Media Mutt Blog Archive 2009
Echo sounds off: In its March 11 issue, the Echo, the student newspaper at Colby College in Waterville, uncovers new information on the firing of reporter Joel Elliott by the daily Morning Sentinel in January.
Under the dome, again: The Bangor Daily News has returned to the State House in Augusta after an absence of more than a year. The paper announced in its Feb. 6 edition that reporter Kevin Miller will be its new full-time correspondent in the state capital.
Miller, 33, has been covering environmental and energy issues for the BDN for the past three years. He’d previously reported on state government in Virginia for the Roanoke Times and in Maryland for the Carroll County Times.
On notice about notices: The Associated Press has a scary story for newspaper owners out today, claiming a Feb. 3 ruling by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court “calls into question the longstanding
First light: The Portland Daily Sun put out its first issue today, debuting on a Tuesday because the free paper will only publish five days a week, skipping Sunday and Monday.
I don’t know if Joel Elliott deserved to be fired.
Elliott, until earlier this week a reporter at the Morning Sentinel in Waterville, has a reputation for being outspoken. Sentinel editor Eric Conrad, the guy who fired Elliott, has a reputation for reacting negatively to criticism, real
Expansion exploration: The Bangor Daily News is looking into expanding its weekly newspaper business. A representative of the paper’s advertising staff was recently in Knox and Waldo counties asking local businesspeople about their interest in a new publication. (Disclosure:
Whistling past the graveyard: Over strenuous objections from staff, Portland Press Herald editor Jeannine Guttman has axed the featured obituary from the daily paper. Here’s the internal memo from managing editor Bob Crider:
“He spent three years at Harvard Law School, but Barack Obama never made one of those midnight student runs from Cambridge, Mass., to the L.L. Bean retail store in Freeport.”
Dieter Bradbury, Portland
Broken Harte: There’s a minor Maine connection to the stories out of Minneapolis last week about the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of that city’s daily paper, the Star Tribune.
Fun with numbers: I recently repeated what appears to be a falsehood. In a posting earlier this week on the impact the possible demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer might have on