Ted Mann in the House

Mann during an appearance on MSNBC.

Good to spot former Day of New London and Hearst Connecticut reporter Ted Mann in the White House briefing room over the last week or so.

Now writing for the Wall St. Journal, Mann’s been positioned right behind Fox News and CBS News during the daily briefing. He joins about a half dozen other journalists with Connecticut ties.

We Have tronc News

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New reports from the Wall St. Journal and other sources say Gannett has improved its offer to buy tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing which happens to own the Hartford Courant.

Tribune/tronc rejected an $864 million offer from Gannett earlier this year. Details of the new offer are not known.

It’s Only Business

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ICYMI – Former Day of New London reporter Ted Mann was on set earlier this week with Mika Brzezinski(MSNBC) to update the latest developments in the Chris Christie/George Washington Bridge scandal.

His appearance came as three top officials close to Christie were named in an indictment by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Mann, of course, worked in Connecticut during the final days of the Rowland administration and last year found himself covering the Christie imbroglio(def.: an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation) as a reporter for the Wall St. Journal.

Mann gained additional insight into the inner workings of a governor’s office when he spent a full year behind the scenes of the Malloy administration for Hearst Newspapers. Malloy and Christie have often been bitter partisan antagonists.

Pay Wall

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The Hartford Courant is the latest daily newspaper to erect a pay wall for “premium content.”

The new rules go into effect this week. Editorial writer Peter Pach commented on Facebook last week that giving away your product for free is not a good business model.

The Courant follows the Journal Inquirer locally, and papers like the New York Times, Wall St. Journal and Washington Post in making this decision.

An interesting long term question is; how this may effect blogging. Many popular blog sites thrive by linking for free to content on what have been fully open main stream media websites.

 

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