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  • Today in media history: In 1982 journalists described a new technology called the compact disc

    The press has been writing about new audio technology since the Edison phonograph. In 1877 Scientific American reported that “Mr. Thomas A. Edison recently came into this office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank….We have already pointed out the startling possibility of the voices of the dead being reheard through this device and…other results just as astonishing.”

    On October 1, 1982, there was another technology story to write when Sony released the first commercial CD player.

    The robot narrator for this Sony commercial sounds a great deal like John Cleese.

    Here is how the New York Times described compact discs in 1982:

    “The CD’s are coming! The CD’s are coming! Not the banking CD’s, but
    the audio compact disks. The hoopla for the new technology is evident
    in the technical magazines, which are busy reviewing the equipment for
    playing the disks.

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  • Front pages from Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’

    Protests continue in Hong Kong, and newspapers in the region and around the world led with images of thousands in the streets on Tuesday. Here are a few of them, via Newseum and Kisoko.net. (I’ve also started a Twitter list of journalists covering the protests in Hong Kong. Email me or tweet me and let me know who I’m missing.)

    South China Morning Post:

    The Wall Street Journal Asia, Hong Kong, China:

    Apple Daily – Taiwan edition, Taipei, Taiwan:

    The Japan Times, Tokyo, Japan:

    The Straits Times, Singapore, The Republic of Singapore:

    United Daily News, Taipei, Taiwan:

    The Nation, Bangkok, Thailand:

    Philippine Daily Inquirer, Makati, Philippines:

    Financial Times, United Kingdom:

    USA Today:

    The Washington Post, Washington D.C.:

    The International New York Times:

    The New York Times, New York, New York:

    The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts:

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  • Star Tribune runs ad bashing transgender kids

    Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

    1. News Corp buys online real estate business: Move, Inc., owns Realtor.com, Move.com and ListHub. News Corp will “turbo-charge traffic growth” to Move’s properties, and it will “benefit from the high-quality geographic data generated by real estate searches,” CEO Robert Thomson says. (BusinessWire) | Last year Move “reported $600,000 in profit atop $227 million in revenue.” (NYT)
    2. Minneapolis Star Tribune ran an ad bashing transgender kids: The Minnesota Child Protection League ran a full-page ad Sunday in an attempt to influence the Minnesota State High School League, which may “approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.” Strib VP Steve Yaeger tells Aaron Rupar: “The ad in question met all the requirements of our ad policy.” (Minneapolis City Pages) | Earlier this year the Strib took some heat for how it reported on a transgender person.
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Wall of Distinction
The Wall of Distinction is where outstanding journalists in Central New York are permanently enshrined.The Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction is located in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
      First proposed by SPC President Jeff Paston, the Wall of Distinction became reality during President Chris Weidman?s administration. In between, President Tracy Carmen appointed Joe Porcello, Bob Greabell, Marilyn Dietz Nicholson, and Paston to a committee to get the project going.
     With help from Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro, the Wall was placed in the Civic Center building. The first group of inductees was installed on Dec. 4, 2000, formally kicking off the Syracuse Press Club's 50th anniversary observance. In addition to plaques honoring inductees, there is a large plaque commemorating the SPC's 50th anniversary listing the names of the Club's presidents from 1951 to 2001.
     Below are copies of the engraving on the plaques for each inductee. Click on onefor that honoree's bio.  Note we are still in the process of getting this feature up and running on  the new web site.

 

"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell."--Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court (Ruling that upheld the press’s right to publish the Pentagon Papers)

Wall of Distinction


Red Parton

WNYS-TV / WIXT

WSYR / WSYR-TV

WOLF, WNDR, WPAW

Club President: 1956, 1963

For more than six decades, Claude "Red" Parton reigned as the 'voice of sports’ in Syracuse -- an achievement that earned him the honor of being the first journalist to be inducted in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
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