Saturday, February 14, 2009

Former L.A. Times Publisher
Will Run LDS Holding Company

Who thought we'd ever look upon Willes' tenure as the 'good old days'?

Nearly a decade after his fall from grace in southern California and return to Utah, Mark Hinckley Willes is ready to take on his most prominent business role yet in the state he left 40 years earlier.

His is not a name many Utahns are likely to know, unless they remember he was the controversial newspaper publisher who ran The Los Angeles Times and its parent company, Times Mirror, in the 1990s.

Willes may be familiar, though, to Latter-day Saints who recognize him as the nephew of deceased President Gordon B. Hinckley, who he resembles. [Click for MORE]

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> Tales from the ‘dark side:’ Reporters cover government from the inside
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> Bankruptcy Court OKs New Tribune Co. Severance Policy
> Tribune Co. wins right to pay $8.8 mil in bonuses
> Cablevision writes down Newsday's value by millions
> TV group Young Broadcasting files bankruptcy
> Sun-Sentinel Gets Its Two Cents Worth
> Tribune Cuts About A Dozen Newsroom Staffers
> Sun-Times Editor Michael Cooke leaving for Toronto Star
> Morning Call of Allentown has another round of layoffs
> The Media Says Au Revoir to All That
> Default-O-Matic update: Closer to brink
> Press one for news emergency
> Wall Street Journal librarian laments shutdown
> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel parent swings to Q4 loss
> You can’t sell news by the slice
> Battle plans for newspapers
> New England Newspapers Inc. turns to furloughs
> Resilient strategy for NY Times despite toll of a recession
> Honolulu daily switching to tabloid format -- also cutting staff
> Departed Star Tribune workers to get severance
> Pioneer Press workers vote for unpaid furlough
> MediaNews announces furloughs in New Mexico and Texas
> S&P predicts McClatchy loan default by year's end
> Muzak Files for Bankruptcy
> Don't Die on a Sunday in Detroit
> Local TV Stations Face Fuzzy Future
> Mostly Gloom for Glossies
> Charter Communications to File for Bankruptcy
> "Grim" layoff news at The Sacramento Bee
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Communications Student Hits the Big Time

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Walter Isaacson on 'How to Save Newspapers'

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Danger of Reporting in Real Time

Caroline Kennedy and Gov. David Paterson

By Clark Hoyt
New York Times Public Editor

Last Wednesday, The [New York] Times lifted the curtain on the origins of a nasty political attack against Caroline Kennedy, who had sought appointment to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat and then withdrew for unexplained “personal reasons.”

The newspaper said that Gov. David Paterson’s administration had “released confidential information about Ms. Kennedy and misled reporters about its significance as part of an orchestrated effort to discredit her after she withdrew.” The Times’s Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore reported that on the day after Kennedy’s decision, the governor’s top communications strategist, Judith Smith, directed at least two people to call reporters and tell them that Paterson was dismayed by Kennedy’s public auditioning for the Senate, that he never intended to appoint her and that she pulled out because of tax and nanny issues. ...

The article was a smart, useful revelation about New York hardball politics and the credibility of the state’s accidental governor. But it should have gone further. It should have examined The Times’s own role in the story — posting the orchestrated leak on its Web site and allowing “a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson” to make nasty comments about Kennedy anonymously.The episode highlights a great fear in newsrooms, including The Times’s: that the Internet, with its emphasis on minute-to-minute competition, is undermining the values of the print culture. [Click for MORE] Sphere: Related Content