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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 07:12 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Media news derivatives: May 29

In case you missed it — As if we needed another really good argument for cameras in the courtroom: The flirting between an alternate juror in the trial of John Edwards and the defendant — it’s the sort of thing where the written word comes up short.

Elsewhere:

*Howard Kurtz on his CNN show “Reliable Sources”: Allegations about what Arnaud de Borchgrave did “look, feel and smell like plagiarism.”

*More of the same on newspapers, this time from a different country: Canadian chain Postmedia Network is doing the modern-day newspapering two-step, cutting editorial positions and also reducing print schedules. Craig Silverman of Poynter:

The company announced it will no longer publish Sunday papers in Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. (Papers in Saskatoon and Montreal previously cut their Sunday editions.) In Canada the Sunday paper is the smallest, rather than the largest, edition of the week. The Saturday paper is king in Canada.

*Book reviewer runs into a strange alleged policy at the UT-San Diego: Negative reviews of books by local authors don’t run. Writes Thomas Larson:

OK, my review is “negative” — a bad book deserves such a notice. But the idea that a local paper should not offend a “local author” is ludicrous. The U-T publishes positive and negative reviews of locals all the time — especially by freelancers who review the symphony, the theater, local bands, and books. Arts coverage at every publication offers critical commentary; it’s one of the main reasons to buy a local paper.

*The weekend’s media question: Did Chris Hayes go over the line with his comments about war and “heroes”?

*Ever wonder about the cloudy circumstances regarding the sudden departure of former New York Times CEO Janet Robinson? How she fell from grace? What role the dynamics of the ruling New York Times family played in the saga? Wonder no more: Joe Hagan, in an extensive story in New York mag, explains. Piece includes this bit:

Even as a new pay wall was erected on the Times’ website last spring to charge customers for access, the company’s performance, including an alarming dive in print advertising when other media companies were beginning to recover, was faltering, and Sulzberger was under pressure both financial and familial to throw Robinson overboard.

*Harry Shearer pokes at the emerging business model for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, in which the paper will do a print product only three times per week:

So it’s “uneconomic” to produce Monday’s paper. At least in the current crappy economy. But newspaper reading is a habit; we’ve been told that for years. The Michigan Plan depends on New Orleanians learning a weird new habit — look for the paper on the three days advertisers think are important. On those other days, where will we turn for our news? And why shouldn’t that place be our new news habit?

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Tags:  new york times, janet robinson, chris hayes, heroes, ut-san diego, book review, canada, dailies, john edwards

 
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