Industry commentary

Raves for Fortune’s Loomis

May 10, 2004
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Always On Network praises legendary biz reporter Carol Loomis.

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Why we do this, part #134

April 20, 2004
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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who says there’s never been a famine in a country with a free press, describes the connections between a free press and a just society. The first – and perhaps the most elementary – connection concerns the direct contribution of free speech in general and of press freedom in particular...

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Required reading for newsies

April 20, 2004
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William Greider on our inability to remember. The war in Iraq is different from Vietnam in one fundamental respect: A substantial portion of Americans (and others around the world) were in the streets protesting this venture before the shooting started. The media generally dismissed them and often caricatured the protesters as aging hippies on...

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Iceberg journalism

April 17, 2004
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How many of us are guilty of covering only the tips?

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Newsies in the movies

April 16, 2004
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Here’s a fun exercise for a Friday: Favorite movie scenes featuring journalists. The scene where the reporters all run into phonebooths and knock the phonebooths over has got to be up there (is that from “Airplane” or one of the Naked Gun movies?). Just about all of “His Girl Friday” qualifies, but my favorite...

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JD on copyright run amok

April 12, 2004
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Herr Lasica profiles a filmmaker who got stamped under Disney’s heel. The closing quote: “This all comes down to whether you believe culture should be bottom up or a top-down approach imposed by the corporations,” Horowitz says. “As it is now, copyright law has become the killing fields of culture.”

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Why Dan Neil won a Pulitzer

April 10, 2004
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He’s the L.A. Times car critic who must’ve caused furrowing of brows among the Capital-J Journalism crowd. Who wants to encourage people to think cars might, you know, occupy a place in our culture or anything? I got around to reading some of his reviews this morning … gotta say the guy can write...

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2 views on fate of newspapers

April 7, 2004
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Doomed. Not doomed (I’m biased, of course, but I consider “not doomed” more persuasive.) Read ‘em both and decide for yourself.

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Quote of the day

April 6, 2004
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“If bankers gave themselves prizes (‘the most reckless Third-World loan of the year’) with the same abandon as journalists, you may be sure that the public ridicule would soon force them to conduct the proceedings in secret.” – Alexander Cockburn From a Testy Copy Editors thread about the real reasons why awards are given...

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Meet Wonkette

March 30, 2004
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Media Bistro has an interview. (Posted for Nicole Stockdale, the foremost Wonkette-ophile.)

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