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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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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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Those old, old newspapers

February 26, 2004
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Maud links to a story saying author Nicholson Baker has penned an art book devoted to the old New York World. She also links to the American Newspaper Repository, which despite the unappetizing title has some very tasty examples of newspaper illustration from the early 20th centry. An example. In the small-world department, I...

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Talking demographics

December 18, 2003
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Ross Fadner at MediaDaily News reports on a study of the reading patterns and technology usage by people various racial categories. Surprisingly, the results show that high tech device ownership, while highly correlated with income, does not alone explain users likelihood to own devices. Factors like having children and being motivated by entertainment also...

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And the 25 grand goes to…

December 18, 2003
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The Michael Kelly Award will recognize “a reporter or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly’s own career: the fearless expression and pursuit of truth.” How long till the blogosphere gets its panties in a knot because it’s open to newspaper and magazine newsies, but not bloggers?

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How they spent their Sunday

December 17, 2003
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Mark Glaser at Online Journalism Review writes about how newspapers reacted to the Saddam story breaking at the worst time possible. Mainly it was about getting the sleep out of their eyes. One editor describes how the Web changes his news diet. “On a big breaking story like this, the computer screen becomes for...

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Careful about those Lolitas

December 12, 2003
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I did a Google news search on “newspaper editor” and found this juicy story from Portales, New Mexico: CANNON AIR FORCE BASE ? The editor of the Cannon Air Force Base newspaper will spend nine months in military prison, be demoted to the lowest enlisted rank, and receive a bad conduct discharge following his...

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Robert Bartley dead

December 11, 2003
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The cheerleader of Reaganomics succumbs to cancer. I don’t speak ill of the dead so let’s leave it at that.

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A tidy newsroom dustup

December 10, 2003
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Cynthia Cotts describes a teapot tempest at Newsday over a botched attempt to promote the paper’s foreign editor. The story doesn’t matter much to non-New Yorkers, but I’m linking to it because it’s so reassuring to see Newsday’s newsroom is a basket case like everybody else’s.

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Gone tabbing

December 9, 2003
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Papers in the UK are unleashing tabloid editions. No topless P.3 girls for the Times of London, alas, but there appears to be a trend afoot: The move by The Times and The Independent is slightly different from the approach taken by a number of American newspapers, which have started free editions aimed at...

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