Thursday, June 01, 2006

Lost journalism

Daily Pulp's Bob Norman writes about the end of American Lawyer Media's contract with LexisNexis, and the loss it will be to South Florida journalism:

For all practical purposes, the excellent journalism done by the American Lawyer Media’s 39 publications — including the newsbreaking Daily Business Review in South Florida — is gone.

Kaput. Swallowed. Absent. The opposite of “there.”

However you want to put it, the vast majority of journalists around the country won’t have access to ALM’s stories...

Some publishers just still don't get it.

Why you need a library card

(Added later:) On a lark, I decided to see if the Miami-Dade Public Library's online databases included the Daily Business Revew. It does! You can find them, going back to 2000 for the Miami edition, later for the others, in the Infotrac databases (listed as General Business File ASAP in the database list under Business). You need to have a Miami-Dade library card and enter the number on the Online Databases page. Other library systems have similar databases available so you might be able to find them where you are too.

Just another excellent reason to have a library card.

(and, added much later:) Note in the comments to Norman's posting that one former DBR employee suggests registering at to read the archives of all the American Lawyer Publications' papers. I have found articles here, too, a very useful service to have.

As far as the library databases: the files there may not include every article, as the ASAP databases used to be just 'major stories'. Not sure if that has changed. And, of course, whether the new contracts will affect the future updating of DBR stories there.


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