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  • June 26, 2006
    By webteam
    First, I want to apologize for the recent letup in Media Log postings as the time draws nearer to my July 5 start date as the associate director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism in Washington D.C. (For the record, my last official day at the Phoenix was Friday, June 23.)

    For me, blogging was an acquired interest and skill that didn't come all that naturally to a longtime and middle-aged print journalist.

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  • June 21, 2006
    By webteam
    As an addendum to the previous item on Seth Gitell resigning as Mayor Menino's press secretary, Gitell tells Media Log that the mayor will in fact, be available to comment to Globe reporter Donovan Slack on the subject, "as soon as [he] gets back from an event."

  • June 21, 2006
    By webteam
    Good luck to Seth Gitell, a former Phoenician and good guy who had at times a testing job working as press secretary for Tom Menino. But you've got to love the last line in this Globe online piece today breaking the news that Gitell is resigning.

    Gitell's last day will be June 30. He said the mayor was unavailable for comment.

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  • June 21, 2006
    By webteam
    1) Last summer, this was New York Times executive editor Bill Keller's message to the staff as he described the integration of the online and newspaper operations.

    Over the past ten years the newsroom of Nytimes.com and the newsroom on 43rd Street have been partners at a distance -- separated administratively, culturally, geographically and financially.

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  • June 20, 2006
    By webteam
    Good for Dan Rather for not going gentle into that good night and taking a deserved shot at his treatment by CBS. (Excerpt from his statement below via Romenesko.)

    My departure before the term of my contract represents CBS's final acknowledgement, after a protracted struggle, that they had not lived up to their obligation to allow me to do substantive work there.

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  • June 20, 2006
    By webteam
    More anti-consortium freelancing on the gubernatorial debate front. First, CBS4 struck by grabbing what it says will be the "final" Democratic gubernatorial and general election gubernatorial debates of this election season. And today, the Herald and Channnel 25 have announced what they say will be the "first" post-primary gubernatorial debate -- to be hosted by the station's anchor Maria Stephanos and Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.

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  • June 16, 2006
    By webteam
    This release is good news for Channel 4 and its political analyst Jon Keller, who will moderate the debates. And it puts another nail in the coffin of the so-called "media consortium" that was just beginning to organize to plan gubernatorial debates and their coverage. Instead, Channel 4 freelanced with its own debate schedule, whiich is certain to provoke sniping from the city's other media outlets.

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  • June 16, 2006
    By webteam
    Wow. Talk about your short tenures. New Village Voice editor Erik Wemple, whose selection was announced on May 31, has decided the job's not for him even before he starts. If you're looking for clues as to what happened, there may be one embedded in this note from Michael Lacey, the executive editor of the new company put together when New Times Media bought Village Voice Media, and despite a stated disdain for the Voice's kind of journalism, renamed the organization Village Voice Media.

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  • June 15, 2006
    By webteam
    I can't account for the quality of the science behind this new study reported in the Washington Post contending that media coverage of terrorist attacks leads to more terrorist attacks which leads to more coverage of terrorist attacks which leads to...well you get the picture. Apparently paraphrasing the study authors, the story characterizes this pattern as a "mutually beneficial spiral of death."

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  • June 15, 2006
    By webteam
    Re: today's Herald page 1 splash about the misadventures of "Sgt. Smirnoff." Personally, I'm shocked that Wade Boggs would be involved in something like this. (Check out this "Staff Photo Illustration" -- whatever that is.)


  • June 15, 2006
    By webteam
    The beleaguered news ombudsmen -- often unappreciated, sometimes scorned, and usually under considerable pressure -- is having something of a renaissance in this era of increasing newsroom transparency. Read "Your Ombuddy" in the "Don't Quote Me" column in this week's Phoenix.



  • June 15, 2006
    By webteam
    I know Rather bashers out there aren't about to shed a tear, but I think this is shabby treatment of a man who was for many years the face of CBS News.

    Here's an excerpt from Howard Kurtz's piece:

    Rather has said several times that "my best work is still ahead of me." He is described by friends as hurt and puzzled by the attitude of CBS management.



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  • June 14, 2006
    By webteam
    A little more from Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan on the Chris Snow decision to take a hockey job. "Yes, it was unexpected, but I did know that Chris was close to the management of the [Minnnesota] Wild" from his days covering the team. "Just knowing Chris, I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes the Theo Epstein of the NHL.''



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  • June 14, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's a stunner. Chris Snow -- the Globe's 24-year-old Sox beat man who landed one of sports journalism's best jobs at a very tender age -- is leaving this summer to take a job as director of hockey operations for the Minnesota Wild. (Snow was profiled last year in the Phoenix as one of the young upcoming stars of the media biz.

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  • June 14, 2006
    By webteam
    This New York Observer piece has the fullest accounting yet of life at the much celebrated, but still unpublished 02138 magazine being bankrolled by Atlantic Monthly and National Journal boss David Bradley. You've certainly gotta give these guys credit for creating pre-launch buzz. But frankly, some of the infighting between the young 02138 upstarts sharing quarters with a few dispirited stragglers left after the Atlantic moved to D.

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