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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Strupp’

Instant Op/Ed Coming Soon

060302stray_mutt_byu_opinion.jpgE&P’s Joe Strupp has a piece about how the NYT is making plans to do an instant op/ed…or at least a quicker one.

“Our Op-Ed now is very rapid response, but it is at the most the next day,” said Andrew Rosenthal. “We are looking at a way to take advantage of the expandability of the Internet, the back and forth of it and the instantaneous nature of the Internet. Taking ideas that have existed in Op-Ed form and giving them a robust position online.”

Rosenthal said three editors, among them former editorial writers, are teaming up with a Web producer to oversee the initiative. He said the team is gathering a list of numerous experts on a variety of issues to be ready to provide quick comments, essays and columns on issues or stories that come up in the news. He said the idea is to have a group that provides opinions soon after news occurs, with a solid Web space dedicated to them.

“One of them could write a piece arguing that something is a terrible idea, then another could argue that it is a great idea and a third could react to those,” Rosenthal explained. “Readers could also comment, as they do now.”

Doesn’t this sound like CNN Debate Audience Reaction Meter in print? Does everything have to be instant? Isn’t the op/ed page one of the last places (sometime) thoughtful analysis gets featured?

Here’s our instant reaction – we hate it.

Next Week’s RNC: Perfect Storm?

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Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family made a “Praying for Rain” youtube video. He asked his followers(?) to pray for rain at Mile High Stadium during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech because he disagrees with his politics. “If God decides that rain of biblical proportions would be a good and proper meteorological condition for that evening,” He says on the video. “We’ll see it and we’ll say that it is good.”

Yeah, Focus on the Family should try focusing on their family and retire from rain dancing. Because it’s 80 degrees and sunny in Denver today.

Either way it makes Stuart Shepard look like an ass.

Anyway, Joe Strupp at E&P brings us a story of the Times-Picayune looking at the three year anniversary of Katrina tomorrow while bracing for Gustav.

“Keeping a watchful eye on Gustav has caused people to be less-conscious of the anniversary than they would have been,” Peter Kovacs said. “There is a sort of nervousness of ‘no, not again’.”

Reuters reports that some New Orleans residents may get evacuations orders by tomorrow. The storm could hit the gulf coast by Monday. That would make it make land fall the first day of the Republican National Convention.

Ouch.

Robbed At The Mirror Awards

logo_mirror_awards.gifAndersen, Auletta, Kurtz also shut out

The first annual Mirror Awards were presented at a Meredith Vieira-hosted luncheon today at the W hotel in Midtown, and our mediabistro.com mothership — a finalist in the media information services category — lost to HealthNewsReview.org. In other words, we were robbed.

Still, we weren’t the only overwhelming favorite among the 23 finalists to go home empty-handed. New York Times media man David Carr won for best column, upsetting his former boss Kurt Andersen (“Kurt plucked me off a turnip truck when I got to New York”) and Washington Post media guy Howard Kurtz, who was 0-for-2. Kurtz’s CNN show, Reliable Sources, lost to the American Journalism Review for overall excellence.

The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, praised for his profile of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, watched the best article award go to New York magazine’s Phillip Weiss for his profile of Craig Newmark, craigslist’s lovable nerd.

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O.J. Simpson Weighs in on Sensationalist News Coverage

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O.J. Simpson complains that celebrity news coverage is worse than ever, says Joe Strupp in Editor & Publisher. Working on a story about the AP reporter, Linda Deutsch, Strupp had called Simpson for a comment about her. He got an earful about the media in general.

Simpson deplores the media circus around Paris Hilton, et al, doesn’t think he’s newsworthy, but revealed this:

Simpson said he recently agreed to a rare interview with Marquez Productions of Orlando, Fla. for a documentary on media coverage because he wanted to discuss what he perceived as inaccuracies and sensationalism.

Oh right.

Pulitizer Prize Finalists Leaked Out Of Columbia

The juries packed up yesterday after three days of judging at Columbia University, and the New York Times — including Joe Nocera for commentary — and Wall Street Journal appear to lead the list Pulitzer Prize finalists cobbled together by E&P‘s Joe Strupp.

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