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# journalism - Friday 11 February, 2011

I wonder how often the horse must stumble before you realise the race is over

Tribune columnist David Kenny faces up to the prospect of being unemployed again in his 40s – and wonders what his Dad, who warned him not to follow him into journalism, would have made of it all.

# journalism - Sunday 6 February, 2011

From The42 The Sunday Papers: the best of the week’s sportswriting Hold The Back Page

The Sunday Papers: the best of the week’s sportswriting

Stick a pot of coffee on and put your feet up. Here’s some gems you may have missed this week.

# journalism - Wednesday 2 February, 2011

THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE will not publish an edition this Sunday. A statement from Tribune Newspapers plc, posted on the paper’s website, says that “the publication of the newspaper together with its online edition will be deferred during the sale process”.

The decision was taken a day after it was announced to staff that the paper had gone into receivership. The Tribune says that February’s salaries are being paid to all staff.

# journalism - Tuesday 1 February, 2011

Sunday Tribune struggles as receiver appointed

Newspaper continues publishing – but 46 Waterstone’s staff face uncertain future as two Dublin stores close.

# journalism - Sunday 16 January, 2011

From The42 The Sunday Papers: the best sports writing from the past seven days Hold The Back Page

The Sunday Papers: the best sports writing from the past seven days

Put on a pot of coffee and enjoy this collection of the week’s best writing – from home and beyond.

# journalism - Thursday 13 January, 2011

Almost 100 journalists killed because of their work in 2010

Two news media staff a week died last year – and most were local journalists reporting on corruption and crime in their own back yard.

# journalism - Monday 20 September, 2010

Apple's Jobs to journalism student: 'Your grades aren't our problem'

After a six-email exchange, the CEO tells a 22-year-old asking for media help: “Please leave us alone.”

# journalism - Tuesday 3 August, 2010

“DESPITE MY YEARS, I bring energy and a fresh approach,” said the new owner of Newsweek, 91-year-old Sidney Harman, after buying the loss-making magazine.

Harman, founder of audio equipment maker Harman International Industries, beat three other bidders for the title: OpenGate Capital, hedge fund Avenue Capital Group and Fred Drasner, former co-publisher of the New York Daily News.

Newsweek, which has been running for 77 years, has been widely regarded as a stalwart of quality American journalism. However in recent years the title, owned by The Washington Post until this week, has been making significant losses.

Last year, Newsweek returned a loss of $30m; in the first quarter of this year alone, the loss was $11m.

Donald Graham, chief executive of the Washington Post, talked about the kind of individual that the company had hoped to see taking over the title: “In seeking a buyer for Newsweek, we wanted someone who feels as strongly as we do about the importance of quality journalism,” he said.

Harman appears to be the man for the job, then, as the The Wall Street Journal quotes him as saying: “I’m an experienced and knowledgeable businessman. I have a fundamental respect for the role of journalism and I think it has done no harm when you bring discipline to it.”

No details were given about the deal itself, but Harman has said that most of the 300 jobs at Newsweek will be safe.

The magazine’s editor, Jon Meacham, has announced plans to resign however.

It has been reported that Harman is taking on Newsweek as something of a labour of love, and does not expect to a quick turnaround in the title’s profit-making ability.

“(Harman) feels he has a chance to make a contribution to society by helping to preserve a great publication,” Geoffrey Cowan, dean emeritus of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at University of Southern California, is quoted as saying.

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