THURSDAY’S LINKS: Sam Zell, ‘Globe’ Channels Inner Tabloid, Hearst Tests Newspaper-Downloading Program

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, billionaire Sam Zell comments on the newspaper business, IBM’s media consulting arm says that old media companies should be less fanatical about guarding their content, and Cuba won’t renew the credentials of a Chicago Tribune reporter who it says is too “negative.”

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Businessman Sam Zell, who is rumored to be interested in buying a stake in the Tribune Company, declined to comment about his interest, but he did offer an opinion about the newspaper business. Despite the public service role of journalism, “there is no difference” between running a newspaper and managing any other for-profit business, he said. (Chicago Tribune)

The Boston Globe “releases its inner tabloid” with Page One story on Patriots QB Tom Brady’s love child. (Boston Phoenix)

Cuba throws out a Chicago Tribune reporter for being “too negative.” (Chicago Tribune)

Gal Beckerman: Tony Snow and David Gregory team up to slam bloggers. (CJR Daily)

Is the race to be the next executive editor of the New York times heating up? (WWD)

New York Times book review preview editor Barry Gewen said he didn?t want to pursue potential staffers strictly for diversity?s sake. (Harvard Crimson)

To deal with threats from new digital competitors, IBM’s media-consulting arm recommends that traditional media companies focus fanatically on consumers and embrace new technologies and business models. (Mediapost)

Hearst Corp.’s Seattle Post- Intelligencer plans to test software developed with Microsoft Corp. that lets readers download an entire newspaper in minutes. (Bloomberg)

Rem Rieder: Resources and commitment are crucial if we’re going to have work like the Washington Post’s excellent Walter Reed expos? in the future. And that’s true regardless of the platform. (AJR)

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