Category Archives: future of newspapers

Free Press memory hole

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that … Continue reading

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WSU reporters and Duggan: the rest of the story

By Joel Thurtell You would think from reading the August 18, 2015 Detroit Free Press article about two Wayne State University student reporters who were stonewalled by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s staff that the Free Press broke the story. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Free Press to deliver NY Times

By Joel Thurtell Note to newspaper publishers: Can’t make money on your own news product? Peddle somebody else’s. A note in today’s (March 24, 2013) New York Times states: “Starting on Monday April 1st we will no longer be your … Continue reading

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CABs: What I get

By Joel Thurtell A few days ago, joelontheroad registered more than 5,500 hits in a week. Not Facebook, but for a guy without the resources of, say Huffington Post or The New York Times or even a small town weekly, … Continue reading

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Interfering with news? What’s new?

By Joel Thurtell Unbelievable! Frightening news! Democrats are poised to take over Philadelphia newspapers! A former Democratic mayor of Philly who was also a governor of the state is heading a group who plan to acquire the newspapers. Already, they’re … Continue reading

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Spiking the Super Bowl pizza

Here, slightly edited, is my annual Super Bowl story: By Joel Thurtell I’m no sports writer, so it was neat to think my byline would appear over a Super Bowl story. What a drag that my first-ever Super Bowl piece … Continue reading

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Reasons not to cancel the paper

By Joel Thurtell We’ve already learned from my star columnist, Peppermint Patti, why she thinks my idea of reading newspapers on my laptop is bad, bad, bad. I have only one lap. It can hold a laptop computer. Or it … Continue reading

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Leaking is good (for us reporters)

LONDON — A Scotland Yard detective has been arrested on suspicion of leaking details about the phone hacking case to the news media, the police said on Friday. — The New York Times, August 20, 2011 By Agnes Bullster JOTR … Continue reading

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Fantasy JOA, Round Two

By Joel Thurtell Guess I was ahead of my time. I could have won myself ten thousand big ones if I’d just been a little patient. But now, I had to shoot off my big mouth. Actually, I’m glad I … Continue reading

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Five-percenters

WARNING: The following commentary has been REPURPOSED. It contains no original SOURCING. It was sparked by a magazine report of an absurd program aimed at re-training (i.e., CONTROLLING) writers like me. This column is NOT news, but an essay REPURPOSED on the … Continue reading

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