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The Not-So Funnies

Friday, February 28, 2003

Every so often, newspaper editors turn to their readers for advice on re-arranging their comic strips. But Cleveland Plain Dealer Features Editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently learned that many readers don't take the changes lightly. Why are the funnies so important to people? And why are they so…un-funny?

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Ghosts of Papers’ Past

Friday, January 31, 2003

The New York Herald Tribune died in 1965, but the European edition survived and was jointly produced by The Washington Post and The New York Times… until now. After a bitter internal struggle between the two heavyweights, the Times beat out the Post and took sole ownership of the 115-year ...

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Squeaky Clean in the Newsroom

Friday, January 17, 2003

Joining a local school board. Wearing a political campaign button. Participating in a protest march. These are some of the things that staffers at The New York Times will not be permitted to do under the paper's new ethics code. Brooke discusses the new rules with the Poynter Institute's Bob ...

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Victims of the Media Beast

Friday, January 10, 2003

In a series called "After the Media," reporters from the Allentown, PA daily newspaper, "The Morning Call" return to the victims of tragedy, scandal, and other media feeding-frenzies, so that they can describe the experience of being trapped in the camera's lens. Brooke talks with journalists Margie Peterson, who came ...

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Man Bites Dog

Friday, December 20, 2002

Tabloid papers like the New York Post depend on big, splashy headlines to push newsstand sales. And there's a real science to crafting them. Which headlines work better than others? Michael Shain and Mike Pearl, both veteran tabloid journalists, have created a card game called "Man Bites Dog," bringing the ...

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Grey Lady Hits a Grey Area

Friday, December 06, 2002

With 32 stories in three months about the Augusta National's exclusion of women, many have accused the New York Times of leading a personal crusade against the golf tournament. When the Times spiked two recent stories that disagreed with the editorial page on the matter those same critics asked whether ...

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Gadfly By Trade

Friday, November 08, 2002

The White House pool report is a brief synopsis of events, written by a designated reporter, to be used by the press corps. Whereas the pool report used to be circulated strictly among pool reporters, now the reports are circulated widely in email to just about anyone who wants it—journalist ...

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Protesting the Piece

Friday, November 01, 2002

Last week, the New York Times reported that attendance at Saturday’s peace protest in Washington fell below organizers’ expectations. Later in the week, the Times, along with several other news outlets that had reported similarly on the crowd estimates, corrected itself, reporting that actually the numbers had swelled far above ...

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Josh Hammer

Friday, October 25, 2002

Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s Jerusalem bureau chief, has reported twice from Iraq this year. He says that print reporters face tremendous difficulty in Iraq, but that television reporters have it even harder. Josh Hammer speaks from Jerusalem with host Bob Garfield.

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Obituaries

Friday, October 25, 2002

It doesn’t take international recognition to make a glowing obituary – just a fully lived life, and the right person to tell it. That’s what producer David Isay discovered, over a dozen years ago, when he dropped in on the obit-writing staff at the New York Times.

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Laura Lippman

Friday, October 18, 2002

If the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction is true, it may be because fiction is often thoroughly researched. Laura Lippman, reporter-turned-mystery-novelist, recently noted that her fiction readers are far more concerned with accuracy in her crime novels than her newspaper readers ever seemed to be. Brooke speaks ...

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Dick Armey

Friday, October 11, 2002

House Majority Leader Dick Armey is flexing his political muscle when it comes to pushing policy that would force a major media property-owner in Texas to divest. Armey maintains that he's acting in the best interest of his constituency-but could the move have something to do with Armey's historical distaste ...

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Burying Stories

Friday, September 13, 2002

When you read a newspaper, there are certain things you take for granted. The stories on the front cover, especially those above the fold, are usually the ones deemed by the editors to be the most important. So its confusing when a story hits the front page in, say, the ...

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USA Today

Friday, September 13, 2002

Twenty years ago this week, USAToday was born. The first national, general-interest daily newspaper revolutionized the way news was presented. Readers were drawn to its short stories and colorful graphics. Advertisers were not, and it took the Gannett company more than a decade to turn a profit. But it's profitable ...

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World Press Since 9/11

Friday, September 06, 2002

How did newspapers around the world react to the events in America this past year? Host Bob Garfield asks Alice Chasan, editor of World Press Review.

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Tax Loophole Reported, Closed

Friday, August 23, 2002

Sometimes journalism works. A loophole that the very rich used to avoid paying billions in taxes was closed just weeks after a story on it ran in the New York Times. Brooke talks to Times reporter David Cay Johnston about investigative journalism that gets results.

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New York Times’ Dove Campaign

Friday, August 23, 2002

Conservatives are charging the New York Times with using its front page to stir opposition to an U.S. attack on Iraq. But Republicans are not alone in their charge. Host Bob Garfield gets the criticism from Democratic pundit Mickey Kaus of Slate.com.

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Front Page: Saudis the Enemy?

Friday, August 09, 2002

A leaked Pentagon briefing describing long-time American ally Saudi Arabia as an adversary to the war on terrorism wound up on the front page of the Washington Post this week. Bob talks to Post military correspondent Thomas Ricks about the reporting process.

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Newspaper Errors

Friday, July 26, 2002

About half of all newspaper articles contain at least one mistake. From minor misspellings to fundamental factual flaws, newspapers are beginning to take note that errors are one of the most common grievances of readers. OTM's John Solomon takes a look at what's being done to increase accuracy.

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Newspaper Rack Wars

Friday, July 26, 2002

There’s a new a competitor to the old standby newspaper rack, the boxy TK80. The company manufacturing this new streamlined model, the Impact, is hoping to find a home on your street corner. Will the industry switch over and will new designs curb the decline in rack sales? Brooke talks ...

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