Swine Flu, the Decline of Newspapers and the Chief of the LAPD
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Newspaper circulation is falling fast in California, just as it is nationwide. The papers' Internet sites are doing fine, but they can't make money. Will readers pay for information online? Is the only alternative less news? Also, Mayor Villaraigosa looks at three finalists to be chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, mixed messages about swine flu and the availability of H1N1 vaccine have led to confusion and unexpected public anxiety. We hear from parents, doctors and medical researchers.
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Swine Flu: Mixed Messages and Public Anxiety ()
This summer, Obama Administration officials said not to worry: there would be plenty of Swine Flu vaccine. The public didn't seem all that inclined to get vaccinated anyway. Now the second wave of the H1N1 Flu has arrived, but the vaccine is in short supply, and public anxiety is on the rise.
- Michael Shear: National Political Reporter, Washington Post, @shearm
- Elizabeth Heubeck: mother of a 9-year-old child with asthma
- James Landers, MD: pediatrician near Detroit, Michigan
- Lisa Jackson, MD: Senior Investigator, Group Health Cooperative
- Matthew Dallek: Visiting Scholar, Bipartisan Policy Center
The Next Chief of the LAPD ()
Today, tomorrow and Monday, Mayor Villaraigosa will interview the three finalists to succeed Bill Bratton as Chief of the LAPD. Charlie Beck and Michel Moore are deputy chiefs. Jim McDonnell is Assistant Chief and Bratton's chief of staff. They were chosen by the police commission, headed by civil rights leader John Mack. Celeste Fremon, a freelance reporter specializing in criminal justice, teaches at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism and blogs at WitnessLA.
The Future of Newspapers in California ()
More and more Californians are getting their news on the Internet, which means they're getting for free what it costs newspapers a lot of money to gather and publish. In the last six months, the Los Angeles Times lost 11% of its daily circulation, the Daily News was down 26%, the Orange County Register was off 10% and the Riverside Press-Enterprise 24%. The San Francisco Chronicle was down more than 25%, but claims revenue is going up.
- James Rainey: Columnist, Los Angeles Times, @LATimesrainey
- Steve O'Sullivan: former Business Executive, Los Angeles Newspaper Group
- Felix Gutierrez: Professor of Journalism, University of Southern California
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