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Koch Brothers Prospective Buyers of Two Florida Newspapers

05/30/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Koch Brothers, Charles and David- two of the leading funders of conservative and far right wing causes in the country are considering buying the Tribune company. They are the second largest media company in the US, and they own two major newspapers here in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel. Some free press activists are protesting against this as they fear the Koch brothers will push their political agenda through the papers . Listen to the full show above....

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New online source for statewide newspaper editorials

12/29/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Coming up today we'll talk with the former editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune Rosemary Guodreau. Guodreau has co-founded a new web site, Florida Voices, which compiles editorials from the state's newspapers along with original content. We'll talk about online media, the future of media and the role newspapers play as watchdogs in our society.

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Future of Journalism: La Gaceta publisher Patrick Manteiga listen

09/29/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this month an L.A Times editorial pointed out how 8000 small weekly newspapers in this country are thriving.

Ybor City’s trilingual La Gaceta is one of them. Patrick Manteiga is the third generation publisher and editor of the paper, which he said had its most profitable year ever in 2010.

In this third installment of WMNF’s Future of Journalism series, reporter Dawn Morgan talks with Manteiga about the struggles and successes of his small newspaper.

How has the r...

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Interview with NPR's David Folkenflik: Changes in the journalism industry series listen

08/22/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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David Folkenflik started his journalism career nearly two decades ago as a newspaper reporter. Since 2004, he has reported on the media for National Public Radio. WMNF’s Dawn Morgan spoke with Folkenflik earlier this week about holding his own industry - and employer - accountable.

"The media is an institution much like government or major religious institutions or financial institutions or the like that have a lot of influence and deserve scrutiny themselves, just as much as any other....

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San Francisco Chronicle up for sale listen

02/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday the Hearst Corp. said it may sell or shut down San Francisco's main daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle.

The paper lost $50 million last year, and has been losing money consistently since 2001.The daily newspaper employs nearly 300 people on its news staff alone, and is the 12th largest paper in the country.

Alan Mutter is a former Chronicle editor and is now an independent analyst and consultant and writes the blog Confessions of a Newsosaur.

WMNF spoke with h...

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Times Editor on the Future of Newspapers

02/12/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The St. Petersburg Times this year is celebrating its 125th anniversary, at a time when the future of newspapers is uncertain. We’ll talk with Neil Brown, the executive editor at the St. Petersburg Times in a moment.

But first- one listener comment about yesterday’s interview with Michael Scheuer, the veteran CIA officer who’s written a book called MARCHING TOWARD HELL- about the missteps the US has made in its war against Islamic militants.

Newspapers are facing tough times: ...

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Daniel Ruth discusses decline of newspaper business listen

02/04/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Long-time Tampa Tribune columnist Daniel Ruth was laid off by the financially troubled newspaper last November.

Ruth spoke this afternoon at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg.

Within a month, of being laid off by the Trib, Ruth was hired by the St. Petersburg Times to write a column every Friday. But that has not completely taken away the sting from when Ruth learned early on the morning of Nov. 10 that he was no longer employed.

“My mind was rolling the tape back...

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Ruth talks about his years at the Tribune

11/13/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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I'm Rob Lorei, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity program. In the latest wave of layoffs, 18 employees were laid of this week from the Tampa Tribune. Among those laid off were editorial page editor Rosemary Guidreau, feature writer Phillip Morgan, and longtime columnist Daniel Ruth.

Ruth joins us right now.

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The Alarming Decline Of American Newspapers

07/29/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll continue a topic that Juan Gonzalez was talking about earlier on democracy now – the rapid decline of American newspapers. But first some listener comments about the past few programs. We’re still getting calls about voting, the presidential elections and the green party. We also received a call about the interview last week with the two local founders of a non-profit called Project Prosperity.which offers sma...

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