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Nine Letters: Shrunken Newspaper Feature

October 14th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Journalism

A relative brought us a copy of the New York Times. Like every other U.S. newspaper, The Gray Lady ain’t what she used to be. A downsized format, far fewer pages … well, you know the drill. But some of the basics are still there. A stripped down news and commentary package. A weather map. […]

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Trump, Kim, ‘Dotard’ — and JRR Tolkien

September 22nd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Books, Journalism

The exchange of insults between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un heated up this week, with the Korean dictator/president for life puzzling many in America by threatening: “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.” I don’t know how Kim’s insults are translated into English, whether it is a bot or […]

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The Final Day at a Newsroom I Knew

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, The National

Of all the melancholy aspects of newspapers shrinking, or failing, or shutting down, it is the abandonment of a newsroom that makes me most wistful. Today is the final day in the original home of The National, the first English-language newspaper in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. We spent six years there […]

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Journalists at the New York Times: Not Going Quietly

June 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

This seems quaint. Print journalists are making a case to management that a planned layoff of dozens of veteran copy editors … is a very bad idea. It seems like such an Aughties thing, this push back. From 2007, 2008, 2009 — the opening years of the Great Newsroom Layoffs. Of late, in an industry […]

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Journalism Layoffs and Quickly Reaching ‘Acceptance’

April 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Journalism, Sports Journalism, The National

It’s called the Five Stages of Grieving, and professional journalists by now know it by heart. Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance. An interesting development in the grim business of companies firing large numbers of journalists, which has been a primary characteristic of the profession for more than a decade now … is how those being […]

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When Practicing Journalism Is Too Deadly to Carry On

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

A newspaper in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has announced it is giving up publishing from a fear of its journalists being killed for doing their job. It certainly gives American journos reason to pause and reflect on the difficulty of putting out the paper in a difficult economic times … and conceding our colleagues in Mexico […]

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The Future of Print … Is Print?

December 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

A compelling article from the Columbia Journalism Review is making the rounds in print journalism, and the whole of it rings true: In a piece entitled “Print is dead. Long live print.” … the author suggests newspapers have no future online. Never have. Never will. Chasing hits is pointless and profitless and newspapers should instead […]

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The International Herald Tribune Farewell Party

November 18th, 2016 · No Comments · France, Journalism, Newspapers, Paris

It was the last official act of the American-owned newspaper that had been published in Paris since 1887. A party. A month ago, the Paris newsroom was all-but shuttered and most of the remaining staff was laid off at what had been known, going back 129 years, as the Paris Herald, the Paris Herald Tribune, […]

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Recalling Other Casualties in the Demise of Newspapers

August 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers, The Sun

When looking back over the rise and fall of print journalism recently, I gave short shrift to one important aspect of the impact technological breakthroughs had on a significant set of newspaper workers. Not the editors and reporters. We coasted right through this particular shake-out, in the 1970s and early 1980s. But lots of others […]

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Must See: John Oliver and the Danger of a Post-Newspaper World

August 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Journalism, Newspapers

Newspapers have been in decline for more than a decade now and that is bad news for good government and a free flow of information to regular people. Not that everyone is clear on this. John Oliver addressed the topic on Sunday in his HBO show Last Week Tonight. It is funny (in Oliver’s hands) […]

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