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Articles from August 1

After Redesign, 'Morning Call' Runs Editorials Only 3 Days per Week
The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., is now publishing editorials only three days per week as part of a redesign that cut its two opinion pages down to one each day. Glenn Kranzley, editor of the opinion pages, said the paper had run a two-page opinion...
Change Is Now
Something's happening here, in the newspaper industry, and as the old Baby Boomer anthem goes, what it is ain't exactly clear. Faced with an unprecedented crisis that combines cyclical turbulence with metastasizing digital technology that steals away...
'Clarion-Ledger' to Cut 5% of Staff
The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., has to eliminate 20 positions, Publisher Larry Whitaker wrote to staff in a memo posted on Romenseko. Whitaker cites the slowdown in print AND online advertising as the reason for the move. "While you might...
Conventional Reporting
The national political conventions later this summer promise little in the way of possible surprises. The Republican nominee has been known for months, and while some in the media once harbored hope for a brokered Democratic confab, the most exciting...
Darkness on the Edge of Town: 'Star-Ledger' Cuts Mean More Than Most
(Commentary) When word broke yesterday that The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., was looking to slash some 200 jobs through buyouts -- and threatened to be sold if it did not get enough takers -- the bombshell meant more than the usual newspaper facing...
Editorial: Downsizing Readers
Newspaper editors and publishers around the nation, reading about Keith Hempstead's stunt the other day, doubtless chuckled, and promptly put it out of mind. Hempstead is the North Carolina lawyer who is suing The News & Observer in Raleigh, claiming...
Editors 'Relax the Rules' to Make Moves
The Record in Hackensack, N.J., may epitomize the changing newspaper in today's difficult business climate. In recent months, the North Jersey Media Group daily has redesigned with a "quicker-read" approach, eliminated two scholarship and grant programs,...
E&P Technical: On the Supply Side »
PRESSROOM --GEW (EC) Ltd.Redhill, EnglandThe IsoCure system for curing UV inks is now available for web offset newspaper presses that otherwise use conventional cold-set inks, enabling efficient expansion of press utilization. IsoCure can be fitted...
E&P Technical -- Waste Paper: Pulping Prospects for Agricultural Residues
Perhaps nowhere at newspapers are issues of cost and conservation more obvious than the paper store, where coincident economic and environmental concerns also may offer a fresh look at a long-recognized opportunity. Even as newspapers print fewer,...
Gifts That Keep on Giving ... Ad Dollars
More retail-ad programs requiring advertisers to come up with little or no money up front are appearing at dailies around the country. One approach that's proving successful: selling merchant-provided gift certificates online at a discount, with the...
High-Def Newsracks: Selling Print with Video
It's been a quarter-century since USA Today first appeared in vending boxes that vaguely resembled a television set. Since then, TVs have changed -- and so have newsracks, which can now sport real video. Appearing on a high- definition flat screen,...
How Well Do You REALLY Know the Newspaper Industry? Take Economist Robert Picard's Test
Robert G. Picard, the well-known media economist, has developed a test about the economic and financial conditions of U.S. newspapers that he gave to attendees at a recent industry conference. Take it yourself, and see how you do: 1. The average...
'L.A. Times' Scoop: Suspect in Anthrax Case Commits Suicide
Bruce E. Ivins, a top U.S. biodefense researcher apparently committed suicide just as the Justice Department was about to file criminal charges against him in the anthrax mailings that traumatized the nation in the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001,...
Local Cartoons Not Enough to Save Stuart Carlson's 'Journal Sentinel' Job
What is an editorial cartoonist's reward for obeying his newspaper's edict to do more local cartoons? He's forced to take a buyout anyway. Stuart Carlson -- who will leave the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 15, his 25th anniversary with the...
Many Events Will Mark the 75th Anniversary of 'Alley Oop'
The 75th anniversary of "Alley Oop," which is coming Aug. 7, will be marked by a storyline in the comic and other events. In the storyline by current "Alley Oop" cartoonists Jack and Carole Bender, King Guz issues a proclamation that every Moo citizen...
Metrics beyond Measure
Trying to keep track of the twists and turns of Web measurement -- how various metric and Web analytic companies count unique users, time spent, and page views -- is often confusing, frustrating, and for one major figure in the Interactive agency world,...
News People
ALABAMA Jason Cannon has been named publisher of The Demopolis Times, as well as its Web site and affiliated shoppers. He also will serve as vice president of Boone Publications Inc. Cannon most recently was editor and publisher of the Franklin...
One Trib Paper Leads the Way
Long before Tribune executives announced at the beginning of June a plan to use a 50/50 ad-to-edit ratio as a yardstick for its stable of papers, the Orlando Sentinel was in the thick of revamping its printed pages. A change, they believed, would inspire...
Paper Does Brisk 'Monkey Business,' Including a Book
Multimedia packages for reporting projects are nothing new -- but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel added a unique twist in July when it reported the story of a baby orangutan named Mahal, whose sad history seems to be having a happy ending at the Milwaukee...
Pressing Issues: Can Old Media Win in 2.0008 Campaign?
The nomination of an African-American for president by a major party is not the only historic aspect of the 2008 election campaign in the United States. This is also the first campaign strongly shaped -- even, at times, dominated -- by the new media,...
Shoptalk -- Downie: A Class Act
In some ways, Leonard Downie Jr.'s leadership at The Washington Post -- now set to end in September with his retirement at age 66 -- has been similar to that of a successful mob boss: firm, smart, and, most of all, low-key. Downie knew how to get top...
So. Africa's Caxton Adds Tark to Tera Newsroom System
For its Johannesburg flagship, The Citizen, large South African publisher Caxton CTP bought a 90-seat Tark archiving system from Milan-based Tera Digital Publishing to help expansion in online publishing. Caxton, which prints two million copies...
S&P No Longer Rating Journal Register's Tumbled Credit
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, which last week downgraded Journal Register Co.'s corporate credit at its lowest rating possible, said Friday it withdrew its ratings on the troubled publisher of the New Haven (Conn.) Register and 21 other papers....
Syndicates: Their Motto: 'Don't Quit Your Day Job'
When columnists and cartoonists beat the odds to become syndicated, they've got it made -- right? "Many people think you're rich," observes "Tell Me a Story" writer Amy Friedman of Universal Press Syndicate. "Would that it be so!"...
Untold Stories of War at Home
It was among the fresh graves at Fort Logan National Cemetery that Denver Rocky Mountain News reporter Jim Sheeler met Maj. Steve Beck, the Marine who would help him tell some of the many untold stories of the Iraq war. Sheeler's Final Salute: A Story...
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