JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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President Obama nominated Dana Perino, George W. Bush’s last press secretary, to the bipartisan board that oversees Washington-sponsored broadcasts such as the Voice of America (VOA) and Radio/TV Martí, the Huffington Post and AFP report. read more »

The fall in prices for celebrity photos shows that the paparazzi haven't escaped the economic downturn, Nicole LaPorte writes for The Daily Beast. This is a drastic shift from a year ago, when pictures of a Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins sold for $14 million. read more »

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is “widely regarded as one of the court’s most vigilant defenders of First Amendment values,” The New York Times says. But after he spoke to high school students at The Dalton School in New York City, his office told the school newspaper, the Daltonian, it couldn’t publish an article about Kennedy without his prior approval. read more »

Prosecutors allege that former Northwestern University journalism students paid a witness to record a video statement that would help them argue that a man was wrongfully convicted of a 1978 murder, The New York Times reports. The lawyers are demanding access to detailed student records. read more »

While celebrating the heroic actions of first responders, reporters covering the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas are witnessing the shock of some 40,000 people for whom the base was a refuge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where many served. read more »

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» Fort Hood Shooting shows How Twitter lists can be used for breaking news (Poynter.org)
» Fort Hood: A first test for Twitter lists (Columbia Journalism Review)
» What military blogs say about Fort Hood shootings (The Atlantic Wire)

In an essay for Columbia Journalism Review, writer Jordan Michael Smith says the capture of U.S. diplomats by Iranian students 30 years ago this week had “pernicious” effects on the U.S. public’s attitude on Iran. read more »

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» Photo exhibit from 1979 Iran hostage crisis mirrors today's unrest (Canadian Press)
» See photographer Peter Bregg's images of Iran (CBC.ca)
» 30 Years Later: Ted Koppel on Nightline's Evolution (TV Newser/Mediabistro)

The first night I drove into Austin, Texas, in 1993, I’d never logged onto the Internet, but I already knew of the city’s attractions, including the Sixth Street live music magnet. read more »

Shrinking newsroom budgets have led to less investigative journalism on death penalty cases and fewer available reporters to cover the final moments of the condemned. read more »

As more readers switched to online news, average weekday circulation at 379 dailies fell 10.6 percent from April to September from the same six-month period last year, Reuters reports, citing the U.S. Audit Bureau of Circulations. Sunday circulation measured at 562 papers dropped 7.5 percent. (See Editor & Publisher's story.) read more »

Competitors of Fox News have showed support for the network, which White House officials maintain is not a legitimate news organization. read more »

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» Behind the war between White House and Fox (The New York Times)

A report co-authored by the former executive editor of the Washington Post calls for sweeping actions to preserve the future of U.S. journalism. It is available here as a PDF file. read more »

The New York Times has 1,250 newsroom employees but says it needs to reduce its news department by 8 percent by year’s end. The paper will offer employee buyouts but will be forced to make layoffs if it can’t persuade enough people to leave voluntarily, The Times reports. See this memo announcing the move. read more »

Investigators are exploring whether some media outlets may have known that the story about a little boy floating away in a balloon was a hoax, CBS News reports, quoting a Colorado sheriff. read more »

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» My kid the ratings-booster: beyond the "balloon boy" saga (Los Angeles Times)
» How much did Gawker pay for proof Balloon Boy was a hoax? (MediaIte)
» National Enquirer loses bid to buy Balloon Boy story (BNet)

Here’s how the Los Angeles Times described the saga of a 6-year-old boy believed to be inside a helium-filled balloon soaring over Colorado:

“As the story unfolded, it seemed tailored for the current age, complete with a nod to reality TV, lots of chatter in the blogosphere and even a hint of scandal as questions were raised about whether the whole thing had been a hoax.” read more »

The New York Times spent months searching for a buyer, but the Boston Globe didn’t attract high offers, and its finances had improved, so the Times says it’s keeping the paper. read more »

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» SF Bay Area editors say they aren't threatened by NYT's local coverage (Editor & Publisher)

Bloomberg announced it would buy the 80-year-old magazine which has been suffering losses due to the economic downturn and increased competition from the internet. The publication will likely be renamed "Bloomberg BusinessWeek," the Los Angeles Times reports. read more »

"The White House is now fighting a three-front war: Iraq, Afghanistan and Fox News," The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz says. read more »

Other Related Headlines:
» Why declaring a war on Fox News could be a mistake for the Obama administration (Daily Intel/New York Magazine)
» White House's war with Fox News sparks criticism, surprising backlash (Huffington Post)
» Why so much interest in Fox News-Obama feud? (Poynter.org)

The Washington Post’s media reporter, Howard Kurtz, was “fascinated,” he said on Twitter, that today’s news of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize had become, for the White House, something “negative they’ve got to combat.” In a column for the Post, Kurtz says the Obama administration is unhappy with its press read more »

The media has reported on the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression in a top-down fashion that emphasized only a handful of angles but underplayed the plight of ordinary Americans, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ).

The report is based on analyses of almost 10,000 stories from newspapers, radio, TV and online sources. Among its findings: read more »