Other random thoughts:
- David Simon's new television project, "Treme," is "skedded" to start shooting this month, according to Variety. This new HBO show will focus on Jazz musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans. Why am I bringing this to your attention? Simon is also responsible for "The Wire" and "Generation Kill." If you've seen either series, you know that he's very skilled at taking isolated groups - Baltimore cops and Iraq War marines, respectively - to make larger points about societal ills. Basically, follow the money and you'll find all kinds of corruption. Simon is a former Baltimore Sun journalist and has surrounded himself with equally talented writers, so this will likely be stuff journalists like.
- Crain Communications cut 150 jobs and slashed salaries across all of its publications yesterday. This includes Advertising Age, one of the magazines we recently visited in New York City. Also, my almost-hometown, Cleveland, may be losing its major newspaper soon. Time Magazine ran an article about newspapers in jeopardy last week, and the historic Plain Dealer made the cut. I covered this may paper for my Journalism 425 critique last semester and it has indeed seen better days, but losing the print edition entirely would still be an epic blow to a city that's already having difficulties.