‘While news organizations demand full disclosure from everyone else, they often resort to euphemisms and sugarcoating when they report on their own downsizing’

Paul Farhi examines how the newspaper industry reports on itself: 



The Bay Area News Group, publisher of the leading daily newspapers in San Francisco’s suburbs, had some important news to share with its readers in late August. In a 700-word, unbylined article that appeared on its newspapers’ Web sites, it said 11 of its dailies would soon be consolidated into two titles, the Times and the East Bay Tribune. The “rebranding,” as the story put it, “will result in greater emphasis on providing high-impact, regional and local coverage.”

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