Industry commentary

Two wrongs don’t make a right dept.

January 27, 2004
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Finally, proof of my suspicion that Michael Moore is the Rush Limbaugh of the left. Coming up on Radio of the Left: Our Lies are Better than Their Lies.

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Adding comments to news stories

January 22, 2004
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Here’s a story about the advantages of digital cameras from the BBC (thanks JD for the link). One thing I noted was that it allows reader comments at the end. Why isn’t every newspaper on earth doing this?

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On getting serious

January 22, 2004
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Well, I’ve found fresh font of fury, which is always welcome in the blogosphere, from this Seattle PI story about how people under 30 tune out the news. See, I read it about 15 minutes after reading Part 5 in Tom Friedman’s War of Ideas series. The world as it stands, as I see...

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A good start

January 16, 2004
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Columbia Journalism Review launches campaigndesk.org. Where they promise to counter the spin, or counter the counterspin, or counterspin the counterspin, or, well, you get the idea what they’ve let themselves in for. Here’s hoping they’re up to it.

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On shooting straight

January 7, 2004
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The letters page at Romenesko is buzzing with talk over whether reporters should carry guns in war zones. Comments I most appreciated: From Bryan J. O’Connor:The best advice I’ve ever heard on the topic came from a Latin American correspondent I knew in the ’80s, who spent time covering the El Salvador conflict and...

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Cool, we can breathe easy now

December 31, 2003
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From a New York Times story the other day. With more American households going to broadband, faster Internet connections are changing the movie, music, telephone, computer and cable businesses. Nothing about newspapers; whew. (Link via Fimoculous; thanks to Sheila for pointing the site out.)

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Juicy dig at NPR

December 18, 2003
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Dan Kennedy in the Boston Phoenix, writing about the “liberal radio” network in the works. On the other hand, liberals do not live by NPR alone. Central Air?s best bet is to establish itself as the second spot on the dial, for the times when NPR is doing a 12-minute audio diary on the...

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A fun read

December 17, 2003
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Doug Marlette: “I Was a Tool of Satan.” I love a swell rant; this is his: With the rise of the bottom-line culture and the corporatization of newsgathering, tolerance itself has become commodified and denuded of its original purpose. Consequently, the best part of the American character – our generous spirit, our sense of...

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Rules for media critics

December 16, 2003
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The latest BONG Bull contains these handy guidelines for media critics. Jackman Wilson of the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, serving a college burg that, like all college burgs, has a hundred press critics for every working stiff going into the icy rain with a notebook, compiled this Top 10 Rules for Media Critics in 1993:...

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BBC newsies must be impartial
in newspaper columns

December 16, 2003
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A new ruling for BBC journalists says they can’t write newspaper columns on controversial issues. Non-controversial stuff like food is OK. Imagine that: Columnists forced to be bland. The great thing about America is that ours do it by choice.

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