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Articles from January 3

Ad Forecast: Sunny Skies
Advertising prognosticators see spending boom continuing "Nothin' but blue skies do I see." - Irving Berlin Discussing year 2000 advertising prospects, some forecasters detect a distant cloud or two, but others observe nothing but blue skies...
An Ending to Y2K Spending
With purchasing to prevent year 2000 computer glitches now history, newspapers plan to buy a bit less this year Newspapers spent millions during the past few years upgrading their computer systems to prevent Y2K problems. With that expense behind...
APBnews Takes Courts to Court over Financial-Disclosure Request: Web Site Seeks Public Records on Federal Judges
APBnews.com doesn't see any difference between paper and pixels when it comes to public access to court documents. After a federal judiciary panel closed the book on releasing the financial-disclosure forms of 1,600 active or semiretired federal...
Barnicle's Christmas Fable
Is Mike Barnicle getting a bad rap? The former Boston Globe columnist, who lost his job in 1998 amid allegations of plagiarism and fabricated sources, recently came under the gun for a Christmas column he wrote in the New York Daily News that set Joseph...
Breaking the Ice
Seattle P-I Team Reports From Antarctica, In Print and online It's not every newspaper reporter and photographer who cover a story in Antarctica, but that's just what Judd Slivka and Meryl Schenker are doing. The reporter/photographer team from...
Brokers and Consultants
AdMedia Partners Inc. 444 Madison Ave., 19th Floor New York, NY 10022 Phone: (212) 759-1870 Fax: (212) 888-4960 E-mail: info@admediapartners.com Web site: http://www.admediapartners.com Associated Texas Newspapers Inc. W.E. Berger,...
Catching a Brand-New Wave
Honolulu Star-Bulletin rides the curl into 2000 after nearly wiping out in 1999 Employees at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin had an extra reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve: They had survived what one staffer called a "near-death experience." ...
Dallas Observer Tall Tale Spurs Stampede into Court
Irrepressible Texas Weekly's Satire Soars Above the Heads of Some Readers in Lampooning Juvenile Court Judge There's a whole lot of suing goin' on in Denton County, Texas. Two county officials are suing the Dallas Observer over a satirical story...
'Death Tax' Claims Storied Tabloid
The Chicago Defender, the storied tabloid that is one of only two surviving daily black newspapers in the nation, will be sold in a closed auction by the end of January. Facing a mid-February deadline to pay estate taxes of $3 million following...
Dot-Com 2000 E Another Banner Year?
Web advertising was big in 1999. Believe it or not, it may be even bigger in 2000. But then what? Dot-com advertising, a novel moneymaker for American newspapers last year, may be an even bigger success in 2000, although its long-term status is...
Heard on the Street: Newspapers Still a Good Place to Be
Even as advertising growth slowed, newspapers held their own in 1998, offering testimony to the strength of the industry. Revenues of publicly held newspaper companies grew 7.9% to $26 billion in 1998, outpacing the book and magazine groups. The...
Holiday Story Hoax Snares Star Tribune
Editor focuses on fact-checking When readers opened a recent issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, they saw the heart-tugging story of Lois Wagner. The tale described a Ph.D., former pharmacist, and Juilliard Music School scholarship winner who...
Less 'Peanuts,' More Web
And syndicated information products will continue to grow The year 2000 was going to be a time of 50th anniversaries for two superstar comics: "Peanuts" and "Beetle Bailey." Mort Walker's King Features Syndicate strip is still marching toward...
Midsize Papers to Get into Dot-Com Game
Total dot-com advertising revenue for all U.S. papers January- September 1999 $218,052,100 It is often said that only the biggest papers get the dot-com business, but other papers are getting into the game with two dot-com freestanding inserts (FSIs)...
More Choices, Challenges
New systems, platesetters, and presses for a new century What well may be the biggest names in prepress software and pressroom hardware made the biggest waves in 1999. Goss Graphic Systems' financial and organizational restructuring, and Quark's...
Musical Notes from the Underground
'Garage Bands' Roclin' All Over the World (Wide Web) In covering technology from the local perspective, we're always looking for examples of how the Internet is being used in clever new ways by our own citizens. But after a year or two on the cyberspace...
Newspapers Elect to Endorse
As usual at this time of year, thousands of candidates are hitting the hustings, beginning a run for office. According to some observers, newspapers are running, too - running scared. Anecdotal evidence suggests that in recent election years, more...
Newspapers: Y3K-Ready
For years, media visionary Marshall McLuhan was fond of saying that society looks at the present through a rear-view mirror. "We march backwards into the future," he wrote in his most famous work, "The Medium Is the Massage." Media by their very structure...
Newspaper Transactions
ALABAMA The News-Courier, Athens Seller: Hollinger International Inc. Buyer: Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Broker: Veronis, Suhler & Associates The Cullman Times Seller: Hollinger International Inc. Buyer: Community...
Newspeople
Alabama Carl Bates to retail and classified advertising sales manager for The Birmingham News and Birmingham Post-Herald from classified ad manager. As retail ad manager, Bates succeeds Roger Nelson, who will retire Jan. 14. California Tom...
Obituaries
Tom Bates, 55, journalist and author, died Dec. 18 of pancreatic cancer. Bates was a staff writer at The Oregonian in Portland for the past five years. Bates held a teaching position at Ohio University when, in 1972, he and his wife were among 75 people...
Paper Pricing's Wild Ride
Hold the maalox! 'manageable' newsprint price rise predicted Newsprint prices historically ride a roller coaster, tempting buyers and sellers alike to reach for the antacid bottle now and then. In the early 1990s, an economic slump and overcapacity...
Papers Need to Recast for Net
Safety Net or spider's Web? Even as more newspapers are investing more resources in online services, there is a growing concern among industry executives that the Internet may ultimately do them more harm than good. The result: a new, more aggressive...
The State of the Newspaper Industry
Caught in the Web Exclusive E&P survey finds industry sunny for now, but worried about Net growth So here's the long and the short of it: Looking to the future, at the dawn of a new century, top newspaper executives remain confident in the...
The Unexamined Death Record of George W. Bush
On Jan. 25, 1999, Brian Lamb conducted an extensive interview with George W. Bush on C-Span. The Texas governor took pride, in passing, on his having established "a rational system of justice" in the Lone Star State. Between the U.S. Supreme Court's...
You're Our Kind of Ad Director
As an advertising director, I must confess to a bit of confusion and anger over your coverage of "The Wall" [E&P, Dec. 4, p. 20; Dec. 11, p. 20]. While you surveyed editors and publishers of various newspapers, you failed to include any input from...
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