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The New York Times Names New Police Bureau Chief

The New York Times has officially changed police bureau chiefs. The New York Observer reports that Al Baker has been succeeded by Wendy Ruderman, who came to the Times from the Philadelphia Daily News in early May. Baker will now take a spot at the education section of the paper.

Ruderman had been with the Philadelphia Daily News since 2007, but told The Philly Post that things were going downhill quickly at the Philly Daily News.

“I hate to say it, but if people at the Daily News aren’t looking, they should be,” Ruderman said at the time. “If they’re not, it’s kind of stupid… This place is rudderless.”

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Metro Philadelphia Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Despite Odds

1met1ro.jpgIt was almost two years ago exactly (give or take a week) when speculation arose to whether Metro International would be able to sustain its free U.S. editions. Its New York, Boston, and Philadelphia titles had been hit especially hard, despite the amount of public transport available (commuters are considered to be free newspapers’ biggest audience). Said Will Bunch of The Philadelphia Daily News at the time:

“Perhaps the market is too divided — there are two good free weeklies here and the Daily News does a pretty good job retaining people willing to lay out 60 cents…I think they will find it very difficult to find a Philadelphia buyer, especially when they couldn’t make it work with a formula that’s been successful elsewhere.”

Yet last year Philadelphia Daily News‘ parent company Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, while Metro Philadelphia is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary as the largest circulated daily paper in the city. Just goes to show you never can tell.

Press release below.

Previously: Metro: Free Dailies In Trouble, CEO of Philly Papers Given $1,500/Week for Transportation

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Local Newspapers Fight To Survive, But Are They Going About It The Right Way?

philadelphia.pngThis weekend, while reading Michael Sokolove‘s New York Times Magazine story about Philadelphia and its troubled newspapers, The Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer, we couldn’t help but thinking about the role that blogs are now playing in the journalistic conversation.

According to Sokolove: “Newspapers remain the primary source of news-gathering in America. And unlike so many Internet ‘sites,’ they are firmly grounded in a geographical place. To read a newspaper is to know what town you’re in.”

Is that still true? Local news Web sites are popping up all over the place and some, like NewJerseyNewsroom.com, are even created by former local newspapers employees who have been recently let go.

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