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Articles from February 15

Al Cross: 'AJC' Cutbacks Will Have Rural Fallout
After word spread this afternoon about the 80 job cuts and newsroom "realignment" at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (see separate story), Al Cross posted the following at the The Rural Blog carried by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community...
Gordon of 'NYT,' Criticized for Using Unnamed Sources on Iran Story, Returns with More of Same
If you wrote an extremely high-profile article for the most influential newspaper in the land that subsequently was widely criticized for its utter reliance on anonymous sources, would you produce a followup five days later, also based on unnamed...
Journal Communications 4Q Profit Climbs
Publishing and broadcasting company Journal Communications Inc. said Wednesday that strength in its broadcasting division and an extra week helped push fourth-quarter earnings up 40 percent. Additionally, the company named Ellen Siminoff to its board...
Keller on Cutbacks, 'L.A. Times' and 'Panic' in the Industry
The PBS "Frontline" program opened its four-part media probe this week with a look at the Plame affair and related Iraq war issues. For the series, the producers interviewed dozens of well-known journalists and, in the usual fashion, their comments...
Newspapers and Climate Change
Throughout 2007, newspaper editors, faced with a certain "inconvenient truth," will need to probe bedrock journalistic principles. Does the emerging global warming crisis pit the two hallmarks of accuracy and balance against each other? The Intergovernmental...
New Study: Spending on Newsroom Pays Off
The old saw about spending money to make money still holds true in terms of newsroom spending, according to a new study released on Wednesday which questions the wisdom of cutting jobs to save costs. "If you invest in the newsroom, do you make more...
Poll: Bloggers, Citizen Reporters to Play Key Role in Journalism's Future
A new We Media/Zogby Interactive poll has found that most Americans think blogging and "citizen journalism" will prove vital to journalism in the future. The national survey of 5,384 adults found that 55% thought blogging was an important aspect...
Santa Barbara Union Claims Paper's Attorney Crashed Meeting
The never-ending labor saga at the Santa Barbara News-Press continued this week as the union representing newsroom staffers filed yet another charge with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the newspaper's attorney interfered with a private...
'SF Chronicle' Reporter Says Paper Did Not Seek to Reveal Source in BALCO Case -- Declines to Confirm Name
Lance Williams, one of two San Francisco Chronicle reporters who received a reprieve from jail when an attorney revealed he was their confidential source on the BALCO steroid story, told E&P this afternoon the newspaper played no part in the admission,...
THURSDAY'S LETTERS: Lawyer Was Playing BALCO Reporters, Bernstein and Bush, Charlotte Editorials
In today's letters, a recent E&P columnist writes in about editorials iin his hometown paper, a reader appreciates an E&P article about Carl Bernstein on Frontline, and a journalism teacher is disappointed in the San Francisco Chronicle reporters...
Tony Snow: 'I'm Not Sure Anything Went Wrong' in Iraq
Surely, at this stage, the White House would be willing to admit that conditions in Iraq following the 2003 invasion haven't gone exactly according to plan? White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked about this today at the daily briefing, following...
UPDATE: 'AJC' Announces Buyouts and 'Realignment'
When the editor heads a memo or email message to staffers "Newsroom Realignment," you know that what follows is likely to be pretty dramatic, both in the details and the reasoning. Such was the case today with such a message sent to all newsroom employees...
UPDATE: 'Wash Times' Finally Pulls Column with Fake Abraham Lincoln Quote -- after a Congressman Uses It
More than two days after an inflammatory quote used by a regular Washington Times columnist was shown to be fabricated -- it was attributed to Abraham Lincoln, no less -- the newspaper still had not removed it from the article, nor carried a correction....
Waas in 'National Journal' Says 'Plamegate' Actually Kicked off with Cheney Reaction to 9/11 Article
Murray Waas, writing in the National Journal, came up with several scoops in the Libby/CIA leak case last year. Today, he looks further back, suggesting that the roots of the case -- and the later appointment of a special prosecutor -- go back to...
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