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Conrad Black on 'A Matter of Principle'

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Conrad Black was once one of the most powerful men in the publishing business. He bought London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in 1985 and eventually owned hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada. But all that changed in 2007, when a U.S. Circuit Court convicted Black of fraud and obstruction of justice. He was released from prison last year, midway through his six-and-a-half year sentence, after an appellate court dropped two charges against him. Then in June of this year, a Chicago court upheld two other charges of defrauding investors against Black, ordering him to return to prison for a 13-month sentence, which he began yesterday.

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On The Media

The Leak at WikiLeaks

Friday, September 02, 2011

This week WikiLeaks released the largest number of US diplomatic cables to date, but the release has been overshadowed by an unredacted leak of its entire cache of cables. Bob talks to Atlantic Wire writer Adam Clark Estes about who's blaming who for the leak at WikiLeaks and what this could mean for WikiLeaks in the future.

Song: Lead Us To The End

Artist: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

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On The Media

The Redemption of the New York Times Paywall

Friday, July 29, 2011

In January of 2010, facing declining subscriptions and ad revenue, the New York Times announced it would be implementing a paywall. Critics called the decision counter intuitive, saying it would be the undoing of the paper. Reporter Seth Mnookin wrote about the paywall for New York Magazine this week.  He tells Brooke that it's actually exceeded even The Times' own expectations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Past and Present With Jill Lepore

Monday, July 04, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, discusses how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States: the death of newspapers in 1765, the Karen Ann Quinlan right-to-die case of 1975, the Parrot Fever panic of 1930, and Clarence Darrow's defense in the 1898 right-to-strike case. 

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WNYC News

New York Daily News Hikes Newsstand Price

Friday, July 01, 2011

The tabloid war between the New York Post and the New York Daily News is getting costly — for their readers.

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Know Your Neighbor

Dick, The Newspaperman of Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

If you want a dose of Main Street U.S.A. right here in New York City, look no further than Roosevelt Island. What you'll find on this 40-block-long strip of land in the East River is a journalist named Dick Lutz and a team of volunteers who put out a free local newspaper and make it their mission to deliver it to every door on the island.

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WNYC News

NJ Newspapers Fight to Save Legal Notices

Sunday, February 06, 2011

In Trenton, legislation that would relieve local governments of requirements to publish legal notices in newspapers is building momentum as officials look for anyway to cut costs. This could mean the loss of millions of dollars of reliable revenue to an industry already fighting to stay afloat.

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It's A Free Country ®

New York Election 2010: Newspaper Endorsements

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

With just over a week to go before the midterm elections, newspapers have begun making their candidate endorsements. It's A Free Country is tracking them all down.

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WNYC News

Bronx by the Books, Blogs and Newspapers

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Bronx's best known literary titan is probably Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in the borough from 1846 until his death in 1849. But the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, also hails from the borough, and even the neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks conducted research and worked at a local hospitals there. Below is a list of essential literature about the Bronx and by Bronx authors as well as must-read blogs and newspapers from the borough.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

War at the Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sarah Ellison tells the story of Rupert Murdoch's $5 billion acquisition of the Wall Street Journal.

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On The Media

To Catch A Thief

Friday, March 19, 2010

With plagiarism detection software, media organizations can check articles for stolen content before they get published. However, hardly any news organizations actually use the software. The Columbia Journalism Review's Craig Silverman says that it's time for organizations to start investing in these programs to ...

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On The Media

Family Ties

Friday, February 12, 2010

Last weekend, New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner revealed that his son had joined the Israel Defense Forces. Amid cries over a conflict of interest – including from the paper’s own ombudsmanTimes executive editor Bill Keller insisted that, as far as ...

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On The Media

Local Angle

Friday, January 22, 2010

Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts surprised many in media and political circles. But surely the local press and pundits who followed the race closely for months saw it coming? Not so much. Boston Phoenix political reporter David Bernstein describes what he, and the ...

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On The Media

And Now A Word For Our Sponsor

Friday, January 15, 2010

Last summer the Washington Post, in an attempt to increase revenue, planned a series of off-the-record salons whereby a sponsor could pay for the opportunity to meet with government officials, Post reporters, and others to discuss, say, health care. The man responsible for implementing and marketing the salons was media ...

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On The Media

Who is Daniel Lippman?

Friday, January 01, 2010

Countless reporters in D.C. are accustomed to seeing Daniel Lippman's name in their in-boxes. The Associated Press's Ron Fournier says Lippman's emails are filled with helpful and polite corrections. And Lippman, who is 19 years old, explains why he's become a rogue copy editor.

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On The Media

Moments of Regret

Friday, January 01, 2010

When the media makes a mistake, Craig Silverman takes note. He’s the creator of the website Regret the Error, and he joins us again with his annual round-up of the year in corrections, errors, apologies and more. Silverman says 2009 was the year of fact checking, but ...

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On The Media

Life Archive

Friday, December 18, 2009

Newspaper archives used to live in dusty stacks in libraries. Today, they're a five second Google search away, leaving news organizations grappling with the question of what to do when an article haunts a source, or even a journalist, online for...essentially...ever. OTM producer Nazanin Rafsanjani reports.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Bank Bonuses, Editor & Publisher, Listeners on Nobel

Friday, December 11, 2009

  • Business Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story explains why Goldman Sachs is paying its 30 top people bonuses entirely in stock, rather than cash.
  • Publishing Takeout: Another blow was dealt to the newspaper industry yesterday when the Nielsen company decided to fold Editor & Publisher magazine. Greg Mitchell, editor of the 125-year-old trade magazine, shares his memories of the paper and his expectations for the industry it leaves behind.
  • Listener Takeout: We hear from our listeners about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo, yesterday.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Journalism for Sale, World Cup Draw, "The Waiting Room"

Friday, December 04, 2009

  • Business Takeout: Louise Story tells us about a controversial new procedure at the Dallas Morning News and several other papers owned by the A.H. Belo Corporation, which asks some journalists to run their stories by the paper's sales department as well as by editors.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses what's at stake for international soccer teams at the much anticipated World Cup draw, scheduled for later today in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • "The Waiting Room" Takeout:  The Takeaway is staying connected to Americans seeking healthcare with "The Waiting Room," a multimedia project and film documentary that collects interviews with patients at Highland Hospital in Oakland California.  Hear Producer/Director Peter Nicks on the genesis of "The Waiting Room."  Here's a recent video from the project:

Watch more from "The Waiting Room" here.

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On The Media

Direct to Consumer Science

Friday, October 09, 2009

Science departments at newspapers everywhere are shrinking. One outlet that aims to help fill the coverage gap is Futurity.org, a new website that lets scientists publish their findings directly to the public. Michael Schoenfeld, Futurity’s co-founder, explains the site’s mission.

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