J-School: Educating Independent Journalists

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Archive for February, 2009

Final Sentences?

Posted by chanders on February 28, 2009

I think I just wrote the final sentences of my thesis. They draw on my new title, and I admit, they are something of a call to arms. Here they are:

“The unraveling of journalism has gone on for far too long. It has damaged too many individuals, institutions, and democratic ideals. It is time to begin, in earnest, the long and difficult process of networking the news.”

Now to fill in the final few pages.

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Philadelphia Newspapers Bankruptcy Documents

Posted by chanders on February 23, 2009

UPDATE: Better late than never I guess:

I’m attaching 2 documents related to the Philadelphia Newspapers  recent bankruptcy filing:

The biggest news to come out of the filings so far is  the fact that the company CEO, Brian Tierney, gave himself 38% raise in December 2008 as the company headed toward a Chapter 11.

Anyway, for folks who get off reading 60+ pages of legal documents, here they are for your viewing pleasure.

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Philadelphia Media Holdings Files For Bankruptcy

Posted by chanders on February 22, 2009


One of the news organizations I spent the last three years studying– studying really, really closely, Philadelphia Media Holdings, owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com– has filed for Ch. 11.

I’m sort of speechless. Not surprised, not at all, but — man. Thinking about all the people I know there– all the friends I have there. Wow.

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