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  • October 24, 2005
    By webteam
    If you're reading this, you may be screwing your boss.
  • October 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Boston Herald Business Editor Cosmo Macero has taken umbrage at my criticism of yesterday's Herald coverage of the circulation and revenue problems at the Boston Globe. (See "Gloating Over the Numbers") For those who did not read his post on this blog I am reprinting it below:


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  • October 20, 2005
    By webteam
    Okay, the Tom DeLay mug shot is up on The Smoking Gun, one of the most addictive web sites known to man.
  • October 20, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's a fascinating media ethics controversy that just won't go away.

    Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger is coming under continued fire for his role in pointing out an incorrect penalty drop that ended up disqualifying Michelle Wie in last weekend's Samsung Championship. The Boston Globe's Jim McCabe and the Washington Post's Leonard Shapiro both -- but with varying degrees of intensity -- take Bamberger to task for shedding his role of neutral observer and reporter and becoming a part of the story itself.

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  • October 20, 2005
    By webteam
    In its newest editorial incarnation, the Boston Herald has adopted the mantra "enterprise stories" to describe its desire to run pieces the Boston Globe doesn't have. Well today's Jay Fitzgerald piece on the broadsheet's declining circulation, ad revenue issues, and internal cutbacks is certainly a take the Globe didn't have.

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  • October 19, 2005
    By webteam
    The sale of the Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company to the CNHI newspaper company of Birmingham, Alabama has resulted in a change at the top of the masthead.

    Bill Ketter, the former editor of the Patriot Ledger in Quincy who had been Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company editor-in-chief, is getting new duties. According to company spokesman Dan Griffin, Ketter will now be responsible for evaluating editorial operations throughout CNHI"s 91-daily newspaper operation.

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  • October 19, 2005
    By webteam
    I'm always skeptical of any clever speculation that Rupert Murdoch is going to step in and buy the Boston Herald back from Pat Purcell, in a reversal of the 1994 transaction. But this article on The Deal.com minces no words with its conclusion that the Herald is absolutely, positively going to be sold.
  • October 19, 2005
    By webteam
    This New York Daily News item (scroll down) suggests Judy Miller was none too happy with how she was portrayed in the New York Times's big post-mortem last Sunday. That's understandable. It left the crystal clear impression that she was part diva, part pariah.
  • October 19, 2005
    By webteam
    I have to admit I was riveted this morning when I turned on CNN and saw Saddam Hussein in the dock as his long-awaited trial lurched to a temporary start. I'm sure that at one time, the Bush administration viewed this trial as a powerful international and domestic propaganda tool that would help justify the war in Iraq. No matter how dramatic the spectacle of Hussein on trial becomes, it's too late for that now.

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  • October 19, 2005
    By webteam
    Richard Prince, whose column appears on the Maynard Institute web site has has this take on the Boston Globe's decision to fold its National operation -- while retaining its Washington bureau -- in an effort to cut costs at the paper. He notes, among other things, that the decision affects National Editor Ken Cooper, one of the paper's highest ranking African-Americans.

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  • October 18, 2005
    By webteam
    Yes it's true Judy Miller is getting a First Amendment Award today from the Society of Professional Journalists. Here's the release:

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    New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who was jailed 85 days for refusing to reveal the source who disclosed the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, will speak to participants of the 2005 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference at 8:15 a.



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  • October 18, 2005
    By webteam
    What to make of the Boston Herald announcement that "it has retained the investment banking firms Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC and Dirks, Van Essen & Murray as financial advisors to focus on recapitalizing the Company's existing equity and debt and to explore new strategic opportunities." That doesn't really sound like plain-spoken English does it?

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  • October 17, 2005
    By webteam
    In case you haven't seen it, the American Society of Magazine Editors has released its list of the 40 top magazine covers of the past 40 years. It's such a subjective exercise that it's probably not worth arguing about the selections -- a number of which are quite memorable. The top five choices are certainly stylish and clever, but you would have thought that news photography might have at least grabbed one of the top spots.
  • October 17, 2005
    By webteam
    More on this later, but here's a memo posted on the Poynter site from New York Times executive editor Bill Keller about the paper's investigation of the Judy Miller/Scooter Libby Plame-gate tale. Sounds like he has his regrets, but anyone could tell that from reading the Times post-mortem yesterday.
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  • October 16, 2005
    By webteam
    With everyone inside the Beltway and media universe holding their breath, The New York Times's much-clamored for investigation of its reporter Judy Miller's 85-day jail stint for refusing to testify in Plame-gate, and an accompanying "personal account" by Miller herself, were published today.

    When it came to unearthing the kind of smoking gun that could make prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's day, the Times's post-mortem probably fell short.

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