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The new, improved Rocky Mountain News (ta da!)

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Editor John Temple’s column today boasts that his Rocky Mountain News is “the paper that I’ve dreamed of publishing.”

The new (smaller) Rocky hit the streets today, courtesy of new presses that can spit out 80,000 copies an hour. Temple recounts the blessings of this event:

read ’em and weep

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

January 24, 2007 at 11:24 am

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The leaner, meaner workforce of Time Inc.: More jobs cut

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Time Inc. has cut 289 jobs, with 172 whacked from editorial operations (you know, the people who report, write and present the stories).

Time loses about 40 jobs. People will close bureaus in Washington; Miami; Chicago; and Austin, Texas, where about 20 people work. Sports Illustrated loses about two dozen employees.

In December 2005, the company cut 105 staffers, many of them high-ranking executives. February 2006: about 100 cuts. April: about 105 cuts. December: 27 people whacked in marketing. Teen People was shuttered in July. Eighteen magazine titles were put up for sale. In less than a year, Time Inc. has cut its workforce from 12,000 to about 10,500.

See top brass’ memo

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

January 18, 2007 at 5:22 pm

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You saw it on CNN first … but that’s all

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Look! It’s CNN, broadcast journalism at its vacuous best, the cable channel “where new pictures and information are arriving all the time …” And not telling me a damn thing.

New pictures “arrived” at CNN just after 9 a.m. Tuesday — helicopter video of a derailment in Brooks, Kentucky (see AP story). We now take you to the transcript of the “reportage” accompanying that first, “dramatic” flush of video.

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

January 17, 2007 at 4:22 pm

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