Zucchino says Inquirer reporters and editors feel jilted and devalued after being put on the auction block. "There were fears that any new owner would impose cost cuts even more onerous than those demanded by Knight Ridder."
> "Survival is the story of our life," says Philly Daily News' Porter (PDN)
> Keefer: McClatchy CEO's arguments in WSJ are just hype and spin (CJR)
> McManus: Wall Street doesn't have confidence in newspaper biz (SFC)
> Analyst says KR deal will squeeze McClatchy's profits for two years (P-D)
Posted at 9:30:46 AM
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Los Angeles Times | PressThink
The website asks readers, community leaders and advertisers "to insist that any prospective owner meet the community's equally high expectations." It invites them to sign a statement of support saying that the sale of the San Jose Mercury News should not "lead to a smaller, less ambitious newspaper." (Related Jay Rosen column.)
Posted at 8:52:36 AM
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Chicago Tribune
DePaul University theater professor Rachel Shteir discusses breaking the story about former White House domestic-policy adviser Claude Allen's shoplifting arrest. "It was thrilling," she says with a laugh. "I have so much more respect for daily journalists now. I could never make those deadlines all the time."
Posted at 8:32:18 AM
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New York Times
It's unclear whether the surprise decision will result in the prompt release of Zhao Yan, who has spent the last 18 months in prison. Times executive Bill Keller says: "We are grateful to the many people outside the paper who spoke up on his behalf. The notion that Zhao Yan�s work for the Times constituted anything but dogged journalism has seemed to us ridiculous from the outset."
Posted at 7:40:36 AM
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Jon Friedman believes Mike Wallace's theatrics overshadowed his journalistic gifts. "I think he (and CBS) got a little carried away with flaunting the "gotcha!" interviewing style that made him a household name and elevated '60 Minutes' from an ordinary TV news show to the realm of popular entertainment."
> Barnhart: Finally, some respect is being paid to Old Media icons (KCS)
> Wallace is a poster boy for growing old but staying productive (N-R)
Posted at 7:28:24 AM
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Judith Miller says in the new Vanity Fair that bloggers poisoned her relationship with her former Times bosses and colleagues back in 2003. Jack Shafer writes: "Web searches I conducted and additional reporting failed to turn up much in the way of a "Get Judy" movement among prominent or even marginal bloggers back then. ...If nasty bloggers played such a crucial role in her downfall, why is Miller only now bringing them up?"
Posted at 7:11:53 AM
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