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  • August 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's a shocker. After the Washington Post, after much internal prodding and criticsm, wisely decided to pull out of its co-sponsorship of the Pentagon's Sept. 11 "Freedom Walk" -- belatedly recognizing that the paper could be sucked into a politicized, pro-administration event -- the conservative Washington Times volunteered for duty

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  • August 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Journalists on the scene in New Orleans -- where things now seem to be deteriorating badly -- are doing their best under incredibly adverse conditions.
    Here's a dispatch from the Times-Picayune blog, indicating that the newspaper building was being evacuated today. And it's worth checking out this blog for regular updates.

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  • August 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Properly, the Boston Herald followed up Friday's shocking page 1 photo of a heroin user killing himself in the Public Garden with more details on Saturday. Predictably, the story of the deceased -- 42-year-old John Gagliardi Jr. -- isn't pretty. A prison record and a history of violence, a brother who also died of an overdose, and a father convicted of pot trafficking.

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  • August 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Editor & Publisher is publishing blogs and dispatches from the newspapers feeling the brunt of Katrina's wrath today. Buildings collapsing, looting, people clinging to trees and sitting on roofs. Sounds like sci-fi. storm blogs

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    I could be wrong. But when you get a press release late on a Friday afternoon in the summer, that's usually a pretty sure sign that it isn't bearing particularly glad tidings.

    So here's the nut graph in what just came across the transom about Boston's most enduring and beloved TV news diva -- less airtime for Natalie Jacobson.

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    The issue of media accountability is a lot like the weather. Everybody complains about it, but nobody really does anything. One notable exception is the Minnesota News Council. Minnesota News Council

    It's quite possible that you've never heard of the Minnesota News Council (MNC), an organization that toils in relative obscurity, even within the media world.

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  • August 26, 2005
    By webteam
    My first thought is that the Herald's stunning page 1 photo today of an unidentified heroin user in the process of killing himself in the Public Garden probably shrunk the tragic story of the cabbie apparently killed over a $7 fare from a full front-page splash to a half-page tease. Death in the Garden
    (The Globe also played the cabbie death on page 1, which devalues the story for the Herald, which is trying hard, understandably, to be the anti-Globe.

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  • August 25, 2005
    By webteam
    According to this story by Jay Fitzgerald in today's Boston Herald read this, Atlantic Monthly owner David Bradley is having a hard time getting any current staffers to sign on to the magazine's move from the Athens of America to Washington. Maybe it'll be renamed the Chesapeake Monthly.
  • August 25, 2005
    By webteam
    Maybe if we all ran to our windows and yelled "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore," Network the cable newsies would stop their morbid, ratings-driven fixation with the case of disappeared teen Natalee Holloway.

    A backlash actually does seem to be forming. First Bob Costas, Larry King's CNN fill-in, declines to do a segment on Holloway.

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  • August 24, 2005
    By webteam
    In my role as media critic, I only intersected a few times with former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines, and those experiences weren't particularly satisfying or enlightening. (One of them was memorable however. To the best of my recollection, Raines is the only person I've interviewed who responded to a question by saying "no comment" and then insisting that the "no comment" was off the record.

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  • August 24, 2005
    By webteam
    In the interests of following the strange saga, here's today's story Gainesville Sun about the two interim co-editors hired by the New York Times Co. to run the Gainesville Guardian, the Times's new black-oriented weekly. (Although, the company now seems to be taking some pains not to characterize it as a paper targeted for the minority community.

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  • August 23, 2005
    By webteam
    In this week's Boston Phoenix, the "Don't Quote Me" column -- headlined "Black and white" -- described the controversy engendered by The New York Times Co.'s decision to unveil the Gainesville Guardian, a free paper targeted to Gainesville Florida's black community. In some quarters, there was criticism and skepticism about whether a big powerful mainstream media company was best suited to publish a black-oriented paper.

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  • August 23, 2005
    By webteam
    It wasn't the only reason given for his departure, but it sounds like Jim Mullin's conscience is bothering him. The editor of the Miami New Times announced he is leaving that job about a month after his paper published a series of allegations -- some of them lurid and salacious -- about Arthur Teele, the former Miami Commissioner who killed himself on July 27 just as the story broke.

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  • August 22, 2005
    By webteam
    I'm not the world's biggest fan of sportscaster/talkmaster Bob Costas, who for my money is a little too well-dressed, too silky smooth, and far too self-satisfied. (His saving grace is his devotion to Mickey Mantle Number 7 who was also my childhood idol.)

    But now that Larry King's backup host on CNN refused to do a show on missing teenager Natalee Holloway Costas opts out, he's earned some serious respect.

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  • August 19, 2005
    By webteam
    Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mom who had transformed the area near George Bush's vacation retreat into a major antiwar protest site has left camp -- perhaps temporarily -- to be with her sick mother. Sheehan leaves

    But even before her departure, the story -- as all longrunning sagas eventually do -- had begun to evolve from being about her to being about the media's coverage of her.

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