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Articles from Vol. 124, No. 49, December 7

Bothering Reporters at Home- It's a Given
Politicians are always complaining about newspaper reporters calling them late at night, when the politicians are watching television or tucking their kiddies into bed or counting bribe money. Those of us who labor in newspaper city rooms are notoriously...
Calculated Confusion
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been cited here often as an ideal guarantee of international free press and free speech. Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, this document states: "Everyone...
Campaign Coverage Lessons for the Media
Like the chicken and the egg, there is the question of which came first: the overemphasis of "manufactured news" by media covering political campaigns; or the political campaign manufacturing events so they will get covered by the media. Both are...
Captors Release AP Correspondent Terry Anderson
And then there were none. Associated Press chief Middle East correspondent Terry Anderson, the last -- and longest-held -- American hostage in Lebanon is on his way home. Anderson took a deep breath before speaking to reporters in Damascus just...
Dow Jones Union Rejects Dues Hike to Pay Manager
The union representing 2,000 Dow Jones & Co. employees has rejected--for the second time in a year--a dues increase designates to pay the salary of a full-time union manager. In an election that is being disputed, the Independent Association...
Ed Sullivan Was Also a Syndicated Writer
Many viewers of last month's and February's highly rated Ed Sullivan Show retrospectives on CBS were probably not aware that the legendary television host continued writing his syndicated column throughout the 1948-71 run of his variety program. ...
E&P to Co-Sponsor Talking Newspaper Conference
The Audiotex Group and Editor & Publisher are co-sponsoring the third annual Conference on Talking Newspapers and Telecommunications Opportunities to be held Feb. 10-11, 1992, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. "We believe that the new competitive...
IAPA Seeks Government Investigation
The Inter American Press Association called on Argentina's government to find and punish persons responsible for the attempted invasion of a daily newspaper in that country Oct. 28. In the attack against El Liberal of Santiago Del Estero, apparently...
Knoxville Journal to Cease Daily Publication; Weekly Planned
After pocketing $40 million to end a joint operating agreement between its Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal and Scripps Howard's Knoxville News-Sentinel, Persis Corp. is closing the Journal as a daily and converting it to a weekly. Sixty-nine editorial...
Maxwell Empire in Turmoil
Trading was halted on the London Stock Exchange of two of the late Robert Maxwell's companies until his family can clarify their financial position. At the request of the family, the exchange temporarily halted trading Dec. 2 in Maxwell Communication...
Outside Editors Critique Honolulu Dailies
A critique of the two Honolulu dailies, including an assessment by four retired mainland editors, has drawn strong rebuttals from the newspapers' editor. Sponsored by a group calling itself the Honolulu Community-Media Council (HCMC), the report...
Press Makers Battle It out in Court
Charges of industrial espionage, antitrust violations and deceptive trade practices have been added to the long-running legal battle between Rockwell Graphics Systems Inc. and DEV Industries. The seven-year-old dispute, which has never been to trial,...
Reject Rights Treaty, Journalism Groups Urge Senate
Some of the nation's leading journalism groups are lining up against an international rights treaty that is being resurrected after waiting 13 years for Senate ratification. The American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), Radio and Television...
Remembering Pearl Harbor
When Frank Tremaine, United Press Honolulu bureau chief, was awakened by thunderous booming on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, he thought it strange that the military would be holding gunnery practice on Sunday. When the noise intensified and he saw...
Reporter Sues Former Employer
Former Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Ray Hanania is suing the newspaper, claiming it fired him because of political pressure from Chicago City Hall. In a suit seeking $30,000 in actual and $2 million in punitive damages, Hanania also claims...
Retooling Presidential Election Coverage
Ever since news organizations laid their collective egg in the 1988 presidential election, the second-guessers have had a field day lecturing the press on how it should retool their political coverage. The latest batch of ideas comes from Harvard's...
Strange Bedfellows?
A former reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune can stay on as Louisiana's inspector general in the aftermath of the state's historic gubernatorial election between ex-Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and former governor Edwin Edwards, even...
Texas Judge Says Executions Should Be Televised
A Texas judge said executions should be televised as a means of publicizing the effects of punishment. The only reason given by government against televising executions is that they could make for "unpleasant, and even gruesome viewing," said Judge...
UPI Drafts Plan for Its Future
United Press International has drafted a business plan for its future operations that is "based on the cold, hard realities of the marketplace." A draft of Operation Even Keel, as the plan is called, calls for a 51% cut in staff, a 63% reduction...
Van Atta Leaving Anderson Feature
Dale Van Atta, the "Washington Merry-Go-Round" heir apparent who has shared a byline with Jack Anderson since 1985, is leaving WMGR at the end of the month. Replacing Van Atta will be Mike Binstein, a nine-year WMGR veteran perhaps best known for...
Weekly Paper Teams Up with TV Station for Undercover Report
The Evergreen (Ala.) Courant, a 96-year-old weekly publication, recently joined with KDFW-TV, a Dallas, Texas-based CBS affiliate, for an undercover investigation of a fraudulent company advertising in newspapers across the country. The two media...