JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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The man accused of trying to blackmail TV Host David Letterman is Robert J. Halderman, who Newsday says is a respected veteran producer for CBS News. Until this week, Halderman worked for the true-crime show 48 Hours. read more »

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Journalists will gather in Los Angeles Friday (Oct. 2) to explore how the craft and business of arts journalism are being transformed. The National Summit on Arts Journalism will be webcast and archived on this website.

The summit is a project of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and the National Arts Journalism Program. read more »

Sports teams and a variety of activist, business, and government organizations are putting professional journalists on their payroll at a time when news outlets are reducing specialized coverage, the Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey reports. He highlights cases in California of a hockey team, a county supervisor, and a lawyers group that have hired journalists not as publicists, but as staff reporters to cover their organization. read more »

The University of California at Berkeley's journalism school, and KQED Public Radio plan to launch the Bay Area News Project, financed by a $5 million grant from local businessman Warren Hellman, The New York Times reports. read more »

The Post agreed to a one-day delay in publishing a confidential document that said the eight-year war in Afghanistan "will likely result in failure" without more troops in the next year, the paper's Howard Kurtz reports. read more »

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» McChrystal: more forces or 'mission failure' (Bob Woodward)

Many news outlets have the infrastructure and personnel to do investigative reporting, but operating costs can be very high at a time when revenue is limited. Using that capacity to perform customized research for paying clients could help fund core investigative work, Online Journalism Review’s David Westphal writes. read more »

The news industry has shed almost 36,000 jobs since Sept. 15, 2008, and more than 46,000 positions since Jan. 1 of that year, Unity: Journalists of Color reports. That rate far outpaces the loss of jobs in other sectors, Unity’s Layoff Tracker report says. See full study (PDF file). read more »

The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com will create one organization starting Jan. 1, 2010, the Washington Business Journal reports, citing a memo that Post publisher Katharine Weymouth sent to employees.

The Washington Post and the Washington Post Digital organization, which operates washingtonpost.com, will be integrated into The Washington Post, the Business Journal says. read more »

Sports reporters will find plenty information on the new website sportsjournalism.org launched by Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center, which opened last January.

The site features news about the sports media business, columns about sports journalism, and links to sports media blogs. read more »

In an investigation into possible civil rights violations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, federal agents have ordered the daily newspaper, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, to turn over images of police keeping order in the city during the days after the storm. They have also ordered a former photographer for the paper to testify before a grand jury, the paper reports. read more »

An Associated Press photo of U.S. Marine John Bernard's last moments after being fatally shot in Afghanistan has drawn heavy criticism from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, while many newspapers have decided not to publish the image, Editor & Publisher reports. read more »

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» AP holds photo of Afghanistan marine casualty for three weeks (Photo District News)
» American Legion National Commander Blasts AP decision to release image of fallen marine hero (Business Wire)

In a recent poll (PDF file) by the Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State University, 40 percent of sports reporters said they gambled on sports in general, while 4.6 percent said they bet on sports they covered, Editor & Publisher reports. read more »

Most of the 95 editors responding to a survey by the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) said their newsroom staffs had shrunk by more than 10 percent in the past year. Employees between 18 and 35 years old were most affected by the layoffs, buyouts, and attrition, the Associated Press reports. read more »

The Department of Defense is ending its controversial work agreement with a private firm that produced background profiles of reporters who sought to embed with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes and the Associated Press report. The Rendon Group graded reporters’ past work as “positive,” “negative,” or “neutral,” Stars and Stripes says. read more »

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» U.S. military denies media coverage sways choice of embedded reporters (Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas)
» Embedded reporting influences war coverage, study shows (2006) (Pennsylvania State University)
» Embedded journalism (Wikipedia)

When a major figure dies, journalists rely on one core question to keep fueling the story after the first day—a question like "who killed Michael Jackson?", The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz says. But in the case of Sen. Ted Kennedy, the obvious question—who will carry forward the family legacy?—has a fairly boring answer: no one, he says. read more »

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» Kennedy coverage not made for prime time (Advertising Age)

The Pentagon says military commanders in Afghanistan are not rejecting requests from reporters who want to embed with U.S. troops because their prior coverage of the military was negative, the Associated Press reports. read more »

The parent company of Reader’s Digest, the most popular general interest magazine in the United States, said that it planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reduce its debts, The New York Times reports. read more »

The hyperlocal news aggregator EveryBlock was purchased by MSNBC for an undisclosed sum, The Associated Press and The New York Times report. read more »

The Huffington Post is collaborating with Facebook to launch Social News, a service that allows users to create a personalized social-networking news page on the Huffington Post website, according to a blog post by site co-founder Arianna Huffington. read more »

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In an op-ed for the Washington Post, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather asks U.S. President Barack Obama to form a commission to study the “perilous state of America's news media.” read more »

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» Rather: the importance of fiercely independent journalism and the future of the media (The Aspen Institute)