Wednesday Edition 12/9/09

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.”

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.


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