Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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The two sides to the U.S. political blogosphere

This In These Times article (posted to Alternet) claims the U.S. political blogosphere is bi-polar; the right is an extension of the Republican message machine, and the left is more a loose network of independents. An excerpt: The right blogosphere operates largely as part of the greater Republican message machine. Many of its bloggers are […]

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Bloggers' salaries tied to traffic growth

This Online Journalism Review article looks at how professional bloggers are compensated and whether the tying of payment to traffic growth blurs editorial/business lines. An excerpt: Most freelance writers wait in dread for The Call — their equivalent of the “Dear John” letter from an editor who is calling (or sometimes e-mailing) to say they're no […]

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Some interesting letters to the NYT's public editor

If you follow my blog regularly, you'll know I'm a big fan of NYT public editor Daniel Okrent (it killed me I had to work on federal budget day instead of listening to him speak in Toronto at a Canadian Journalism Foundation event — but adult life is like that. :) ). Here is some […]

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A salute to 'loafers who lunch'

The boulevardiers, the cafe set: My people! This NYT piece looks at those who enjoy the luxury of a lengthy, langorous, latte-and-bon-mot-fueled lunch. An excerpt: EW YORK is a city of professionals and predawn discipline, an empire meant to be conquered not by wanderers but by the lusty achievement of the hyperemployed. Languorous weekday afternoons are […]

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The not-retireds in U.S. television news

This NYT article talks about all the very senior newscasting talent still on the air — a lot — after announcing they were going to step back a bit and smell the roses. It also explores why. Some excerpts: The article starts by talking about Mike Wallace, still going strong at 87 even though some […]

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Snap me baby, one more time

Toronto Star public editor Sharon Burnside on why Britney Spears was worthy of front-page picture treatment on April 14 after it became known a sperm and egg had united within the pop tartlet. Some excerpts: Here's how Star EiC Giles Gherson defended the call: “We've made it a priority to attract younger readers to the paper,” editor-in-chief […]

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Al-Jazeera to start new channel

Al-Jazeera wants to start an Arab equivalent of CPAC to provide live, unedited coverage of conferences. The heretofore-profit-free station also has plans for other new services, including an English-language version. An excerpt from the BBC Online story: A station spokesman told the BBC the channel, al-Jazeera Live, is the first of its kind in the Arab […]

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U.S. Senate wants gov't video news labelled as such

And not only that, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants to get in on the act too. Some excerpts from the NYT story (from April 15): The Senate voted 98 to 0 to approve an amendment that would force federal agencies over the next year to disclose the origins of video releases. The releases have […]

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