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NBC screens out anything unpleasant about Beijing, Olympics That's Paul Farhi's contention. "Political protests? Not on this channel; no sir. Beijing's fearful pollution? Maybe, but only if a marathoner coughs up a lung or it spoils a beauty shot. Doping scandals? In passing, perhaps. Tibet? China's role in Darfur? Now, wait just a second... The aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake? Why be unreasonable... Tiananmen? Mao's barbarities? No, and hell no."

Huffington Post's Chicago site to launch on Thursday
Chicago Tribune It's a low-budget operation. Former Chicago Sun-Times staffer Ben Goldberger, 25, will be the only paid employee at Huffington Post Chicago. Ad sales will be handled from New York, and writers work pro bono. "I just got a great blog post from John Cusack," Arianna Huffington tells Phil Rosenthal. "People who are from Chicago have all these amazing warm feeling and memories of Chicago."

City of Baltimore is looking for journalists to write puff pieces
Baltimore Sun The city has offered free trips to Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle to reporters willing to write positive stories about public transit projects there. Baltimore officials are looking for four "freelance journalists and/or bloggers," but prefer the latter. "For me, bloggers are the new journalists," says the woman setting up the program. "They have lots of sources. That's what we're hoping to get out of it. We're trying to get a whole lot of sources."

Will there be anyone left to cover scandals in New Jersey?
New York Observer John Koblin notes that the New York Times has emptied out its two New Jersey bureaus and the Star Ledger is cutting about a third of its newsroom. The Record of Bergen County editor Frank Scandale tells him: "Can you cover the big stories that really mean something to people -- how taxes are spent, projections for jobs, stuff you just need to know if you live here -- if you have too few journalists? That's a concern I have now as a journalist and as a citizen of New Jersey."

CNN to put "all-platform journalists" in ten US cities
New York Times | Hollywood Reporter The reporters will borrow office space from local news orgs and use laptops to file stories for the Internet and TV, reports Brian Stelter. They'll use Internet connections and cellphone cameras to report live when news happens. The new bureaus will be in Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio. || Related story.

Newseum says Unabomber's cabin will remain part of exhibit
Washington Post | The Smoking Gun Ted Kaczynski objects to the Newseum using his Montana cabin for its "G-Men and Journalists" exhibit, but officials say it will remain on display until next June. "The cabin is one of 200 artifacts that were offered to us through the FBI. The Unabomber is an interesting case of the combative, sometimes cooperative relationship of the press with the FBI," says the museum's marketing veep.

Inky follow-up: "Let's break as much news as we can online"
Romenesko Memos "Our goal is to publish our content in our products in a thoughtful way," writes Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow in a follow-up to last week's controversial memo leaked to Romenesko. "Use our powerful Web site for its reach, immediacy, ability to connect readers with each other and ability to build deep packages. And use our two newspapers because of their strong reputations, ease of use and ability to reach an audience who love and subscribe to the product."

Average age of laid off or bought out LAT staffers is 50 The average age of remaining Los Angeles Times workers is 46, according to a document that's been given to departing staffers.

Officials expect 15,000 journalists at each political convention | Recovering Journalist | Editor & Publisher That's about the same as 2000 and 2004, although Forbes claims the larger papers are cutting back on convention staffing this year. USA Today is sending 34 reporters to each convention, and Dow Jones will have 23 reporters in both Denver and St. Paul. The Los Angeles Times plans to have 15 journalists at each event, working with other Tribune Co. reporters. || Mark Potts: "In most cases, there's really no (legitimate) excuse for a single ne

Young Bronstein begged Khrushchev not to nuke the US Phil Bronstein was about 10 when he wrote the letter. "It was my own Rodney King moment," he admits. "A little wimpy, even for a kid, and, fortunately, Ronald Reagan wasn't disposed to such begging later on." He jokes: "I'm quite sure that Khrushchev considered my case and it had a profound effect on him, probably leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years later."