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  • November 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Given the responses to today's earlier posting -- "Operation Desert Deceit" -- on Media Log, some folks don't see what's so wrong about paying for phony journalism to be placed in the Iraqi media. (By the way, it doesn't matter if the facts presented in these "stories" are fundamentally accurate if they are presented strictly to provide a propagandistic perspective of events and other important facts are omitted.

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  • November 30, 2005
    By webteam
    The numbers on the buyouts at the Globe and the New England Media Group are in. Here's the memo from publisher Richard Gilman:

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    November 30, 2005

    To the staff:

    I would like to share with you the current status of the workforce reduction we announced on September 20th.






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  • November 30, 2005
    By webteam
    It's been 15 years since John Silber ran for governor in a campaign during which the press eagerly chronicled his "Silber shockers" and the candidate happily made the media the enemy. (A healthy number of journalists covering that campaign were graduates of Boston University's College of Communication or its forerunner, the School of Public Communication.

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  • November 30, 2005
    By webteam
    You've got to read this L.A. Times piece on how the U.S. military is paying for phony positive stories to be planted in the Iraq media. That'll sure teach the Iraqis about one cornerstone of democracy -- a free press.
  • November 29, 2005
    By webteam
    I'd like to be able to deliver a heartfelt eulogy for the Cambridge Day. But I have to admit that until now, I never laid eyes on the eight-page free Cambridge daily that has expired after less than a month.

    The brainchild of former Boston Herald staffer Marc Levy, the Day was launched on Oct. 31 and cranked out 15,000 copies five days a week.

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  • November 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Anyone who figured the feds would make trouble for the big, industry-changing
    alt-weekly merger between Village Voice and New Times should think again.

    The deal apparently is being waved on through with no regulatory roadblocks.

    The real fun will start when elements of always fractious Village Voice staff in New York start going public with their concerns about their New Times partners. Make way for the colorful quotes.


  • November 29, 2005
    By webteam
    No suprise here that Jennifer Street has been elevated to the post of news director at Boston's Viacom TV duopoly. Here's a piece of the release:

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    November 29, 2005: Jennifer Street has been named News Director for Boston's CBS4 and UPN 38, it was announced today by the stations' President and General Manager, Julio Marenghi.


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  • November 29, 2005
    By webteam
    The Globe's got the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Judge Ernest Murphy's successful libel suit against the Herald. (It's certainly sad that matters have gotten this far.) The other piece of news here is the Herald's intent to appeal February's Suffolk County jury verdict. For some time, the paper had been non-committal on that subject.
  • November 23, 2005
    By webteam
    In this post on Media Log, Boston Herald union official Tom Mashberg explains the change in health care plans that I blogged about yesterday. I wish the Herald official I had spoken to about this yesterday had made this point. But so be it. Thanks Tom.

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  • November 23, 2005
    By webteam
    Media Log is one of those estimated 37 million Americans who will be driving over 50 miles this holiday weekend, so we're taking a hiatus until Monday. Happy and safe holidays, everyone.
  • November 23, 2005
    By webteam
    In case you missed it, here were Ted Koppel's closing remarks last night as he exited "Nightline" after a quarter century.

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    "Trust me, the transition from one anchor to another is not that big a deal," said Koppel. "[Walter] Cronkite begat [Dan] Rather, [John] Chancellor begat [Tom] Brokaw, [Frank] Reynolds begat [Peter] Jennings.


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  • November 23, 2005
    By webteam
    Because Media Log had an item on "More Herald Belt Tightening" yesterday, it's only fair and accurate to point out that the company is restoring -- after a two-year hiatus -- its 401K match program for employees at the Community Newspaper Company, the Boston Herald's sister operation that consists of scores of community weeklies and a few dailies.

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  • November 23, 2005
    By webteam
    This New York Times piece reports that new CBS News president Sean McManus has already decided that intrepid and telegenic foreign correspondent Lara Logan is going to be one of the stars of the revamped CBS network newscast.

    Media Log would like to modestly point out that Logan was singled out in the Phoenix's "future 10" piece on upcoming young journalists last month. Do we know how to pick 'em?
  • November 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Over at One Herald Square, several new measures slated to go into effect at the end of the year seem aimed at further reducing costs at the tabloid. (Earlier this year, publisher Pat Purcell said he was looking for $7 million in paper-wide cuts and roughly 50 editorial staffers have departed via buyouts and a few layoffs.)

    Herald sources say the company will freeze contributions to the pension plans of its exempt (non-union and management) employees.

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  • November 22, 2005
    By webteam
    With the deadline having passed yesterday for applying for a Globe buyout, a list circulating in the building indicates that 34 editorial side employees have applied for the package, including eight staffers in a Living/Arts (features) department that would be hit particularly hard by the cutbacks.(The Globe has said it was looking to reduce the newsroom staff by about three dozen jobs).

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