Today's Top Stories

Are books dead, and can authors survive?

Yes, books will survive -- in one form or another. But let's ask the more important question: Will writers be able to make a living and continue writing in the digital era? With the era of digital publishing and digital distribution, the age of author advances is coming to an end. Indeed, every industry that has become digital has seen a dramatic, and in many cases terminal, decrease in earnings for those who create "content."

Post pulling back from suburbs?

The Post is still cutting costs, and will continue to do so. That’s just the reality. I hear persistent rumors, which I cannot confirm, of a target in the newsroom of another $2 million in cost cuts this year. Advertising revenue in the first six months of the year wasn’t what was expected, for most publications across the country, and so, too, for The Post.

WaPo to Shutter Nearly All Regional Bureaus

WaPo is reportedly closing most of its regional bureaus minus those located in the state capitals of Virginia and Maryland. According to a restricted Washington Guild posting on Facebook, the closures are "obviously another sign of the Post’s effort to grapple with the economy and the radical changes in the media business," but do "not mean that the Post will reduce its local coverage."

Court redefines “The Press”

The stunning Federal Appeals Court ruling affirming the First Amendment right of citizens to photograph police while they’re on duty has far-reaching implications that go beyond the mere taking of pictures at crime, disturbance and accident scenes. By granting everyone this “right,” this ruling redefines “the press” in this country by shattering the myth of privilege associated with working for a so-called “legitimate” news organization.

Chamber, AFL-CIO ready to rumble

Seizing on Labor Day’s approach, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO each issued dueling six-point job creation proposals on Wednesday, most likely foreshadowing a bitter fight ahead of the 2012 election.Chamber President Tom Donohue said his organization will engage in a “massive mobilization” of members to get its message to Congress and the White House, although details on the effort were scant at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Chicago Tribune Halts Tabloid Edition

With the Chicago Tribune set to print its former rival, the Chicago Sun-Times, in the fall, the Tribune has abandoned its brief shift into tabloid printing. The Tribune began printing a tabloid edition in January 2009, making the new version available on the street but not by subscription. It was perceived as a challenge to the Sun-Times, which is also a tabloid. However, the Tribune then announced in July it would begin printing the Sun-Times.

Newspaper ad spending down 7% in 2Q

Newspaper advertising spending fell 7% in the second quarter to $6 billion, the Newspaper Association of America said Thursday. Spending on print ads declined for the 20th straight quarter dating back to 2006, dipping almost 9% to $5.19 billion. Meanwhile, online ad spending advanced for the sixth straight quarter, rising 8% to $803.4 million. Classifed ad spending -- long considered the lifeblood of newspapers -- fell nearly 11%.

A Victory for Recording in Public!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit last week issued a resounding and unanimous opinion in support of the First Amendment right to record the actions of police in public. The case grew out of the arrest of Simon Glik in 2007, when he openly used his cell phone to record three police officers arresting a suspect on Boston Common -- for which he wascharged with criminal violation of the Massachusetts wiretap act, aiding the escape of a prisoner and disturbing the peace.

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