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Articles from June 25

Appeals Court Upholds Conrad Black Conviction
Conrad Black lost his chance to get out of jail Wednesday as a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld his convictions in the looting of the parent of the Chicago Sun-Times. The court also upheld the convictions...
AP Rolls out New Pricing Plans This Week
The Associated Press will begin rolling out details of its new pricing to members this week, a plan it says that will return up to $21 million to its U.S. member newspapers. Some editors at daily papers have raised issues about AP priciing recently....
Dam Inspection Data Withheld from Press under Patriot Act
News outlets seeking inspection and safety data on local dams, in light off the recent string of floods in the Midwest, have been stonewalled by government officials who have withheld such data as part of the Patriot Act, according to Investigative...
FORESTWEB: Continued Decline in North American Newsprint Consumption, and a Dip in Exports
The Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) reported June 23 that U.S. daily newspapers consumed 15.7% less newsprint in May than a year earlier, bringing the year-to-date total to 2.32 million tonnes -- down 13.5% from a year ago. The 442,000 tonnes...
Google Dives into Online Audience Measurement with Ad Planner
Google has potentially increased its already sizable influence over online ad spending by throwing its hat into the increasingly log-jammed world of Internet audience measurement. The company has launched Google Ad Planner, a free product that promises...
Journalists, J-Students Turning to PR
The hard economic times for print journalism aren't just forcing journalists to leave their old papers; it's forcing some to leave the profession altogether, according to a report in this week's edition of PR Week magazine. The piece quotes both...
Longtime 'Arizona Republic' Sportswriter Dies Suddenly
Longtime Arizona Republic sportswriter Bob Eger, who specialized in covering Arizona State University athletics, died late Tuesday night at his home in Phoenix. The 66-year-old died of a heart attack. Eger, a native of Yuma, Ariz., gradudated from...
Media General Expands Board to Add Former Directors Ousted by Dissidents
Media General Inc. said Wednesday it had expanded the size of its board of directors by two seats to 11 -- and appointed two directors ousted at its annual meeting by a slate of three representatives of dissident stakeholder Harbinger Capital Partners....
Oh, 'Courant': Hartford Paper to Cut Staff, Pages
In apparently keeping with Tribune Co. boss Sam Zell's directive to seek both staff and page cuts if needed to save money, The Hartford (Conn.) Courant has announced plans to do both. In a memo to staff, first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko...
'Palm Beach Post' Parent Company to (Finally) Cut 300 Jobs
Palm Beach Newspapers Inc., which owns both The Palm Beach Post and the Palm Beach Daily News, plans to cut 300 workers from its 1,350-person payroll, the Post reported today. In a Web story, the Post quoted Publisher Doug Franklin saying, "A prolonged...
'Sun' Eclipsed: Joins Trib Job Cut Brigade
The (Baltimore) Sun will cut about 100 jobs, including 55 to 60 in the newsroom, through buyouts, layoffs and the closing of open positions. The latest in a series of cuts to the venerable newspaper were announced Wednesday in a memo from publisher...
TRAIL MIX for Wednesday: 'Go Tell Momma, I'm Voting for Obama'
Our daily wrap-up of some of the best offerings on newspapers' political blogs. 'Obama Art': Where it's Coming FromThe SwampChicago TribunePost by Mark SilvaVideo by John Owens and Antonio Peres Been running into Obama more than usual lately?...
Tribune Evaluates Real Estate Holdings, Including Tower
Tribune chief Sam Zell is looking to "generate more value" -- including an outright sale of its property notably its historic Tower in Chicago and the Times Mirror Square complex in Los Angeles. Tribune has retained unnamed real estate firms to assist...
Wednesday's 'Best of the Web'
Today's highlights from newspaper Web sites. Behind the Booms: The When, Where and How of Fireworks Wisconsin State Journal Interactive Package By Wisconsin State Journal staff Tempted to quit your office gig to become a fireworks display-arranger?...
Why Tim Page Took That Buyout
In the past week several newspaper companies or individual dailies have announced job cuts to come, with forced layoffs -- not merely voluntary "buyouts" -- a certainty in most cases. The buyout era, which had dominated the cutback arena for years,...
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