Gabriel Stein reflects
on the end of the The Rocky Mountain News, his father's decades-long career there as an editorial cartoonist, and the silver lining he sees in the billionaire acquisitions of The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
This is a compilation of every headline (with screenshots) seen on "The Simpsons".
These Simpsons headlines come primarily with the Springfield Shopper, Springfield's only major newspaper. The compilation includes such memorable headlines as "SQUIRREL RESEMBLING ABRAHAM LINCOLN FOUND", "AWFUL SCHOOL IS AWFUL RICH", and "PARADE TO DISTRACT JOYLESS CITIZENRY"
In 1962, fifty years ago this month, striking union printers shut down four New York City newspapers in resistance to computerized, automated technologies that were being introduced in newsrooms across the country. Five other area papers shut down voluntarily. The strike lasted 114 days and sounded the death knell for four newspapers. For a brief period, New York was a laboratory that demonstrated what can happen when newspapers vanish. Today, new technology is again shaking American newspapers as the Internet drains away more and more advertising revenue. Is this The Long Good Bye? [more inside]
'The stories about epidemics that are told in the American press—their plots and tropes—date to the 1920's, when modern research science, science journalism, and science fiction were born.' This is the story of how the media back then (January, 1930) helped fuel fears about a parrot-fever pandemic, and the subsequent public backlash
. (Via) [more inside]
The Newspaper Map
: browse thousands of local, regional and national newspapers from around the world, based on geographical location. Filter and translate languages, see newspaper archives back to the early 19th century, and find fourth estate Twitter and YouTube feeds. A mobile version
is also available. via
The New York Times launches digital subscriptions
, only for Canadians at the moment and on March 28 for everyone else. Packages start at $3.75/week
. Readers will be allowed 20 free articles a month sans subscription. (previously
19th-century newspaper ads for patented stomach cures and digestive aids [...] foregrounded mince pie as the K2 of digestive summits. But for every published warning on the dangers of mince, the newspapers published a poem, essay, or editorial praising it as a great symbol of American cultural heritage or a nostalgic reminder of mother love and better times bygone—or even, as the State of Columbia, South Carolina, asserted in 1901, a beneficial Darwinian instrument that had "thinned out the weak ones" among the pioneering generations.
So wrote Cliff Doerksen in his wonderful, James Beard award-winning article Mince Pie: The Real American Pie
. Doerksen not only gives the history of this once most American of foods, he also makes two mince pies from 19th Century recipes to see if they are indeed all that. This is but one of many great articles Doerksen wrote for The Chicago Reader in recent years (links to a selection below the cut). Sadly, Cliff Doerksen passed at the age of 47 just before Christmas
. [more inside]
Today, The New York Times' Idea of the Day Blog
announced that is is officially out of ideas
“They threw out what Tribune had stood for, quality journalism and a real brand integrity, and in just a year, pushed it down into mud and bankruptcy,”.
Tribune Company - Tales of a Bankrupt Culture: 'Based on interviews with more than 20 employees and former employees of Tribune
, Mr. Michaels’s and his executives’ use of sexual innuendo, poisonous workplace banter and profane invective shocked and offended people throughout the company. Tribune Tower
, the architectural symbol of the staid company, came to resemble a frat house, complete with poker parties, juke boxes and pervasive sex talk.''“They threw out what Tribune had stood for, quality journalism and a real brand integrity, and in just a year, pushed it down into mud and bankruptcy,” said Ken Doctor, a newspaper analyst with Outsell Inc., a consulting firm. “And it’s been wallowing there for the last 20 months with no end in sight.”'But even as the company foundered, the tight circle of executives, many with longtime ties to Mr. Michaels, received tens of millions of dollars in bonuses.' [more inside]
Last week, the New York Times magazine published an explosive article
about the phone-hacking exploits at the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid News Of The World
under the then-editorship of Andy Coulson, now the the Government's chief of communications
. Following the NYT's investigation, questions about the "unhealthy" relationship between the Metropolitan Police and the press
(particularly Murdoch's News International
, which also includes The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times), and further claims that an independent inquiry was abandoned so as not to upset the Metropolitan Police
, assistant Met Commissioner John Yates was questioned
[video; 4 mins] on Tuesday by the Home Affairs select committee. Following an emergency debate
in Parliament today, which concerned the fact that MPs of all parties may have had their phones hacked (and therefore had their Parliamentary Privilege
breached), the Standards and Privileges Committee
, the most powerful committee in Parliament, is to open an inquiry which will be able to compel witnesses to give evidence
. Meanwhile, former News of the World reporters are coming out the woodwork, claiming that hacking at the paper was "rife"
, and the pressure is on Coulson to resign his £140,000 job at No. 10, with a poll
[pdf] which says 52% of the public says he should go. [more inside]
"The Journalist as Programmer"
is an academic, ethnographic case study (pdf)
, which considers whether the New York Times' Interactive Newsroom Technologies unit
, source of the paper's Open Source Developer Network
, should be thought of as a template for the future of Web Journalism. Slide Deck
. (Previously on MeFi.)
NYMag profile of the INT team from '09: The New Journalism: Goosing the Gray Lady
. ("What are these renegade cybergeeks doing at the New York Times? Maybe saving it.")
"What are you f**king playing at?” Mr Murdoch asked Mr Kelner in a loud voice and in front of dozens of bemused journalists."
This week, 300,000 copies of the UK's Independent
newspaper were distributed for free advertising the paper's claim to editorial independence stating, "Rupert Murdoch won’t decide this election – you will".
According to the Financial Times
, Murdoch's son James subsequently stormed into the Independent's newsroom
brandishing a copy of the edition, protesting it besmirched his father’s reputation. "Lively times
," the Guardian
Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper.
"Newspapers have become deadweight commodities linked to other media commodities in chains that are coupled or uncoupled by accountants and lawyers and executive vice presidents and boards of directors in offices thousands of miles from where the man bit the dog and drew ink."
My, how the tables have turned: Many of the same daily newspaper correspondents that not too long ago turned up their noses at us online journalism pioneers, claiming we weren't "real" journalists, now fill my email box daily with their resumes, looking to me and others like me to provide them with work. ... Memo to my remaining daily print colleagues and their nostalgia club: Get over it and get over yourselves. It’s not that the Internet is Mr. Wonderful. Much of it mimics the same bad qualities that drove the public away from daily newspapers. You lost the public to us because - there's no nice or sugar-coated way to say it - you guys really suck at what you do. [more inside]
The Huffington Post just announced
that it is launching a new initiative to produce a wide range
of investigative journalism — The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. [more inside]
In yet another strange marriage of media new and old, The Printed Blog launches next week
. The paper will be distributed in Chicago (home of the once-great, now-bankrupt Chigago Tribune
) and San Francisco, and it’s free. “Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline,”
asks founder Josh Karp
. What about people who don’t live in Chicago or SF? They can get the PDF … online.
Virtually all the predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital. Most of these scenarios assume a gradual crossing-over, almost like the migration of dunes, as behaviors change, paradigms shift, and the digital future heaves fully into view. But what if the old media dies much more quickly? What if a hurricane comes along and obliterates the dunes entirely? Specifically, what if The New York Times goes out of business
—like, this May? [more inside]
Since Rupes went to great lengths
to protect Wendi, see some other examples
of newspaper self-censorship
The UK media is like a "Feral Beast"
, and is undermining Britain, says Tony Blair. Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent, responds
. Some reasons why Blair might not be too keen on the press
Interesting (if biased) article
on the downside of Craigslist's populist appeal in the form of it's contribution to the imminent death of the print newsmedia, especially in the SF Bay Area.
The End of News?
From the New York Review of Books. Michael Massing
, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, discusses the decline of the mainstream media and the ideal of objectivity: Accuracy in Media
(1969), the Center for Media and Public Affairs
(1985), the abolition of the Fairness Doctrine
(1987), Rush Limbaugh
(1988), Fox News
, cost-cutting at newspapers
. Of course, the newspaper business has always been a difficult one, as Walter Lippmann noted in his book Public Opinion
(1921): [more inside]
The world's 100 largest newspapers by circulation
Japan and China take 9 of the top 10 spots; Greece enters at #17, the United States at #19. Newspaperindex
now also has the list broken down by continent
. [An updated top 100 list has been posted here
] [via Cynical-C]
Or broadsheet. Or tab? Your newspaper may be changing
, its looks, its
and how it markets itself
. Do you value
need your local paper
? Or can
you and your neighbors
do it yourself? (Scroll down to "backfence" link.)
U.S. Army Used Media Cover in Iraq for Own Ends
which sounds like a big old bowl of yellow journalism but isn't really, at least I don't think so. It was more to refute the Iraqi Minister of Lies talking about the whooping the Iraqi war machine was delivering to the coalition forces.
The main issue that the reporters had was that they were only getting the one side of the story and not the Iraqi perspective.
But it raises some questions about the supposed objectivity of the media. Is this a proper use of them? To help achieve military goals? Or to try to avoid more unnecessary deaths?
Search the New York Times website for any occurrence of the words "Valerie Plame" during the last week
...and you'll find nada, zilch, zip. The so-called "paper of record" has remained totally mum on what may be one of the biggest scandals of the Bush administration yet. You can read about it at Newsday
, and The Nation
, and it's been mentioned on NBC... but not a word from the New York Times (save for a reference to it last week
by syndicated columnist Paul Krugman, and a wire service story
today; neither of those pieces mentions Plame by name). The Times' news and editorial divisions are asleep at the switch on this story. Maybe the Jayson Blair scandal was a distraction from the deeper problem: a paper that is so concerned with being balanced and respectable, it refuses to cover any politically controversial stories. You can e-mail email@example.com
to ask why the Valerie Plame news blackout. Or just click this link
a few dozen times to send 'em a message.
So the FCC might let me be...
On June 2, FCC commissioners will vote on proposed changes to U.S. media ownership rules. Proponents
of eliminating a ban on "cross ownership" argue that mergers between local newspapers and radio and TV stations in large and medium-sized markets will boost the quality and quantity of local news reportage. The nonprofit Consumers Union
calls the ban "critical to the independence and diversity of our nation's media"
. Let the FCC know where you stand
(third item on list).
Times Reporter Who Resigned Leaves Long Trail of Deception
The New York Times runs a
long article detailing its preliminary findings in the matter of Jayson Blair, The Times' young staff reporter who made up sources, facts, and anecdotes in potentially hundreds of stories. Does this investigation help the Times avoid permanent disgrace? Or does this just confirm what you've always thought about the Times?
Slate magazine is attributing part of the problem to affirmative action
(Blair is black). Is AA relevant here?
Are newspapers becoming opinionpapers?
Interesting article on the current preponderance of op-ed materials in newspapers. The papers are cutting back on news, especially international news, in favour of news lite or opinion columns. Or what's styled as opinion but is really pieces by "columnists" who are totally self-referential
and whose idea of research is interviewing their own friends.
The article is very Can-Con (high Canadian content) but it'll be interesting if Me-Fiers from other countries weigh in with data/observations about their own media. Canadian media doesn't probably doesn't stand alone in this trend.
seem to be the only place we can find out what goes on in the US these days. Probably has to do with the liberal media, wouldn't you say?
Ottawa Citizen publisher fired for criticizing Chrétien.
CanWest Global keeps it real for the little guy once again by continuing to silence dissident voices. The Citizen's own coverage of the sacking
is, unsurprisingly, scant on details.
Notice something missing from today's Washington Post?
In a creative protest of management's latest contract offer, Post union members withhold bylines from news stories and columns in the June 5 edition.
Most articles are written "By A Washington Post Staff Writer" and pictures are taken "By A Washington Post Staff Photographer." What other unique forms of labor protest have you seen where the union gets its point across without striking or compromising the quality of the product?
The editor-at-large of The Spectator has resigned in protest at the publication of an anti-American article.
There has already been some discussion of this here
but the British press seems to be tearing itself apart about how much to support the War on Terror, and what viewpoints it's acceptable to express. The offending article will presumably appear here
sometime in the next few days, though its content is somewhat predictable given the views of the author
. Funny quote: "I want to be in the magazine more often than I seem to be". Maybe the price of freedom is eternal whingeing.
A print journalist admits her fear of blogs "What the blog threatens to do is dislodge the traditional news media's corner on the "scoop" market. With their unorthodox reporting strategies and lightning-fast publishing schedules, blogs are making it clear that you don't need to have some big, fancy newspaper job to break stories. In fact, you don't even need to write stories; you can just throw a couple of sentences up on your site with some telling links. And you can quote that naked boy in your bed who knows how to hack protocols. Whatever."
An analysis of some of the web's limitations
as a medium for publishing newspapers' content. It focuses on NewsStand
, the service offering the NYTimes
, the International Herald Tribune
and others in PDF format, and says some interesting things about the respective formats' ease of use and ability to guide readers to what they're looking for. (It has me thinking, is HTML/CSS just too limited to do certain things well?)
Here Comes the Sun
Beware NY Times. Watch your flanks NY liberal establishment. Lord
Conrad Black to back Smarter Times
Ira Stoll and co in new conservative daily paper. Will they make it? (PS. Apparently are looking for editorial staff "willing to work long hours in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment") Start spreadin' the news, these little town blues are melting away, it's up to you, New York, New York...
The Examiner spells it out.
As a newspaper page designer (for a much smaller, tamer paper), I wonder what you all think of the San Francisco Examiner's semi-profane but heartfelt front-page headline. On one hand, it's editorializing, but on the other, it expresses what an awful lot of people are thinking. I think I like it, but I also know it'd never get printed in a lot of papers, including my own.
Poynter.org has begun posting pdfs of newspaper front pages from around the country. Oddly, the San Fran Examiner's special edition front isn't up. Does anyone else have a link to it? How has your local paper handled it?
The New York Review of Books
site has been sensibly redesigned. You no longer have to page through essays, and there are now links to related articles from the magazine's archives.
Is the NY Times ranking its stories
as they say, or as this writer suggests, what's "interesting"?
Amazoning the news
It seems weird at first, but maybe I would want to see the news this way
... Anyone want to do it? (via nublog
Bush receives more newspaper endorsements.
Also, editors are predicting
a Bush win. While I wince and grimace at the thought of that man in office, I also think the editors are deluded in thinking they have much influence over their readers' voting habits.
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
helps high schools put their newspapers (and classrooms and other information) online -- but i wonder if putting articles like this one
, which tell personal information about students, online is a good idea. following that logic, i guess it's good that it's difficult to search high wired or find a list
of all the high school newspapers that it hosts. if you poke around a bit, you can
find many papers and it's good for a laugh
The San Francisco Examiner is up for sale?
I didn't even know this. I'm surprised no dotcoms have swooped in to buy the dead trees media. Apparently, they need a buyer very soon, or the paper will merge with the SF Chronicle. Will SF become yet another one-newspaper city? Sad...