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Public Defender

Friday, July 14, 2006

Eight senior staff members of the Santa Barbara News-Press have now resigned after that paper’s private owner, Wendy McCaw, broke down the wall that traditionally separates the executive suite from the newsroom. Fortune Magazine editor-at-large Justin Fox tells Bob that the whole affair is a reminder that the publicly-held model ...

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Bank Shots

Friday, June 30, 2006

The press took a tongue-lashing from politicos this week for reporting how the government tracked terrorists through the global banking industry. Bob talks with Heather Mac Donald, of the Manhattan Institute, who believes the New York Times in particular is a national security threat. Not so, says Scott Armstrong of ...

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Color Printing

Friday, June 16, 2006

It’s hardly controversial to say newspapers should reflect their communities. But not everybody agrees on the best way to broaden the range of news-sources. Some reporters at the Detroit Free Press, for example, were surprised when editors asked them to compile a list of minority sources. They feared the “rainbow ...

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Alt-Upheaval

Friday, May 05, 2006

Once on the fringes, the alternative weekly has become an institution. Between its pages are investigative reports; close coverage of the cultural avant-garde; and sharp commentary. The granddaddy of alt-weeklies is The Village Voice, which for 50 years has proffered its downtown view to New Yorkers and the world. Last ...

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Apres le Deluge, Media

Friday, April 28, 2006

With a new mayoral candidate poised to unseat New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, there’s been much talk about the extent to which Hurricane Katrina changed the complexion of the city. But the floods also wrought deep changes to the decades-old contours of the local newspaper and broadcasting scenes. Last week, ...

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A Winning Style

Friday, April 21, 2006

This week, the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced. Almost immediately, some slammed the awards as showing an anti-Bush bias. Escaping the controversy was Washington Post fashion writer Robin Givhan, winner of the prize for criticism. But a closer look at her writing shows that in Washington, even getting dressed ...

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Jungle Love

Friday, April 21, 2006

February, 1957: Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is assumed by his government and many news outlets to be dead. In fact, Castro is hiding in the jungle and eager to meet with an American journalist. A cable is sent to New York Times editorial writer Herbert L. Matthews, urging him to ...

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It’s a Dirt-y Job

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Big Apple is powered by gossip, but the electrical grid nearly overloaded last week when the best gossip was about the gossips themselves. The case continues to be fought in the court of public opinion as nearly every paper spills ink bemoaning our lurid fascination with those who live ...

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Ask a Mexican

Friday, March 31, 2006

To many Latinos, the immigration policy debate is plagued by all sorts of misunderstandings about immigrants themselves. But a columnist for the OC Weekly in Orange County, California is doing what he can to change that. Gustavo Arellano started inviting readers to “Ask a Mexican” as a joke, but has ...

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A New Day

Friday, March 17, 2006

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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Knight Shadows

Friday, March 17, 2006

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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Knight Moves

Friday, March 17, 2006

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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A Free and Fettered Press

Friday, February 17, 2006

If China can limit the reach of American media companies, it can completely quash its own recalcitrant party-run publications. In late January, the Propaganda Department shut down Freezing Point, a popular weekly insert to the China Youth Daily. Although the supplement was known for taboo reporting on farmer protests and ...

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Pricing the Word

Friday, January 27, 2006

Newspapers around the world reprinted sections of Pope Benedict's first encyclical this week. No problem. But if you'd like to use a portion of the Pope's writing in a book you're working on - get ready to pay up. The Vatican publishing house will henceforth enforce copyright fees on the ...

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Pay to Say

Friday, December 23, 2005

The money trail of indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff last week led reporters to a couple of prominent Washington opinion makers. It turns out that for years, Abramoff has been paying two think-tankers, Doug Bandow and Peter Ferrara, to write op-ed pieces favorable to Abramoff’s clients. Bob talks to blogger Joshua ...

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Echo’s Echo

Friday, December 23, 2005

Since 1928, the New York-based newspaper Irish Echo has chronicled the lives of Irish immigrants and their descendants. But as the economy of the “Celtic Tiger” booms, some Irish-Americans are returning to the motherland. And so for the first time in its history, the Irish Echo is now being printed ...

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Call & Response

Friday, December 23, 2005

While excoriating the Times for disclosing the NSA’s surveillance program, President Bush trotted out an old chestnut about the danger of leaks. He cited a 1998 newspaper story that disclosed Osama Bin Laden’s use of a satellite phone, and claimed –as many have before – that the disclosure led Bin ...

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Watching & Waiting

Friday, December 23, 2005

In this new era of media transparency, many expected a fuller explanation from The New York Times about why it held its NSA spying scoop for more than a year. What we do know, however, is that editors routinely accede to government demands that they withhold certain information. Scott Armstrong ...

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Go West, Young Man

Friday, December 09, 2005

In May, we spoke to the editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, which had just netted the city's mayor in an online sex sting. This week, Spokane voters recalled Mayor Jim West in a special election.

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Second Chance at a First Impression

Friday, December 09, 2005

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, we heard stories of chaos and violence in the streets of New Orleans. Only later did it become clear how much of that initial reporting was exaggerated and flat-out false. Bob talks to New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Brian Thevenot about whether the myths created ...

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