by German Lopez
Judge orders $100,000 in damages for newspaper’s defaming of police officer
A federal judge announced Wednesday that the Milford-Miami Advertiser, a Gannett-owned suburban weekly newspaper, was guilty of defaming police officer James Young. Judge Michael Barrett affirmed the jury’s award for $100,000 in damages.In an article published on May 27, 2010, the Milford-Miami Advertiser wrote that “Young had sex with a woman while on the job.” The accusation was found to be incorrect.According to court documents, Young was initially fired from his job in 1997 after an internal investigation found semen in Marcey Phillips’s home after Phillips accused Young of forcing her to perform oral sex on him while Young was on duty. But a DNA investigation found that the semen found in Phillips’s home did not belong to Young, and Young was eventually given his job back.The court documents say the Milford-Miami Advertiser article was written by Theresa Herron, the newspaper’s editor, but online archives of the article “Cop’s suspension called best move for city” say the article was written by Kellie Geist. Update: Herron wrote the section of the article that went to trial, while Geist wrote the rest.Young testified that Herron never attempted to contact him before publishing the article, according to court documents. Herron testified that she did not fully read the documents for Young’s case, but she said she knew about the DNA testing and did not think it was important to the story.When contacted by CityBeat, Herron said she did not feel comfortable discussing the case. The story was first reported by Courthouse News Service. Gannett also owns the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Milford-Miami Advertiser covers community news in Miami Township and Milford, and it is part of the Cincinnati.com network.
8 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We, as humans, really love getting compliments. Next to
free stuff, there are few things we appreciate more. Compliments make us
feel like we’re special or have done something smart, even if it’s as
simple as choosing an item from the fast-fashion store that ends up
earning praise from an acquaintance. “I like that shirt,” she says,
platonically. “Thanks, I got it at the mall,” we say, not at all
1 Comment · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Given the news media’s historic reticence
about admitting screw-ups, I have no idea whether we are more or less
ethical than in recent decades. What has changed is the likelihood that
unspeakable puffery and blatant conflicts of interest are likelier than ever to be caught and publicized.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: Not-for-profit
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New Central Parkway location will include new equipment and software
Inhabitants at the 1100 block of Race Street will lose a neighbor beginning March 1, when Media Bridges
moves a few blocks away to a new location inside the Crosley
Telecommunications Center in Over-the-Rhine at 1223 Central Pkwy. The
move, although minor, means some improvements are in store for the
Media Bridges provides diverse communities in Cincinnati with the
opportunity to work with and produce forms of media. Although they've
called their 1100 Race St. location home since 2002, the move means a
larger production studio and purchase newer equipment and more
up-to-date video editing software. The Crosley Telecommunications Center
also houses CET and Cincinnati Public Radio. Because the facilities are
shared, Media Bridges hopes to collaborate with the outlets and explore
joint services, said CET Executive Vice President and Station Manager Jack Dominic in a news release.
The decision to stay in OTR was an obvious choice, according to Tom
Bishop, Media Bridges' Executive Director. "This is our neighborhood. We
love this place," he says. The change comes thanks to a dent in
funding; the City of Cincinnati cut Media Bridges' funding by one-third
in 2007, and a downsize has been brewing in their plans since then.
Although the new facility will have a larger production facility, office
space will be compressed to accommodate staff cuts. The new equipment
and software will be purchased using reserved funds, but Bishop says
it's worth the investment; "Some of our equipment was from 1989. You're
driving dinosaurs if you're not updating your software and equipment
every few years [in the media industry]."
The new equipment will make way for some promising advances in the
future, according to Bishop. Plans to teach courses on Wordpress web
design, computer classes for A + certification and a certification
program for Adobe Production Premiere are in the works.
Media Bridges will begin its transition on March 1 while it continues to
provide full services at its Race Street location. Its last day of
operation will be on April 20, followed by an 11-day hiatus to complete
the move to the new Central Parkway location, which is expected to open
to the community on May 3.
by Kevin Osborne
Enquirer includes own editor in list of women to watch in 2012
It’s a good thing her last name begins with a “W.”The Enquirer on Sunday published a high-profile, above-the-fold list of the “20 Professional Women to Watch in 2012.” And, lo and behold, one of the people making the cut was Carolyn Washburn, the editor and vice president at the media company.
by Kevin Osborne
The corporate parent of The Enquirer is offering a voluntary “early retirement” buyout proposal to rid the company of some older and more highly paid employees.Robert J. Dickey, president of The Gannett Co.'s U.S. newspaper division, announced the buyout offer Thursday in a memorandum to employees.
by Martin Brennan
Last week I blogged about SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill being proposed in Congress that, if passed, would allow both copyright holders as well as the US Department of Justice to severely restrict access to and advertising on any website accused of facilitating copyright infringement. Needless to say the bill’s sparked a huge controversy on the web. Many sites such as Reddit.com blacked out their services on Jan. 18 in protest, and those against the bill are saying the bill inhibits free speech and will effectively “ruin the Internet” if passed.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dwelling on any presidential aspirant’s
personal history, proposals and promises invites accusations of bias
that mainstream news media fear most. That might explain reluctance to
hammer Ron Paul for views he espouses now or previously published.
by Danny Cross
Cleveland officials are apparently trying to outlaw flash mobs, describing them as violent, unruly terrorizing of communities and family-friendly events. That's not how AT&T presents them in this cell phone commercial.
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 18, 2009
However you get your news online, you have an interest in moves by the Associated Press and others to prevent other online sites from using their content without paying. Fittingly, AP plans to use the technology that promotes wide freeloading to a general crackdown. It will tag and track its online content. That should discomfit aggregators and others who use AP stories, summaries or links to draw eyeballs and advertisers without paying or sharing ad revenue.