WEDNESDAY’S LINKS: TV Listings the Best ‘NYT’ Writing?, Military Penning Blogs of War, Addicted to Proofreading

By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, the owner of the ‘Santa Barbara News-Press’ blames her staff for the current tumoil at the paper, Slate’s Jack Shafer says the best written section of The New York Times is the TV listings, and military bloggers take aim at the media.


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Reuters Revenues Rise 9%
Guardian: Information group Reuters said today revenues had grown 9% in the first half of the year, taking account of currency fluctuations and including the effect of acquisitions. The company is predicting growth of between 5% and 6% on a similar basis over the course of the whole financial year, up from a previous forecast of 5%.


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Verdict Delayed for ‘NY Times’ Aide in Beijing Bureau (NYT)
New York Times: Chinese authorities told lawyers for a jailed researcher for The New York Times that the verdict in the case would be delayed, even though the lawyers said the court had been required to deliver a decision on Tuesday. Zhao Yan, the researcher, who worked in the Beijing bureau of The Times, is accused of fraud and leaking state secrets to the newspaper. Mr. Zhao, 44, has said he is innocent, while The Times has repeatedly called for his release.


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Cry Bias, and Let Slip the Blogs of War
Wall Street Journal: Military bloggers, or “milbloggers” as they call themselves, contend that they are uniquely qualified to comment on events in armed conflicts. Many milbloggers also argue that the mainstream media tends to overplay negative stories and play down positive military developments. For many of these blogs, says Mr. Borda, “the sole purpose is to counteract the media.”


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The Best Writers at the ‘New York Times’
Slate: “If you want to write better, an old mentor of mine once said, write tighter,” writes Jack Shafer. “Pick the fewest possible words, he said, and rely on compression to make your ideas explode off the page. He wasn’t thinking about the film capsules in the New York Times’ daily TV listings when he shared this wisdom with me, but he could have been. Outside the Times classified pages, nobody does more with the English language with less space in the paper.”


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Addicted to Proofreading
Salon: “On the spectrum of skills, proofreading lies somewhere between waitressing and stacking firewood,” writes Melissa Holbrook Pierson. “It is the ideal occupation for writers waiting for the large contract on their first book or for the recent graduate, waiting for life to start. But no matter how many books I publish, I can?t kick my addiction to my other occupation, the scorned one that offers me succor and sanity.


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In a Tough Media Market, ‘Boston Phoenix’ Restructures’
Boston Globe: The changing of the guard continues at the Boston Phoenix, with Bill Jensen taking over as editor as Bradley M. Mindich puts more of a personal stamp on the local alternative-media empire his father founded 40 years ago. Alternative weeklies that trace their roots back to the protest movements of the 1950s and 1960s often pride themselves on political coverage, but recently many have been challenged by a new generation of publications such as the Weekly Dig in Boston, which focus largely on entertainment.


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San Diego Councilman Is Also Newspaper Owner
Voice of San Diego: It’s not uncommon for local politicians to be shown grinning on the front pages of a community newspaper. But it’s not everyday that the article is written by the politician’s mother — in a newspaper owned by the politician and published by his wife. Such is the case at the Mission Times Courier, a monthly community newspaper delivered free to lawns and driveways throughout owner Jim Madaffer’s eastern San Diego district.


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Santa Barbara Newspaper Owner Blames Staff
Los Angeles Times: Firing the latest salvo in a battle that has shaken Santa Barbara and its daily newspaper, owner Wendy McCaw on Tuesday told readers that the internal struggle that led to the resignations of nine top staffers this month was not an issue of freedom of the press, but what she described as violations of the paper’s policies and standards. McCaw, a billionaire owner accused by departing staffers of meddling in editorial content at the Santa Barbara News-Press, wrote in the commentary published Tuesday that she had no plans to sell the paper.

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