Monthly Archives: March 2004

About sunrise

March 18, 2004
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About sunrise

Yes, I did go to bed. Had wonderful dinner/drinks last night with Merrill Perlman of New York Times News Service and a couple other folks whose names have escaped me. Warning if you come to Houston: the meals are good, but they’re pricey. As are the drinks. Overheard: “These are New York prices.” Here...

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I’m here

March 17, 2004
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I’m here

In Houston, at the Hyatt, I’ve already met two of my heroes, John McIntyre (ACES prez), and Merrill Perlman of the New York Times. I’ll be in the lobby quaffing absurdly expensive drinks. ($6.50 for a gin and tonic? Geeze, it ain’t like I’m in San Francisco or anything.) Here’s some snowcapped mountains south...

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See you in Houston

March 16, 2004
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This is my last post before arriving in Houston at the ACES conference. I’m staying at the Hyatt; should arrive about 3:30 p.m. I have no plans for dinner yet so if you want to get together, send me an e-mail. I’m taking my trusty iBook along and will be checking my mail once...

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A nod to the shooters

March 16, 2004
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“I intensely dislike seeing any of our pictures manipulated in any way.” David Viggers, Reuters? photo editor From an editorsweblog post on UK newspapers that cropped body parts out of their pictures of the Madrid bombings. Yeah, it’s another self-important declaration of purity by a photo editor. It should offer an excuse to go...

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Gay couple can’t cover same-sex issues

March 16, 2004
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Clay mentions the S.F. Chronicle’s decision to bar two women who’ve wedded from covering the same-sex marriage issue. Seems the Chron is sensitive to the charge that married gay couples have a conflict of interest if they cover the issue. But aren’t we always asking blacks to cover the “race relations” beat? Would we...

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A bloggy for T. Mockingbird

March 15, 2004
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Tequila Mockingbird wins a “Bloggie” for “best-kept-secret weblog.” I’m sorta miffed by the category because her blog has been no secret to readers of Prints the Chaff. Mighty Girl, another editor’s blog, was nominated for “best tagline” (hers is “Famous among dozens”), but lost out to Tenth-Muse.com: ?Fabulous since 1973, blogging since 2003, drinking...

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Why your newspaper should fear topix.net

March 15, 2004
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Because Topix has a news search engine that sorts by zip code. I found stories from my current back yard and a former one. Of course Topix is hoping to target ads to go with these searches, just like Google, Yahoo and all the others. This is what they mean by disruptive technology. Here’s...

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Wakeup call No. 1,234

March 15, 2004
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From USA Today: And as investment in journalism declines, many journalists face real pressure trying to maintain quality. Newsroom cutbacks (2,200 newspaper jobs lost since 1990), changes in content and a focus on profits rather than innovation raise serious questions about the long-term health of the industry. “How long can news organizations keep increasing...

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The perils of being a book reviewer

March 15, 2004
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It’s bound to happen: someday an author will spit on you. Maud’s blog has the details.

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When a newspaper shutdown is a good thing

March 15, 2004
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More than 600 Chinese party organs are biting the dust, editorsweblog reports. You have to love the logic of a command economy: These rags are being shuttered to save the government money and to relieve the peasants in the provinces from the mandatory subscriptions the’ve been paying for all these years. Next time your...

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