THURSDAY’S LINKS: ‘Truth-Telling Prize,’ Dana Perino, Ombudsmen

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Jack Shafer thinks the New York Times’ new ombudsman should be under 40 while Ankush Khardori wonders if newspapers even need ombudsmen, and howard Kurtz looks at Tony Snow’s fill-in in the White House press room, Dana Perino


Jack Shafer: My choice for public editor No. 3 would be somebody who is under 40, whose worldview hasn’t been Lasiked blind by decades inside a newspaper newsroom, and who writes the way fire ants bite. (Slate)

Navy vet Donald Vance wins “2007 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize” for secretly keeping notes on his time at Camp Cropper in Iraq and smuggling them out in a Bible. He took his story public in December, offering a detailed and verifiable account of his experiences to the New York Times. (Ridenhour)

White House adviser Karl Rove boogied, backed by NBC’s David Gregory, Brian Wiliams burped the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the President cracked wise, all to the general delight, and occasional gales of laughter, of journalists gathered for the Radio & Television Correspondents Association dinner in Washington. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Ankush Khardori: Do newspapers need ombudsmen? (Eat the Press)

Howard Kurtz: Dana Perino first began tearing up as she approached the White House pressroom Tuesday morning, moments after learning from her boss, Tony Snow, that his cancer had returned. (Washington Post)

Tim Porter (of First Draft) and Michele McLellan (ex-Oregonian) have been on a tour of American newsrooms, daily newspaper division. Now they are back with “change or die” findings. It’s the people who have to change, they say in an excerpt from their new book. And guess what? It’s happening. (PressThink)

Kathy Sierra, a prominent technology blogger, is considering never posting on her blog again because of the severity of threats she’s received online. (CJR Daily)

Google may one day rock the television and radio advertising markets. But its TV plans have yet to take shape, and its other efforts to extend its dominance over online advertising into offline media like newspapers and radio are inching along. (New York Times)

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