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  • The Journalism Crash

    December 9, 2008

    The journalism profession is in crisis, where every week brings another bleak announcement.The situation looks dire for the mainstream media industry, particularly for newspaper companies. Tribune Company, the third-largest newspaper chain in the nation and owner of 23 TV stations, declared bankruptcy. Gannett, the largest newspaper chain in the country, announced it was slashing 2,000 jobs. Scripps put a “for sale” sign on The Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald is reportedly on the block.

  • Journalism by Press Release

    November 18, 2008

    With thousands of journalists losing their jobs, how are the media filling all those column inches?

    Press releases.

    As media companies buy up more media outlets and slash newsroom budgets and staff, reporters have less time to do their jobs, often resorting to writing entire stories based on a press release alone, and sometimes printing stories that mirror an organization or agency’s exact press statement.

  • Bloodletting in the Newsrooms

    November 12, 2008

    The news keeps getting worse for newspaper journalists and the communities that depend on their daily papers for local coverage. Across the country, newspapers are trying to maintain their high profit margins by slashing newsroom jobs and news coverage.Last month, the Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in New Jersey, became the latest paper to scale back its newsroom operation. The paper announced plans to lay off 40 percent of its staff. The Los Angeles Times laid off another 75 journalists.

  • Is America Still a Beacon for Press Freedom?

    October 27, 2008

    The United States of America — land of the free, home of the First Amendment — is supposed to be a beacon for the rest of the world. So where do we stand in the latest global rankings of press freedom?Thirty-sixth.That’s not a typo. It’s a national disgrace.

  • Independent Journalists Tour the South

    October 14, 2008

    Over the next week, a carload of independent journalists will be winding their way through the South, perhaps one of the only caravans of media-makers not pounding the worn campaign trail. Are they on a beat? You could say that.

  • Tactic of Arresting RNC Journalists Still Questioned After Charges Dropped

    September 23, 2008

    Journalists arrested during the Republican National Convention breathed a sigh of relief last Friday – local authorities in St. Paul announced they would not prosecute them.

    The announcement comes as welcome news for journalists, media organizations and citizens who launched a national public outcry to drop the charges against the arrested journalists. But many questions still remain about what appeared to be a planned attack against journalists and free speech during the RNC.

  • St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests

    September 8, 2008

    Journalists and St. Paul citizens assembled outside St. Paul City Hall Friday to deliver more than 60,000 letters to Mayor Chris Coleman and prosecuting attorneys demanding that they immediately drop charges against all journalists arrested this week as they covered the Republican National Convention.

  • Delivery of 60,000 Letters Demanding St. Paul Drop Charges Against Journalists

    September 5, 2008

    Police have been rounding up, detaining and arresting journalists throughout the week at the Republican National Convention. But tens of thousands of people across the nation have responded with demands to protect free speech.

  • St. Paul Mayor and Media Mum on Journalism Crackdown

    September 5, 2008

    In St. Paul this week, a new generation of media makers is under assault by the city’s mayor and law enforcement officers.

    These local officials think freedom of the press extends only to their allies in mainstream media.For the rest of us, practicing journalism is a crime.

  • Taking it Home

    June 8, 2008

    Phew! It's been a stellar weekend. But don't pack your bags quite yet. Sunday is as rollicking as the last two days, if only a bit shorter. These sessions, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., should not be missed.

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