FRIDAY’S LINKS: Saving Newspapers, Media Prospects Not So Bleak?, Message/Medium Symbiosis

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, The Nation’s John Nichols thinks journalists are finally beginning to become involved in trying to save newspapers, the National Journal’s William Powers notes there is increasing understanding of how media and messages are intertwined, and the mayor of Toledo asks the local press to stop writing about his son, who was recently put in jail for driving drunk.

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John Nichols: It is the recognition of what is being lost that has inspired journalists to begin speaking up and getting active in ways that have not been seen since media unions began to organize in the 1930s. (The Nation)

Toledo mayor and wife want news organizations to stop writing about their son, who is serving a 90-day sentence in the Ottawa County jail for drunken driving. (Toledo Blade)

A collection of studies being released at the National Conference for Media Reform contends that economic prospects are strong for newspapers and TV stations — despite more competition from new media. (USA Today)

Michael Miner: Did the Chicago Sun-Times go easy on Macy’s during the holidays? (Chicago Reader)

Former Reagan strategist Richard Wirthlin joins Deseret Morning News board. (Deseret Morning News)

William Powers: We’re living through an interesting moment in media evolution, when it’s dawning on the news establishment that medium and message both matter, and that they work together in a kind of symbiosis. (National Journal)

The New York Daily News, which is in the midst of overhauling its Web site, has gone out of town to hire a London-based design firm closely associated with its editor-in-chief Martin Dunn. (New York Post)

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