You call that a campaign? There are campaigning newspapers (carbon tax, NBN, SuperClinics, refugees) and there are campaigning newspapers. Fresh from a victory to force child molesters to wear electronic GPS tags, the Courier-Mail has turned its sights on the really big issues: the bias underlying the “Sydney” judiciary’s policy to ensure Queensland state-of-origin players are rubbed out, while “Blue Grubs” are given a free ride.

They even have a “Conspiracy Photo Gallery” and a story on the “World’s Greatest Conspiracies” just to put it all in context. Sheez … — Terry Towelling, one-eyed Maroon fan

Front page of the day. Perennial Crikey favourite the NT News outdoes itself … again…

No footy on Ten next year

“The chances of Ten Network Holdings broadcasting AFL beyond this year appear close to non-existent after interim chief executive Lachlan Murdoch passed on the opportunity re-enter negotiations with Seven West Media.” — The Australian

USA Today publisher Gannett cuts 700 staff

“US newspapers division President Bob Dickey distributed the following memo today to more than 20,000 employees at virtually all Gannett’s 82 US newspapers.” — Gannett blog

Almost 70 journalists exiled in past year

“Almost 70 journalists were forced into exile in the past year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. This represents a decrease from the same report in 2010, when a record-setting 85 journalists were documented.” — Journalism.co.uk

Andy Gray settles phone-hacking case

“TalkSport presenter Andy Gray has accepted £20,000 from News of the World publisher News Group to settle his phone-hacking claim against the newspaper.” — The Guardian

Immigrant moguls compete to write future of Borders

“Around the time Borders Group Inc was founded four decades ago, two immigrants who would make their fortunes as buyout moguls arrived in the US from the Middle East. Now, the two rivals represent the struggling bookstore chain’s best hope of avoiding liquidation.” — Wall Street Journal

iPad Magazines: just a little bit of history repeating

Last December, headlines decreed that the digital publishing world was falling apart. After an initial surge, iPad magazine sales were steadily — sometimes precipitously — dropping. However, the adoption rate of iPad magazines follows a pattern similar to the adoption rates of most major publishing formats, from the earliest printing presses of the fifteenth century to the birth of the blogosphere in the late nineties.” — Columbia Journalism Review

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