Today's Top Stories

Are Big Media’s Partnerships With Seattle ‘Indies’ the Future of Hyperlocal?

In the furiously expanding, highly competitive and often conflicted hyperlocal space, some pieces appear to be coming together. Just possibly, highly digital Seattle may be the birthplace for what has long eluded hyperlocal: a sustainable business model. I’m talking about the new and recent partnerships between Seattle’s hyperlocal “indies” and the bigger media guys in the very active local space.

FT editor calls for media standards commission

Lionel Barber, the editor of the Financial Times, on Wednesday called for reform in the regulation of the UK press, with the establishment of a Media Standards Commission that would be dominated by independent outsiders rather than editors and proprietors. He said bloggers such as Guido Fawkes and aggregation websites such as Huffington Post UK should be regulated by the new body.

11 Reasons Why the Unemployment Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think

The media have failed to present the unemployment problem, with all its associated economically devastating consequences, in the manner it deserves. It’s possible that unemployment facts and figures don’t translate well for advertisers, or they are too cumbersome to present in a two-minute segment. Whatever the reason, the mass media seem to avoid unemployment details as they would avoid describing and filming fresh road kill during a dinnertime newscast.

Buy-outs, Layoffs Coming to Press Herald

The Sept. 14 Portland Press Herald carried a business brief about layoffs at Bath Iron Works, where 44 workers will lose their jobs. But there’s no similar coverage of the announcement on Sept. 13 of 40 or more staff reductions at the Press Herald. Why these proposed cuts aren’t as newsworthy as those at BIW is one of the mysteries of the Press Herald editorial mind. Or maybe the corporate types at parent company MaineToday Media thought no one would find out.

Conrad Black could be stripped of Order of Canada

Fresh off losing his freedom, Conrad Black faces losing yet another privilege -- his Order of Canada. The honor handed to the once powerful media baron more than two decades ago is under review after he was ordered back to prison to serve out a sentence for mail fraud and obstruction of justice. Only four people have ever been stripped of the Order, meant to recognize a “lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.”

Reuters op-ed editor James Ledbetter discusses new hires, the Web and social media

Gone are the days when Reuters was just a wire service. Former Slate media critic Jack Shafer, hired last week, is only the latest appointment op-ed editor James Ledbetter has made in his effort to turn the Reuters opinion page into a leading source of commentary. "We want to get ourselves in the midst of all sorts of issues and news stories that we know Reuters’ readers, existing and potential, care about," he said.

AFL-CLO president: Workers must take charge

Trumka president speaks at Notre Dame

It’s time for America’s workers to take charge again. That seemed to be the overarching message to the nearly 40-minute speech Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, gave Wednesday night at Cthe University of Notre Dame. “While America isn’t broke, something is broken in America,” Trumka said. “Our sense of justice, our expectation of fairness, our confidence that for all of our quarrels with each other, we really are all in this together, that’s what’s broken.”

Playing Media Monopoly

As Honolulu’s only daily newspaper reduces access and raises rates, consumers, advertisers and competitors are the losers

On Aug. 31, the Justice Department sued to stop AT&T’s acquisition of rival T-Mobile, USA on grounds that the merger would result in higher prices and fewer consumer choices. But justice slept during the mergers of three Hawaii tv stations, Comcast with NBC and two Honolulu daily newspapers. Consolidated media exposes us to selective reporting and agenda. The press is supposed to serve as a watchdog for an informed citizenry. But in the absence of competition, who -- to invoke Cicero -- will guard the guardians?