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For centuries, Connecticut has housed one of American journalism’s greatest gems: The Hartford Courant. In 1764, a New Haven printer by the name of Thomas Green founded the capital-based newspaper. Since then, The Courant has evolved into an established and highly revered news enterprise, circulating well over 100,000 copies to readers each day.

Now, thanks to years of professional writing and reporting, The Courant is celebrating its 250th year of publication, thus maintaining its status as the nation’s oldest continuously-running newspaper. 

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Along the lines of Project Longevity, a violence-prevention initiative that launched in New Haven in the past year, Chicago is trying something different to identify trouble and maybe even get out in front of it. That and more in today's Wheelhouse Digest, including Colin McEnroe's tribute to the late, much-beloved, "titanic figure" Irving Kravsow.

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Targets for "expense reductions" have not been set, but The Hartford Courant's parent company, Tribune, confirmed that it has asked newspaper managers to look for areas they could cut back. According to a report by The Los Angeles Times, there will be staff reductions but they have not determined how many jobs will be affected.

The art world in northwestern Connecticut was rocked last week when a longtime assistant to artist Jasper Johns was arrested for stealing 22 works from Johns and selling them for $6.5 million. The NY Times reports on the case against James Meyer.

Responding to speculation that his newspaper would be next, New York Times Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has issued a flat "the Times is not for sale" statement.

Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Co., is the son and grandson of its leaders for the past 80 years. And along with his niece, publisher Katharine Weymouth, Graham admitted in a video on The Post's website that the family simply didn't have the answers to questions about the paper's future.

The news spread with the speed of the Internet: The Washington Post, a newspaper that helped bring down a president, would be sold to Jeff Bezos, the tech titan who started Amazon.

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The Tribune Company made an announcement yesterday that it’s going to split its broadcast and publishing divisions. It’s just another chapter in the ongoing saga of “the future of the newspaper industry.” The Tribune has owned the Hartford Courant since 2000, and more recently merged the paper  with the FOX News affiliate TV station. So what now? Industry analyst Ken Doctor joins us. 

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Remember when you used to learn about what was happening in your community when the newspaper hit your front stoop? That world has, of course, changed—and journalism professor Dan Kennedy says we’re now in a “post-newspaper” age.

Papers haven’t gone away, but their staffs and scope have shrunk, and what’s bubbled up to fill the gap is a new type of digital journalism with a new business model. Kennedy went looking for examples of this change around the time of the economic downturn, and found a pretty interesting lab experiment - Connecticut.

A bill that would allow towns and cities to publish full public notices online and not in newspapers is making its way through the legislature. Municipal advocates say it could save them money and is more efficient. The state's newspapers say it could threaten democracy.

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It has been widely reported -- but not heavily discussed -- that Charles and David Koch are the leading suitors to buy the eight newspapers belonging to the Tribune Company. One of those eight newspapers is the Hartford Courant.

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The Hartford Courant is - famously - the oldest continuously published newspaper in the US.  But the New Haven Register has its long and storied history.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the paper - and today, where we live, we’ll talk about the history of the Register, and the city it covers.

From the early days of the paper, to the Amistad case, from Abraham Lincoln’s election, to his death, and the role of New Haven’s longest-running institution, Yale University in the city’s history.

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True story ... last week, the Connecticut legislature's Environment Committee's public hearing agenda included, on the same day, An Act Permitting the Possession of Reindeer Year Round and An Act Concerning the Hunting of Deer with a Pistol.

This is why I don't celebrate April Fool's Day. Life is like this every day. Break that story apart into separate scenes, and your mind is flooded with images of a man plugging a deer with a Saturday night special or a young couple walking their reindeer on a leash.

New Haven Register Celebrates its 200th Anniversary

Mar 6, 2012
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The New Haven Register celebrates its 200th anniversary this year - and closes its printing presses for good. That’s part of its new strategy to focus on digital first, and print last. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on the changes facing the newspaper.

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Comments Back In Business At New Haven Independent

Feb 20, 2012

After a two-week “time out” from reader comments, the New Haven Independent has re-enabled its comment function – with some important tweaks. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

Can News Web Sites Handle Reader Comments?

Feb 9, 2012

A Connecticut news web site, lauded for its online commenting policy, has stopped taking comments indefinitely. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports that’s prompted widespread debate about the future of free-for-all reader discussions online.

When the New Haven Independent began publishing online in 2005, editor Paul Bass took a different tack than most news web sites – he made sure a member of his staff looked at every comment before it went online to weed out anything inappropriate. That policy became the model for many news web sites.

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In September, Jill Abramson became The New York Times' first female executive editor. She replaced Bill Keller. We talk to Abramson about her vision for the newspaper and the future of online media.

On Friday, Nov. 4, Abramson will be honored by the International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale.

Leave your comments below, e-mail or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently wrote that Ernest Hemingway, on the 50th anniversary of his death by his own hand, is having a bit of a renaissance.

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Are we all entitled to a few blind spots? If so, one of mine is newspapers. I keep thinking somebody is going to find ways to improve them and make them thrive, even as the evidence of my own eyes suggests the opposite.

Today on The Nose, one of our panelists is Susan Campbell from the Hartford Courant. A few weeks ago, she shuttered her blog on the newspaper's web site. And this week, her colleague Helen Ubinas announced that she's leaving.

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This week a feud erupted between Hartford Courant columnist and blogger Rick Green and Frank Harris, a Courant columnist and chairman of the journalism department at Southern Connecticut State University. 

Towns and cities spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to print public notices in area newspapers. This week, a bill aimed at scaling back that mandate died in the state legislature. Newspaper publishers are happy, and local government advocates aren't.

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For years, we’ve been hearing about the chronic struggles of newspapers and the proliferation of so called “new media” sources of journalism.  

As one outcome of this change, the traditional competition for stories between papers has given way to a new era of cooperation. By pooling resources and working together, these upstarts are making a real impact, informing the community, and driving the discussion in collaboration with newspapers.  

Today we continue our series of conversations recorded at a conference called “Lifting the Veil: Journalism Uncovered.”

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Connecticut towns and cities are mandated by law to publish public notices in local newspapers.  But that could soon change.