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  • August 18, 2005
    By webteam
    For the first time in its 13-year history, Spare Change News -- the biweekly that covers homelessness and poverty and is distributed by homeless people -- printed a "special edition" today to refute Boston Herald stories suggesting that a man known as "The Stomper" may have been connected to the recent death of homeless man Steven Neiber.

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  • August 18, 2005
    By webteam
    Not that you probably needed more evidence, but here's some number crunching from the Nielson Montior-Plus and the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project indicating that the much anticipated multi-million dollar TV ads wars over George Bush's Supreme Court nominee just haven't materialized. The real message of the survey: it'll be a cakewalk for Judge Roberts.

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  • August 18, 2005
    By webteam
    New Boston Globe ombusmen Richard Chacon raised a good issue in his Aug. 7 column when he said the paper should be more rigorous in vetting the statements and sources used in opinion columns, applying the same standards it would employ on the news pages. Below are excerpts from that column:

    "Shouldn't opinion columns be held to the same strict standards for sourcing and attribution that are applied to stories in the news sections? Absolutely.

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  • August 18, 2005
    By webteam
    Given the recent exits of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather and the death of Peter Jennings, one would think that some network news poobah would take this opportunity to redefine and re-vamp the aging nightly newscast format that is steadily losing market share. How many working people are home at 6:30 each evening anyway?


    It looks like NBC, with Brian Williams at the helm, and ABC, which has not named a Jennings successor, are planning on sticking with the status quo.


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  • August 18, 2005
    By webteam
    Starting next week, the New York Times Co. will unveil a free weekly newspaper targeted at the black community in Gainesville Florida. In the "Don't Quote Me" column -- "Black and White" -- in today's Phoenix, learn why this experiment in ethnic publishing by a major media company is raising hackles and thorny racial issues.
  • August 17, 2005
    By webteam
    There is boiling blood and word of a possible walkout at the Village Voice in the light of a management decision to cut writers' payments at the frequently fractious alternative weekly. Voice Here's an update in the New York Post:



    VOICE STAFF THREATEN WALKOUT

    By SAM GUSTIN

    Enraged staffers at the Village Voice are threatening to walk out if the fabled alternative weekly makes good on its pledge to slash the rates it pays its writers, according to sources inside the paper.







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  • August 17, 2005
    By webteam
    If people really consumed the kind of news they tell pollsters they want, The Christian Science Monitor would be in much better shape than it is today. Monitor The Monitor is thoughtful and smart with a clear sense of mission and a notable disdain for sensationalism. Unfortunately, all those things also make it an anachronism in today's frantic and frothy news environment.

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  • August 17, 2005
    By webteam
    There can be little doubt that on television, the most important time of day for news and information is early morning. That's one reason why there's so much speculation that ABC's Charlie Gibson is more valuable to the network on "Good Morning America" than as a potential 6:30 p.m. successor to the late Peter Jennings. USA Today story on anchor succession strategies

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  • August 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Boston Globe editor Marty Baron today put the kibosh on speculation that he could be headed to the Los Angeles Times to become a managing editor under that paper's editor and his good friend, Dean Baquet.

    And Boston Herald editorial director Ken Chandler, while not quite so definitive, downplayed any suggestion he might return to his old stomping grounds at the New York Post.

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  • August 16, 2005
    By webteam
    It was so easy to figure even I predicted it. But the Post has pulled out of the Pentagon's Sept. 11 "Freedom Walk." (See previous Media Log entry "The Washington Post Steps In It.") Read all about it from the horse's mouth. Washington Post

    The only problem with doing the right thing belatedly is that everybody knows you screwed up in the first place. What were they thinking?
  • August 15, 2005
    By webteam
    I think most of us in the media ethics business would be shocked if we knew all of the "community-oriented" events and "good" causes that the business and public relations side of various news outlets get involved in. And The Washington Post's decision to co-sponsor a Sept. 11 memorial walk organized the Pentagon -- one that would appear to have the potential to become a politicized event -- is a major no-no.

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  • August 12, 2005
    By webteam
    Media Log, being an inveterate TV junkie, is straying a bit off the beaten path to report these glad tidings from Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes. The "Sopranos" will be returning to HBO not only for a sixth season in 2006 but for an unofficial seventh season in 2007. Washington Post

    Of course, the Jersey mobsters are the only ones with the chutzpah -- or cojones if you prefer -- to keep loyal viewers waiting through such a long hiatus.

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  • August 12, 2005
    By webteam
    Trying to quantify the breadth and depth of the blogosphere seems to me a little bit like trying to count the stars in a clear night sky in Montana. But The New Politics Institute, a liberal think tank NPI has just released a report titled: "Emergence of the Progressive Blogosphere" A New Force in American Politics." Report

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  • August 11, 2005
    By webteam
    Earlier today, Media Log referenced an enlightening piece on Salon.com about columnist,pundit and Valerie Plame outer Bob Novak written by Sidney Blumenthal. Salon

    Now, CJR Daily has posted an item pointing out similarities in Blumenthal's story and a December 2004 Novak profile in the Washington Monthly written by Amy Sullivan.

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  • August 11, 2005
    By webteam
    WHDH-TV (Channel 7) announced today that 10-year station veteran and local girl Linda Miele has been named news director, succeeding Ed Kosowski, who left last months for parts unknown, although the rumor mill has him going to CNBC. Excerpts of the press release are included below. Check out the impressive academic resume.

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