American Journalism Review

Trade journal reporting on broadcast and print journalism. For Trade and Professional audiences.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 8, October

Accounting 201: What Is Pro Forma Reporting, and Why Is It Used? (the Newspaper Business)
Among the controversial subjects now afflicting corporate governance--in addition to conflicts of interest and stock options, which I wrote about in my last two columns--is something called "pro forma" reporting of earnings. This is worth exploring...
A Column Too Far: Writing These Things Is Not as Easy as It Looks. (Top of the Review)
Yes, Rem, yes... I know, Rem.... The column was due three hours ago. Just putting the finishing touches on it when you called. Yeah, yeah, it's going good. Have it in an hour, hour-and-a-half, max. Yes, I promise. All right, Mr. So Smart, Mr....
Asking the Tough Questions: It's Better to Do It before the Shooting Starts. (from the Editor)
For a while there, the conservative commentariat was using the New York Times as its very own pinata. The Times' sin, according to the multicount indictment, was that it was editorializing against the looming war against Iraq--on page one. ...
Awards. (Special Advertising Section)
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Business as Usual: While News Organizations Have Energetically Uncovered Corporate Abuses and Editorialized for Reforms, Their Parent Companies Have Been Less Than Enthusiastic in Applying the New Standards to Their Own Operations
In 1905 oil baron John D. Rockefeller sensed that the attacks he had suffered from muckraking reporters and crusading journals like Joseph Pulitzer's New York World were about to subside. As newspapers became more and more profitable, Rockefeller...
Dose of Reality. (Is It News!)
During fall sweeps Fox will unveil a new reality show. Ten oil-and-water souls will stew in a Chicago home for a week. (No, this isn't "The Real World.") They won't have any contact with the outside, and cameras, trained on them day and night, will...
Et Tu, St. Pete? (Media Sponsorship)
From a marketing standpoint, slapping a company's name on the side of a sports arena is a good idea. United Airlines has Chicago's United Center. Bank One has Phoenix's Bank One Ballpark. Even Enron had Enron Field in Houston until the company ...
Fellowships. (Special Advertising Section)
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION Congressional Fellowship Program for Journalists 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington DC 20036 Contact: Jeffery Biggs (202) 483-2512 (202) 483-2657 FAX E-mail: cfp@apsanet.org URL:...
Good News on Local News: There Are Bright Spots out There, Particularly on Cable. (Broadcast Views)
Sometimes it seems as if all the news about local TV news is bleak. Budgets cut to the bone, news departments shutting down, not to mention the content: crime, more crime, and "special reports" on worthless car alarms and the pain of declawing cats....
Jackson Action. (Bylines)
Ronnie Agnew, a Mississippi native son who began reading Jackson's Clarion-Ledger when he was a teenager, becomes the first African American to be named executive editor of the 165-year-old paper once known for its pro-segregation stance. "Beyond...
Keeping the Door Open: The Government Must Justify the Need for Secret Hearings. (First Amendment Watch)
The United States is called a nation of immigrants, yet many Americans are not concerned about the civil rights of those who are in this country illegally. Just 20 days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Chief Immigration Judge Michael...
"Keep Us in the News". (Letter from Nagorno-Karabakh)
Journalist Vagram Agadzhanyan went into self-imposed exile in Armenia after being freed from jail in Nagorno-Karabakh. He was photographed at the Hotel Armenia overlooking the main square of the capital, Yerevan. In this backward corner of the...
McPaper Co. Wants Smallfries with That. (Alt-Weeklies)
Can the king of corporate go alternative? Berl Schwartz, who spent more than 30 years working for other people as a reporter, editor, bureau chief and magazine publisher, saw a chance last year to be his own boss while filling a void in the Lansing,...
Media Strike Out: Journalists Didn't Deliver the Full Message about the Baseball Talks. (First Person)
"Who says they don't listen to the fans?" ESPN anchor Linda Cohn asked rhetorically at the top of the "SportsCenter" broadcast, just hours after baseball players and owners reached a labor agreement. Both sides may have heard the fans. But clearly...
Not So Funny: Several Major Newspapers Are Leaving Their Editorial Cartoonist Positions Vacant. Are These Civic Needlers an Endangered Species?
Years before cancer cut short his life, editorial cartoonist Jeff MacNelly described his professional purpose to an interviewer. "You're making fun of things. You're never saying anything nice or supportive," he said. "I have a sense of humor about...
Scholarships. (Special Advertising Section)
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The Agony of Defeat. (Free Press)
They say the first step to getting what you want is to believe in yourself--'cause if not, no one else will. Or something like that. The Washington Post seemed to take that tack, in earnest, in its hometown's quest to score the 2012 Olympic Summer...
The Brides Wore White. (Free Press)
In many ways, it was like all the other wedding announcements in the Sunday New York Times. The loving couple was pedigreed--Ivy League educations, political connections, esteemed families. Their "how we met" story, adorable. And they beamed from...
The God Squad Can Help. (Caught in a Moral Conundrum?)
Q: I am Jewish and in love with a Catholic woman. We're not yet engaged and are struggling with how to raise our children. I insisted on raising them as Jewish and she finally agreed. But she's a devout Catholic and I'm a very believing Jew, and...
Tracking Traficant: Bertram De Souza Has Been a Harsh Critic during the 23 Years He Has Covered the Colorful Congressman-Turned-Inmate. James A. Traficant Jr. and His Supporters Haven't Hesitated to Fire Back
After more than two decades of covering U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.'s tirades and tantrums, of excoriating him and enduring his counterattacks, columnist Bertram de Souza sat in the WFMJ-TV studio, tapping his fingers together and awaiting...
Web Surfers on Speed: ...And Other Misconceptions about Writing for the Web. (the Online Frontier)
Even as an online editor, the phrase "writing for the Web" brings whimsical images to mind. I picture a newspaper reporter translating her story into pig Latin. Or feeding it through a transmogrifier, a la Calvin and Hobbes. Web writing, one...
Who's Got the Beat? (the State of the American Newspaper)
More news organizations are staffing security-related departments in Washington, D.C., since September 11. But at other critically important agencies, the ranks of regular beat reporters are shrinking. AT MOST NEWSPAPERS IN AMERICA, ANNOUNCEMENT...