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Articles from Vol. 128, No. 24, June 17

A Self-Centered Problem?
DO YOU CONSIDER newspapering a trade or craft and yourself as a "word, smith?" Wrong words, says Betty Medsger, longtime chairman of the San Francis, co State University Department of Journalism and a former Washington Post reporter. Such a self-image...
A Warning from the President
PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS warned federal staffers that they could be subject to prosecution if they leak national security information to the press. In a memo to Cabinet officers, Clinton stated that he was "extremely distressed by several recent, deliberate...
Catholic Press Speaks Out
THE 647 PUBLICATIONS of the Catholic Press Association are catching up to their mainstream counterparts in learning the grim economic realities of their business, a spokesman said at the groups's Los Angeles convention. "Just look at our program," suggested...
Circulation Woes Reach beyond U.S
DECLINING NEWSPAPER circulation was not endemic to the United States last year but struck most nations, especially those in the industrial world, according to the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers. "Newspaper circulation, and particularly...
Economics or Security?
WAS ECONOMICS OR state security the reason American journalist Steve Levine was denied entry into Russia April 26? The pretext given to Levine - who possesses a valid visa and press credentials - by Russian immigration officials at Moscow's Vnukovo...
FIEJ Issues Warning on Newsprint Crisis
REPRESENTATIVES OF THE world's press from 53 countries attending the 48th World Newspaper Congress of the International Federation at News, paper Publishers (FIEJ) in Paris called "urgent attention to the drastic effects which a series of newsprint price...
Four Cartoonists on Seriocomic Session
IF YOU PEER down the well of humor, things can seem kind of dark at the source. Many of the cartoonists who make their readers happy weren't always so happy themselves as kids and young adults. But if they hadn't had their problems, they may not have...
Inside the Sawyer Sale
WHEN SAWYER FERGUSON Walker (SFW) was sold to Berkeley Acquisition Corp. (BAC) almost seven weeks ago, lots of people in the newspaper business were surprised. While the ad rep industry has struggled through some tough times in the past few years, SFW...
International Editors Meet in Paris
THE GLOBAL NEWSPAPER perspective presented to the delegates of the second World Editors Forum in Paris was not auspicious. Introducing the conference, Timothy Balding, director general of FIEJ -- the Federation Interationale des Editeurs de Journaux...
Judge Rejects Prosecutor's Attempt to Label Reporter 'Investigator.' (DuPage County, IL. Judge Thomas Callum, Assistant State Attorney Thomas Epach, David Protess)
WHEN AN INVESTIGATIVE reporter investigates, does he lose his First Amendment protection against being forced to testify at a trial? In a high-profile murder case to go to trial in DuPage County, Ill., that's the argument prosecutors made in an attempt...
Multimedia Draws $1.5 Billion Offer
AT LEAST TWO bids have been made for Multimedia Inc., the Greenville, S.C.-based owner of newspapers, TV stations and syndicated TV programs. The New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported the offers June 13, but the companies involved are not...
Newspapers and Religion Coverage
NEWSPAPER REPORTING reflects a curious view of religion, a new study suggests. Religion, from this journalistic perspective, is full of sound and fury -- but it signifies nothing. According to a study by the University of Rochester's religion department,...
Online Ads in the Mountain State
ON NEW YEAR'S Day, the West Virginia Press Association opened its electronic bulletin board system to the delivery of digital ad files to member newspapers. In 1994, the WVPA began exploring the possibility of acting as an online clearinghouse for ads....
Reporter Says Let's Ban Cameras from Courtrooms
THANKS TO US in the media, justice has become a big, slimy business. Our cameras, firmly planted in courtrooms across the nation, are creating a market for books, videotapes, t-shirts, 900-number phone lines, legal consultants, coffee mugs and other...
Rhetoric Heats Up
TALKS BETWEEN DETROIT'S two daily papers and six of their 11 unions have continued well past the April 30 contract deadline and labor rhetoric is heating up a little. The Metropolitan Council of Newspaper Unions, whose six union members represent about...
United Accused of Stealing Idea, but Syndicate Denies the Charge
IF "MOVIEFINDER" WAS rated PG, would that stand for "properly generated" or "pilfered goods"? A young entrepreneur says United Media recently stole his idea for the film-listings service. But a United executive said the syndicate had discussed such...