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Many miss news in alternative and media publications.

Although most of our readers are among the media elite--otherwise you wouldn't read this publication--we also suspect that many do not partake of the rich fare available in national media and alternative publications. So, below is just a sampling of ideas, reports and insights offered elsewhere. It is not our intention to be comprehensive nor recommend any publication in particular. Simply, they happen to be some of the publications, that have arrived recently.

* Peter Hart quotes in Extra! (June 2007), the magazine of Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, an excerpt from a Washington Post editorial, "How do prestigious journalists defend their cozy relationship with a well-known bigot."

Of course, he talks about Don Imus. Hart cites the many journalists and others who appeared on Imus' show, among them Dick Gregory (MSNBC), Tom Oliphant (former Boston Globe columnist), Howard Fineman (Newsweek) and Bob Schieffer (CBS) and how many media institutions rationalized their support of Imus.

* Gregg Leslie reports in The News Media & the Law (Spring 2007), published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about a Missouri case that smacks of prior restraint. In the case, the restraint was issued "solely to protect a municipal agency's 3-year-old memo concerning its possible legal and regulatory difficulties."

* Some of the homeless newspapers--usually nonprofit, free newspapers--have been quite successful, writes Jake Thomas in Utne (May-June 2007). Publications such as Street Roots in Portland and Real Change in Seattle are trying to overcome the public's low expectations for a "homeless paper" by employing professional writers, better design and featuring more mainstream coverage. Publishers of street newspapers have formed the North American Street Newspaper Association and a consulting service, the International Network of Street Papers.

* The St. Louis Post-Dispatch failed to make the list of the top 20 daily and Sunday newspapers in circulation, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation in Editor & Publisher (June 2007). Daily newspaper circulation ranged from 329,989-2,278,022. The three top papers in daily circulation were USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The three top papers in Sunday circulation were The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Sunday circulation ranged from 430,893-1,627,062. Both daily and Sunday circulation figures covered six months ending Match 31.

* The history of the Pulitzer Prizes is mentioned in Quill (May 2007), published by the Society of Professional Journalists. The program began in 1917, made possible by a bequest from Joseph Pulitzer, founder of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He endowed Columbia University with $2 million for a journalism school and "prizes or scholarships for the encouragement of public service, public morals, American literature and the advancement of education."

The Post has won the following number of Pulitzer Prize awards: 1920s, 3; 1930s, 2; 1940s, 5; 1950s, 4; 1960s, 1; 1970s, 2; 1980s, 1.

No Pulitzer Prizes have been earned by the Post in the last 18 years.

The perceptions of Americans have been so numbed by the flood of information, they are so "omnivorously absorbed in all the media" that they are largely undisturbed by the radical revisions of the U.S. Constitution, writes Nat Hentoff in Free Inquiry (April/May 2007).

Moreover, the public's "endless diversion by the multimedia," such as "Dancing with the Stars," makes them ignore "one of the most dangerous threats to our liberties," the Military Commission Act of 2006.

Hentoff is also concerned with the demand of media Web sites to be fed continuously with news, most of it local. He quotes Editor & Publisher, "Reporting of international events is jettisoned to make room for the Wednesday lunch menu at Grover Cleveland Junior High."

These smaller publications, superbly edited and full of news you will not find anywhere else, may also deserve your attention.

Charles L. Klotzer is The editor/publisher emeritus of SJR.
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Date:Jul 1, 2007
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