WEDNESDAY’S LINKS: Burkle’s KR Bid, Honoring Jill Carroll, Papers Criticized for College Admissions Articles

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s edition, billionaire Ron Burkle, stung by the New York Post Scandal, is looking to pick up the 12 Knight Ridder orphans. Additionally, some criticism for coverage of the difficult college admissions process.


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Behind Burkle’s Page Six Mess
Burkle was a recurring figure in the gossip section, but despite his wealth and power, he had hardly any pull. His contact information, a source close to Page Six said, was not even in the column’s Rolodex. “That’s how little they dealt with Burkle,” the source said.


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‘NYT’ Getting Out of Gossip Game?
Even as the entertainment world wrings its hands over the New York Post’s Page Six scandal, a gossip column at another Gotham paper is facing the ax, according to Variety magazine. The New York Times is making plans to terminate its own gossip section, Boldface Names, dispatching writer Campbell Robertson to the theater desk in the Arts section.


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Burkle Hires Editor to Help With KR Orphans Bid
Los Angeles investor Ron Burkle is turning to a former insider as he pursues 12 Knight Ridder Inc. newspapers now on the block. Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos. said Tuesday that it had hired James Naughton, a former executive editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer — the largest of the papers McClatchy Co. is selling as part of its acquisition of San Jose-based Knight Ridder.


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Why Does Pruitt Want Out of ‘Inky’?
Gary Pruitt isn’t your typical newspaper company CEO. The 48-year-old boss of McClatchy Co. doesn’t golf. He’s a surfer with a passion for the Clash and Green Day. He’s also unconventional in another way: Unlike many people in his own industry, Pruitt actually thinks the newspaper business has a future.


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Papers Criticized for College Admissions Coverage
“The media often covers the most selective, expensive institutions where the odds of getting in are the smallest,” said Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. A Nexis search of The New York Times for the last 60 days turns up 379 uses of “Harvard,” and 122 uses of “Staten Island.” “It can have an adverse impact in terms of the general impression, by osmosis, for people for whom it’s a non-issue.”


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The Best Way to Honor Jill Carroll
“The best way to honor journalist Jill Carroll is to pay tribute to her at the 67th annual Overseas Press Club awards ceremony,” writes Jon Friedman.


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Little Newspapers Thinking Big
For years, journalists in St. Louis and across the country have watched in dismay as media behemoths swallowed up smaller news operations in a craze of consolidation and convergence. Now, something odd is happening. Contrary to the laws of economic Darwinism, smaller news groups are attempting to swallow larger media giants.


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Ukrainian Newspaper Editor Assaulted
The editor in chief of a Kiev newspaper was severely beaten in what may have been retaliation for articles against anti-Semitism.

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