gannettGannett has given 7 grants to local charities – total $30,500

  • Pensacola Habitat for Humanity: $10,000
  • Belmont Arts and Cultural Board: $5,000
  • South Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministries: $5,000
  • Families Count: $3,500
  • Lifeline Outreach International: $2,500
  • Baptist Healthcare Foundation:$2,500
  • Pace Library: $2,000

The Gannett Foundation grants are down from 2005 when the media giant gave $25,000 to Rebuild Northwest Florida and an addtitional $29,432 to six other non-profits.

In 2004, Gannett saw its revenue jump up 10% last year and its net income had a $100 million gain. Last year,total operating revenues rose 4.3 percent to $7.6 billion, a new record. Net income was only $1.21 billion.

We appreciate Gannett sharing .000025416666666666666 of its profits with the community.

Obermann Blasts Bush

September 12, 2006

Last night, MSNBC host Keith Obermann blasted Pres. Bush on his show with Ground Zero in the background. It is the most scathing attack on the current Administration that I’ve heard to date.

      “Five years later this space… is still empty.
Five years later there is no Memorial to the dead.
Five years later there is no building rising to show with proud defiance that we would not have our
America wrung from us, by cowards and criminals.
Five years later this country’s wound is still open.
Five years… later this country’s mass grave is still unmarked.

      Five years later… this is still… just a background for a photo-op.
It is beyond shameful.”

coffeeThe Alt-weekly The Jackson Free Press has been battling with the Gannett-owned Clarion Ledger over distribution  spots.  The Clarion Ledger tried to  get distribution rights to key locations in Jackson. Then the paper tried to charge the  independent papers for  being  distributed in the Gannett boxes and racks.

Here’s the latest chapter in the battle:  Dear John: What’s in a Word?

newspaperFrom San Francisco Bay Guardian:

1. THE FEDS AND THE MEDIA MUDDY THE DEBATE OVER INTERNET FREEDOM

2. HALLIBURTON CHARGED WITH SELLING NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN

3. WORLD OCEANS IN EXTREME DANGER

4. HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS INCREASING IN THE UNITED STATES

5. HIGH-TECH GENOCIDE IN CONGO

6. FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION IN JEOPARDY

7. US OPERATIVES TORTURE DETAINEES TO DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

8. PENTAGON EXEMPT FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

9. WORLD BANK FUNDS ISRAEL-PALESTINE WALL

10. EXPANDED AIR WAR IN IRAQ KILLS MORE CIVILIANS

Read the details: CENSORED!

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Papers like Rod Smith

August 30, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: David Kochman, 954/797-7727

New Smith Ad Touts Major Newspaper Endorsements
Smith dominates newspaper endorsements with nine major dailies

ALACHUA, FL – After sweeping the South Florida newspaper endorsements and dominating the statewide dailies, Senator Smith’s latest ad lets those endorsements do the talking on why he is the best candidate for Governor.

The ad quotes from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Gainesville Sun and the St. Petersburg Times, each of which endorsed his campaign for governor. The papers cite Smith’s plan to boost teacher salaries, address the homeowners’ insurance crisis, ability to protect our environment, record for working across party lines, and ability to win in November.

“Rod Smith has been overwhelmingly endorsed by Florida’s newspapers. They all recognize that Rod Smith is capable of providing both the leadership and solutions that Florida needs so desperately,” said Smith Communications Director David Kochman.

To date, Rod Smith has been endorsed by the St. Petersburg Times, Palm Beach Post, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Lakeland Ledger, Gainesville Sun, Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Naples Daily News and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The new ad will air in eight Florida markets, paid for by the Florida Democratic Party. To access a video and transcript of the ad, please visit http://rodsmith2006.com/pages/endorsements_ad/.

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/24/06

August 25, 2006

Rick's BlogTop 10 posts of the day

  1. Has Mark O’Brien lost it?
  2. SOC declares war…pro-park signs stolen
  3. SOC shows waterfront plan
  4. Stop Our City kicks DeWeese out of meeti
  5. W.D. Childers – prison mug shot
  6. Who is stealing Grover’s signs?
  7. Park recap…while you were sleeping
  8. It’s late …..and I’ve had too much to
  9. Powerful new ad for Community Maritime P
  10. Tie Deputy breaks 21 yr old’s arm…then arr/ Health of Escambia County is Bleak

We’ve made the big time: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/08/22/blogophile/main1921286.shtml.

Damn!

Rick's BlogThe hottest posts over the weekend.

  1. Port Royal Cocktail Party Buzz

  2. Latest Touart and Whitehead power grap

  3. Did Elebash write Johns’ viewpoint?

  4. Crist pops out of Barkley House

  5. Review of Sunday papers across the state

  6. BSoc Scorecard – 8/19/06 am

  7. David Letterman joins BSoc

  8. IN YOUR HEAD RADIO still rocks

  9. Kathy can’t pack ‘em in like Charlie

  10. From Slate: Washington Buzz for week ended 8/18/06

Reel news?

August 15, 2006

coffeeFrom the Washington Post
The FCC has sent letters to 77 television broadcasters, asking whether their stations had properly labeled “video news releases” before broadcasting them. The FCC inquiry follows an April study by the Center for Media and Democracy that found that 77 stations — owned by major broadcasters, such as CBS, ABC and Sinclair Broadcast Group — had aired video news releases without properly labeling them. Here is the full article: FCC asks TV stations about labeling of “video news releases”

Sinclair owns WEAR TV3.

We would like to see newspapers (and those lovely new faux news tabloids) have to disclose how much advertising each business bought to be included in an article. For example, if Bill Pipes of Plumbing Magic has a profile in Home & Garden, how much advertising did he buy?

Or if a news brief is really just a press release with one quote added, then disclose it. Most public relations people in town will admit getting a news article in the PNJ is as easy as emailing a press release. If you include a picture, then the likelihood of publication increases ten-fold.