This Week in Media: Nervous Chatter at ASNE, Too Much Attention for Moussaoui?, A Look to the Past

Our impressions of this week (May 1-5, 2006) in news coverage:


  • Rick Edmonds on the behind-the-scenes chatter at the ASNE convention

  • Casey Frechette on the high’s and low’s of Moussaoui’s trial coverage

  • David Shedden highlights current events and takes a look back at Kent State and the launch of NPR





Industry Shake-ups Bring Mixed Feelings to ASNE Convention
By Rick Edmonds
Writer/Researcher



People are still talking about last week’s American Society of Newspaper Editors convention in Seattle. This includes an eye-of-the-beholder split about whether the overall effect was upbeat or a bummer. My sense is that it depends on which convention you’re talking about — the proceedings on the floor, which were optimistic and forward-looking, or the conversations in the hall, where complaint and anxiety were more likely to be aired out.

In my bailiwick — empirical research on the industry — there was some modestly good news. The annual census of professional newsroom jobs showed a loss of about 600 in 2005, not the 1,200-plus that I and other watchers of this annual indicator had predicted. Read more

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Wednesday, Apr. 26, 2006

This Week in Media: Podcasting, Plagiarism (Again) and More

Our impressions of this week (April 24-28, 2006) in news coverage:

  • Keith Woods on the optimistic spirit raised by NAB, RTNDA and ASNE
  • Scott Libin reports from RTNDA@NAB, focusing on the podcasting trend
  • Chip Scanlan examines the latest ethical standards in book publishing
  • David Shedden on moments that made history and highlights of current media issues that will leave an impact


The Fourth Estate Strikes Back
By Keith Woods
Dean of the Faculty

The industry conventions this week — The Radio-Television
News Directors Association
and the National Association of Broadcasters in Las
Vegas and the American Society of Newspaper Editors in
Seattle — offered journalists something
that’s been hard to find, even on the industry’s home turf: optimism.

Rocked as the media has been of late by self-inflicted
scandal, a fickle and hyper-critical audience, destabilizing technological
shifts and the dire, near-daily predictions of mainstream journalism’s demise, it’s
been invigorating to spend a week watching the industry rise from its knees. Read more

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Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006

This Week in Media: The Pulitzer Slump, NYT Stock, Video News Releases and more

Our impressions of this week (April 17-21, 2006) in media:

  • Jim Romenesko examines some not-so-promising effects of winning a Pulitzer

  • Rick Edmonds on Pulitzer Week, newspaper stocks and circulation losses

  • Scott Libin delves into the full disclosure and “value” of video news releases

  • Sree Sreenivasan on the passing of Don Fitzpatrick

  • David Shedden on the Pulitzers and the anniversaries of the Oklahoma City bombing and the San Francisco quake




Can Winning a Pulitzer Lead a Career on a Downward Spiral?


By Jim Romenesko
Senior online reporter/ROMENESKO



Pulitzer day always has me thinking about the two winners I’ve worked with. One, who won for her reporting, ended her career writing cutlines on the photo desk. The other — also honored for his reporting — spent a lot of time writing weather stories many years after winning the prize. The award seems to be a career-killer for some.


I took last Friday off to make my annual trip to St.

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Thursday, Apr. 13, 2006

Romenesko on ‘Page Six’; Keller Mixes it Up with Readers; Biz Indicators & Romenesko Gets a Day Off


Our impressions of this week (April 10-14, 2006) in media:



  • Jim Romenesko on the maneuvering behind the gossip of ‘Page Six’.

  • Rick Edmonds on one step back and three forward in the newspaper business.

  • David Shedden on the week’s headlines and a historical moment in radio news.

  • Bill Mitchell on Bill Keller’s inaugural Talk to the Newsroom, a new feature on nytimes.com




By Jim Romenesko
Senior online reporter/ROMENESKO

My suggestion for Jared Paul Stern — get out of the gossip business and try PR/damage control.

The suspended “Page Six” gossip has been peppering me with URLs all week — links to stories sympathetic to him, or that make billionaire Ron Burkle look bad. (Another story he forwarded: “Stern’s clothing line explodes.”) Stern’s also a master of the rapid-response. Just minutes after I posted Burkle’s Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, Stern sent me this two-liner: ” So Burkle’s turning his hand to freelance writing now?
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Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006

This Week: Headlines & History; Editors’ Daily Dose of ROMENESKO

Our impressions of this week (March 20-24, 2006) in media:

  • David Shedden on the week’s headlines and historical moments.
  • Jim Romenesko on editors’ daily dose of ROMENESKO and other blogs.



Flashback three years; Civil rights landmarks; Japan defeats Cuba; Basque separatists declare ceasefire

David Shedden
Library director


Monday
, March 20:

The week began with the news media looking back.

Here is an excerpt from a story in the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News:

Iraq Boils, Three Years Later

BAGHDAD, Iraq –
Clashes between U.S. forces and suspected insurgents — and fresh
allegations of American troops killing Iraqi noncombatants — marked
the third anniversary Sunday of the start of the ’03 American-led Gulf War II.

President
Bush marked the anniversary by touting the efforts to build democracy
there and avoiding any mention of the daily violence that rages three
years after he ordered the invasion.

The president didn’t utter the word “war.”

The war
began on March 19, [2003], Washington time — early morning March in
Baghdad — when Bush authorized an early strike by U.S.

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Thursday, Mar. 09, 2006

Romenesko: Punk’d?, Knight Ridder Bids, Blaming Victims and More This Week in Media

Every Thursday, we ask Poynter faculty, staff and online contributors for their impressions of the news of the week. What surprised them? What was overplayed? Underplayed? What does it mean for the media? What will they be watching for next week? You can find this week’s answers below and answers from previous weeks here. To contribute your own thoughts on the week in review, click the “Add Your Comments” link at the bottom of a post. You can also subscribe to receive “This Week in Media” by e-mail: just click here.

For the week of March 6-10, 2006:





Romenesko, Punk’d?

Jim Romenesko
Senior online reporter/ROMENESKO


I thought I had been “punked.”

On Wednesday, a ROMENESKO reader e-mailed me what he said was a message to TimesSelect subscribers about a “Win a Trip With Nick Kristof” contest. Read more
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Thursday, Mar. 02, 2006

Sweeps & MySpace, Olympics & Mardi Gras, The AP and President Bush & More This Week in Media

Every Thursday, we ask Poynter faculty, staff and online contributors for their impressions of the news of the week. What surprised them? What was overplayed? Underplayed? What does it mean for the media? What will they be watching for next week? You can find this week’s answers below and answers from previous weeks here. To contribute your own thoughts on the week in review, click the “Add Your Comments” link at the bottom of a post. You can also subscribe to receive “This Week in Media” by e-mail: just click here.

For the week of Feb. 27 – March 3, 2006:





Sweeps, MySpace and How They Fit Together

Scott Libin
Leadership & Management faculty


Another television ratings period drew to a close this week. Read more
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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006

WSJ Fusion, Perspective on the Philippines, Defining Your Core & More This Week in Media

Every Thursday, we ask Poynter faculty, staff and online contributors for their impressions of the news of the week. What surprised them? What was overplayed? Underplayed? What does it mean for the media? What will they be watching for next week? You can find this week’s answers below and answers from previous weeks here. To contribute your own thoughts on the week in review, click the “Add Your Comments” link at the bottom of a post. You can also subscribe to receive “This Week in Media” by e-mail: just click here.

For the week of Feb. 20-24, 2006:







Most E-mailed Stories

Jim Romenesko
Senior Online Reporter (ROMENESKO)

The most-e-mailed ROMENESKO-posted stories of the week:

Monday:

1) Check out the winners of the 2005 George Polk Awards
2) Journalism needs more working-class people and immigrants 
     
Tuesday:
1) Washingtonpost.com wins NAA’s best news site award
2) (tie) Microsoft co-founder Allen seeks buyer for Sporting News   
    Supreme Court decides not to touch college newspaper case

Wednesday:

1) WSJ to combine print and online editions into one unit   
2) Study: Critics tend not to review bad movies they’ve seen

Thursday:

1) Rocky gets about 200 complaints after trimming stock tables
2) Block: “I think the Post-Gazette has a staff that’s too big”

The Question of Cartoons, Growing Glossies and Fusion at the Journal

Kelly McBride

Ethics group leader

Overplayed: Cartoon questions. Read more

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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006

Cheney Chatter; Cartoon Controversy; Press Expectations; & More This Week in Media

Every Thursday, we ask Poynter faculty, staff and online contributors for their impressions of the news of the week. What surprised them? What was overplayed? Underplayed? What does it mean for the media? What will they be watching for next week? You can find this week’s answers below and answers from previous weeks here. To contribute your own thoughts on the week in review, click the “Add Your Comments” link at the bottom of a post. You can also subscribe to receive “This Week in Media” by e-mail: just click here.


For the week of Feb. 13-17, 2006:



  • Jill Geisler on the chatter about Cheney

  • Scott Libin on the expectations of the American press

  • Rick Edmonds on details of the details of the story… and more Knight Ridder news

  • Bob Steele on the anatomy of the cartoon furor

  • Larry Larsen on Larry’s Spy Challenge and the last telegram





The Chatter About Cheney

Jill Geisler
Leadership & Management Group Leader

My take on the vice-presidential shooting saga: It hasn’t been over-covered. Read more
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Friday, Feb. 10, 2006

Larry’s Luncheon Challenge

By Larry Larsen
Multimedia Editor


You’ll find the following as part of my contribution to the current Week in Media feature. As the suggestion of one of my editors, I’ve broadened this challenge from “comprehensive article” to conversation in the feedback area. If you have ideas for coverage of this issue — the historical context of domestic spying approved by the White House — please add them to the feedback area attached to this item. Depending on what develops, we’ll explore some virtual luncheon possibilities.


I’ll buy a nice lunch for the first journalist who can write a comprehensive article that explains to me the difference between the warrantless domestic spying of the Bush administration compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Clinton adminstration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Reagan administration (ruled legal by a Federal appeals court), compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Carter administration (how do you think they caught Billy with a quarter-million of Libya’s money?), compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Ford administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Nixon administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Johnson adminstration, compared to the domestic spying of the Kennedy administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying that began under the Truman administration. Read more
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