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NPR's David Folkenflick profiles H. Brandt Ayres and Anniston Star's family-ownership conversion to a "teaching newspaper" for j

National Public Radio aired on on May 2 a profile by reporter David Folkenflick of the Anniston [Ala.] Star, the 27,000-circulation daily west of Atlanta whose family owner, H. Brandt Ayres, is gradually ceding ownership to an educational institution (backed by the Knight Foundation) offering journalism graduate degrees -- rather than selling out to a chain. Ayres spoke at a 2002 family newspaper conference about his passion.

PULITZERS: Alex Jones: "Crisis of conscience" in newspaper journalism; Jay Harris: Corporate ownership deleterious

The Public Broadcasting Service's Online Newshour included a nine-minute segment on Monday, April 17, about this year's Pulitzer Prize awards to newspapers for investigative journalism. (MORE NEWS) The two commentators selected -- Alex Jones of the Shorenstein Center at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Jay Harris, former San Jose Mercury News publisher now at the University of Southern California, both had strong comments. Alex Jones said newspaper publishers are in a "crisis of conscience" and Harris said corporate ownership has been deleterious to watchdog journalism. Read their comments below, moderated by Newshour correspondent Jeffrey Brown. There is also a link to streaming real audio to hear them speak. (CLICK TO ADD COMMENT) ---- >

Utah progressive's web campaign innundates Helen Thomas with roses after exchange with Bush

A Utah progressive Democrat disturbed that columnist Helen Thomas was receiving hate mail for her exchange with George Bush at a presidential press brief launched a web campaign. Then she innundated Thomas with roses, The Hill newspaper reported. ---- >

Investigative Reporters and Editors announce 2005 awards

Investigations of the Dept. of Homeland Security and FEMA, of mental-health care, ocean dumping, big drug companies and teacher tenure were among works of mainstream print and broadcast journalism cited for 2005 awards by the group Investigative Reporters and Editors.

NAA announces "digital edge" winners and innovators

The Newspaper Association of America -- which represents almost 90% of U.S. daily newspaper circulation -- announced its annual Digital Edge Awards and cited Lisa Desisto of the Boston Globe, Steve Yelvington of Morris Digital Works and Dave Morgan of Tacoda Systems as digital innovators.
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