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  • March 17, 2006
    By webteam
    Could this be the future of community journalism? Enterprise NewsMedia, publishers of the Patriot Ledger and Brockton Enterprise, has just launched its Wicked Local site, which it describes thusly:

    "A network of hyper-local websites that will draw news content from affiliate newspapers, offer a robust platform for citizen journalism and provide a comprehensive local search resource.

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  • March 17, 2006
    By webteam
    Slate's media man Jack Shafer pens a pretty effective rebuttal today to Judy Miller's dubious claim in a new Vanity Fair piece that the vicious bloggers helped do her in at the New York Times. Although I'm sure the blogosphere would be happy to claim credit for nailing her pelt -- along with those of CBS's Dan Rather and CNN's Eason Jordan -- to the wall.

  • March 16, 2006
    By webteam
    This new survey from the Center for Public Opinion Research at Merrimack College has reasonably good news for the beleaguered news media with 61 percent of the respondents voicing "some" or "a great deal" of confidence in them (see page 7 of survey). Of course, these polls that always ask about the "news media" have to be taken with a grain of salt since that term is broad enough to include everything from Bill O'Reilly to NPR.

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  • March 16, 2006
    By webteam
    Some supporters of the war in Iraq have blamed media negativity for souring public opinion on the conflict. But all they've really done is keep their cameras running.
    Read how Bush's Iraq war show has "jumped the shark" in "Numbing Carnage" in this week's Phoenix.

  • March 15, 2006
    By webteam
    There's so much to digest in this report from the Project for Excellence in Journalism that I'll just first link to it. (If you want to cut right to the chase, here's a link to six major findings.) Meanwhile, I'm going to focus on an aspect of the material that jumped out at me.

    Here's the introduction that asks the question that's on everyone's mind about the future of newspapers:



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  • March 15, 2006
    By webteam
    As the Harvard Crimson reports, New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau won the $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting last night at a ceremony at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy for their blockbuster revelation of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program.

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  • March 14, 2006
    By webteam
    The New York Observer is reporting that talented Washington Post Style reporter Mark Leibovich is heading to the Washington bureau of the New York Times New York Times. Good luck to a friend, former Phoenix colleague and most importantly, an ex-Rotisserie baseball partner. (We actually won one year.)

  • March 14, 2006
    By webteam
    Hey, here at Media Log, we report and you decide. So you can decide about this one.

    Earlier today, we got this release from Verso publishing complaining that a writer for the Nation online had wussed out of an interview with NC-17 rated performance artist Karen Finley about her new book George & Martha. Here's Verso's version:



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  • March 14, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's a story with frightening implications. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has seized hard drives from the offices of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal as part of a probe into whether the paper cracked into a restricted web site.

    I'm not sure I grasp all the nuances of the case. Yet it has some echoes of the infamous Chiquita Brands/Cincy Enquirer saga in the late 1990s that ended up wrecking careers, generating a multi-million dollar apology, and bringing charges against both a reporter and his source for cracking into Chiquita's voicemails.

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  • March 14, 2006
    By webteam
    I'm with Dan Kennedy on the subject of the New York Times magazine's bizarre Sunday cover shot of 2008 Democratic presidential maybe, former Virginia governor Mark Warner. Except while Dan says Warner "ends up looking like a half-forgotten character actor who plays a small-town murderer in an old movie you think you might have seen have seen some years ago," I think he looks more like a clay-mation figure

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  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam
    It's only fitting that on a day when a major newspaper chain has been sold and broken up, the Project for Excellence in Journalism is releasing its voluminous State of the News Media 2006 report. There's so much here, and because I'm on deadline right now, I'll hold off breaking things down until later. For now, let me just link to the report and point out one of its key findings, which seems very appropriate today as newspapers like the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, and St.

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  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam

    In Friday's edition of the Globe's zippy "Sidekick" section, there's a coloring contest in which you have to color in "Clifford, The Big Red Dog" with the winners to win tickets to a late March peformance of the lovable canine at the Opera House. But according to the rules, one "must be 18 years or older to enter." Gee, won't that kind of eliminate the prime coloring book segment of the population?

  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam
    A sharp-eyed observer noted this typo in of all places, The New Yorker. A March 13 piece by Jack Tucker on absinthe contained this sentence: "The nose was almost non-existent, but after drinking it I wondered for several moments if I would wretch."

    The word meaning to vomit is spelled "retch." One who does so repeatedly, particularly within a short time span, could fairly be called a "wretch.

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  • March 13, 2006
    By webteam
    You want to talk uncertainty The big Knight Ridder $4.5 billion sale is finally done, with the reasonably well-regarded McClatchy as the buyer. Except, how'd you like to be working for or reading these dozen papers -- the Akron Beacon Journal (OH); Wilkes Barre Times Leader (PA); Aberdeen American News (SD); Grand Forks Herald (ND); Ft.

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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam
    FRONT PAGE
    Ok, so the Herald is having some real fun today letting Howie Carr talk tough to the gangsters who allegedly wanted to whack him. (Somehow this all feels like a promo for the return of the Sopranos, although obviously it's about book and newspaper sales.) To me, the noteworthy thing about this whole episode is that for the first time in a long time, Howie feels like an integral part of the Herald again.

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