While pre-prepared obituaries are standard practice, it was a little surreal to see an obituary of Michael Foot by Mervyn Jones (d. 23 February 2010) in the print edition of the Guardian on 4 March 2010, the Tribune’s diary notes. An obituary for Jones, who was Michael Foot’s biographer, had appeared in the Guardian on 25 February. The deaths were so close together, the Tribune says, it had to run its own tributes in the same edition.
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News and features:
- Tory MEP Daniel Hannan makes Bastiat’s online journalism shortlist
- Amish media: ‘The Budget has been using new media ideas for more than a century’
- Jim Impoco named enterprise editor for Reuters Americas
- ReadWriteWeb: Google may hand over Caribbean journalists’ IP addresses
- Lost Remote: ‘Hyperlocal’ is not everything local
- FT.com: Brazil’s ‘tabloid revolution’
- European Federation of Journalists says Berlusconi ‘putting press freedom to the sword with legal vendetta against media’
- Blogger’s YouTube plea for $75 payment from newspaper
- StarsandStripes.com: US military terminates PR contract for background checks on journalists
- Newsandtech.com: San Diego Union-Tribune finally abandons manual pagination
Tip of the day:
On the Editors’ Blog:
The San Diego Union-Tribune, the last major metro in the United States to put together its pages manually, will finally – after 140 years – move to a new content management system.
“[T]he paper goes live on a 250-seat Atex Prestige content management system in November.”
The LA Times and Chicago Tribune are pooling their foreign reporting operations to serve all Tribune newspapers. The operation will be run from Los Angeles.
US firm Mixpo has created a DIY video platform to enable small businesses to create video advertorials. The company has now partnered with US broadcasters NBC Local Media, Tribune, Fisher, Freedom Communications and TownNews.com.
The Syndicate will feature content from Tribune’s TV stations and newspaper websites, as well as some third-party sites, organised by topic.
“As expected, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as the newspaper failed to get a key union agreement on cost-containment,” PaidContent reported yesterday. Full story…
Reporters from Tribune Comapny’s Washington bureau will cover stories for all papers, new bureau chief Cissy Baker has said.
A body of current and former LA Times journalists have launched legal action against the paper’s owner Sam Zell.
The group have accused Zell of ‘recklessness in the takeover and management’ of the Times’ parent company Tribune, which Zell bought in December last year.
The resurfacing of a six-year-old Tribune Co article, which caused a severe drop in share prices for United Airlines, is being blamed squarely on search engines by the publisher.
Tribune has said it asked Google to stop crawling its newspaper websites ‘months ago’.
The story came to light after a single user accessed the story on the Florida Sun Sentinel’s website at a period of low traffic, the publisher claimed.
This single user was enough to push the story to the top of the paper’s most viewed articles, where it subsequently came to the attention of Google’s crawlers.