Tucson's Arizona Daily Star Sets Up a Paywall

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Tucson's Arizona Daily Star has become the latest newspaper to charge readers for access to stories on its website.

The paper unveiled its "metered access" plan this week, along with a $13-a-month price-tag for online news only.

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New Times Hiring a Web Editor

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Phoenix New Times has an opening for a full-time web editor. This position combines journalism with social-media marketing and analytical data management to increase the audience for New Times and improve its desktop and mobile applications.

The web editor assigns and edits photo slideshows and video projects, manages a weekly budget, works with freelancers, manages interns, and collaborates with section editors. The web editor works alongside the editor-in-chief in the planning and execution of all online coverage.

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ABC 15 Airs Joe Arpaio Cribs Episode

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ABC 15 has been teasing an exclusive interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the last few days, promising that "no question or topic is off limits."

Forgive us for believing that such controversial questions would be along the lines of, "Sheriff, why do the taxpayers deserve to pay the bill to defend your office's racial profiling? And why have you continued to defy the federal judge in Melendres v. Arpaio?"

The "exclusive" was actually like an episode of MTV's Cribs, where a camera crew goes on a tour of some celebrity's home.

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A Free Meal and Possible Book Deal? The East Valley Tribune is On the Case!

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The East Valley Tribune is a pale reflection of its former Pulitzer Prize-winning self, thanks to the journalism-light business model of its current owner, 10/13 Communications.

That's why we were initially stunned when we saw a Trib reporter had penned an article about a murder mystery a couple of weeks ago, which is a departure from the staff's standard happy-news fare.

But our joy soon turned to bemusement. As Eric Mungenast explains in his lede, the deciding factors for choosing to bring this South Carolina whodunit to his readers were the offer of a free meal and to help a private investigator gin up publicity for a possible book or film deal about the case.

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Arizona Republic Columnist: Not Bombing Syria Is Like Watching Kids Get Raped at Penn State

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Republican Congressman Matt Salmon does not support the American military attacking Syria.

According to the Arizona Republic's apparently left-wing columnist, E.J. Montini, that means Salmon's the kind of guy who would watch Jerry Sandusky rape little kids in the shower at Penn State.

What?

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Arizona Republic Kills Its Community Opinion Pages in Aftermath of Layoffs

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How do you submit a My Turn column or letter to the editor to the Arizona Republic's community opinion pages?

Trick question.

Don't bother to submit anything. As of this week, the Republic's community opinion sections no longer exist.

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Google Says It's Working on "Technical Issue" of Phrase "Jew York Times" in Search Returns

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Google tells New Times it's trying to fix the weird appearance of the phrase "Jew York Times" in certain Google News search returns.

We'd emailed the tech giant while reporting the quirk, which a Google spokeswoman told us is a "technical issue."

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Google News Refers to "Jew York Times" in Several Newspaper Archive Search Returns

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Someone at Google apparently has a twisted and most decidedly un-PC sense of humor.

Several New York Times articles that are part of an archived-newspaper service Google provided until 2011, contain the phrase "Jew York Times" in search returns.


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ABC 15 Getting Racial-Sensitivity Training After Recent Visit to Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

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Now, to the karate studio, where ABC 15 is standing by with relevant opinions on a news story involving Japan.


The editorial staff at ABC 15 will be learning a thing or two about racial sensitivity after the station filmed a segment from Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles, where reporters were getting reactions to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

It seemed like out of all the places to find opinions on the case, a chicken and waffles eatery may not have been the best choice, and some people certainly voiced that opinion once the segment ran on TV.

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Arizona Republic Layoffs Include Veteran Journos, Former East Valley Tribune Refugees

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The bloodbath at Gannett Company Inc., over the past 48 hours saw as many as 223 jobs lost, with 29 people reportedly laid off at the Arizona Republic.

Some of those on the list were veteran journalists, including two who had worked for the paper for decades. Another two were refugees from the failed former East Valley Tribune (not to be confused with the namby-pamby local paper of the same name, now owned by a subsidiary of Colorado's Thirteenth Street Media.)

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