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  • March 31, 2006
    By webteam
    Dan Kennedy, among others, has been monitoring some of the early reaction to the release of Jill Carroll. (Scroll down.)

    My only thought is this (bold and all caps for emphasis):

    SHAME ON ANYONE WHO STARTS JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS -- FOR IDEOLOGICAL OR OTHER REASONS -- ABOUT A WOMAN WHO'S JUST SPENT 82 FREAKING DAYS IN CAPTIVITY.



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  • March 31, 2006
    By webteam
    The picture that launched 1000 stories. (Well, not yet, anyway.)


    Frankly, Media Log was going to basically ignore the running dustup between Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the Boston Herald because I really have mixed feelings.

    1) On the one hand, good for the Herald.




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  • March 31, 2006
    By webteam
    For those who, understandably, can't get enough of the Jill Carroll story, your clearinghouse should be the Christian Science Monitor site.

  • March 31, 2006
    By webteam

    Like many sports fans, I'm eternally grateful for ESPN, which revolutionized sports reporting on TV. (Although in this age of instantaneous information on demand, I no longer watch SportsCenter, choosing instead just to click to the crawling scores on the bottom on ESPN News. As a Rotisserie player, I do, however, make it a point to catch large chunks of Baseball Tonight.

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  • March 30, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's yesterday's page 1 Boston Globe story reporting on the Massachusetts Audubon Society giving its "preliminary blessing" to the controversial wind farm project off Cape Cod. Seems solid and fair.

    Now read this piece posted on the Cape Cod Times site about the same study that spends a lot more time downplaying its importance and finding people who are unhappy about its release.

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  • March 30, 2006
    By webteam
    I won't pretend to get into high dudgeon about the Globe's decision to bury its venerable Calendar section inside the newcomer Sidekick supplement. But it does seem to sadly blur the identity of what was once a very distinctive and well-executed weekly mini-magazine at the paper.

    P.S. -- Media Log continues to hear sporadic anecdotal reports that in some newsstand venues, Sidekick is being sold as a stand alone publication.



  • March 30, 2006
    By webteam
    The great news today, of course, is that journalist Jill Carroll has been freed after almost three months in captivity in Iraq -- which makes it an especially good day at the Christian Science Monitor.

    But as a sobering sidebar, here courtesy of Reporters Without Borders, are the names of three other journalists still held hostage in Iraq that I dare say precious few of us have ever heard of.

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  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    After five years atop the masthead of Boston magazine, editor Jon Marcus said today that he'll be moving on -- although it's not known where. Here's a chunk of the official release:

    BOSTON – After exactly five years at the helm, Boston magazine editor Jon Marcus announced today that he is stepping down, though he has agreed to stay on as editor at the magazine’s request while a search for a new editor proceeds.

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  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    A changing of the guard in the publisher's office at the Worcester T & G. (The Ocala Star Banner is a New York Times Co. owned paper.) Here's the release:

    BOSTON, March 29, 2006 - Richard J. Daniels, president of Boston Globe Media, announced the retirement of Bruce S. Bennett, publisher of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.



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  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    There's quite a storm brewing up in Vermont over the thus far unexplained dismissal of well respected veteran Associated Press statehouse bureau chief Christopher Graff.

    With neither the AP or Graff talking, it's hard to know exactly what happened. But as this Editor & Publisher story reveals, the anti-AP backlash is growing.

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  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    Mark your calender. The third annual Women, Action & The Media Conference is kicking off at the Strata Center at MIT this Friday with the theme of "Amplifying Women's Voices in Media." Keynote speakers include NPR's Farai Chideya, PBS and NPR's Maria Hinojosa, and BU journalism professor Caryl Rivers.

    You can find a schedule, roster of speakers, and registration information by clicking right here.



  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    According to this Jerusalem Post story it's not just American conservatives who like to blame the media for bad news. Likud pol Uzi Landau -- whose hard-line party got hammered in yesterday's Israeli elections -- said that nation's media "committed a targeted killing against Bibi," (meaning Likud leader Bibi Netanyahu) and according to the story, "recommended that the press undergo a process of soul searching following their alleged bias against the right-wing.

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  • March 29, 2006
    By webteam
    I can't blame the Herald for staying all over the tough economic news coming out of Morrissey Boulevard like white on rice. But the news in today's Jay Fitzgerald story on Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s trip to the Globe is that there is no news -- and that no new decisions have been taken on additional cuts.

    Without getting overly dramatic, the Globe is perched at a critical juncture here.

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  • March 28, 2006
    By webteam
    There's more than a little irony in the fact that Sydney Schanberg -- perhaps better known to those of you who saw "The Killing Fields" as Sam Waterston -- was just given the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism. Because Schanberg is now an ex-media critic.

    Earlier, this year, Schanberg resigned the "Press Clips" Media Column at the Village Voice after a less-than-pleasant meeting between Voice staffers and Mike Lacey, the executive editor of the former New Times alt-media conglomerate that recently bought Village Voice Media.

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  • March 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Here's a serious loss at One Herald Square. Cosmo Macero Jr.,39, the assistant managing editor for Business and a nine-year veteran of the Herald, will be leaving the paper next month. Macero has been a major player at the tabloid and publisher Pat Purcell has frequently lauded the performance of his Business pages, even as the publisher has had to make cutbacks across his news gathering operation.

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