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  • April 10, 2006
    By webteam
    One thing I've learned over the years is that there are an awful lot of awards in the television industry. And it gets hard to tell the truly important ones from the more routine ones. But on the assumption that this one is pretty big, here's a chance for Channel 5 to crow:

    Boston — WCVB-TV Channel 5 has been honored as the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press Station of the Year.

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  • April 10, 2006
    By webteam
    When we last left the turnover-plagued New York Press in February, four-fifths of the editorial staff had gone out in a blaze of prinicple after management had nixed its plans to publish the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. (See "NYC's Alternative Crisis" in the 2/16/06 Phoenix).

    Now according to a release posted on the Association of Alternative Weeklies site, the paper has a new editor-in-chief.

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  • April 10, 2006
    By webteam
    Memo to CNN president Jonathan Klein from Media Log:

    No matter how tempting it might be in your pursuit of the heart-wrenching human interest story, do not repeat this morning's sorry and sordid attempt to interview a grieving six-year-old on your air, even under the generally gentle prodding of Soledad O'Brien.

    This morning's tragedy travesty occurred when CNN tried to interview six-year-old Robert Turner, a Detroit kid whose mother tragically died after several of his 911 calls seeking help for her were treated as pranks.



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  • April 07, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's a view on the CJRDaily site asserting that Bush did quite well handling that highly critical questioner in North Carolina yesterday. If, as the writer states, the media overplayed the story, it may only be because they were stunned to see someone get the chance to give the oft-cocooned commander-in-chief a piece of his mind.

  • April 07, 2006
    By webteam
    Maggie Mulvihill, a 13-year Boston Herald veteran and long-time investigative reporter/editor, is leaving the tabloid for the world of local TV journalism. Starting on May 8, she becomes the investigative producer for Joe Bergantino's I-team at Channel 4. With Mulvihill's move coming on the heels of Business boss Cosmo Macero Jr's announced departure, the brain drain continues at One Herald Square.

  • April 07, 2006
    By webteam
    And Bush thought Helen Thomas was a pain in the butt. Watch this citizen challenge Bush (click on video) at a public event in North Carolina yesterday. (I saw him interviewed on CNN this morning and he's clearly become an instant media celebrity already.) Given the rules of the game that govern Bush's infrequent press conferences, I can't say I've seen anyone confront the president so bluntly in recent memory. Whatever else you think, it takes stones.



  • April 07, 2006
    By webteam
    For those ready for the political season to begin, CBS 4 and Jon Keller have struck first in this year's TV debate wars: Here's the release:

    CBS4 News will air the first debate between the state’s three democratic candidates for governor: Chris Gabrieli, Deval Patrick, and Tom Reilly. This exclusive debate, moderated by CBS4 News Political Analyst Jon Keller, will air on CBS4 on Sunday, April 23 at 8:30-9AM



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  • April 06, 2006
    By webteam
    In light of the recent steriod revelations by two reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle, isn't it time that sports journalism shed its old "toy department" label and start to take a harder look at the mega-billion dollar industry it covers? Read "Muckrackers in the Outfield" in this week's Boston Phoenix.

    Speaking of sports muckracking, here's a little tale that didn't make it into that story for space reasons.

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  • April 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Did anybody watch the "Bonds on Bonds" reality show that debuted on ESPN last night? I tried half-heartedly for a few minutes, but had trouble swallowing the kinder, gentler Barry that I saw portrayed. But I'm soliciting reviews from anyone who might have actually paid attention.

  • April 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Yesterday's awards from the American Society of Businesss Editors and Writers had some good news for the local dailies. The Boston Herald Business section was voted a winner in the overall excellence category for medium-sized papers and its reporting team also won in the breaking news category for its work on the Gillette sale.

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  • April 05, 2006
    By webteam
    The Globe's Jeff Jacoby is right on the money today with his attack on the Jill Carroll rush-to-judgment crowd.



  • April 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Congratulations to Bay Windows publisher Sue O'Connell who was just elected president of the National Gay Newspaper Guild. She's a friend and former colleague and a talented news exec.

  • April 05, 2006
    By webteam
    Sorry about the blogging hiatus. I've been crunching on deadline for two days working on a story about sports journalism in the wake of the steroids scandal for this week's paper. There's a ton of business to get to, but let's take first things first.

    The worst kept secret in broadcast television is out and Katie Couric is the new Walter Cronkite

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