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The New Media Monopoly

Last year when a freight train carrying anhydrous ammonia derailed, releasing a deadly cloud over Minot, N.D., and the city's emergency alert system failed, the police -- quite sensibly -- called the town's radio stations, six of which are owned…
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Observed in Noe Valley's Streetlight Records lingering over Alan Parsons Project CDs: San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier. Although he appeared tempted by the art-rock bilge, we are happy to report that he did not purchase any of the group's…
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News Advisory

Newsroom activist Wanda Ravernell had bigger plans. After three years editing the Chronicle's relentlessly whitebread local news coverage, the young black copy editor envisioned an ambitious effort to reach out to the newspaper's minority readers. The program would include multicultural…
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