Thinking about news in the post-newspaper age


By Dan Kennedy

Will the struggling newspaper business survive? No. And yes.

Let me explain. Several days ago, the New York Times media reporter Jim Rutenberg wrote an elegy for the age of newspapers, by which he meant ink spread across the reconstituted pulp of dead trees and trucked hither and yon to be deposited on the porches of grateful readers. News will survive, Rutenberg told us, but the medium through which that news appears will soon be entirely digital.

Yet, as Rutenberg also pointed out, here we are some twenty years into the era of digital news—and advertising revenue from print editions continues to be what keeps newspapers afloat. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the industry whose majority revenue is not still print,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune publisher Michael J. Klingensmith told him.

9781625340054Print is dying, but it pays the bills. Many if not most readers have…

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Pakistani Power lifting Duo a Rare Bright Spot for Christian Minority

Rethinking Islam With Sultan Shahin

Twinkle Sohail, Pakistani Power Lifting Christian Girl

India’s Muslim Women Say Justification for Triple Talaq, Polygamy Is Medieval

Birmingham Preacher ‘Called Muslim Woman A Slut and Threatened To Blow Her Up For Wearing Tight Jeans’

Muslim Woman Killed In Queens in Yet another Attack on Bangladeshis

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau


Pakistani Power Lifting Girls a Rare Bright Spot for Christian Minority

SEP 7, 2016

LAHORE: Twinkle Sohail and Sonia Azmat have the weight of the Pakistani Christian world on their shoulders, but if anyone can bear the hopes of such a persecuted minority, it is these teenage champion power lifters.

Last year Twinkle became the first Pakistani woman to represent her country in power lifting, taking a gold medal in the 57 kilogram junior event at the Asian Bench Press Championship in her first attempt. The next day, her teammate Sonia took a second…

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As received: A Professor from Oyo State who has lived in Zaria Kaduna for over 30 years sent this, read the excerpts……….
The story is told of how King Yunfa, the Hausa Sarkin in Gobir (now called Sokoto) hosted a Fulani immigrant called Usman Dan Fodiyo and his group in February 1804, as a result of this and since 1808 the whole of the northern region lost its kingdoms and were replaced by Fulani emirates.

King Yunfa is said to have been killed in 1808 and the Fulani warrior (Usman Dan Fodiyo) established Sokoto caliphate, making himself Sultan.

Gradually, other Hausa kingdoms were pillaged and taken over by the Fulani emirs. The ethnic groups in the core north were the first victims of Fulani imperialism, a venture that occurred because the people were given access to grazing land as a result of the hospitality of the hosts. They however failed…

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Hillary Clinton wants to lead America, but she dare not appear in public to talk to Americans


Hillary Clinton
J.D. Heyes
September 8, 2016

To any fair observer, it should be abundantly clear by now that there is something wrong with the health of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. As Natural News founder and editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, pointed out this week, the woman looks like she is on the verge of collapsing from some debilitating disease. She can’t even speak in public without coughing her head off.

Adams also noted, correctly, that as Americans we have every right to not only demand answers as to why she appears so frail and debilitated, but to ask whether we should be voting for someone for president who can’t hold a conversation at a time of intense domestic and global tension.

There are additional reasons to question her health, such as why she keeps going out of her way to keep the press away from…

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Parent Revolution: Another Fiasco for Reformers

Diane Ravitch's blog

Caroline Grannan writes here about the rise and fall of a Big Reform Idea called “the parent trigger,” championed by an organization called Parent Revolution. Ben Austin started Parent Revolution as a way to empower disgruntled parents to take control of their low-scoring public school and turn it over to a charter operator. Austin led the charge for new legislation to codify Parent Revolution’s big idea (Gloria Romero claimed credit for writing the legislation; she became executive director of DFER after leaving the legislature). Parent Revolution attracted millions of dollars from the usual billionaires, including Gates, Broad, and Wasserman.

After many favorable articles, editorials, and massive publicity, what has PR accomplished?

Not much.

Grannan writes:

“Parent Revolution (PRev) started in Los Angeles in a blaze of publicity in 2009, predicting with great fanfare and much enthusiastic press coverage that it would transform many “failing” public schools into charter schools…

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Stephen Dyer: Trump Visits Failing Charter School in Cleveland Today

Diane Ravitch's blog

Stephen Dyer wonders why Donald Trump chose to visit one of Cleveland’s lowest performing charter schools today.

He finds it odd because Cleveland has some high-performing charter schools.

So why would Trump visit a school with an F in the most important performance metric when he had plenty of much higher performing options? Perhaps it’s because the school he’s visiting is run by a for-profit company called Accel Schools Ohio. Accel is an imprint of Pansophic — a charter school firm started by K12, Inc. founder Ron Packard. Packard has an infamous reputation for political gamesmanship.

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Education Week: Black Organizations Oppose Charter Expansion

Diane Ravitch's blog

Education Week posted an article, like many others, on the growing African American opposition to the expansion of charter schools.

This was in response to resolutions passed by the NAACP annual convention (not yet ratified by the national board, which must be subject to heavy lobbying by Gates and other funders) and by the Movement for Black Lives (a consortium of 50 black organizations including Black Lives Matter).

The resolutions acknowledged that schooling in black communities is being taken over by outside entrepreneurs, and black parents have no voice when this happens. It is a bit like Walmart moving into your town and killing off all the mom-and-pop stores, then hiring mom and pop as greeters in a massive chain operation, which might abandon the community if sales are not sufficiently brisk.

All such stories about this development have two go-to sources to contradict the NAACP and the Movement for…

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