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October 1999
The Puppet Masters
Magazines are desperate to line up celebrities for their covers to compete on today's crowded newsstands. That gives the stars' publicists an enormous amount of power over the publications.   > read more
By  Catherine Seipp
Big Sky’s Big Player
Lee Enterprises owns nearly half of Montana’s dailies (with 65 percent of the state’s circulation), not to mention weeklies, shoppers and a state magazine. Does domination make a difference?   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
Close Call
During the first week of the bombing of Yugoslavia, two NATO F117 Nighthawks headed for Belgrade to take out Serb TV headquarters, where Western journalists filed daily. The mission was aborted only minutes before the planes would have reached their target.   > read more
By  Patrick J. Sloyan
A Tale of Two Massacres
When day trader Mark Barton went on a rampage in Atlanta, it was major national news. When Cyrano Marks killed his girlfriend and five others in their Atlanta home as an 11-year-old watched, it received little attention beyond the city limits. Why?   > read more
By  Judith Sheppard
Fair Game?
Things can get quite tricky when a company that owns a news organization invests in a sports franchise in the same town-- as the Dallas Morning News quickly learned.   > read more
By  Kelly Heyboer
The Index Reflex
More and more news organizations are creating stock indexes to monitor an industry’s performance. They have to tread carefully to avoid conflicts of interest.   > read more
By  Kara Newman
State of The American Newspaper
The Training Track

Long underachievers in providing training, newspapers are finally picking up the pace. But is it enough? And does it reach enough people?   > read more
By  Winnie Hu
Confessions of a Quote Slut
A pundit is always ready to shoot from the lip.   > read more
By  Robert Schmuhl
A Man of the Press, and of Passion
Pat Watters saw, and felt, the stories of a nation’s change.   > read more
By  Reese Cleghorn
Straws in the Wind
Was the Bush/ cocaine flap another media misfire?   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Plotting a Bold, Wired-World Strategy
Microsoft’s co-founder gobbles up cable for a marriage with the Internet and other interactive services.   > read more
By  Douglas Gomery
Paying for Content on the Web
With fewer Net surfers clicking on ads, will more sites charge for subscriptions?   > read more
By  David Carlson
A Major Victory for the News Media
The California Supreme Court says most civil proceedings should be open.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Web Spawns Talk, But Newsprint Turns Profit
Media companies are flogging their Internet products.   > read more
By  John Morton
An Aggressive Editor in a Tranquil Town   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Call Me, Call Me Anytime   > read more
By  Kathryn S. Wenner
An Ethics Flap in Silicon Valley   > read more
By  Kara Newman
Setting an Internet Standard   > read more
By  Suzan Revah
Journalists Working Like It’s 1999   > read more
By  Natalie Pompilio
Another Mainstreamer Does the Net   > read more
By  Kimberly Marselas
A Powerful Warning for the Media
Don’t Shoot the Messenger: How Our Growing Hatred of the Media Threatens Free Speech for All of Us

By Bruce W. Sanford
Free Press
260 pages; $25   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp

What We Need to Know About War Crimes
Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know

Edited by Roy Gutman and David Rieff
W.W. Norton and Co.
399 pages; hard cover $30, paperback $19.95   > read more
Book review by  Sherry Ricchiardi

Britton Goes Home
The Denver Post gets a new editor, installing Akron Beacon Journal Managing Editor Glenn Guzzo to lead the newsroom in its battle with the Denver Rocky Mountain News.   > read more
By  Carol Guensburg
An Unwelcome Encore
This was an encore performance no journalist wanted to see. Last year, Boston Globe   > read more
By  Carol Guensburg
Passing the Baton
Murry Light retires as the Buffalo News' editor, and Margaret Sullivan steps up to fill his job.   > read more
By  Kimberly Marselas
BET's Portal Plans
BET Holdings Inc., owner of cable's Black Entertainment Television, gears up for the launch of its new Web site and taps one of the Washington Post's online editors to direct its content.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
Suburban Sprawl
With an eye on advertiser access, Gary, Indiana's Post-Tribune plans to move the bulk of its operation 10 miles outside the city limits.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
Around and About
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune bolsters its woman-leadership team by hiring Rosemary Armao as its managing editor.   > read more
By  Lori Robertson &  Carol Guensburg
Cliché Corner   > read more
By  Lori Robertson