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German Historian: AP Was in Cahoots With the Nazis

Claims that Nazis even had a propaganda plant as an AP photographer

(Newser) - A historian at Germany's Martin Luther University has uncovered what she says is proof from Associated Press archives that it was in formal cahoots with Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime in exchange for being the only Western news agency to report from there, the New York Times reports. In... More »

To Censor Article, Egypt Seizes Every Newspaper

Interview with former spy was apparently too dicey

(Newser) - Egypt swears that censorship is a thing of the past, but the government showed this week that it can still practice an old-school version when it wants. Authorities seized every copy of the newspaper Al Masry Al Youm, apparently because they felt an interview with a former spy revealed too... More »

Graphic Teen Suicide Reports May Spur Copycats

Researchers pored over newspaper archives

(Newser) - Graphic and extensive news reports on a teen suicide may lead to more teen suicides, a new study has found. Researchers looked at 48 teen suicide "clusters" in US communities where three to 11 teens killed themselves over a six-month period occurring between 1988 and 1996 (before Internet news... More »

Venezuela's Newspapers Face Big Problem: No Paper

Some smell government conspiracy

(Newser) - Venezuela hasn't just run out of toilet paper —it's run out of other kinds of paper too, and that's a big problem for the country's newspaper industry. Five papers have already shut down, and more than half of the country's local papers will have... More »

NY Times Boss: We're Not for Sale

Arthur Sulzberger firm following Washington Post purchase

(Newser) - The Washington Post and Boston Globe may be changing hands, but don't expect the same fate for the New York Times , says publisher and chair Arthur Sulzberger Jr. "Will our family seek to sell the Times? The answer to that is no. The Times is not for sale,... More »

Why Bezos' Washington Post Buy Matters So Much

'The iceberg just rescued the Titanic'

(Newser) - After picking their jaws up off the floor, some pundits are reacting to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post with cautious optimism.
  • The $250 million deal—which follows a long period of decline at the Post—is "a genuine earthquake" for the world of journalism, writes
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Washington Post Sold to Amazon CEO for $250M

Jeff Bezos buys paper for $250M

(Newser) - The Washington Post has the scoop on ... its own sale. In an indulgently long report, the paper reveals it will be sold to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million in cash, after 80 years of ownership by the Graham family. The Post reports that its operating revenue... More »

News Outlets Should Hire More Christians

Matt Lewis says newspapers, others missing key part of society

(Newser) - Newspapers and other media outlets might like to trumpet how their diverse staffs reflect a diverse nation, but Matt Lewis at the Week thinks they're falling short in one key area: Christians. Generally speaking, people of faith are hard to find in journalism, which results in a secular bias... More »

Do Newspaper Endorsements Matter?

Experts, voters doubt it

(Newser) - Both presidential candidates are racking up endorsements as the election draws near, prompting the AP to wonder whether editorial boards' selections do much to sway voters these days. Says a political scientist: "The short answer is no." Still, "at this stage in the campaign, you're looking... More »

NYT Launches Chinese Website

Times ' microblog accounts go offline, spurring rumors of gov't censorship

(Newser) - The New York Times launched a Chinese-language edition yesterday, along with accounts on a number of Chinese microblogging sites, joining the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and several other major newspapers trying to get a piece of the huge China market, reports the AP . It quickly racked up 10,... 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 »

Some Newspapers Pulling Doonesbury Abortion Strip

Garry Trudeau goes after Texas for requiring ultrasound

(Newser) - Doonesbury is making waves again, with several newspapers around the country planning to skip the comic strip next week or move it to the editorial pages. The reason? Garry Trudeau lampoons a Texas law requiring women to get an ultrasound before abortion, and he pulls few punches. "By the... More »

Los Angeles Times to Launch Paywall

Paper's online content won't be free after March 5

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times is going behind a paywall next month, joining the ranks of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently, Gannett. (The latter's hasn't gone into effect yet.) The LAT "membership program" will eventually cost $1.99 a week when... More »

Time to Occupy Newsrooms

Where unfair bonuses are concerned, media firms rival Wall Street: David Carr

(Newser) - USA Today applauded Occupy Wall Street for attacking firms that give “huge bonuses” to execs who makes terrible decisions. The paper’s right—but it’s being hypocritical. Gannett, owner of USA Today, is a champion of “bonus excess despite miserable operations,” David Carr writes in... More »

News of the World Scandal Shows Power of Print

Richard Cohen on Rupert Murdoch's inky downfall

(Newser) - Richard Cohen is thrilled about the downfall of News of the World, and not just because it was “a revolting scandal sheet” run by the hated Rupert Murdoch. “I thrill that what we are witnessing is a good, old-fashioned newspaper scandal,” Cohen writes in the Washington Post... More »

Why I Admire Rupert Murdoch

Roger Cohen on why you shouldn't hate News Corp's visionary

(Newser) - Everyone seems to be piling on Rupert Murdoch thanks to the News of the World scandal, but not Roger Cohen. “I admire the guy,” he writes in the New York Times . Sure, the hacking is indefensible, and yes, Fox News has been polarizing and contributed to the “... More »

Chicago Trib to Publish Sunday Paper With No Ads

(Newser) - Here's one way to solve the dearth of advertising for newspapers—just get rid of that pesky stuff altogether and charge readers an extra $5 an issue. This is what the Chicago Tribune may be planning, according to a story in the Chicago Reader, which got its hands on an... More »

Little Orphan Annie Bows Out, Mysteriously

Comic strips ends 85-year run 'for now'

(Newser) - After 85 years of adventures, Little Orphan Annie made her final appearance in the funny papers today, and she left behind a cliffhanger. The last panel of the strip consists of a yellow background with black lettering reading "And this is where we leave our Annie. For now—"... More »

Little Orphan Annie Leaving Newspapers

Comic strip ends 85-year run next month

(Newser) - Even Little Orphan Annie can't fight the tide against print newspapers. The daily comic strip will end its 85-year run on June 13, reports the Chicago Tribune . But fear not, Annie fans, the strip will end with a cliffhanger, not her demise. "Annie is definitely not dying," says... More »

The iPad Will Save Print Media

Finally, a device that makes people want to pay for content

(Newser) - Michael Gerson is a self-proclaimed bibliophile who once loved “everything about used bookstores—the musty smell of decaying paper, the reading copies and remainders, the treasure hunt for a bright volume of an old favorite.” But he hasn’t visited one in years, thanks to his Amazon Kindle,... More »

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