Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Three years in prison for Iraqi shoe-tosser

From the BBC: Mr Zaidi's lawyers say he was making a legitimate protest An Iraqi journalist hailed as a hero in the Arab world for throwing his shoes at former US President George W Bush has been jailed for three years. Muntadar al-Zaidi had pleaded not guilty as his trial resumed in Baghdad, telling the […]

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The stakes for journalism in newspapers' business woes

The NYT's David Carr had a column published Monday in which he listed some ways that newspapers could address their business woes — which, as I've noted below, are considered overblown by some. However, I think Carr got this right: Whatever the solution, the capacity to produce accountability reporting, investigative journalism and robust coverage of […]

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Calm down everyone: Most U.S. newspapers are doing fine

Media economics pundit Robert H. Picard asks this rhetorical question: “Have journalists gone mad?” He then proceeds to lay out a case why things are less bleak than they seem. From The Media Business blog (posted March 10): It some ways they have. They are panicking at problems in big city media and ignoring the […]

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The giant sucking sound? U.S. newspapers going down the drain

An analyst predicts that between now and 2010, many U.S. cities will change to one-newspaper towns from two — and some will end up as no-newspaper towns. From the NYT: No one knows which will be the first big city without a large paper, but there are candidates all across the country. The Hearst Corporation, […]

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