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3 in newsroom at Burlington (Vt.)
Free Press laid off

GateHouse parent’s Q3 report bucks
bad-news trend

GateHouse to add. chain-wide. 100 digital sales reps

Fogler replaces Getler as publisher
of Vt.’s Free Press

Gannett ends bid
to buy Tronc;
Tronc’s stock sinks


Vt. private nonprofit judged to be subject to public records law

Conn, agency forgoes loophole
to keep files secret

Medford, Mass., zoning chief quits; meeting law ignored

N.H. Gov. Hassan sued for withholding state contract files

Boston Globe ends its Select program
Dec. 31

3 in N.H. honored
as advocates of
First Amendment

Nominees due
Jan. 17 for
FOI Award

NENPA U. session on opioids set for
Nov. 17 in Mass.

N.E. Newspaper
Hall of Fame nominations open




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Gregory Rec photo, courtesy of Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Bill Nemitz, at left, interviews an Iraqi military officer and a village elder in a village near the northern Iraq city of Erbil in December 2004.

Brush with death fails to
deter Maine’s Nemitz from
returning to war reporting

By Nimra Aziz
Bulletin Staff

Bill Nemitz, 61, a columnist at the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, made three trips to Iraq and two to Afghanistan to cover wars there. Two of those trips, one in each country, Nemitz will never forget.

Nemitz made his first two trips to Mosul, Iraq, in April and December 2004.

On Dec. 21, 2004, Nemitz and his colleague, Gregory Rec, a photographer for the Press Herald, skipped breakfast and went right to work so they could get most of their assignments done by lunchtime. When noon arrived, Rec, although hungry, decided to take a 15- to 20-minute nap while Nemitz finished some leftover work to pass the time. Those 15 minutes were enough to save their lives. During that time, a suicide bomber disguised as an Iraqi National Guard soldier killed four U.S. soldiers, four American civilians and four Iraqi soldiers inside a food pantry in the dining hall where they were planning to eat lunch, in Calais, Iraq.

When Rec and Nemitz bent down to lace up their boots and get ready for lunch, the explosion took place less than a quarter-mile away. The proximity of the explosion caused Nemitz to fall from his chair.

“If Greg hadn’t taken that nap, we would have been in the food line or eating our lunch in the dining hall,” Nemitz said. “His nap literally saved my life.”

Of the four U.S. soldiers killed, two were Maine National Guard soldiers. It was the first time Maine National Guard soldiers had died in a war zone since World War II. MORE >


2016 New England Newspaper Conference

Egger: Philanthropy is
key to journalism’s future

Johnson: Video, social media
transform community news

Photos of Newspaper of Year winners

Photos of Publick Occurrences
Award winners

Story, photos on Yankee Quill Awards

Dogged, watchdog journalism
honored at awards luncheon

Providence Journal nets most
awards among peers

Social networks: a
must-use news medium

NESNE salutes its storied 60-year history

Benton's good, bad outlook
for legacy media

Video of NEFAC panel discussion
on legal issues in N.E. newsrooms


News Digest


The links below are to items on other websites:
Fogler replaces Getler as publisher of Vt.’s Free Press
Globe announces end Dec. 31 of its Select program
Maine’s 1st Arab-American paper backed with 2nd issue
Maine GOP PAC rapped for newspaper-like political ads
Internship, fellowship application dates through Dec.


The links below are to items on other websites:
GateHouse to add 100 digital sales reps chain-wide
Forecast: Native ads to supply 25% of revenue by 2018
How Facebook is gaining revenue for some publishers
Google, Facebook ads boom as other digital ads shrink
Publishers sour on misleading ‘around the web’ ads
Custom banner ads coming more into vogue


The links below are to items on other websites:
Maine Press Association key awards announced
3 in N.H. to be honored as 1st Amendment advocates
Washington Post’s Sullivan wins 1st Amendment award
Applications due Jan. 17 for Donoghue FOI Award
3 N.E. news outfits finalists for online EPPY Awards

Boston Globe only N.E. winner of Eppy Award


The links below are to items on other websites:
A recipe for press to regain public’s trust
How to vet the validity of news sources
Examining upsides, downsides of events as $$$ source
Six warning signs about social media ‘news’
Tips for fact-checking data sets
10 story additives to engage readers


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3 laid off in Burlington (Vt.) Free Press newsroom
2 Vt. dailies restore 2 days in print, but drop Sundays
Gannett ends bid to buy Tronc; Tronc’s stock sinks
CEO: Tronc faces ‘bit of a restart’ as sale fizzles
Possible Gannett buys weighed, post-Tronc bust
History of Tribune-turned-Tronc under top boss Ferro
Newsonomics’ guarded view of newspapers' future
11% projected ad decline in 2016 drives more cost cuts
Job and other cuts loom at some large news firms
2 views of investigative journalism’s future, in extremis
Maine mill to close papermaking machine, lay off 190
Social media gain as news source; TV, print wane
News Media Alliance chief reflects on year past
Next AP automated move: Convert print to broadcast
Clinton sets restrictive press rules on ‘free’ speeches
A reminder about the basic tenets of journalism ethics
Does newspapers’ future lie in subscriber-based past?
A look at how robots might affect journalists’ jobs
Why fact-checking should extend beyond politics
Local news readers more likely to vote


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Applications open for URI summer science program


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Theresa 'Terry' (Ruff) Walsh Marjorie Fay Palm
Nancy Shepard McClelland Wilson Eric C. Wilson
John J. 'Jack' Ginnetti Jr. Eleanor C Woodbury
Lillian Florence Losaw Misuraca
Marie (Renzi) Sunderland Mary M. Murphy
Edwin H. Pert Anthony P. Hmura
Douglas D. 'Daniel' Sullivan
James Patrick O;Connor Jr.Stanley K. Holmes
Jeanette Severino Bouchard Virginia M. Allen
Adelaide M. Marek John F. Buckley Jr.
Wayne A. Barcomb Marie E. (Caswell) Roos


MASSACHUSETTS • Anne Brennan Richard Lodge


The links below are to items on other websites:
Vt. private nonprofit ruled subject to public records law
Medford, Mass., zoning chief quits; meeting law ignored
Conn. agency uses loophole to keep water files secret
N.H. judge KOs bid for release of dead woman’s name
Vt. ACLU joins VTDigger in suing state for records
Conn, agency buckles on loophole to keep files secret
Conn. candidates asked to take open gov't pledge
N.H. Gov. sued for withholding state contract files
Braintree cops use nuanced dodges to records requests
New N.H. law prohibits campaign attire in polling places
Vt. wrestles with open meeting law ???s in digital age
Rolling Stone, writer of discredited rape story lose suit
Wenner rejects Rolling Stone retraction of story


The links below are to items on other websites:
Globe, others gain from Apple News changes, traffic
Hearst Newspapers adopt new data-driven digital plan
Consumers of free news might also be willing to pay
Email newsletters serving as test sites for new initiatives


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Facebook’s fake news problem continues
Twitter ends Vine; Hype to vie with Periscope, FB Live
Instagram now a target for publishers’ advertising


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Mojo: Evolution of mobile journalism, and how-to tips
Mic inaugurates video push notifications via mobile app


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GateHouse parent’s Q3 report bucks bad-news trend
Hartford Courant parent’s Q3 revenue, earnings decline


NENPA U. opioid workshop Nov. 17 in Dedham, Mass.
N.E. Newspaper Hall of Fame nominations open


Columnists

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Avoid the 'mush of counterfeits and cliches'
Jim Stasiowski

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What she said

Ed Henninger

Advertising
Don't gild the lily

John Foust

Technology
Experts share analysis, advice

Kevin Slimp


Commentary
What election results might portend for 1st Amendment
Gene Policinski

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