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Articles from Vol. 129, No. 39, September 28

Advertisers Still Underwhelmed; National Ads in Color Are Getting Easier to Sell in Multi-Newspaper Deals, but Remain Hard to Produce Well Consistently
THE QUALITY OF color reproduction in national newspaper advertising has improved in recent years, but even major papers are struggling to produce high quality ads with complete consistency. "I'm not happy. It should be better, but it's improving,"...
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Are Newspapers Too Gay-Friendly?
IS NEWSPAPER COVERAGE of gay issues and personalities too pro-gay? At first blush, that's an astonishing question. After all, well into the 1960s, headline writers routinely used "deviant" as a synonym for homosexual. Even now, some newspaper newsrooms...
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Congress Approves EFoIA
THE ELECTRONIC FREEDOM of Information Act has passed both houses of Congress and is expected to signed into law by the president. Fittingly, after years of effort, the EFoIA provisions passed in the 30th anniversary year of the original Freedom...
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Did Newspapers Douse Fire Story? National Council of Churches Official Charges Skeptical Newspapers Failed to Cover the Black Church Arson Story for Three Years
WHEN ARSON CONSUMED black churches, ministers could not get newspapers interested in the story for almost three a National Council of Churches official says. "It is a story that built very slowly. Most of the media was absent. They were not there...
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East Is East, West Is West; Media Groups Are Partnering to Create Travel Web Sites
GROUCHO MARX MAY have not been making any sense in his famous quotation from the movie Animal Crackers, but it's true nevertheless -- east is east and west and west. Except now, the two coasts have narrowed the vast amounts of land between them...
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Editorial Cartoonist Having a Big Year
SEVERAL MONTHS AFTER winning the 1996 Pulitzer Prize, Jim Morin saw 3,000 of his editorial cartoons pass before his eyes. Some sort of post-Pulitzer hallucination? Nope. Morin perused 18 years of his Miami Herald work to find the best originals for...
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Expanding Coverage of Women's Sports Makes Sense
NEWSWEEK'S PREVIEW issue billed this as the "Year of the Woman," and the New York Times Magazine headlined its pre-Olympics edition with "Women Muscle In." Sure enough, they were right. The most compelling stories, the most exciting competition,...
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Feeling the Effects of the Strike
THE POST-STRIKE audit of Detroit's two dailies shows circulation dropped 35% in the 14 months since 2,000 employees walked out. Combined Sunday circulation is down an indicated 31%. Detroit Newspapers, joint operating agency for Knight-Ridder Inc.'s...
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Getting along with Ad Agencies
WORKING WITH ADVERTISING agencies requires skill and patience. But once newspapers focus on bettering their relationship with agencies, the benefits are well worth it, stressed speakers at the recent Newspaper Association of America (NAA) Marketing...
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NAA Moves on Color Quality
SEEKING A BIGGER piece of the national advertising pie, the 2-year-old Newspaper National Network (NNN) is working with the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) to battle one of the biggest obstacles to national newspaper advertising: inconsistent...
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Political Pix Pronto in Color
FIRST LADY HILLARY Rodham Clinton welcomed her husband with outstretched arms to Chicago and the Democratic National Convention. It was a Convention Moment, and AP photographer Eric Draper, who had battled the crowd for a good angle of the first...
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Pounds for Pregnancy
A PREGNANT ENGLISH woman who is expecting eight babies is the starring "freak" of a circus-like display in which London's News of the World acts as blowzy ring announcer and other newspapers serve as peevish spectators. The spectacle -- in which the...
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Primis Quits N.Y. Times Co
NEW YORK TIMES Co. president and COO Lance R. Primis unexpectedly-resigned from the company-last week, putting an end to speculation that he would be the first outsider to someday run the family-owned empire. Times Co. chairman Arthur O. "Punch"...
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Technology Trap: Best-Available vs. Next-Available Technology
CTEXT'S TRANSITION FROM DOS to OS/2 and powerful database servers boosted it into the high end of the publishing systems market with a system that also can provide smaller publishers with a more powerful front end. System Integrator's migration...
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The Process of Coming Out: Gay Journalist Is Relieved That He's Made His 20-Year Secret Public
BERL SCHWARTZ, THE general manager of the State at Michigan State; spent more than 20 years in mainline journalism keeping his homosexuality to himself. "I was afraid of the professional ramifications if I out, the 49-year-old Schwartz said after...
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Two on Tandem Move to NT
THOUGH NEXPO 96 included only a couple of publishing systems from developers new to the North American market, most other vendors arrived at the newspaper technology show in Las Vegas with: upgrades, new products, even a new system; ports to another...
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