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Lakeland’s “The Ledger” newsroom aims to unionize

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It’s the one word that strikes fear—or at least puts heartburn—in the chests of corporate management: Union. And the new barons of journalism aren’t immune. The Ledger‘s newsroom workers now are moving to unionize, according to a Tuesday press release from the NewsGuild-CWA (Communications Workers of America). The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper of record, was owned for 42 of its 92 years by The New York Times Company. It was bought in 2011 by Halifax Media, which was itself was later taken…

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Meme-ification of reason (and politics) — an experiment

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Part of my job at Sachs Media Group is running data experiments that nobody has asked us to run, for the simple pleasure of satisfying curiosity and the attempt to better understand what kinds of things matter to people. Our themes generally relate back to the space of communications or politics. For example: does reading news on a mobile device versus a newspaper change people’s perception of social dynamics? (Yes.) This week’s experiment took a similar approach, using a survey…

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The loss of the Tampa Tribune is difficult for a former rival

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You live from headline to headline and from deadline to deadline. Those are the rules. You try to make this story sharper than yesterday’s. You try to squeeze out the money quote. You try to get one source, one more fact, one more comment. You work until the ink stains your fingers and, sometimes, your heart. You swallow the pressure. You fight writer’s block. You die a thousand tiny deaths. What was it that Red Smith once said? Writing is easy.…

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Court reverses judge on paper’s use of ‘snitch’ transcripts

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An appeals court has tossed out a Florida judge’s order that a newspaper remove transcripts of telephone conversations from a story on its website about a jailhouse “snitch” and his cooperation with prosecutors. The 4th District Court of Appeal sided Tuesday with The Palm Beach Post. Newspaper attorney Martin Reeder argued that Circuit Judge Jack Schramm Cox‘s order last month was improper prior restraint on the paper’s First Amendment right to publish information. Cox had ruled that publication violated informant…

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Local newspaper balks at publishing Mitch Kates’ ‘press release’ for H-48 candidate Tom McKone

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An anonymous source sent me a series of e-mails between political consultant Mitch Kates and Patrick Wheeler, the publisher of the East Lake Blister. At first glance, these e-mails look like small potatoes, but taken together they reinforce some of the perceptions about how Kates operates; how he works to gain earned media for his clients — a tactic that worked for Kevin Beckner, but backfired for Scott Wagman. It remains to be seen how Kates’ efforts will work for…

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