Monthly Archives: November 2003

Making sports pay

November 18, 2003
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A few online newspapers lucky enough to have pro sports teams in their markets have been trying to make a go of subscriptions services. The folks in Dallas found out that their biggest source of potential subscribers came from people who lived outside the Dallas media market. It’s funny how one of the first...

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Why you deserve a raise

November 18, 2003
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MediaPost analyzes results from eight major newspaper chains and finds that business is improving across the board. Why you won’t get that raise: because, chances are, you work for one of those eight chains.

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Killing the maestro

November 18, 2003
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Another fine Testy Copy Editors thread, this one about a newsroom cleanup that uncovers a booklet about one of those “maestro” gurus from the mid-’90s, which includes swell advice like this: -To begin setting up a Display Desk, first take a copy desk and absolve it of responsibility for editing copy. Because, you know,...

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Dart to Howie Kurtz?

November 18, 2003
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CJR thinks he deserves one for appearing on HBO’s “K Street,” and promoing it on his CNN show. Howard Kurtz, who already wears a somewhat precariously balanced second hat as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, recently added to his millinery wardrobe. In a September 15 online column on the bedazzling blend of political fact...

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Seeing what you wanna see dept.

November 18, 2003
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Pentagon reacts to right-wing newsies who think they know more than the folks on the ground in Iraq.

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Publishing industry humor

November 18, 2003
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Satirical (I suppose) look at candidates to be the next editor of the New York Times book section. I was going to post an excerpt but none of them are remotely funny.

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Another editor’s blog

November 18, 2003
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Travis Smith, editor of variety.com, chronicles his writings via his blog. Like anybody who matters in web newsdom, Travis was at the Online News Association’s confab over the weekend (notice yours truly was blogging from home as usual). For more on the ONA festivities, check out the raft of pictures Sheila Lennon took.

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Jarvis on Jonestown

November 18, 2003
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It’s the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Jim Jones massacre; Jeff Jarvis recalls his days as a San Francisco Chronicle reporter. I sometimes feel as if I’ve lived at the edges of too much tragedy, a cursed Zelig: near Jonestown, near Moscone-Milk, near AIDS, and then near the World Trade Center. It’s enough to...

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Proof that good triumphs over evil

November 18, 2003
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Conrad Black resigns. Hollinger stock soars.

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Willcopy meet-up report

November 17, 2003
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I spent yesterday afternoon watching the Packers’-Bucs game with Willcopy of Stylin’ & Smilin’ fame. Two things you need to know about Will: he’s a Bucs’ fanatic, and a lifetime of disappointment countered by a single Super Bowl victory has made him humble person who appreciates success. These are good qualities to have in...

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