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From AJR,   May 1999

No Vintage Whine   

A successor to News Mait, the newspaper employee online gripe center, is off and gossiping.

By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (robertson.lori@gmail.com), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      


A successor to News Mait, the newspaper employee online gripe center, is off and gossiping. The Newspage, created and managed by an anonymous newspaper design editor, features posts of industry complaints and even praise at newspage.virtualave.net. News Mait's master Maurice Tamman shut down his site because of too many personal attacks. Newspage states the rules up front: "no names; no personal attacks; no long discourses about how management doesn't appreciate your talent." The Web site's creator, a News Mait fan, writes via e-mail, "While I like Elvis Costello's 'My Aim is True' [the source of the 'Mait' moniker], I'd have to say that my favorite Costello song is, 'It's Been a Good Day for the Roses.' But 'News IBAGDFTR' just didn't have the flow to it."

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