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Another newspaper folds and Seattle bids farewell to the PI

Monday, March 16, 2009

This week the Hearst Corporation will announce if it will shutter the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer or turn it into an online-only publication with a much reduced staff. This is only the latest in a seemingly endless list of newspapers that are threatened with closure. Jacqueline Banaszynski, who holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism, talks to Farai and John about what it means to a community to lose a newspaper.

"What's at risk is more than newspapers and newspaper jobs. What's at risk is the foundations of traditional journalism, which are the foundations of how we keep our democracy going."
— Jacqueline Banaszynski of the Missouri School of Journalism on the importance of saving newspapers

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Secret Success

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ethnic papers are often left out of the discussion when it comes to the death of the newspaper industry. And so it came as a surprise to us that the nation's oldest Spanish language paper, El Diaro La Prensa, is actually thriving. El Diaro executive editor Alberto Vourvoulias explains why.

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A Shrug Goodbye

Friday, March 13, 2009

Many newspapers are struggling for survival, but do people really care if they lose their daily paper? A new poll by the Pew Research Center says ... not really. PRC President Andrew Kohut gives us a quick overview of the results.

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Rocky Mountain Bye

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Rocky Mountain News published its last issue at the end of February, making it the largest daily paper to fold so far. We wondered, what happens to the stories its reporters were working on when the paper died? Former Rocky investigative reporter Laura Frank explains.

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Stopping the Press

Friday, February 20, 2009

Getting lost in the frantic search for a business model to save newspapers is a simple question: why? Would the death of the newspapers as we know them really be apocalyptic? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll and political blogger Matthew Yglesias take a step back to ...

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Getting Desperate

Friday, February 20, 2009

The newspaper industry is in a frenzy trying to figure out how to save itself. Kachingle, an online service that will launch next month, offers yet another possible solution: encourage online readers to voluntarily contribute to newspapers and other websites they like. Kachingle CEO and founder ...

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Notice Me

Friday, February 06, 2009

Local governments are obligated to inform the citizenry about new speed bumps, traffic lights, and even recycling schedules via legal notices published in the local paper. But in South Dakota and Arizona, cost-cutting legislators intend to put the notices online. The proposed bills would deprive papers of ad revenue but ...

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The Newspaper Gild

Friday, February 06, 2009

The newspaper will soon be dead. Or maybe it just seems that way, because the media only report the bad news. So says a new website called the Newspaper Project, started by a handful of media executives, including the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brian Tierney. The full ...

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Liberté, Égalité, Newspapers

Friday, January 30, 2009

Nicholas Sarkozy announced recently that the French government will give everyone turning 18 years old the best birthday present ever: a free newspaper subscription! The London Guardian's Angelique Chrisfasis says that while papers appreciate the help, they remain suspicious of the president.

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The Real Slim Shady

Friday, January 30, 2009

Carlos Slim Helú may be the world's richest man that you’ve never heard of. He’s also the new benefactor of the New York Times, lending the struggling paper 250 million dollars. Former Times editor Andres Martinez talks about the real Slim and how much millions in ...

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In The Realm Of The Real

Friday, January 16, 2009

As financial difficulties for newspapers mount, the prospect of shutting down the presses and going web-only is frequently raised as an option. But Josh Karp is attempting to do the exact opposite. He's launching The Printed Blog later this month in Chicago, San Francisco ...

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The Swedish Model

Friday, January 16, 2009

As talk of bailouts abound, some in the media are asking “why not us?” Surely journalism is as valuable a national industry as airlines or insurance. Sweden thought so when it bailed out its newspapers back in the 1970s. But did it work? We ask Robert ...

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The News Then and Now

Friday, January 09, 2009

It took about 20 years in the 1600's for the modern newspaper to come into being. An exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library in D.C. traces the birth of the form. Bob pays the exhibit a visit to observe how much has changed with news in the past ...

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The Evolution of A1

Friday, January 09, 2009

This week the New York Times attempted to address its sharply declining revenue by introducing an occasional advertisement at the bottom of A1, the latest blip in the evolution of the front page. Times reporter James Barron contributed to the book The ...

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War Crimes

Friday, December 26, 2008

In just the last two years over 6,800 people have been killed. 24 journalists have been murdered and 7 have vanished. This isn’t Iraq, but Mexico’s war on drugs - and the scale and severity of the violence is escalating. Vicente Calderon is a longtime ...

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Pledge You, Pledge Me

Friday, October 31, 2008

The bad news for traditional media is seemingly unending. From The Christian Science Monitor to TIME Inc. to ABC News to Radar magazine. In fact, when Radar folded last week, reporter Ana Marie Cox found herself with credentials to cover the ...

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Cover Ups

Friday, October 17, 2008

Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? ...

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Twice Told Tale?

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Washington Post is wrapping up a 12-part series on the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. Some critics, like the Washington City Paper's editor Erik Wemple, have wondered why the story is worth revisiting. Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor in charge of the Post's investigations unit, ...

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Aren't We There Yet?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Roanoke Times editor Carole Tarrant says newspapers can't be online without reader comments. The comments section at her paper hosts an invaluable discussion. Anyway, she says, it's the paper's job to make sure the conversation stays civilized.

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Tough Love

Friday, July 18, 2008

It's no great mystery that newspapers are struggling with a near-apocalyptic business forecast. Most readers are settling for smaller papers, fewer reporters and less coverage. But Keith Hemstead is a newspaper reader who won't settle for less, and he's suing his paper to try and save it.

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