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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

I hope some of the proceeds get back into newsrooms to pay young reporters... Elise Ackerman at the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Associated Press and other news organizations are signing new deals with Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies. Their goal is to collect more click-through income when visitors read the news services' stories.

See New media making deals with 'old' news providers

Ackerman interviewed AP Chief Executive Tom Curley, who told her AP and others in the news industry "early on did not appreciate the value of the content and understand the economics of the marketplace as we do today."

That item arrived thanks to a pointer from, which also reports on signs of more old-media-to-old-media linkage in The New York Times. Caroline Little, chief of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive even gets her smiling face in the Times story. It's about several newspapers, but not the Times, contracting with aggregator company The idea is to compete with Google and Yahoo by providing "related story" links on the newspaper sites.

Back in the Merc, Ackerman mentions that Google is fighting a federal lawsuit by Agence France-Presse, which alleges copyright violations in Google's pointers to AFP material. I suspect there's plenty of discussion of the case among French blogs, which are "noticeably longer, more critical, more negative, more egocentric and more provocative than their United States counterparts," according to a New York Times source.

4:13:31 PM    

My colleague Rob Heller's portraits of Tennesseans who experienced the Holocaust are back in Knoxville, after being shown throughout the state under the auspices of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.

The photographs will be on display at the East Tennessee History Center, across Gay Street from the Tennessee Theatre, until Oct. 22.

Titled "Living On: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators," the exhibit will be accompanied by a series of lectures and discussions, including a panel discussion Sept. 7, a lecture by the photographer on Oct. 16 and the showing of an  Emmy Award-winning documentary about the project on public television and at the museum on Oct. 22.

Will Pedigo, a former student of Heller's, produced the film, and Dawn Weiss Smith interviewed the people being photographed.

As the title suggests, the four-square-foot black-and-white portraits include both people who survived the Nazi death camps and Tennessee soldiers who played a role in liberating them.  Small samples of the images are online along with UT's information page about the exhibit, but the pictures really should be seen in their full, larger-than-life, size.

Details about gallery hours, related events and the project itself are at the links above. The documentary's public television showings will be at 7 p.m. August 20 and at 2 p.m. August 27.
2:54:17 PM    

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