January 16, 2009

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Media milestones of the Bush era; hyper local newspapers made up of blog posts; everything changes at Guantanamo except for the PR

Find Out What It Means To Me

President Bush bid his final farewell to the White House press corps on Tuesday. “Through it all,” he told reporters gathered in the briefing room, “I have respected you.” Really? Let’s look at the record.

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He Said, He Said

The inaugural address is one of the first tests of the incoming president; a rhetorical declaration that is supposed to speak to the moment, address a world audience, inspire with eloquence and stand the test of time. Harvard historian and New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore explains the stakes for President ...

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The Swedish Model

As talk of bailouts abound, some in the media are asking “why not us?” Surely journalism is as valuable a national industry as airlines or insurance. Sweden thought so when it bailed out its newspapers back in the 1970s. But did it work? We ask Robert ...

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In The Realm Of The Real

As financial difficulties for newspapers mount, the prospect of shutting down the presses and going web-only is frequently raised as an option. But Josh Karp is attempting to do the exact opposite. He's launching The Printed Blog later this month in Chicago, San Francisco ...


We Are The World

With newspapers fighting for their lives, foreign coverage has become a luxury they can’t afford. Enter globalpost.com, which has enlisted some 65 correspondents around the world to file dispatches that will be featured on the site and syndicated to the very papers that can no longer afford their ...


Heavy Medals

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the year’s most distinguished work of children’s literature. But there's some controversy over what “distinguished” means. Pat Scales of the Association for Library Service to Children discusses the award, its discontents, and the role of literature in children's lives.

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One Click Disclosure

Government spending data has long been publicly available but it's never been easier to find and interpret. That's thanks to USAspending.gov, a site created by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 which was sponsored by Tom Coburn and Barack Obama. The Sunlight Foundation's ...

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The Enduring PR Offensive

News about Guantanamo made a huge splash this week. Obama will most likely close it. Inmates have most definitely been tortured there. But as The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg describes, the only place the news didn't seem to make an impact was at Guantanamo, where the PR ...

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