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Articles from March 6

Beating the Clock at a Web Site for the Chronologically Challenged
Timely information is timeanddate.com's stock in trade You may have thought after last New Year's Eve faux-millennium madness that you would never want to talk about time again. However, in the sober light of the new year's dawning, you probably...
California's Porous Shield
In recent days, the Paris-based free-press organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its initials in French) has been busy protesting the unjust imprisonment of journalists in China, Angola, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Cuba, the Democratic...
Carr Shifting Gears from Print to Online
David Carr, editor of the Washington City Paper and editorial committee chair of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, will leave the paper in May (and forgo his AAN role) to join a Web start-up in New York. Carr's new gig is national correspondent...
Dallas Reporter Aids in Reversal of a Lynch Victim's Conviction
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT IN RAPE CASE - 94 YEARS LATER Most of the time, he's a legal-affairs reporter for The Dallas Morning News, but recently he played a major role in righting a historical wrong. On Feb. 24, in a criminal court in Chattanooga,...
DBR: King-Size Competition for King Features Weekly Service?
Ex-King executives are part of the newly formed syndicate Two former King Features Weekly Service executives have joined a new syndicate that will, like KFWS, target weekly papers and small dailies. The initials of DBR Media, which offers its...
Dot-Com Ad Spending Rises 518% in November
A November geyser of online ad spending reached $42,453,500 at national newspapers and $20,542,500 at non-national papers, increases of 513.4% and 573.3%, respectively, compared to the same year-earlier period. Newspapers outpaced the average rate...
Everything Old Is New Again
ANNOTATE.NET SPREADS PUBLISHERS' BRANDS ACROSS THE WEB Annotate.net, a New York-based start-up, recently signed USAToday.com and USNews.com (the online site of U.S. News & World Report) as content partners for its Web annotation process. ...
Florida Semiweekly Takes Big Libel Hit
Case of compounding mistakes Journal Communications Inc. paid $500,000 to settle a lawsuit against a 5,000-circulation Florida community paper in a case that was a textbook example of what not to do to prevent libel. "When you've done wrong,...
Free at Last!
JOURNALIST SPRUNG AFTER FIVE-DAY STRETCH An unrepentant editor and publisher of a small semiweekly in rural Northern California has been released from jail after serving five days for refusing to reveal sources for a story. "It's fine that the...
He Who Explaineth Too Much Is Lost
'Kansas City Star' series gets dragged down by weight of too many questions Sunday, Jan. 30, was a very big day for The Kansas City (Mo.) Star. With great fanfare, the paper broke the first of a sure-to-be- controversial three-part series on "AIDS...
IBM Targets Eight Niche Groups in Multimillion-Dollar Campaign
Big Blue seeks to sell e-commerce products and services IBM has undertaken a multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at ethnic and other population groups, with part of the money being spent on newspapers. Big Blue has allocated a slice of its...
Journal Register Sheds Papers in Wake of Thomson Sell-Off
Pushed by the Thomson Corp.'s bombshell decision to get out of the newspaper business, the Journal Register Co. announced it is selling its Midwestern papers. Journal Register hopes the move will lift its stock price, which has been on a downward slide...
Lee: Bye-Bye, Broadcast!
As it watched the growing consolidation of broadcast ownership, Lee Enterprises Inc. was faced with a choice: either invest in its own little school of stations and try to compete with the big fish or get out and focus on its core newspaper and online...
N.C. Media and Courts Forum
North Carolina's Supreme Court chief justice is creating a standing committee of journalists, judges, lawyers, and police that will hash out the often-conflicting jobs of the press and the judiciary. "The goal of the forum is to help make court...
Newspeople
Arizona Ellen B. Parker to publisher of the weekly Foothills Sentinel in Cave Creek from coordinating composer. Parker succeeds Cheryl Duncan- Dudgeon, who is retiring. California Albert C. Pacciorini to editor of the Tri-Valley Herald and...
Obituaries
Ron Casey A Pulitzer Prize- winning editorial page editor who championed governmental reform at The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Casey, 48, died Feb. 21 of a heart attack. "The father of just about every kid I grew up with worked in the steel mills...
On the Supply Side
Prepress Geac Publishing Systems, Tampa, Fla., appointed Philip Jordan as a Cybergraphic product manager, with responsibility for assisting development of Media Command editorial and pagination software. Most recently Los Angeles Times editorial...
Playing the Numbers Game
Stat thing you do may lead to costly errors When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a report last August detailing spending in area school districts, reporter Alan Barsuk was quick to turn the data into a news story and slap it on Page One....
Rigorous Sensitivity Needed in Polling
On a sensitive subject, never, ever generate a poll internally. Just don't do it. That's the opinion of a variety of polling experts who cite The Kansas City (Mo.) Star's "AIDS in the Priesthood" poll as Exhibit A in how not to do it. As Star editors...
'Silenced' Not Golden?
Having known both Len Levitt and Ken Brief for more than 15 years and having worked with them closely on the piece about the Martha Moxley murder, let me say this: E&P misrepresented the real story [Feb. 14, p. 24]. I was there. I've lived with...
The Trashing of an Honest Reporter
In Boston, even during the Great Depression, my father would bring home three, sometimes four, of the daily newspapers. Not long after I could read, I devoured them, keeping a scrapbook of my favorite writers. Later, doing news on Boston radio, I got...
Tragedy in Michigan
How local paper reported the story by ken liebeskind The shooting of 6-year-old Kayla Rolland by a 6-year-old boy in Mount Morris Township, a suburb of Flint, Mich., occurred at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb 29. The Flint Journal had the story in two...
Two Perspectives on CTP
THREE-PLANT OHIO OPERATION; POLYESTER IN PENNSYLVANIA With pagination a platesetting prerequisite, it's no surprise small to midsize dailies have been among the first to adopt computer-to-plate output. Their smaller, less-complex editions posed...
Watergate Judge's Son Angry
Newsday reporter John J. Sirica Jr. is demanding publisher Simon & Schuster retract a passage in the new Renata Adler book about The New Yorker that describes his father, the famed Watergate judge, as a corrupt, dishonest incompetent who had "clear...
Wisconsin Court's Cool to Swelling Press Rights
No sneak peak at depositions By ruling unanimously that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel does not have a right to see depositions in a civil lawsuit until the documents are presented in court, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected an opportunity to...
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