AN OLD COACH HATED BY THE PRESS, BUT LOVED BY HIS YOUNG TEAM

Files under General | Jun 30th

This was the last game for 69-year-old Aragonés, the oldest coach to win a European title.

He wanted a new generation of young players.

The Spanish sports press pundits didn’t like him.

But he was loved by his team.

“The most important thing about our team, perhaps, is the manager,” Fernando Torres said.

“He has confidence in us, and he lets us play.

“We have brought him the championship in his last game for Spain, and we are very happy we could make this history for him and for us.”

Another example of how sports newspapers are dominated by the stars.

The old stars that the coach didn’t want on the national team.

He is the winner.

Luis Aragones: 10 – Spanish Sports Newspapers: 0



EURO 2008: SPAIN WINS

Files under General | Jun 29th

Gary Lineker once said:

“Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.”

Well, not always.

A few minutes ago, Spain won.

(Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)



SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Files under General | Jun 14th

I am heading to Greece today for a two-week vacation.

No posts until July, unless The New York Times kills front-page “jumps,” Barack Obama selects Hillary Clinton, Le Monde goes out of business or our 3030 — the newspaper of the future — becomes a reality.



TIM RUSSERT’S MOST IMPORTANT SKILL AS A POLITICAL JOURNALIST

Files under General | Jun 14th

In his obituary, The New York Times writes about Tim Russert’s most important skill as a political journalist:

“He had a gift for making the most complex political machinations understandable and compelling.”

What Journalism is all about.

(Picture by Alex Wong/Meet the Press, via Reuters)



MARIO GARCIA’S BLOG

Files under General | Jun 13th

Cuban-American newspaper designer Mario Garcia has a blog.

I got a message today from Mario telling me about his new blog.

He wants to post daily.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Mario!



TIM RUSSERT, 100% JOURNALIST

Files under General | Jun 13th

A great journalist and a fine person, Tim Russert collapsed and died today while at work in NBC’s Washington bureau. He was 58.

Russert’s physician, Michael Newman, said cholesterol plaque ruptured in an artery, causing sudden coronary thrombosis.

According to NBC, Russert had earlier been diagnosed with asymptomatic coronary artery disease, but it was well-controlled with medication and exercise, and he had performed well on a stress test in late April, Newman said.

An autopsy revealed that he also had an enlarged heart, Newman said.

Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of “Meet the Press,” Tim was a journalist loved by its audience and feared by politicians that respected him as a tough but fair TV reporter.

The Washington Post has this interesting video about how his faith helped him to cover politics.

Watch also this great confrontation with John McCain.

(Pictures by Elise Amendola and Charles Dharapak/AP)



THE SECOND GENERATION OF QUICK-READ FORMATS

Files under General | Jun 13th

This is how INNOVATION refers to these new formats.

Plenty of information in brief, graphic formats.

Journalism caviar!

Click on the image to see it bigger.



THE AIRLINE RIPOFF

Files under General | Jun 13th

Soda: $2

Alcoholic drinks: $7

First checked bag: $15

Booking by phone: $2

Well, their call centers must be attended by lawyers.

With only eight bookings per hour, they are charging us $200.

Like a New York lawyer.

Or a McKinsey consultant.

Next: a charge for breathing.



DEAN SINGLETON: CHANGE OR DIE

Files under General | Jun 12th

Dean Singleton at the 2008 WAN Congress:

“The old newspaper model, without major changes, is destined to fail.”

In other words:

Change or die.

(Picture by Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News)



CRISTIANO RONALDO RULES

Files under General | Jun 12th