• Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    We Few, We Miserable Few: Jim Rallies the Troops With Words Fit for Henry V

    Sometimes I think the dumbest people to talk to about the newspaper business are newspaper people, of which I am one, obviously. Is it possible to scream blindness? David Carr, The New York Times's media columnist -- one of the few media reporters on whose word I truly hang, often -- has a piece in ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Uh-Oh, Schutze is Optimistic About the Word Biz. (His Editor Wonders if It's Résumé Time.)

    You'll have to forgive us veterans of the newspaper business, but certain days -- especially Mondays for some reason -- are just self-referential days. Something in us wants to say to readers, "But enough about you." We wake up way more concerned with ourselves than anybody else out there. And as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    "Against the Grain": Jim Moroney on the Decision to Erect a Paywall at The Dallas News

    ​Shortly before The Dallas Morning News announced the erection of its paywall, which goes into place February 15, publisher and CEO Jim Moroney sent to the staff a memo in which he wrote: Brace yourself. Said Moroney in a phone conversation with Unfair Park at 6:30 this morning, as he was driving ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Schutze Puts on Leather Football Helmet

    Adam James​Speaking of Craig James, here goes a big mistake. I'm going to invade Richie's territory and offer an opinion on a sports story. I was actually prohibited from writing about sports once when I was a daily newspaper reporter because of my appalling lack of knowledge. Maybe I'm about to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Dallas News's Jim Moroney Did Attend Newspapers' So-Called "Secret" Meeting

    The Friends of Unfair Park concerned with the state -- and fate -- of the newspaper business are no doubt aware that in a Chicago suburb yesterday, bigwigs, honchos and major-domos from most of the country's biggest news-gathering organizations huddled together to chat about monetizing online conten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Belo Bigwigs Mum on Staff Reduction Specifics, Other Changes

    I left a message earlier today for Bob Mong, president and editor of The Dallas Morning News, for further details concerning this morning's announcement that, beginning immediately, A.H. Belo will reduce its workforce by 500 employees spread amongst its four newspapers. Mong, who was relatively fort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Fear Not, Startlegram-ers! Dean Singleton Says He Ain't Coming Home.

    William Dean Singleton Journalists love to gossip -- so much easier than picking up a phone. And word around the anxious Fort Worth Star-Telegram newsroom is that the budget-slashing McClatchy Company is making such deep cuts over there -- 130 staffers are losing their jobs, 50 of those from the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Wherein Jim Schutze Introduces His New Blog ... Waitaminute.

    The decline and imminent death of daily newspapers is always on my mind, for reasons that should be understandable since I spent the first 25 years of my working life at them. But last week was especially devastating. Sam Zell, the white knight of Tribune Company, announced a very un-white-knightly ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007
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    October 1, 2007

    Belo Corp. Now a Split Personality

    Well, you can't say you didn't see it coming. Exactly four months after Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa upgraded Belo Corp.'s stock from "hold" to "buy" based on the value of company's TV properties alone, The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV's parent company announced, yup, it's separating its new ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007
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    July 27, 2007

    Belo Earnings: Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

    The most memorable sentence from Belo's second-quarter earnings results, released this morning, is this one: Newspaper Group segment costs and expenses decreased 9.2 percent versus the second quarter of 2006, due in part to the 2006 headcount reductions at The Dallas Morning News and The Press-Enter ... More >>

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    June 20, 2007
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    March 14, 2007

    Mommy Dearest. At Least, That's What The Dallas Morning News is Banking On.

    This is what The Dallas Morning News is cooking up for new mommies. Daddies, you already have this. There's nothing less interesting to newspaper readers than newspaper writers and newspaper editors wringing their sweaty hands over the future of the newspaper business. But here's something in which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    Belo in Bed with Yahoo!

    Yeah, well--The Dallas Morning News and, like, 149 other daily newspapers. It's part of "a strategic partnership with more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers to deliver search, graphical and classified advertising to consumers in the communities where they live and work," says the press release Belo iss ... More >>

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    November 9, 2006
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    September 15, 2006
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    August 28, 2006

    Bye, Bye, Buyout

    The flood of names of people offering to leave The Dallas Morning News is numbing. Every update makes me jump out of my chair. The editorial cutbacks over there will change the basic nature of the newspaper forever. I can't believe some of the people they're losing. But I'm just as depressed by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2006

    Note to DMN'ers: Keep Waiting.

    We just received a memo sent to Dallas Morning News staffers yesterday regarding the upcoming shake-up in the newsroom. As we noted here last week, the paper's about to lose some 50-60 employees in the coming days, some likely from GuideLive, not two years after Belo Corp. axed 250 workers at Dallas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2006

    When Movie Studios Attack

    When you don't see a review of the movie The Sentinel in the Dallas Observer next week--or any weekly newspaper, for that matter--it's not because we're ignoring it. It's because we aren't allowed to see it: 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the Michael Douglas-Kiefer Sutherland-Eva Longoria th ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2005

    Paper Trails

    Morning News waits and waits to acknowledge CBS-11's scoop of an ethically challenged state rep

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    July 28, 2005


    Intercoursing the pooch: How Belo learned to love the F-bomb

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    April 28, 2005

    No Pants Belo

    Morning News looks goofy on the circ fraud story

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    November 18, 2004

    At the Ripping Point

    Dallas' only daily finds itself losing a war for readers' eyeballs and the heart of its staff

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    July 29, 2004


    Budget woes leave DMN staffers uneasy

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    May 6, 2004


    You say you want a revolution? The DMN kings shake up their court.

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    November 20, 2003

    Curse of Youth

    Two new Dallas papers are keeping tabs on the little futhermuckers

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    February 13, 2003

    Snooze Alarm

    What will The Dallas Morning News look like when you wake up in 2010? If Editor Bob Mong has his way, it'll be the best damn paper the 'burbs will buy.

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    February 28, 2002

    Urge to Merge

    Will Belo be bought? Yes. Or no. Either way, you won't be able to tell.

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    December 13, 2001

    Fun and Justice

    Ten years later, the Dallas Times Herald is still missed

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    March 29, 2001

    Brave New World

    What's new, CueCat? A redesign, a rediscovery and re: layoffs.

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    October 12, 2000

    Paper Chase

    Texas Jewish Post Publisher Jimmy Wisch says he's being run out of town by leaders of the community he has served for 54 years. They say he's overstayed his welcome.

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    August 3, 2000

    The brat beat

    Why so much coverage of kids in the newspapers? Because women--and advertisers-- like it that way.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Sleeping with the enemy

    Channel 11 and the Star-Telegram join forces against Channel 8 and the Morning News

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    July 29, 1999


    Trouble in Belo's paradise

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    July 15, 1999
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    August 27, 1998

    Politically incorrect

    News editors try to strong-arm the League of Women Voters over its stance on the Trinity

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    May 14, 1998

    Unfairness doctrine

    The heavy hand of the News' publisher tilts coverage of the Trinity bond proposal

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    February 13, 1997

    Born of El Sol

    Germinated in the rich tradition of El Sol de Texas, the Spanish-language press takes root in Dallas

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    November 7, 1996

    Observer honored

    Writers win awards from Dallas Press Club, Dallas Bar Association

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    July 4, 1996

    Debbie has left the building

    The Star-Telegram's top editor disappears, but staffers aren't sure they can celebrate yet

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    February 15, 1996
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    February 8, 1996
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    January 4, 1996


    Striving for mediocrity at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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    November 30, 1995

    Spouting rubbish

    Dallas has run out of recycling excuses

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    November 16, 1995
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    October 19, 1995
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    August 31, 1995

    Strange bedfellows

    Introducing: the Morning News' 'Met'

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    July 6, 1995
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    November 24, 1994
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