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April 17, 2011 |
Newspapers owned by Los Angeles Times Media Group won 15 awards Saturday at the 2010 Better Newspapers Contest, a yearly competition held by the California Newspaper Publishers Assn. The Los Angeles Times, Burbank Leader, Daily Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and La Cañada Valley Sun were presented with the awards at the organization's annual convention in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times placed first in several categories, including investigative or enterprise reporting, writing, breaking news photo and feature photo.
May 30, 2012 |
“What's black and white and read all over?” That is the setup for what used to be the first joke learned by most every American kid. These days, delivering the punch line would leave the kids bewildered. They might just say, “What's a newspaper?” In our new media age, that is not a question with an obvious answer. Ask the people in New Orleans who just found out their venerable Times-Picayune will no longer be available in print every day. Based in a city and state with a perennially high level of corruption and dysfunction, the Times-Picayune has been a powerful and admired community watchdog.
January 21, 2009 |
Google Inc. said Tuesday that it would shut down an advertising partnership with more than 800 newspapers, a key part of the Internet giant's effort to expand into offline media, because it didn't make enough money. The Print Ads program, which launched with 50 newspapers in November 2006, allowed advertisers to use Google's online services to bid on space in print much as they do for search-engine ads. The service ends Feb. 28.
October 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For a hundred years, artists have been using and abusing newspapers as a vital part of their works. Pungent examples include the Spanish painter Salvador Dali creating an absurd newspaper about himself, the German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth making a sausage, complete with gelatin and spices, out of copies of the British tabloid Daily Mirror and the American Jim Hodges coating a Jordanian newspaper entirely in 24 karat gold. Little attention has been paid to this phenomenon by the world's museums in the past.
November 28, 2012 |
Google has come out swinging against German legislation that would require search engines to pay for using snippets of newspaper articles, photographs and other media content. German lawmakers are slated to debate the legislation Thursday, one in a string of proposals pushed across Europe by frustrated publishers seeking ways to survive in the Internet era. Google has likened the idea to making taxi drivers pay restaurants for dropping off customers at their doors. The company is now seeking to mobilize Internet users against the German measure, arguing that it would hamper their searches.
September 27, 2013 |
Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, is examining its operations in an effort that is likely to result in staff reductions at the company's daily newspapers. The company acknowledged a cost-cutting review is underway after Chicago business blogger Robert Feder wrote late Thursday that Tribune may slash as much as $100 million in expenses from its eight daily newspapers. A Tribune spokesman called Feder's report "grossly inaccurate" and said the company has not set an expense reduction target.
August 31, 2009 |
You think the economy is sending mixed signals? Just look at the newspaper industry. For every "green shoot" that appears, there's a tumbleweed or two rolling by next door. On the positive side, advertising sales firmed a bit in June at major chains such as Gannett Co. and New York Times Co., enabling those companies to post unexpectedly strong second-quarter profits. Newspaper stocks rallied sharply -- Gannett shares have rocketed 156% since the end of June -- as some investors bet that aggressive cost cutting has positioned the companies for higher profit once the economy rebounds.
March 23, 2009 |
Though people sometimes complained about the Carbondale Valley Journal, its demise came as a blow after 34 years as the mountain town's only newspaper. Residents felt its loss in the dearth of information about local life: births, deaths, proposed developments, high school sports scores. A friend of Rebecca Young's died and there was no obituary. "I didn't hear of his death for a couple of weeks," she said. "I was so sad I wasn't at his service."
August 6, 2013 |
The definitive line about a newspaper's public mission came, as it happens, from Hollywood. In Orson Welles' classic "Citizen Kane," the title character, his newspaper empire in tatters, is asked by Walter Thatcher, the film's stand-in for J.P. Morgan, what he would like to have been. Kane answers: "Everything you hate. " Jeff Bezos' dealings with the moneymen of Wall Street have always been rather friendlier than those between Kane and Thatcher. But what he may share with Kane is the feeling that these unappreciated - indeed, financially despised - enterprises known as newspapers have some value that other investors have been overlooking.
May 20, 2009 |
A federal judge on Tuesday declined to force Gannett Co. to keep open the Tucson Citizen, meaning the edition of the afternoon newspaper published Saturday was its last. U.S. District Judge Raner Collins denied a request for a temporary restraining order filed by Arizona Atty. Gen. Terry Goddard, who contended that closing the 138-year-old paper violated antitrust laws.