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Media Nation's new home

I ended up moving a little more quickly on this than I had intended. But Media Nation, hosted on Blogspot. com since 2005, has now moved to its own server. Please click here to keep reading. And ad... [read more]

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Alpha-testers wanted

Shhhh . .. no one is supposed to know. But would you mind taking a peek at an early version of what may wind up as the new Media Nation? It's built with Word Press, and you'll find it here. Don'... [read more]

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A Taylor-made Globe?

In what may prove to be very good news for readers of the Boston Globe, a group led by Stephen Taylor — a prominent member of the family that sold the paper to the New York Times Co. in 1993 — ... [read more]

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Democracy and the Senate (II)

The notion that the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald represent ideologically opposite editorial positions is overblown. The Herald and its editorial-page editor, Rachelle Cohen, aren't really al... [read more]

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Democracy and the Senate

Ted Kennedy, battling brain cancer, strikes exactly the right balance in his letter (pdf) to state officials on how his seat in the U. S. Senate should be filled. In a story broken by the Boston Gl... [read more]

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Don Hewitt, 1922-2009

I felt no need to say something nasty or snarky (or much of anything) yesterday when syndicated columnist Robert Novak died. He was, in essence, a minor figure, and he probably would have agreed wi... [read more]

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Howard Owens talks about The Batavian

My spring-and-summer video tour of innovative online news organizations continues with Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian, a for-profit news site in western New York state that he founded when... [read more]

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Aggravation over aggregation

In my latest for the Guardian, I take a look at the increasingly contentious issue of aggregation, and at what constitutes good and bad linking practices. [read more]

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Robert Novak, 1931-2009

Romenesko is rounding up coverage here. And yes, Wikipedia has already incorporated his just-announced death into its Novak bio. [read more]

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The stories behind the Taliban story

With the election in Afghanistan just days away, Global Post, the Boston-based international news service, has weighed in with a first-rate multimedia presentation on the Taliban. Reported by execu... [read more]

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From the Eliot to J.J. Foley's

The Boston Globe's Alex Beam has a must-read column on the seedier side of Boston journalism history. [read more]

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Patrick by the numbers

Jon Keller weighs in with a neat bit of media criticism, observing that today's Boston Globe story on Gov. Deval Patrick's relative popularity in Western Massachusetts is based on a poll of just ... [read more]

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Meeting my match

At the summit of Mt. Monadnock Two years ago, following a six-day, 50-mile backpacking trip with our Boy Scout troop along the Appalachian Trail in the Berkshires, I suggested something different f... [read more]

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You learn something new every day

And here I thought the Orange Line stopped in back of Northeastern and the Green Line in front. And that Oak Grove was the closest station to Media Nation World Headquarters. [read more]

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Where it all went wrong

I'm no advertising expert, but Steve Buttry's post on newspapers' original sin strikes me as being exactly right:The disastrous error that newspapers made early in our digital lives was treating... [read more]

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The high cost of Cambridge police records

The Cambridge Police Department has adopted a restrictive policy that would force the Cambridge Chronicle to pay more than $1,200 to obtain public records of police activity for most of July, accor... [read more]

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Monetizing the link economy (not)

Paid Content. org has posted an important analysis by media consultant Arnon Mishkin showing that aggregator sites derive far more value by compiling headlines, ledes and links than do the news org... [read more]

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A tweak in our comments policy

After some reflection, I've decided to restore moderation for Media Nation comments. I hope we can continue to have a freewheeling discussion. But I want to stop abusive, repeat comments before th... [read more]

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Media Nation on hiatus

I'm writing this from the newsroom of "Beat the Press," and will be running around for the rest of the day. Tomorrow I leave for a five-day backpacking trip. So don't look for any n... [read more]

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Sulzberger speaks

Even as a third prospective buyer has emerged for the Boston Globe — and even as the New York Times Co. has finally acknowledged that the Globe is for sale, something that's been clear for month... [read more]

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Twitter under attack

No, it's not just you. [read more]

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Spying on the antiwar movement

In my latest for the Guardian, I take a look at a disturbing, underreported revelation: that a public-records request in Washington State revealed an antiwar activist was, in fact, a military spy w... [read more]

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More on Olbermann, Greenwald and Stelter

Glenn Greenwald has posted a statement from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann as well as his own withering response regarding the cease-fire between MSNBC and Fox News. Here's what Olbermann told Greenwald... [read more]

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Follow the bouncing sports talkers

So why did the Boston Globe and WEEI Radio (AM 850) reach an agreement that will allow Globe sportswriters to appear on the station for the first time in years, as the Boston Phoenix's Adam Reilly... [read more]

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A cheap shot from Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann issued his declaration of independence last night. But in doing so, he smeared New York Times reporter Brian Stelter (photo), whose account of a peace settlement between Olbermann'... [read more]

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