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  America's Oldest Journal Covering the Newspaper Industry Wednesday, January 14, 2004  
Ads slow in key election contests
As the primary season begins, local papers hoping to reel in campaign ads may not like what we're hearing from the first two showdown states. Voting nears in Iowa and New Hampshire this month, but you might not know it by the unusually low campaign advertising being purchased in newspapers there.

'Grrl power' in Chicago
Her face is animated, her eyes weary. Deadline is rapidly approaching at Citylink, and Leah Pietrusiak is the last remaining soul in the Chicago newsroom of the free West Side weekly on this Wednesday evening.

Reader raves help spice up Web
Many Web executives love reader-generated content. It encourages reader loyalty, and hey, it's cheap. And it can even create a local craze, what we'll call, in this case, "Beer Eye for the Lake Guys" in Chicago.

New API chief backs preparedness
Andrew B. Davis is not your typical press institute chief. He has run a weekly newspaper group — and commanded U.S. Marines during the first Persian Gulf War. Still, for the 54-year-old Davis, who took over as executive director of the American Press Institute on Dec. 1, his unusual mix of military, journalism and business experience is perfect for today's changing news landscape. "They are two wholly separate tribes," Davis said of newspapers and the military. "But the crossover is in their leadership skills."

Forecasting the paper chase
Slowly but surely the economy is recovering, while papermakers have been curtailing their supplies. With murmurs of an increase in paper prices coming as early as Feb. 1, the question for producers and users is not if prices will go up in 2004, but when, and how much.

Roldo, the man with no last name, signs off
Roldo has a last name, but none of his many admirers — or equally numerous detractors — in Cleveland ever seem to use it when they talk about the iconoclastic journalist, who over the years has become a municipal institution as familiar as Terminal Tower or the West Side Market.

Romaner rides high as Web jockey
Some 2,000 miles from Califor- nia's Silicon Valley sits unassuming Augusta, Ga., best known as the site of the Masters Golf Tournament. But this quiet city on the verdant banks of the Savannah River is also home to high-tech innovation — at, of all places, a family-owned mid-sized newspaper publisher.

Rip these words from the headlines
Every year at this time, the good folks at Lake Superior State University provide a journalistic service by taking nominations from around the world for its List of Words Banished for overuse, misuse, or general uselessness.

Sittin' on the dock of eBay adds ad dollars
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's first online auction last year brought more than $500,000 in new ad dollars to the paper, and made new customers out of about 120 businesses that hadn't advertised before. Newspapers have learned a lot about how to run online auctions since The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal ran one of the first such events in 2002.

Gay artist gets presidential nod
Barry Goldwater and John McCain didn't make it, but another Arizonan did when Mike Ritter was elected president — of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC). He also has the rare distinction of being an openly gay staff cartoonist at a mainstream daily.

It's a Family Affair
Jacob Bernstein was six years old when he first saw All the President's Men, the 1976 film that chronicled the Watergate work of his father, Carl Bernstein, and fellow Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. After viewing the movie, the young Bernstein had just one question for dad: Who is Deep Throat?

Grabbing the Rebound
After a three-year slog, newspapers finally seem poised for more prosperous times. Forecasters predict mid-single digit revenue growth in 2004, a return to 2000 performance levels. In that time, however, the media universe has changed. The Web has solidified its position as a classified marketplace, particularly for help-wanted. Many consumers are shifting to personal media devices, pointing to newspapers' need to grow beyond their core products. The population is growing ever more ethnically diverse, suggesting that the need for news organizations to mirror their communities is greater than ever. One feature of the terrain remains, maddeningly, unchanged: media ownership rules still seem up in the air.

Black and White and Red All Over
Four Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) members compiling last summer's "Reading Red" content analysis of how the nation's largest newspapers covered American Indians found that most stories fell into predictable categories such as reservation affairs, casino gambling, sports mascots, or entertainment. But almost every paper also published articles about American Indian topics that were so odd that the journalists created a separate category: "Curious."

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After the Earth Shook
Odd Andersen, AFP/Getty images, Dec. 30, 2003
An Iranian family mourns their dead in the city of Bam, struck by the great earthquake on Dec. 26. A few days later, the death toll passed 30,000, with many still missing. Just two weeks earlier, Andersen photographed Iranian democracy activist Shirin Ebadi when she accepted a Nobel Peace Prize in Norway.

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