EXCEPTIONAL COMMERCIAL: Most Americans won’t get it, but this is one beautiful message ad, courtesy of European-owned Chrysler. It won’t sell many cars in the U.S. anytime soon, but if it’s played often enough it can clue some internationally-illiterate Americans into something bigger than themselves.
PHILIPPINES DANGERS: Unsafe reporting. [Guam News Factor]
PAYCHECK FROM THE DEVIL: “A job’s a job” — even if it’s that of an investigative reporter for the Church of Scientology, in Clearwater, Florida. [True Slant] Also: Poo! Winnie’s grandkids go to court to stop use of Churchill’s image in Scientology fundraising lit. [Independent]
AND ON THE MOON WALK: Washington Times editor files his complaint. [TPM Live Wire via Romenesko]
One passage from Richard Miniter’s filing: “A large, Mao-like portrait of Rev. Moon hung above [former publisher Thomas] McDevitt’s desk and a billboard-sized Korean-language calligraphy, written by Rev. Moon, hung in the executive conference room. … At first, Miniter considered this artwork to be a sign of personal and private religious devotion, like an Advent calendar tacked to someone’s cubicle, and not a sign that the Church would interfere in the ‘editorial independence’ that editors were promised.”
CITIZEN JOURNALISM: Don’t count on it. [Digital Journalist]
STOPPING THE WORLD: CBS will end 54-year-old soap. [Huffington Post]
WORKING TOGETHER: A partnership of mewsrooms in Tennessee. [iStock Analyist]
$16 NEWSPAPER: Dave Eggers’ 300-page San Francisco broadsheet is out today. It’s here to reminder us what newspapers used to be … and what they can still be. [LA Times]
“We don’t pretend to have the solutions,” Eggers says. “We’re just asking a few questions. We admit how little we know, but we’re trying to luxuriate in print and maybe remind people of everything it can do.”
- Link here to Panorama publisher’s site. [McSweeney’s]
- More from Editor & Publisher. (E&P]
- Q&A with Eggers. [Bay Newser]
The project seeks to help print survive by demonstrating all the great things large-format newspapers can do that the Internet can’t. BayNewser caught up with McSweeney’s publisher (and former San Francisco Chronicle book editor) Oscar Villalon to find out what they learned.