Monthly Archives: November 2003

A flash of joy at the Sun-Times

November 20, 2003
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Steve Rhodes says they were singing “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” around the newsroom at the Chicago Sun-Times, with the publisher ousted and Conrad Black defanged… But the newsroom is also tinged with trepidation. For one thing, though Black has been reduced to the role of ?nonexecutive chairman,? and though the investigation of...

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Remembering the Commodore

November 20, 2003
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Michael Francis Comerford was the legendary night city editor at the Philly Inquirer, who died Tuesday at 70. “It was amazing how much the Commodore could accomplish in an emergency with a skeleton crew.” Read the Inky’s story.

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Hints at Bloom County’s return

November 20, 2003
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Cory Doctorow over at boingboing links to a juicy Salon interview.

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Onion nails it again

November 20, 2003
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Clay over at Copy Massage points to a subtly hilarioius Onion piece that riffs on the hysterical coverage of media watchdog groups like FAIR: Media criticized for biased hometown sports reporting “In our extensive study of the nation’s sports sections and broadcasts, we documented countless examples of shamelessly one-sided reporting, obvious speculation, and bald...

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China and DVDs

November 19, 2003
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Nathan Cochrane reports on the Chinese government’s reluctance to adopt the Western playbook on DVD formats. For years, pundits in the West viewed China as just another emerging market to exploit. But the rising affluence of its middle-class and its own massive domestic market means China has a gravitic pull that threatens to tilt...

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More dumping on Rush

November 19, 2003
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Seems he took out upwards of $400,000 in cash from his bank in amounts just less than the $10,000 threshold at which point the withdrawals have to be reported to the feds. Rush makes $35 million a year, the story says, so why the briefcases full of cash? An intriguing question; I predict a...

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Buff up your resume …

November 19, 2003
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Hiring might pick up next year: “A labor shortage is being masked by the recession. When things pick up, you will see expansions of staffs, and people who are ready to move will make a move,” says Joe Grimm, a recruiting executive for the Detroit Free Press and other Knight-Ridder Inc. papers. “A lot...

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Just how popular…

November 19, 2003
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… was George Plimpton? Mr. Plimpton was at Camp David playing tennis with an unnamed president when a courtside phone rang and was answered by a steely Secret Service agent prepared for the next international crisis. “I’m sorry, Mr. President,” said the Secret Service man. “It’s for George.”

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Why Dean matters

November 19, 2003
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Try as I might to remain oblivous to matters outside the concerns of newspaper editors, ever so often I have to pay attention to actual news. The last time I did that, though, it was not pretty, but then again, wouldn’t you have a tantrum if you confronted the reality that Arnold Schwarzenegger is...

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Name the next journalism blog

November 18, 2003
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If you’re debating whether to start a journalism blog, I have the perfect title for you: Hell before breakfast. Based on this quote: “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.” — William Tecumseh Sherman

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