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Newspaper: 'We Blew It' With Christie Endorsement

Star-Ledger editor explains how tough endorsements can be

(Newser) - So endorsing Chris Christie for governor wasn't the best idea after all. "We blew this one," writes Tim Moran, editorial page editor at the New Jersey Star-Ledger . To be fair, the editorial board didn't think Christie's team "was crazy enough to put people’s... More »

In Times-Picayune 'Blunder,' Proof Print Isn't Dead

Newspaper acted like 'monopolist,' paved way for new paper: David Carr

(Newser) - New Orleans' venerable newspaper bet against its print business—and in so doing, shot itself in the foot, writes David Carr in the New York Times . The Times-Picayune infuriated the city when it planned to cut print editions to three days a week; now, it's going to print a... More »

Newspaper's Gun Map Woefully Inaccurate

But that's due to data handed over by Rockland County, explains paper

(Newser) - The newspaper map of one New York county's pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that published it. Just 3,907 of the 16,998 permit-holding households displayed on the Journal News ' Rockland County map were current; the rest... More »

Armed Guards Now Protect Newspaper Behind Gun Map

'Journal News' was apparently alarmed by avalanche of threats

(Newser) - Oh, the irony. Gannett's Journal News, which you'll remember published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in two counties north of New York City, has turned to armed guards to keep it safe. In an article titled "The Journal News Is Armed and Dangerous,"... More »

Newspaper to Publish More Names of Gun Owners

Putnam County is next

(Newser) - Gannett's Journal News set off a firestorm this week when it published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. One incensed blogger retaliated with an interactive map listing the addresses of newspaper employees. Well, expect more controversy: The paper plans to publish more... More »

RIP The Daily: Murdoch's iPad Paper Folds

It was too slow to gain an audience: Murdoch

(Newser) - Less than two years ago, News Corp launched The Daily , a newspaper for iPad users; as of Dec. 15, iPad readers will have to turn somewhere else for news. "Technology and other assets" from the electronic rag, as well as some of its employees, will be transferred to the... More »

Times-Picayune Lays Off Half of Newsroom Staff

200 workers get the ax, plus 400 at sister papers

(Newser) - New Orleans' venerable Times-Picayune has laid off nearly half of its newsroom staff—and a third of its total workforce—just weeks after the paper announced it's cutting print publication to three days a week. More than 200 staffers—including 84 of 173 newsroom workers—were given notice yesterday... More »

Newspaper Denies Gay Couple's Engagement Notice

Fiance Brent Weaver tells paper: 'You don't like gay people'

(Newser) - Placing an engagement notice in the local paper is usually no big deal—unless you happen to be a gay couple living in Lancaster, Penn. Jeffrey Clouser and his partner of 7 years, Brent A. Weaver, were surprised when Lancaster Newspapers refused to print an announcement for their out-of-state nuptials.... More »

New Orleans Times-Picayune Cutting Back to 3 Days

Historic paper ceasing daily publication

(Newser) - Sad news from one of America's great newspapers: The New Orleans Times-Picayune has announced that it will cease daily publication this fall. The paper, founded as the Picayune in 1837, will now offer print editions just three days a week, on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, while continuing to offer... More »

Buffett's Latest Buy: 63 More Newspapers

In $142M deal

(Newser) - Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is making its largest foray into newspapers yet, agreeing to buy 63 papers from Media General Inc. The $142 million deal includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem Journal. The company is selling all its papers except those in Tampa, most importantly the Tampa Tribune.... More »

Investors Snapping Up Daily Papers

Real estate a major factor in sale of 71 papers last year

(Newser) - Despite plunging revenue and circulation figures, plenty of people in America are still buying daily newspapers—lock, stock, and valuable headquarters. Some 71 daily papers were sold last year, and while some investors see buying a paper as a civic duty, others view it as a way to turn a... More »

Ark. Paper Snubs Gay Couple

Won't publish engagement announcement

(Newser) - When Cody Renegar got engaged to his partner, he wanted to shout it from the rooftops—or at least announce it in his hometown paper. No dice, said the Northwest Arkansas Times. "There's a certain amount of validation that comes with putting it in the paper. You know,... More »

Warren Buffett Buys Hometown Newspaper

At $200M, purchase not about investing

(Newser) - Warren Buffett makes news for his multi-billion-dollar investments, not a piddly $200 million—but Buffett surprised many people when he announced yesterday he was spending that to buy his hometown newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, reports Bloomberg . The billionaire slammed the newspaper industry two years ago, saying it had the "... More »

Murdoch Shuts Down News of the World

Sunday will be the last edition of the paper

(Newser) - Mired in an ever-deepening phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's 168-year-old News of the World will fold after Sunday's edition, reports the Wall Street Journal. "If recent allegations are true, it was inhuman, and has no place in our company," James Murdoch said in a statement announcing... More »

College Paper Goes 'Topless' Over Stripper Story

La Salle's Collegian protests university ban on story above the fold

(Newser) - A Philadelphia college newspaper has gone topless to publish a story alleging a professor used exotic dancers in a business seminar. La Salle University students say administrators would not let them print the story above the fold on the front page, so the top half of Thursday's Collegian is... More »

Bomb Hidden in Newspaper Injures California Man

Nearby homes evacuated after blast

(Newser) - A Northern California man who went outside to retrieve a newspaper from his driveway yesterday morning was injured when a device hidden inside the paper exploded, authorities said. The blast forced the evacuation of about 50 surrounding homes in Vacaville, which is located between San Francisco and Sacramento. It wasn't... More »

NY Times Paywall Details Leak

Most won't have to pay, paper says

(Newser) - The New York Times’ long-expected paywall is due next month, and details are starting to leak out about the plan. Everyone will have limited free access to the site, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , but once users reach that limit, they'll have to pony up. Users can buy either... More »

WikiLeaks Leaking: Newspaper Snags Site's Entire Stash

'We are free to do whatever we want:' editor

(Newser) - From the turnabout-is-fair-play department: A Norwegian newspaper has snagged unauthorized access to WikiLeaks’ entire stash of government records—making it the only news source to hold all the material, ABC News reports. Aftenposten wouldn’t say how it managed to acquire the documents, but the feat could suck the wind... More »

USA Today Plans 'Radical Overhaul,' Staff Slash

9% of workers cut as focus switches from print

(Newser) - USA Today will be laying off 9% of its 1,500 workers in what execs describe as a radical overhaul. The 28-year-old paper, struggling with falling circulation and advertising sales, plans to focus less on its print edition and more on producing content for the Internet and mobile devices, AP... More »

Stop the Presses! Story Mentions Conan, Leno, Lady Gaga!

Rise of Web searching spells doom for clever newspaper headlines

(Newser) - Back in the day, "drunks with cigars wrote stories," overeducated wiseguys slapped snappy headlines on them, and some hours later, a newspaper appeared on your doorstep. In Internet time, that printed birdcage liner might as well be carved on stone tablets. "Call me a grumpy old codger,... More »

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