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Archives 2005-1014: News

January 1, 2001

Lifting the veil

It feels like an age of plenty, but more children live in poverty now than twenty years ago; 17 percent of them live below the line, up from about 16 percent in 1979. Welfare reform has ushered more people into the work force, but low wages make it hard for many of them to cope with the cost of living. And 42 million people, most of them working but still poor, do not have health insurance. For newspapers trying to fulfill their public service mission, stories about these still-stranded... MORE
January 1, 2001

The Cybercops Are Coming -- But Whom Will They Serve?

The deal was sealed with a hug. Instead of being at war, Bertelsmann, the world's third-largest media conglomerate, and Napster, the popular upstart, are to be partners. Bertelsmann will drop its copyright infringement suit against Napster if the free file-sharing service can convert to paid subscriber services, using a secure system that grants access to Bertelsmann Music Group's catalogue. Bertelsmann extended a $50 million development loan to Napster to get the system up and running. And the... MORE
December 1, 2000

New Courses for New Media

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, Paul Grabowicz began hearing about some of the problems recent graduates were encountering when they went off to practice journalism at news Web sites. Nothing monstrous, mind you, but case after worrisome case in which marketing and advertising discussions had slopped over into the newsroom. "It wasn't just us reading it and chewing on it" anymore, says Grabowicz, the new-media program director at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California,... MORE
December 1, 2000

Superhire 2000

THE FIRST UNSETTLING BRAVE New Reporter story I heard, when I went back to the Washington Post newsroom to see what I ought to be teaching journalism students these days, involved a cell phone, a video clip, multiple deadlines and a mouth full of dental gauze. The dental gauze turned out to be embellishment, but not by much; the story was told to me by Tracy Grant, managing editor for the Post's online afternoon edition called PM Extra. In it a heroic business reporter named James Grimaldi is... MORE
November 1, 2000

Language Barriers

"DAMN" IS NO LONGER a bad word. At least not much of one. "Hell"? Nope, not a bad word either. "Ass"? Well, that's generally OK, too. But "asshole"? Now that's a little more touchy. The news media exhibited just how touchy in September after presidential candidate George W. Bush spoke the vulgarism to his running mate, Dick Cheney, in an aside that was accidentally picked up by microphones. The fact that Bush called New York Times reporter Adam Clymer a "major league asshole" was deemed news by... MORE
October 11, 2000

University bans daily newspaper

In a 10 October 2000 letter to the vice chancellor of the University of Calicut, K.K.N. Kurup, IPI condemned the decision of the University of Calicut to effectively ban the daily newspaper "Malayala Manorama" from the university campus. According to the information provided to IPI, on 5 October, the joint registrar in charge of the registrar issued Order No. Ad. A4/12176/2000, which cancelled the university's subscription to the "Malayala Manorama" and directed the university press officer not... MORE
October 1, 2000

The Never-ending Threat of Repression

New Code Words for Censorship: Modern Labels for Curbs on the Press Edited by Marilyn J. Greene World Press Freedom Committee 138 pages; free (in reasonable quantities) Free speech is an elemental human need, and people are amazingly resourceful at finding ways to be heard. Sadly, though, the underside is also true. Would-be censors never give up either. The fall of communism and the swirl of democratic activity over the past decade have reignited free expression and press around the world. As... MORE
September 1, 2000

Surviving in Cyberspace

THAT UNSEEMLY CLATTER heard 'round the World Wide Web recently was the sound of the Internet "content" business buckling, perhaps from the weight of over-inflated expectations. One by one, the New Economy's information,,,, to name a few--swooned and sputtered. Depending on whose numbers you believe, somewhere between 2,000 and 3,500 dotcom workers lost their jobs delivering news, entertainment and information in May alone. While that's... MORE
September 1, 2000

It's the process, stupid

"[W]ithout some protection for seeking out the news, freedom of the press could be eviscerated." -- Justice Byron White, Branzburg v. Hayes, 1972 For nearly forty years, journalists in the United States have been living in a fool's paradise. The First Amendment's prohibition against laws abridging press freedom, vigorously enforced by an independent judiciary, has meant that the American reporter's ability to gather and disseminate news without interference from the government is unsurpassed in... MORE
July 1, 2000

Risky Business

ONE BY ONE, THE COUPS were carried out swiftly, often without warning. By May, more than a dozen editors from around the country had left their offices in the past year, mostly under duress, virtually all without new jobs, replaced by other managers eager to get into the game. Press reports painted pictures of brutal departures: In Oklahoma City, Daily Oklahoman Executive Editor Stan Tiner walked into a meeting with the general manager, came out, grabbed his briefcase, left the building and... MORE