The New Yorker has relaunched its online books section “with a new landing page for all things literary — from book reviews and fiction from the magazine, to our popular podcasts, to our newly launched blog Page-Turner,” says the magazine’s release. “Expanding on the magazine’s book coverage, the blog will be a place for immediate reflections on new books and publishing trends.”
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USA Today staff photographers were told last week that they won’t be going to London to cover the Olympics because Gannett’s US Presswire team will be shooting there. (John Harrington’s comment: “It seems that USA Today is sending in the farm team rather than the best.” Gannett bought US Presswire last September.) Harrington continues:
I’m guessing that the new President and Publisher of USA Today, who will be reporting to Gannett, Larry Kramer, will be wondering why a teenager is on the credentials list along with so many other US Presswire photographers when his thoroughbred sports photographers didn’t make the cut.
That teen is the daughter of a US Presswire photographer. The shooter who identified her on a message board wrote that “it’s a bit much when by being somebody’s daughter you can get credentialed to cover the Olympic Games in London,” then later apologized for identifying her. “I hope she makes the most of it,” he wrote, and comes back with some stunning images. In the same position there is no way I would turn down that opportunity. What really hacks me off is the Gannett/USPW policies.”
* US Presswire to go to Olympics in place of USA Today
* Read comments about USA Today’s decision at Sportsshooter.com
* My Facebook friends/subscribers have a lot to say about this, too
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos reviewed all of NPR’s shows in the eight days after Joe Biden said he was “comfortable” with gay marriage and found “the coverage did indeed skew in favor of giving air time to the side that favors marriage equality.”
On its main news shows over that time, NPR aired 38 reports about the gay marriage debate. Every story included at least an acknowledgement of both sides of the issue, but a tally found 34 interviews with supporters of gay marriage versus 22 opposed and five uncommitted. The supporters, in other words, had a 3-2 edge over the opponents. Fourteen academics endorsed neither side, but provided analysis of polls and political trends.
The ombudsman says those numbers numbers “suggest to me that in the future more opposition voices have to be brought into the coverage of an issue on which Americans are divided. The same would not be true for an issue about which there is no longer much debate: abolishing slavery, for example.”
* Eight days of same-sex marriage coverage (NPR.org)