Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday July 5 -- Got news or an update?

If you have news or an update, leave it in comments.


Anonymous said...

The embarrassed Washington Post found that being honest about their corruption, didn’t seem to work this time. Rats! Their unethical journalism tactics always seem to work before. They were just misunderstood, what the WP really wanted to do, is host a little get-together of liars and cheaters. Which sounds like it probably included the Obama cabinet members.
WP publisher apologizes for "planned new venture that went off track"
Washington Post | New York Times

In a letter to readers about the salons uproar, Post publisher Katharine Weymouth says "our mistake was to suggest that we would hold and participate in an off-the-record dinner with journalists and power brokers paid for by a sponsor. We will not organize such events. ...I apologize to our readers for the mistakes I made in this case."

Anonymous said...

-Newspaper columnists ought to be the perfect bloggers. So why aren't more doing it well?-
By Robert Niles

“You can do work you believe to be great, but if no one reads it or no one who does cares, what was the point?”
Who wants to interact with an Obama in-the-tank, fake journalist? Niles didn’t seem to address that subject very well.

Anonymous said...

Off track is hardly the appropriate description for what they conspired to do.

When your conspiracy is exposed by a lobbyist you've just had the third rail broken off and shoved forcefully up your ass.

This woman joins a growing list of media executives that by all rights should be arrested and imprisoned for the rest of their natural lives.

Anonymous said...

New York Gay Newspaper Suspends Publication


The New York Blade, one of the two major gay and lesbian newspapers in New York City, has laid off its editor in chief and suspended publication, the chief executive of its publishing company said on Wednesday.

“Everyone was let go, but the people on The Blade know that they may come back if The Blade is coming back,”…

Anonymous said...

53 lost jobs, “no impact on the content of the newspaper”

Kenosha News, Journal Sentinel strike printing agreement

Ken Dowdell, publisher of the News, said the production arrangements will have no impact on the content of the newspaper and minimal effect on its delivery schedule. He indicated that [13 full-time and 40 part-time] Kenosha News employees will be affected. They have been offered the opportunity to work during a two-month transition period and receive outplacement assistance, retraining options and severance packages beyond that.

“But ultimately, the truth prevails in its columns.”
Truth from a Gannett paper? Dowdell sounds like Zieman, whatever these out-of-touch dudes have, it must be catching. They wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked them in the face, IMO.

Anonymous said...

Selling WP’s credibility? What’s the price of bullshit these days?
Ex-editor: I'm surprised WP's salons plan got this far
Washington Post | Slate

Former Miami Herald editor Tom Fiedler says news organizations should be a neutral broker among differing interests and that "what the Post was looking to do was to make a profit on the role of the convener. ...The idea of crossing a boundary line that seems to me painted so brightly white, I'm astonished that it got this far." || Jack Shafer: What really stinks is that Katharine Weymouth appears to have considered selling something that wasn't hers to sell -- WP's credibility.

Anonymous said...

-'Wash Post" Pay-to-Play Dinner Offer Blows Up-

@ E &P: Here Are Links to Reactions -- And Video Spoof

Within hours of word spreading that The Washington Post had offered to host dinners, or "salons," for paying customers to meet and greet big wigs and journalists, the newsroom denounced the plan and Publisher Katharine Weymouth canceled it.

Anonymous said...

Sweet-spot circ group of 25,001 to 50,000, profit plunge is sickening.
-Small Ain’t So Beautiful These Days-

Fitz: One of the enduring themes as the newspaper industry economic crisis deepened has been that small paper have been singularly successful in riding out these headwinds. But an Inland Press Association study out Wednesday suggests that may be an enduring ... myth.
It finds that operating profit actually fell the steepest in that [supposedly sweet-spot circ group of 25,001 to 50,000.] Profits plunged a sickening 190.4%, Inland said.

Operating profits were down in every group, even the under-15,000 category -- the only one to actually average an increase in revenue. In that smallest group, profits fell 64.8%.
Other results:
15,001-25,000: down 50.2%.
50,001-80,000: down 82.9%
80,000 and over: down 100.1%
Fitz & Jen

Anonymous said...

“Circulation at the Los Angeles Times passed one million in 1961. Last month it passed one million again – only headed the other way.”

Anonymous said...

Marxist professors advising anyone about anything is scary.
Beware of that crazy Internet (and bad advice from professors)

“When I was in college, a professor said, ‘Beware of the Internet.’ Everyone and anyone is a ‘journalist’ or ‘writer’ because of it.

When everyone becomes a journalist, we’ll be a more active, engaged and informed citizenry. When everyone is a journalist, corruption will find it tough to incubate; tyranny will have no place to hide.”