THURSDAY’S LINKS: Conrad Says He’s ‘No Jay Gatsby,’ Newspapers’ Strategy of ‘Attrition’

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, a question of whether Nicholas Kristof could be an advisor to a Rudy Giuliani presidential administration, Conrad Black claims he’s no Jay Gatsby, and newspaper managers disagree with other stafferes about whether cutbacks will help or hurt newspapers in their struggle to survive.

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Conrad Black claims he’s no Jay Gatsby. The dethroned newspaper baron fired off a letter to The Times of London to dispel the notion that his world has “imploded” like the antihero from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby.” (New York Post)

The woman appointed to be the Hungarian government’s spokesperson said that she would take legal actions against the newspaper Magyar Nemzet. (All Hungary News)

Newspaper managers think cutbacks and attrition aren’t a bad strategy for dstaying competitive. They say they need both cost savings and greater flexibility to compete effectively in the digital age. Tierney, a former advertising and public-relations executive, termed the seniority system “antithetical to quality and diversity” and said he would eliminate it entirely if he could. (Columbia Journalism Review)

Could NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof be an advisor in the Giuliani administration? (Village Voice)

An ex?Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter, now a practicing attorney, aims to open up the closed-door negotiations that could close her former paper. (Seattle Weekly)

Adam Reilly: The press?s pre-Iraq failings stemmed from reluctance to question authority (see Miller, Judy). But right now, doesn?t the political media deserve credit for doing exactly that? (Boston Phoenix)

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