By: E&P Staff
In today’s links, this year saw a sharp increase in the amount of people reading newspapers’ blogs, Gal Backerman slams a New York Times trend story, and a Q&A with legendary journalist Bob Woodward.
— The number of people reading Internet blogs on the top 10 U.S. newspaper sites more than tripled in December from a year ago and accounted for a larger percentage of overall traffic to those sites. (Reuters)
— Editorial: The National Conference for Media Reform has become the place to channel efforts to break the media giants down to a human scale. (Seattle Times)
— David Bowen: The Web is wonderful, but don’t write off newspapers. (Financial Times)
— Gal Beckerman: There is nothing that will turn my face red faster than a story that lazily slaps together a few anecdotes, buffered by a minor statistic, and then presents itself as important news. Especially when the “trend” masks a much more complex and dark reality.
— After spending millions of dollars over the past decade fighting the free exchange of their products over the Internet, some media companies are now yielding. (International Herald Tribune)
— Q&A: Bob Woodward would neither confirm nor deny just how many Presidential interviews like that with the late Gerald Ford might be on file in his secret storage location. (Washingtonian)
— former senior editor at the Tampa Tribune has sued the paper and its parent company, alleging his firing in 2005 was a result of age discrimination. (Tampa Tribune)