March 17, 2006

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Censorship in China, the Knight Ridder newspapers deal, and the history of war reporting.

China’s Blue Pencil

A sudden flourishing of investigative journalism in China has created a Wild West atmosphere – crusading reporters and editors blazing away at the powers that be. But this is taking place in the authoritarian East, where communist party officials make examples of news organizations deemed too quick on the draw. ...

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China’s Red Pen

On Friday, the Chinese government announced it was dropping its case against jailed New York Times researcher, Zhao Yan. His imprisonment points to the essential conflict of Chinese journalism: communist leaders trying to navigate global free markets without surrendering to the free market of ideas. Bob talks to David Bandurski, ...

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Knight Moves

Knight Ridder, publisher of 32 papers across the country, was bought this week by the McClatchy Company – an outfit roughly half its size. McClatchy plans to keep only 20 of its newly-purchased properties and put the rest up for sale. Buzz Merritt was a Knight-Ridder employee for more then ...

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Knight Shadows

Caught in the anxious middle of the Knight Ridder deal are employees of the twelve newspapers scattered around the country, which have just changed ownership and will be changing hands again sometime soon. David Hanners, general assignment reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, joins Bob to discuss daily journalism ...

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A New Day

The Newspaper Guild represents the interests of some 34,000 journalists and they’re preparing to bid on the 12 newspapers that McClatchy is selling. If their offer is successful the purchase will create an unprecedented chain in which employees own the majority of the stock and thus the papers themselves. Linda ...

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War’s Other Heroes

Sometimes it's hard to get a grasp of what's going on in the current war, but history can be remarkably instructive. In the book The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker, Philip Knightley gives an expansive review of this history, and the place of journalists in it. ...

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