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Articles from Vol. 132, No. 12, March 20

A Publisher's Worst Nightmare
An unflattering story about an Indianapolis advertiser results in the advertiser halting $40,000 a year in ad buys After an Indianapolis business newspaper published an unflattering article about one of its advertisers, the advertiser halted $40,000...
Are You Being Served?
Study says papers make efforts to fend off subpoenas Newspapers are targeted less often with subpoenas demanding notes, testimony, and other information than television news and are more successful at rebuffing them, according to a new study by...
Cooperation Brings Statewide Exposure to Teen Violence
When Scott Sines was making his pitch to fellow Washington State newspaper editors about launching a series on school safety and teen violence, he had a powerful weapon of persuasion in his corner: Alice Fritz. Fritz, who attended last fall's annual...
Dear Diary ... Student Keeps Record of Online Internship
Northwestern University senior James Pinnick spent 11 weeks last spring as an intern with LATimes.com, the Web site of the Los Angeles Times. During his internship, Pinnick kept a journal of his day-to-day experiences as part of an assignment through...
E&p Newspaper Stocks
E&P NEWSPAPER STOCKS Weekly stock prices of public companies with significant newspaper interests. 3/17/99 3/10/99 3/17/98 A.H. Belo Corp. (NY) [+] 17.750 18.438 27.313 American...
E&p Obituaries
Pioneer dies Bernice Smith Beckerman, a former Georgia news-paperwoman who used her weeklies to speak out against racial violence, died March 1 following several strokes. She was 82. Beckerman and her husband, Milton, who survives, owned and...
Goss Restructures and Refinances
Within weeks of hiring ABB Power Generation president Alex Brnilovich for the new post of senior vice president for the Americas, Goss Graphic Systems, Westmont, Ill., refinanced and restructured its business to "tighten up operations" and "clarify...
Grads Get in on the Online Gold Rush
As soon as Scott Lantz received his BSJ from Ball State University, he knew he wanted out of Middle America. So Lantz, a young man at the time, followed in the words of William Hearst and went west. When he reached the Pacific Ocean, he stopped --...
Heidelberg Enters Newspaper Press Manufacturing Market
Graphic arts giant swells competition in a shrinking market Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is set to become the seventh major manufacturer of large presses for the newspaper industry. According to management board chairman Hartmut Mehdorn, Heidelberg...
How Ad Directors Cope
When an unflattering story is likely to make a major advertiser furious, how should an ad director cope? Some ad and marketing chiefs ask for an early warning so they can pass along a "heads up." Sometimes, publishers get involved. "It would...
In Chicago, New City News Monitors Crash from Afar
For the Chicago Tribune-owned local wire service that replaced the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago, last Monday night's Amtrak crash was just too far away to provide the first real test of its reporting prowess. "Kankakee, that's kind of out...
LA Times Names Reader Liaison
Ombudsman will respond to complaints, edit internal newsletter, review policies The Los Angeles Times became the largest U.S. newspaper to have an ombudsman-type editor last week when it appointed news veteran Narda Zacchino to the post of reader...
Letters
Defending NY Jim Tuite's "Shop Talk at Thirty" (Feb. 27, p. 54) column comparing the copy desks of today with the editors of yesteryear raises some valid points, but I believe much of his criticism is unfounded. And though he doesn't single out...
Maine Alternative Newspaper Optimistic That It Will Be Saved
A buyer is interested in the statewide Maine Times; loyal readership, donations should help a relaunch Douglas Rooks is a newspaperman without a newspaper, but he hopes he won't be for long. He is one of six owners of Maine Times who are trying...
Microsoft Invests in Copyright Protector
$15 million investment could mean that protection of copyrighted material on the Web is close at hand Since the advent of the Web, news publishers have rightly feared for protection of their copyrighted content. Yet so far, no one has adequately...
New Media Initiative Leads to Ideal Online Classroom
Imagine a giant classroom, the size of a I small barn. Inside, desks with computers and telephones are arranged in bunches of four or five, just like you'd find them in a newsroom. In one corner of the room, there are editing stations where broadcast...
Papers Rush to Cover Wreck
Jackson is a freelance writer based in Elmhurst, Ill. He formerly wrote for the Kankakee Daily Journal, as well as various other newspapers. He may be contacted at DaveJ@Reporters.net. Kankakee Daily Journal distinguishes itself with extra Bob...
Slain Reporter's 'Lost' Diary Implicates Suspect
In the three months since San Antonio Express-News reporter Philip True was brutally murdered while trekking through the remote Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range in Mexico, the circumstances of his death have only grow murkier. Now the mystery...
Spokeswoman Leaves LA Times
The Los Angeles Times' chief spokeswoman Laura Morgan has resigned after 27 years with the company to go into consulting. Succeeding Morgan is Mike Lange, her communications manager. After 14 years of being the Times chief spokeswoman through...
The Ethics Exchange
The chroniclers who record the movements of spring training -- rehearsals for America's most enduring spectator sport -- are at their warm weather outposts in Arizona and Florida. And that means newspapers will be saturated with stories about privately...
Thomson Creates Its OWN J-School
Stone is a new media professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago and a frequent contributor to E&P. Motivated by high editorial staff churn and difficulty landing journalism graduates for the long haul, Thomson Newspapers is launching an in-house...
Times Holds Nuke Secrets Story
Front-page story detailing theft of U.S. technology delayed at FBI's request The New York Times' decision to honor an FBI request and delay a story about China's theft of U.S. nuclear secrets drew mixed reactions from news veterans who disagreed...
Truth Takes a Dive
When former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura was sworn in Jan. 4 as the nation's most unlikely governor, he thundered during his inaugural speech: "I tell you today, that the one thing you'll get from Governor Jesse Ventura -- you may...
Ventura Cries Foul as Press Takes Gophers out of the Game
Allegations of academic fraud, reported the day before March Madness, kept some Minnesota cagers on the bench and drew criticism from the fans, governor Walker Lundy knew the story the St. Paul Pioneer Press was about to publish - an alleged cheating...
Vietnamese Papers Battle for Ad Dollars
Can Nguyen came to the United States from North Vietnam 23 years ago, fleeing an oppressive communist regime. Today, he faces a different kind of struggle: the cutthroat world of capitalism. Nguyen, president of the San Jose, Calif.-based Vietnam...
Wall St. Journal Tries Single-Copy Web Sales
Are there applications for other newspapers? The Wall Street Journal's experiment with single copy sales of its online edition probably doesn't have widespread application for the newspaper industry, analysts say. Bill Bass, a new media analyst...
What the Story Says
The unflattering story that apparently prompted Don E. Marsh to halt his ad buys was published in the Feb. 1-7 edition of the Indianapolis Business Journal under a headline, "The price of independence." The article is laid out across the top of...
Wising Up to the Ways of Wall Street
Bowen (charlesbowen@compuserve.com) is a West Virginia journalist and 30-year veteran of newspapers. He is host of the daily Internet News syndicated radio. Quicken's Stock Search feature enables business journalists to compare and contrast companies...
Writing Books about Column Writing Is the Life for Riley
Virginia Tech professor recently completed the third of a trilogy on newspaper scribes When Sam Riley talks about column writing in the '90s, he could be referring to either the past or present century. That's because the Virginia Tech professor...
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