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Articles from November 1

ABC Reverses Stance on Web Metrics
T his fall, the newspaper industry is finally getting a taste of something that's been cooking for at least two years: The Audit Bureau of Circulations' Audience-FAX report for the period ending September 2008 -- released at the end of October -- marked...
Editorial: 'Goohoo': A Raw Deal
More than 750 dailies in the Yahoo Newspaper Consortium have a lot riding on Yahoo's APT ad-sales and targeting system, which promises to, at long last, allow them to charge print-like prices for their digital ads. Yet U.S. newspapers have been...
E&P Technical: 'ET' Calls It Home
Greeks have valued timely reporting since the message from Marathon. Reliably informed communication and debate were foundations of their earliest democracy, while that same society manifested an appreciation of elegant design unsurpassed in its time....
E&P Technical: 'Free Press' on Press
In spring 2003, Eleftheros Tipos installed a SmartNews editorial system from Sansui Software, a young Indian firm. Its modular newsroom system consisted of its own software for print and Web publishing, including Adobe plug-ins and Quark XTensions....
Financial Crisis: Is There Life after Debt?
Given that debt is the central problem for newspaper companies with the most well-publicized woes, the credit freeze that stunned markets this fall could be particularly painful if it lingers too long. "Most news-paper companies are in for a very bumpy...
Garry Trudeau Discusses His 'Doonesbury' Journo's New Gig
Times are so tough that even fictional journalists are getting the boot. As "Doonesbury" readers know, reporter Rick Redfern was forced to take a Washington Post buyout in a story line that began in mid-September. But Garry Trudeau didn't stop there....
News People
ALABAMA Will Heath has been named editor of the St. Clair Times in Pell City. Previously, Heath served as sports editor for The Daily Home in Talladega. He succeeds Kellie Long. ARKANSAS Gregg Farmer is the new circulation director at The...
Ninth Annual Photos of the Year
It was a year of shocks: deadly hurricanes, political upsets, an assassination in Pakistan, a global financial meltdown. No single event was more tragic, however, than the earthquake that rocked China on May 12 -- and inspired our winning entry by...
Pressing Issues: Editorials Backed Obama, Then What?
You know something I don't: The name of our next president. I write this exactly two weeks before election day, with Barack Obama up in the polls by a decent margin, with a big funding edge, and the fresh backing of Colin Powell, but John McCain is...
Road Trip Follows Crash: Hard Times in America
As journalists investigated the effects of the nation's economic crisis, it became clear that millions of everyday Americans are being badly hurt -- not just those with Wall Street ties. In early October, McClatchy's Washington Bureau teamed up with...
Shoptalk: No Gloss in Virginia
It's scary to see print advertising revenue take such a drastic plunge. As I observe elsewhere in these pages this month, it looks like online revenue growth, once the saving grace of the Daily Miracle, has fallen off since this summer began. But despite...
Sunday Endorsements: 'Newsday,' Tucson and Top Mississippi Dailies Back Obama -- Shaw Papers Support McCain
While the vast majority of newspapers have already, or long ago, backed a candidate for president, some are just now making their choices known. In this camp are Newsday, the major Long Island daily, the Arizona Daily Star in John McCain's Arizona...
Syndicates: 'Sister' Companies Do 'Relatively' Well
During the past few months, this section of E&P has focused on how the recession is affecting syndicates and the creators they represent. But what about the non-newspaper-oriented sister companies/divisions of syndicates? How is the recession affecting...
The End of 'Objectivity' in New Era: A Good Thing?
When Michael Paulson began covering religion for The Boston Globe eight years ago, the paper had no blogs or online video, he did almost no outside speaking work, and the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Catholic church sex scandal was...
The Web Tightens
Amidst the plague-like conditions newspapers are facing -- the locusts eating up print ad revenue, a flood of ill will from Wall Street, the arid credit markets, and crushing loads of debt -- publishers could once at least find relief in the steady,...
Zell Bucks His Own Papers -- Gives Mucho Bucks to McCain
While Sam Zell's biggest newspapers, the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, made history endorsing a Democrat, Barack Obama, this year, he has been busy giving tens of thousands of dollars in contributions to Obama's opponent, Sen. John McCain....