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(SLTwitter) -- Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Political Hatred in Argentina
: An Interview with Uki Goñi
Two days before I met with Uki Goñi, his analysis of president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the crisis in Argentina was the top article on the Guardian website. Goñi is a correspondent for British newspapers, covering events in Argentina, but his professional experiences before this are enough for a number of lives. He arrived in the city in his early twenties and began work as a journalist at the Buenos Aires Herald, an English language daily and the city’s only newspaper reporting on missing people during the dictatorship. Over the next decade he focused on his band Los Helicópteros, and then wrote three books: El Infiltrado. La verdadera historia de Alfredo Astiz, on the activities of the ESMA, an illegal detention center during the country's National Reorganization Process (1976-1983) responsible for disappearances, tortures, and illegal executions; Perón y los Alemanes, on Perón's involvement with Nazi spies in the country; and The Real Odessa, on Nazi criminals' escapes to Argentina.
Today, the UC Davis student newspaper, The California Aggie, put out its last print edition.
The Aggie has been in dire straits for some time. Ad revenue started to plummet in 2009 and the paper has been working off of its reserve funds.
Publication was cut from five days a week, to four days a week, to one day a week.
Very few of the staff have been paid at all and those who were earned around $2 an hour. Despite the print change, the paper was due to run out of money by June 2014.
Then came a last gasp, paper-saving measure: Measure 1, proposed for the winter 2014 ASUCD ballot, would add a $9.30 increase to student fees in order to subsidize the formerly independently run paper. But.... [more inside]
The Sun's page 3
has been featuring nude women since the 1970s. Last week the British newspaper teamed up with CoppaFeel
, a young charity for breast cancer awareness, to inspire women to touch their own breasts. The headline reads "Page 3 v breast cancer", next to a model in a pair of underpants who barely covers her breasts. Readers are encouraged to ‘Check ‘Em Tuesday’ and post pics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #checkemtuesday.
While some applaud
the newspaper for putting an important women’s health issue on the front page, others are against the sexist representation of women
and concerned it could trivialize breast cancer
Not only due to the titillating images on page 3, The Sun's readership is still mostly male. So does this campaign exist for women?
The comic strip documentary STRIPPED
not only landed the first ever on-camera interview with Bill Watterson, but he liked the film so much he drew the poster
. This is his second piece of art for public consumption
and his first cartoon since December 31st, 1995
If the funnies in your local paper have gotten you down, with their limited space and xeroxed gags, why not take the wayback machine to the Golden Age of newspaper strips, courtesy of Gocomics' Origins of the Sunday comics
? Started July last year
and curated by Peter Maresca, it shows off how sophisticated and beautiful the American comic strip was almost from its birth in the 1890ties .
2013 had a lot of great longform writing. Longreads
lead the way with their best of
Lots of sites provided year end lists: The American Prospect
, The Atlantic
, Business Week Buzz
, The Daily Beast
, Dazed Digital
, Esquire UK
, Impose Magazine
, i09, Lifehacker
, Mother Jones
, National Geographic
, National Journal
, The New Yorker
, On Earth
, The Electric Typewriter
, The Verge
, The Voice Media Group
, and The Washington Post. [more inside]
For over a year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
has been digitizing old photos from its far-reaching library and putting them on a Tumblr called The Digs
. [more inside]
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune newspaper published a special project recently: The Stolen Ones
investigates the local child sex trafficking industry, and documents stories from survivors and their families. (SFW, but some readers may find the content disturbing.) [more inside]
The Washington Post
will be sold to Jeff Bezos
for $250 million, ending four decades of the Graham family. Amazon will have no role in the purchase.
The Chicago Sun-Times
has laid off its entire photography staff, reports the Chicago Tribune
. The Sun-Times
plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video going forward. The Chicago Newspaper Guild, the union that represents the photographers, immediately said
it would consider taking action against the company over the cuts. [more inside]
Welcome to Daily Star Wars
"2009 marks the 30th anniversary of the original Star Wars daily strip that was published in newspapers by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. In honor of that I've decided to start this blog where I'll be posting a new strip everyday to recreate the series original run
. These strips were some of the only Star Wars stories going on at the time and generally had a more serious tone than their Marvel cousin. They're also officially recognized as part of the EU and fill in the gaps between films." [more inside]
Just under a year ago
the company that owns the Times-Picayune (Advance Publications
, a Newhouse family operation) newspaper of New Orleans, stunned the city and journalists nationwide with the announcement that it would be cutting its print edition to three days a week
, while focusing more intensely on its online operations. But now more print (and digital, for that matter) options are available in the Crescent City than last June. [more inside]
Since the end of March, the Wall Street Journal's
new Middle East Real Time
blog has written about Turkey's "unstoppable" export boom in soap operas
, Saudi Arabia's "life after jihad" rehab program
, the persistence of obviously fraudulent bomb detectors across Iraq
, YouTube branding discussions among Syrian rebel factions
, a rising media star Sunni cleric in Lebanon
, a post-revolutionary Cairo arts festival
, and attempts to overcome conservative objections and change the Saudi Thursday-Friday weekend to match the rest of the business world
. Previous non-paywalled WSJ
Real Time blogs include Korea
, Emerging Europe
Lauren DiCioccio uses a simple needle and thread on cotton muslin to mummify and honor an endangered artifact– the printed newspaper
The Cleveland Memory Project
is an archive of photos, postcards
, videos, recordings, clippings
, personal papers, maps
and other historical "goodies
" about the city. "It's
a collaborative endeavor of many local historical societies, public libraries and government agencies who have mounted their own local history." On Flickr
. [more inside]
's Hatchet Job of the Year
rewards "the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past 12 months," with the winning critic taking home a golden hatchet and a year's supply of potted shrimp. 2013's winner
: Camilla Long, for her devastating review
of Rachel Cusk's divorce memoir, Aftermath
. Among other things, she described it as a nasty, bizarre memoir written by a "brittle little dominatrix and peerless narcissist." (Via) [more inside]
is an ambitious new automated application built by the Washington Post, which fact checks political speeches, ads and interviews "in as close to real time as possible.
" The prototype is intended to be a complement to the paper's Fact Checker Blog
. More on the project from TechCrunch
, an initiative of the National Library of Australia, is a vast online repository of digitised books
, historic newspapers
The Carrier's Address
In the first two centuries of American newspapering
, printers ended the year
with elaborately worded decorated
holiday messages, often in verse, written in the voice of the printer's boy
or news carrier
, hinting that the end of year would be a great time for a Christmas or New Year's
Somewhere in Portland, there’s a very old building, and that very old building has a very, very old basement. An incredible basement, a video-game-level basement, a set-decorator’s dream basement
On November 30, the Tampa Bay Times published a sympathetic profile of Spring Hill, FL resident Gretchen Molannen: "Persistent genital arousal disorder brings woman agony, not ecstasy
." Her condition, also known as PGAD, is a rare sexual disorder (not recognized by the DSM,) 'characterized
by spontaneous, persistent, unwanted sexual arousal unrelated to feelings of sexual desire.' The Times reported that Ms. Molannen's condition had virtually destroyed her personal and professional life and led to several suicide attempts. One day after the article was published, she successfully committed suicide
. [more inside]
The times of The Times of India
- world's largest broadsheet English daily
My 6,128 Favorite Books
- "Joe Queenan on how a harmless juvenile pastime turned into a lifelong personality disorder."
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named the 2012 winners of their science journalism award
. The winning text, radio and TV segments -- which cover subjects ranging from bat ecology to nuclear power post-Fukushima -- are all free access. [more inside]
Fuck You Daily Mail.
Martin Robbins of The Pod Delusion
, gives a 20 minute presentation of his thoughts concerning The Daily Mail (slyt).
The Onion's great for a witty skewering of current events. But its historical editions, as collected in the book Our Dumb Century
, are a gem all their own, full of razor-sharp satire, trenchant social commentary, period-accurate advertisements, running gags, historical irony, photoshoppery, and even some editorial cartoons for every year of the twentieth century. Luckily for history (and humor) buffs, nearly the whole run of the series is available piecemeal on their website. Click inside for an organized timeline of links to all the front pages from this brilliant work (plus a bonus!). [more inside]
swarms of giant fish-eating spiders into the waterways of Britain. [more inside]
Why did one newspaper, in a story copied by several other UK newspapers, somewhat underestimate
the number of adult cod in the North Sea by a factor of...
"I, Polina Marinova, have resigned as the editor-in-chief from The Red & Black
, the student newspaper covering the University of Georgia. The Red & Black’s top editors, design staff, photo staff and reporters walked out of the newspaper building this afternoon."
The mass departure follows a memo of staff expectations
issued by the board of directors of the newspaper, which is independent of the university. Among the "expectations" issued by the board to which Marinova objected was that the newspaper's coverage find a balance of "GOOD" (human interest pieces directly relating to the UGA student audience) and "BAD" (explained in the board's memo as "Content that catches people or organizations doing bad things. I guess this is 'journalism'."). This was followed by a final note to "[i]f in question, have more GOOD than BAD." Marinova also alleged that students no longer have final approval in the content of the newspaper, writing that "[r]ecently, editors have felt pressure to assign stories they didn't agree with, take 'grip and grin' photos and compromise the design of the paper." [more inside]
In May of 2012 the owners of the Times-Picayune, the daily newspaper of New Orleans, announced that they would be cutting its physical publication down to three days a week and shifting their focus to online content
. The decision was criticized by many, Warren Buffett among them
Yesterday the Times-Picayune upper management held meetings with their employees to find out who would be let go and who would be allowed to stay on. By the end of the day more than 200 employees were dismissed, almost a full third of the overall staff
. [more inside]
The Long Good Read
presents two articles daily from The Guardian website selected
from those featured on Guardian Zeitgeist
that users spent the most time reading.
Following an amendment
in the recent Conservative Party budget, VAT on 'Baked Goods
' will be re-instated. In response, the question of whether or not David Cameron
once ate a Greggs
pasty infects the British press. The Telegraph have a live blog
covering what has been termed by some Pasty Gate
After almost 20 years of print publication, six bound collections and two animated series, Tony Millionaire announced today that MAAKIES
-- the surreal pen-and-ink adventures of Drinky Crow & Uncle Gabby -- has been cancelled. [more inside]
is a map based newspaper browser. Filter by category, language, time or region or use the heatmap. [blog]
Tom Wicker, Times Journalist, Dies at 85
(obvious NYT link), best known and most often noted for covering the assassination of President Kennedy, but also a columnist for 25 years and 6 Presidents as contrasted with today's NYT columnists
by the always-critical NYTimes eXaminer
The Daily Dot
delivers news about social media communities such as Reddit, Facebook and Youtube the way a local newspaper might deliver news about a city.
How to build a newsroom time machine. Some pessimists predicted ALL ON PAPER would be an exercise in futility. It’s proven to be a lesson in humility – for both the student journalists struggling with the old tech for the first time, and for the veteran journalists trying to recall how it all worked a few decades ago.
A college paper makes an issue the old-fashioned way. [more inside]
Long before the Web, The Boston Globe had a “homepage” of sorts – its old storefront downtown. Taking advantage of its location in a heavily trafficked block of Newspaper Row, the young daily brought the news to Bostonians in a whole new way: handwritten signs.
In the UK, "super-injunctions" can prohibit the press from reporting a story on privacy grounds and from reporting that any such injunction has been issued. Newspapers are occasionally quite playful in getting around these increasingly unpopular
injunctions. The Telegraph famously pointed its readers
to the then-trending twitter campaign against Trafgura and, today, the Daily Mail appears to be playing a similar game
. More prosaically, The Independent has simply reported a Tory MP's comments in Parliament
that a currently sitting MP has taken out a super-injunction. [more inside]
The poor in Ethiopia are often unable to buy newspapers, so they 'rent' papers for 20-30 minutes at a time
from local entrepreneurs.