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  • July 26, 2005
    By webteam
    The rumor that Manly is going to work for The Bay State Banner, the weekly paper serving Boston's minority community, may not be accurate but has some basis in reality. According to Banner publisher Mel Miller, Manly has been working on producing a special publication due out in October marking the paper's 40th anniversary.

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  • July 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Howard Manly, one of Boston's more traveled journalists, has apparently made another one of his abrupt career changes. According to Herald editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen, Manly, a Herald op-ed columnist since March 2004, filed his column last Thursday afternoon, chatted amiably with Cohen and then walked away from One Herald Square without warning.

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  • July 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Several years ago, Jay Harris delivered a very loud message to the news business when he resigned as publisher of the San Jose Mercury News in reaction to budget cuts planned by corporate parent Knight Ridder. In a memo to staffers, Harris warned that "profit targets" could risk "signficant and lasting harm to the Mercury News -- as a journalistic enterprise and as the special place to work that it is."

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  • July 21, 2005
    By webteam
    The often beleaguered, sometimes marginalized, but usually undaunted newspaper ombudsman is a member of one of journalism's smallest and strangest fraternities. ONO Part complaint department/part internal affairs cop, the ombudsman often faces dual pressure from angry readers on the one hand and and upset colleagues in the workplace on the other.

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  • July 21, 2005
    By webteam
    This piece in the Los Angeles Times gives considerably more background into yesterday's unexpected changing of the guard at the paper, with John Carroll being succeeded as editor by Dean Baquet. There's enough here to give a stronger sense of the financial pressures from the Tribune Co., which owns the Times. None of the big media mega-conglomerates are in business to lose money, but the Tribune Co.

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  • July 20, 2005
    By webteam
    The earlier heads up was accurate. John Carroll is out and heir apparent Dean Baquet is in at the Los Angeles Times. Times

    The story on the Times site is very straightforward, but the smart money says Howie Kurtz et. al. will go deeper in the next 24 hours.

    When the Jayson Blair scandal led to the departure of New York Times executive editor Howell Raines, Baquet, a former New York Times national editor, was frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for that job.



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  • July 20, 2005
    By webteam
    Well, we don't see Karl Rove's and Matt Cooper's name on page 1 today, do we? It's a president's perogative to change the subject -- particularly a president dealing with unpalatable approval ratings and a simmering scandal over leaks -- and Bush obviously did that with his prime-time annointment last night of John G. Roberts as his Supreme Court nominee.

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  • July 20, 2005
    By webteam
    Frankly, I hadn't posted anything about the strange and sad tale of recently departed Boston Herald sportswriter Michael Gee's short tenure as a teacher at Boston University at least in part because 1) I am not a big schadenfreude guy 2) Michael is a friend and someone who once graced this paper's pages with some of the finest sportswriting around and 3) In the interest of full disclosure, I wrote a recommendation on his behalf to the BU Journalism Department.

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  • July 20, 2005
    By webteam
    You don't know whether this is true yet, but this report in LA Observed that L.A. Times editor John Carroll is stepping down would hit the newspaper world like an earthquake. LA Observed

    Carroll, who was at the helm when the Times won a staggering five Pulitzers in 2004, is one of the most respected editors in the business. For those with a more parochial Boston-centric bent, it's worth remembering he was very close to becoming the curator of Harvard University's Nieman Foundation before he decided to take the big job in La La Land. Could it be possible that he regrets the choice he made?
  • July 19, 2005
    By webteam
    Although the eye-catching news last Friday from public radio station WBUR was the cancellation of the station's home-grown talk show, "The Connection," which was hosted by Dick Gordon, another distinguished station journalist was also let go last week. And that news flew under the radar screen.


    Michael Goldfarb, the London-based senior correspondent for the station's "Inside Out" documentary unit Goldfarb bio became another casualty of the station's drive to cut costs and concentrate on more local programming.


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  • July 18, 2005
    By webteam
    CBS4, Boston's ratings-challenged Viacom-owned CBS station, jettisoned its news director Matt Ellis today. Ellis had taken over in 2004 after veteran news director, Peter Brown, a fixture at the station, had moved on. During a meeting this morning with newsroom employees to explain the move, general manager Julio Marenghi talked about the need for new leadership and direction at CBS4, according to a station source.

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  • July 15, 2005
    By webteam
    This press release from WBUR-FM buries the lead. The "Connection," the talk show started by Chris Lydon and handed off to Dick Gordon in 2001 after Lydon had an ugly divorce from the station, will soon be no more. Station staffers got the word about the change this afternoon.

    Of course, the irony now is that Lydon is back on the airwaves here.

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  • July 15, 2005
    By webteam
    In a move with possible implications for the raging wind farm debate on Cape Cod, Boston Phoenix, news today that Cape Cod Times editor Cliff Schechtman is leaving to take a job at Newsday. Cape Cod Times


    An ambitious, aggressive editor determined to make the Times the key media player on the Cape, Schechtman --who not only ran the newsroom, but also sat on the paper's editorial board -- was a lightning rod for critics who believed the Times's staunch opposition to the wind farm on its editorial pages was excessive and occasionally bled over to news coverage.


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  • July 14, 2005
    By webteam
    In this week's Boston Phoenix, the "Don't Quote Me" column -- headlined "Terror Diary" -- chronicles the media's reaction to the horrific July 7 carnage in London and traces how an attack over there quickly engendered jitters, debate, and anxiety back here.
  • July 13, 2005
    By webteam
    The worst job in Washington right now has got to belong to White House press secretary Scott McClellan. For the third day in a row, he got stampeded by the roiling controversy stemming from relevations that Karl Rove spoke to Time magazine's Matt Cooper about CIA operative Valerie Plame -- without necessarily mentioning her by name or knowing she was covert.

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