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What Happens to a Reporter's Twitter Identity After a Job Move?new

In Minnesota, a reporter leaving the Pioneer Press for the Star Tribune won't be able to take her blog or Twitter along with her.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Hart Van Denburg and Kevin Hoffman  |  08-19-2009  |  Media

The Recession is Ending, but Only for Banks and Investors ... The Rest of Us Are Still Screwednew

It's over. The depression, recession, whatever you want to call it -- it's over. The corporate media told me so.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  08-17-2009  |  Economy

The News Wars Are Comingnew

If it's fight or die on the new media landscape, does anyone think traditional media won't fight? The classic portents of serious battle are converging.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  08-17-2009  |  Media

What's Behind Rupert Murdoch's Paid-Content Push?new

News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch recently announced he'll begin charging for online content at his company's news sites. Is this a desperate move to help the bottom line, or a last-gasp grab at journalistic respectability?
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  08-12-2009  |  Media

Syracuse New Times Founder Ken Simon Looks Backnew

It isn't a reach to boast that Simon helped invent the alternative press. When he started the paper as a brash 21-year-old senior at Syracuse University, it wasn't because similar tabloids were fledgling in Greenwich Village and San Francisco. It was because he could.
Syracuse New Times  |  Molly English  |  07-30-2009  |  Media

One Nation News Earns Rep as a Copy-and-Paste Newsroomnew

Most of the stuff I found on One Nation News' website gives me major flashes of deja vu. In fact, many of the blurbs are nearly identical to A-List items I assigned, wrote, and edited last week. I could include more, but what we're really talking about here is a classic instance of copy, paste, and delete the byline.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Jessica Armbruster  |  07-29-2009  |  Media

Looking Back on Walter Cronkite, the Last Man to Unite Us as Americansnew

Cronkite was the last newsman to make us feel that we were one country. We saw ourselves as united in a voyage of discovery, having to fend off evil and outside perils, and on a mission to make our lives and the world we lived in better. We were basically a good people who sometimes screwed up, but we were trying to make a living and make sense of this world together.
Metro Times  |  Jack Lessenberry  |  07-28-2009  |  Media

New Mexico's Transgender Community Unsettled by News Coverage of Murdersnew

"They should have said the word 'victim' in there somehow, because regardless of what these people were doing when they were killed, they still had the right to live," Transgender New Mexico facilitator Janice Devereaux says. "And referring to them as victims, I think, would have been more appropriate."
Weekly Alibi  |  Marisa Demarco  |  07-28-2009  |  Media

Sportswriters Can't Decide Whether Steroids is a Black Mark or a Gray Areanew

Baseball scribes would rather moralize about performance-enhancing drugs than make hard decisions about whether their use should keep players out of the Hall of Fame.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  07-27-2009  |  Sports

The Sanford Scandal: The Political Winners and Losersnew

As dust settles on the mountainous trails of metropolitan Buenos Aires, we take a look at who benefits and who loses out in the Mark Sanford scandal.
Charleston City Paper  |  Greg Hambrick  |  07-22-2009  |  Commentary

How Hi-Fructose Magazine Stayed Sweet in a Bad Economynew

Attaboy and Annie Owens felt marginalized by the art magazine world. The fine arts magazines were too over-theorized and curatorial; the hipster magazines were too self-consciously ironic and sceney. So they created their own.
East Bay Express  |  Rachel Swan  |  07-15-2009  |  Art

With Media General in Financial Trouble, Could Charlottesvill Lose its Daily Paper?new

Are The Daily Progress' cost-cutting measures an unfortunate example of a community paper suffocating under the weight of its parent company's debts? Or is the paper independently suffering significant revenue declines of its own?
C-Ville Weekly  |  Katherine Ludwig  |  07-08-2009  |  Media

The Peculiar Challenges of Archiving Newspapers in the Information Agenew

Newspapers are practicing a journalism that will probably turn out to be as different from tomorrow's as it is from yesterday's. Transitional periods are fascinating as they happen and damned hard later to reconstruct. How complete will the record be of this one?
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  07-07-2009  |  Media

The Mark Sanford Emails: Why Did 'The State' Hold its Fire?new

It was South Carolina's The State newspaper that tore open the sordid story of Gov. Mark Sanford's transcontinental tryst. But while it was a gale-force blow, one question remains: Why had the newspaper held its breath for so long?
Columbia Free Times  |  Corey Hutchins  |  07-01-2009  |  Politics

'Burma VJ' is a Journalistic Masterpiecenew

This gripping doc makes an airtight argument for the absolute necessity of a free press, and it should be required viewing for anyone thinking of becoming any kind of journalist.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  06-26-2009  |  Reviews

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