Monthly Archives: March 2009

Chicago is a two-(bankrupt) newspaper town

The Chicago Sun-Times joins its larger competitor in an uncomfortable line. What will it mean in the short term for the paper? Probably not much. Advertisements

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Wither, the university?

An article that should give you pause — could the university structure be only a few years away from mimicking the newspaper industry? I desperately want to say “no,” but then I ask this — once the general population accepts … Continue reading

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Journalist as spy

North Korea’s state-run media reports that two Current TV journalists detained last week will be tried as spies. You’ll note the North Koreans indicate that a “competent [political] organ” has determined that the two deserve to be put on trial.

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Will Mitt fit like a glove?

All signs point to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney being a candidate for president in 2012. While this is certainly not news, I do hope that Romney doesn’t face that undercurrent of “Mormon” that he dealt with in 2008. Sure, … Continue reading

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Too expensive to keep????

In light of the nonsensical “too big to fail” idea comes this bit of reality from local television newsrooms — some high-priced anchors are too expensive to keep. This kind of cost-cutting makes sense; there is no reason that a … Continue reading

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Media General lowers the boom

The media company has eliminated more than 50 positions. (Eliminated is a nice way of saying people were fired.)

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We’re still left…we’re still right…we’re still stuck in the middle (and now in 3rd place)

MSNBC…FOX News…and CNN. Is it any wonder that the three consider themselves to still be in campaign mode? The howling from the left has pushed MSNBC into second place in the ratings among the three cable opinion — oops, I … Continue reading

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