Monday, December 11, 2006

Newspaper News

New York Times adds sharing tool
It marks the first time that the country's third-largest newspaper has added a news-sharing tool to its Web site, allowing readers to develop conversations and post comments about specific stories. Readers will be able to add headlines and a small portion of text to the social media sites by clicking on the logos of Digg, Facebook and Newsvine. Those logos began appearing next to The Times' stories this morning in the same box as the print and e-mail tools, although they're initially hidden until users click the "Share" link.

Newspaper Killer
Craigslist President and Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster isn't nuts. He just sounds that way, particularly to anyone who thinks that the point of running a business is, you know, to make money. And that was enough to make his appearance last week at the UBS Global Media & Communications Conference feel like a dizzying trip through Lewis Carroll's looking glass.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Honors Los Angeles Times
New York, December 11, 2006—The Graduate School of Journalism has recognized the Los Angeles Times’ project “Altered Oceans,” an 18-month investigation into the health status of the oceans, as the 2006 winner of the John B. Oakes Award for distinguished environmental journalism. The award honors Times reporter Kenneth R. Weiss and his team for making an exceptional contribution to advancing public understanding of environmental issues. An award ceremony and an open discussion of the project will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. at the journalism building located at W. 116th St. and Broadway in New York.

Now journalists are sharing the pain of industries they've been covering
On Monday, journalists and others in the news industry are holding a so-called "Day of Action." The event is being coordinated by the merged union I belong to, the Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America. In truth, there won't be much action. Mostly, journalists will try to explain why it matters to the rest of you that thousands of newspaper employees nationally have lost their jobs in the past five years so that corporate entities can hit profit-margin targets.

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