Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Little of that shyness will be found on Thursday when the Thomson Corporation, a leading provider of electronic financial, medical and legal data, officially completes its takeover of Reuters, the venerable British financial information provider and news agency.
Entire subway stations in New York, Toronto and London will be decorated with the company’s new name, Thomson Reuters, and its new logo, a series of encircling dots, as will the buildings housing the leading stock exchanges in those cities. And most of the electronic displays in Times Square will be taken over by the logo for part of the day as the chief executive, Thomas H. Glocer, leads a global telecast for the combined companies’ 50,000 employees. [Click for MORE]
The New York Times Company, the parent of The New York Times, posted a $335,000 loss in the first quarter — one of the worst periods the company and the newspaper industry have seen — falling far short of both analysts’ expectations and its $23.9 million profit in the quarter a year earlier.
The company did break even on a per-share basis, compared with the average analyst forecast of earnings of 14 cents, down from 17 cents in the first quarter of 2007. [Click for MORE]Sphere: Related Content
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The paper was also not published on Monday, with Le Monde staff up in arms at management plans to cut 129 jobs at the newspaper.
Two-thirds of these job losses would be in the newsroom, as part of a plan that Le Monde's management said would safeguard the paper's future. The newsroom cuts represent one in four journalists at the paper - about 87 staff.
"The aim of this new strike is to prevent the publication of the edition dated Friday," staff representative Christiane Chombeau told MediaGuardian.co.uk. [Click for MORE]
> New strike hits Le Monde Sphere: Related Content
Hiller came on board after Tribune canned his popular [predecessor] Jeffrey Johnson, who had opposed further staff cuts at the newspaper. The following month, Hiller, who was previously publisher and CEO of the Chicago Tribune, fired Times Editor Dean Baquet for the same reason. A little more than a year later, he forced out Baquet's successor James O'Shea, also over budget differences.
If all of that wasn't enough, Hiller now reports to billionaire real estate mogul Sam Zell, who led a buyout of Tribune in December and has vowed to inject a more entrepreneurial culture at the company.
In an interview, Hiller talked about the challenges facing the Times and the newspaper industry. [Click for MORE]Sphere: Related Content
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The drop-dead deadline is fast approaching for the staffers in The New York Times newsroom to raise their hand and volunteer for a buyout. An internal memo from the paper's assistant managing editor, Bill Schmidt, just went out and said that "we expect" that the buyout numbers aren't looking good and that for the first time the paper will be forced to cut the newsroom through layoffs.
"While layoffs have become all too common across our industry, this is the first time the newsroom as a whole has confronted that blunt reality, and we approach it with a heavy heart," he said in the e-mail. [Click for MORE]Sphere: Related Content
Monday, April 14, 2008
2) Read Chapters 11 and 12 on web and broadcast journalism.
3) Review the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics at http://www.spj.org/ethicscode
4) Read ahead to Chapters 13 and 14. Also, read and pay special attention to appendix pages 501 - 513.
5) Plan to attend class on Monday, April 21. Attendance is required to hear guest speaker Rip Rense, photo right . Be prepared to ask questions You will write a story based upon his talk. For more on Rense, see http://www.riprense.com/Riprense.htm. Sphere: Related Content
BostonNOW posted a story on its Web site this morning that said today’s edition would be its last because of tough economic conditions its investors face in Iceland. [Click for MORE]
> Hundreds of Tampa Tribune, WFLA staffers offered buyouts
> Mutter: Why the profitable Journal Register Co. is in trouble
> LAT not sure what's next for newsman who wrote Tupac story
> Zell named to AP board Sphere: Related Content