Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Copyright Debate

David Kravets reports on copyright-trolling issues: 

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Stephens Media, the Las Vegas–based media chain, is fighting to keep its latest business model alive: copyright-trolling.

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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/06/stephens/

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New at The Baltimore Sun: A Focus on Douchebags

Jim Romenesko reports on The Baltimore Sun:

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The Baltimore Sun’s b, currently published Monday through Friday, becomes a weekly starting July 13. Launched in 2008, b will come out on Wednesdays — the same day that Baltimore City Paper hits the streets. City Paper publisher Don Farley says of b: “Obviously cutting back to one issue is admitting it’s a failure.” Sun publisher Tim Ryan says b is relaunching its website “as a 24/7 Baltimore-focused website covering news, entertainment and pop culture.”

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http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/romenesko/137583/baltimore-suns-youth-aimed-daily-becomes-a-weekly/

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Just to Clarify…

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Since the release of the New York Times documentary “Page One,” I have been e-mailed questions regarding what “Fit to Print” is all about, who is appearing in it, and when the documentary will be released. As well, there have been a few articles floating around on the web which have mistaken my background and specifics of the documentary.

 

Just to clarify a few things for the record:

- A recent review of “Page One” in Vogue mentioned that another documentary, “Fit to Print” is “an in-depth look into the hardships facing American newspapers and the rising power of the digital mediums”, directed by “Adam Chadwick – who has been a jouralist for the nytimes.com” .

I was not a journalist for The New York Times.  I was a lowly copy-editor who corrected photo captions and headlines for New York Times digital archives. The lowest man on the totem-pole.  I also held the record at the Times for most financial contributions to the vending machines on the 14th floor of the Times’ dining hall.

- In regards to the several e-mails asking when I began the documentary “Fit to Print”:

The production on “Fit to Print” began in January 2009.  We have wrapped up filming and are now in post-production with the project.

- In regards to whom we have interviewed for the film:

We have interviewed a handful of Times reporters and staffers, however, because this is a documentary film on the U.S. newspaper industry which analyzes how the business first began to change, as well as targeting the loss of investigative reporting, the project includes reporters and publishers from across the country.

- In regards to when the documentary will be released:

When are finished editing and feel we have told America’s newspaper story to the best of our ability.

 

Hopefully this helps clarify a few things.  Thank you for your support and please stay tuned for “Fit to Print” updates!

- Adam Chadwick

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Community Newspapers More Vital Than Ever

Julie Cooper examines the significance of community newspapers in comparison to social networks:

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An expected 250-plus layoffs, the sale of a media company and three years of financial losses — if you followed the newspaper industry like I do, you might expect the national news that broke Tuesday to be about one of the larger newspaper companies in the country.

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http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2011/06/29/social-networking-is-shaky-at-best/

 

2010 Business Insider story (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-4-million-attempt-to-save-new-yorks-newspapers-2010-3?op=1)

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More Senior Staffers Depart New York Times

Gabriel Sherman reports on the New York Times:

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When Jill Abramson replaces Bill Keller at the end of the summer, she will not only be the first female executive editor to run the Grey Lady, but the first Times editor who will have to really sweat keeping the paper’s talented journalists from jumping ship.

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http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/06/jill_abramsons_first_task_stop.html

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Firings at The Daily News

Keith J. Kelly reports on The Daily News: 

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While the Daily News completed its move to new and nicer facilities downtown in recent weeks, that hasn’t stopped some familiar themes from emerging: longtime executives are still getting whacked and the ever-present rumor mill is churning that a new suitor is just over the horizon to rescue them from current owner Mort Zuckerman.

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Village Voice Staffers Ready to Strike

Chris O’Shea reports on The Village Voice: 

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Staffers for The Village Voice are on the verge of staging a massive strike if their contract is not re-negotiated by midnight, June 30th. According to a union press release, Voice employees are upset about continued staff cuts, decreasing salaries and a health plan that has dropped benefits, while asking workers to contribute more money.

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http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/village-voice-staffers-set-to-strike-launch-alternative-site_b38520

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New Book From Investigative Reporter Stephen Janis: “Why Do We Kill?: The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore”

A new book from Baltimore-based investigative reporter Stephen Janis:

Former Baltimore City homicide detective Kelvin Sewell has seen it all. Gang members burned alive; a baby unceremoniously stuffed into the ground by its own mother; a sex offender who killed a child in a delusional jealous rage. The constant grind of bearing witness to violent death has given Sewell an unprecedented perspective into the minds of killers. He sat in the Baltimore Police Department’s interview room with 14-year-old Devon Richardson as the teen tried to explain why he shot a woman he didn’t know in the back of the head.
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A Perspective on Patch

A look at Patch:

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A couple years ago, I visited the very groovy, very lofty Soho offices of Patch.com.  At the time, there were less than ten Patches in existence, all in the tri-state area but the team was hopeful that they were building something that would become much, much bigger.

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http://www.judysims.com/simsblog/2011/06/its-time-we-talked-about-patch.html

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Lays Off 23

A new release from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper:

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday announced the layoff of 23 employees.

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